Blazer Motorsports Launches Crowdfunding Effort to Send Baja Team to National Competition
crowdfunding campaign that it hopes will not only provide funds for this year's event, but will help turn UAB's Baja team into a perrenial power.This Memorial Day weekend, Blazer Motorsports is taking a student-designed Baja SAE car to a competition where it hopes it can contend against the nation's best. To get there, the team is launching a
Over the past two years, this interdisciplinary team, which includes students from all five engineering departments as well as from other schools across campus, has been working on an improved Baja car to compete in Pittsburg, Kansas. Travel expenses for car and team are expected to be around $10,000.
“At UAB, we have everything we need to have a championship Baja team,” said Steve Thompson, mentor for the 2017 team. “We finished third as recently as 2011, so we know we can contend with other schools in our region, but we’ve never had the continuity we need from one year to the next.”
Maggie Collier, an engineering student with a double major in biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, was recently named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.
Collier was one of three UAB students to receive the honor this year, bringing the university’s total up to 24 students who have been named Goldwater Scholars to date. She is the fifth Goldwater Scholar from the UAB School of Engineering.
“When you graduate from high school in a class size of 16, it doesn’t really occur to anyone that you might ever have a chance to conduct world-class research or be considered for a prestigious honor,” said Collier, a native of Deatsville, Alabama. “Winning the Goldwater Scholarship reminds me that I have exceeded so many expectations, including many of my own.”
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In addition to her double major, Collier is also a member of the Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program. She researches in the lab of Ho-Wook Jun, Ph.D., and is editor-in-chief of Inquiro, UAB’s undergraduate research journal. Collier was recently named Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. This summer, she will participate in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Georgia Tech.
Collier wants to earn her Ph.D. in electrical engineering or biomedical engineering and work to innovate medical technologies that involve aspects of tissue interactions, electronics and robotics.
Innovation, technical expertise, and four years of engineering training will be on display this month when UAB engineering students demonstrate their senior design projects at a pair of “Media Day” events. The public is invited to come to campus on Wednesday April 19 and Friday April 21 to meet the students and to see how they are engineering solutions to real-world challenges.
The April 19 event will feature interdisciplinary teams of students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Their projects will be on display from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Business-Engineering Complex.
The April 21 event will be held in Heritage Hall from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. That event will feature products designed by teams of students from the Department of Biomedical Engineering. They will be joined by partners from the Collat School of Business who will give pitches in which they market the products to potential investors.
A standing-room only crowd was on hand at the UAB Alumni House Tuesday evening to watch as nearly 120 UAB engineers were inducted into the Order of the Engineer. The students included those who graduated in August and December 2016, as well as those who will graduate this spring. The students formally accepted the Obligation of an Engineer and received a stainless steel ring to be worn on the fifth finger of the working hand as a symbol.
“Tonight you are officially joining the profession of engineers, and I hope this event is something you will always look back on with pride, just like I do when I think about the journey you’ve taken with us to get to this point,” said School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. “More than 15,000 individuals are inducted each year, and as you join those ranks, it is your responsibility to foster a spirit of pride and to uphold standards of dignity of the engineering profession.”
After rings were presented to students from each of the five undergraduate departments, SOE alumnus Mark Berry, Ph.D., delivered a keynote address. Berry is vice president for environmental affairs for Georgia Power, and as he shared his experiences of his engineering career, he offered a challenge. “Many of you will be tasked to solve some of society’s greatest problems,” he said. “It will be your responsibility to solve them safely, with sound scientific principles, and in a way that makes sense financially. You should accept those challenges, no matter how daunting.
“Just because you don’t know something, doesn’t mean you can’t know. Don’t be afraid to take those chances, and you will learn a lot about yourself in the process.”