• vsisiopi 2018 02 20Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D., was selected by the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) as the 2017 Educator of the Year. The award was presented at the 59th Annual Awards Banquet on February 20, 2018. Sisiopiku is the first UAB engineering faculty member to receive the ECOB Educator of the Year Award.

    Ten UAB engineering students were also honored at the event, including UAB Graduate Student of the Year Grant Alexander and UAB Undergraduate Student of the Year Emma Latham.

    Sisiopiku is an Associate Professor in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and has been a UAB faculty member since 2002. She is a broadly trained transportation engineer with more than 25 years of professional experience in intelligent transportation systems and traffic operations & safety. She serves as the director of the Transportation Engineering Program at UAB and is the founding director of the UAB Transportation Engineering and Development Laboratory (TREND Lab).

  • Genau2Amber Genau, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is one of 12 UAB faculty members who will be recognized during the annual Faculty Convocation to be held on Tuesday September 19 at 4 p.m. at the UAB Alumni House.

    Genau, who was recently honored with an NSF CAREER Award, has made an impact on students and fellow faculty in the six years since joining the faculty, colleagues say.

    “It is not uncommon to see several comments in [course evaluations] like ‘difficult course, but fantastic professor,’” one colleague wrote in a nomination. “This juxtaposition says a lot about Dr. Genau’s ability to communicate enthusiasm and desire for the subject,” said another.

    In addition to her normal teaching assignments, colleagues say Genau is committed to contributing to UAB in other ways; for example, together with history Professor André Millard, Ph.D., Genau created new courses that explore the role of science and technology on world history. “Dr. Genau is known for going above and beyond,” students say. 

    UAB's 2017 honorees represent each school, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and the Joint Health Sciences departments.

    Read more in the UAB Reporter.