• Wet-lay Process Could Accelerate Pace of Tissue Engineering Research

    vinoy thomas webVinoy Thomas Tissue engineering is a transformative branch of regenerative medicine —a cutting-edge field that has the potential to revolutionize the future of healthcare.

    A team of researchers in the UAB Department of Materials Science and Engineering hopes to accelerate the pace of that high-tech research through the application of a decades-old process—one that has roots in centuries-old technology.

    Vinoy Thomas, Ph.D., an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, says that a process known as “wet-lay process for nonwovens,” which formerly has been utilized by textile and paper industries, can be used to create scaffolds for tissue engineering. His team’s research, recently published in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research,shows several advantages over other fibrous mesh-making technologies currently in use.

    “Although this process is in its infancy with regard to tissue engineering,” Thomas says. “it shows promise in its ability to rapidly produce fibrous membranes of any type of fiber in a scalable and tunable fashion.”

  • 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.

  • 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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