• RS17424 Maggie Collier 15Maggie 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.”

    School of Engineering
    Goldwater Scholars

    Maggie Collier (2017)
    Ophelia Johnson (2014)
    Larry Lawal (2008)
    Ashley Roach (2006)

    David Murphy (2003)

    Honorable Mention
    Charlotte Kent (2012)

    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.

  • Three engineering students recently received awards from the NASA Alabama Space Grant Consortium.

    NASA space grant 2018From left, engineering students Retta El Sayed, Mark King, Clinton Campbell, and physics doctoral student Sumner Harris were among the UAB awardees.

    Mark Kevin King, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received a renewal of the Graduate Fellowship he was awarded in 2017.

    This year, he is joined by undergraduate scholars Retta M. El-Sayed (biomedical engineering) and Clinton Andrew Campbell (electrical engineering and physics).

    The three engineering students are among six UAB students overall who received NASA awards. The graduate fellowships include stipends of $37,000 to $39,000 per year, while the undergraduate awards include scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 per year.

    Founded in 1989, the consortium is a voluntary association of all seven research universities in Alabama along with other community colleges, educational outreach, industry and government.

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