• Ten UAB students were honored at the annual banquet of the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) Tuesday night. Two of those students—Grant Alexander and Emma Latham—were honored as ECOB’s UAB Graduate Student and Undergraduate Student of the Year, respectively.

    ECOB Engineering Students of the Year

    Emma Latham (BME)
    John Romano (CCEE)
    Haley Jared (ECE)
    Sharon Uwanyuze (MSE)
    Matthew Arnwine (ME)

    Grant Alexander (BME)
    Mohamed Gallow (CCEE)
    Anthony Winchester (ECE)
    Kristin Hardin (MSE)
    Bing Wang (ME)

    The ten students were named ECOB’s Undergraduate and Graduate Students of the Year from each of the five engineering departments at UAB, with Alexander and Latham being selected as the school’s overall winners.

    “If you had asked me to guess which of our students would be nominated for student of the year, I would certainly have guessed the engineers who we see here tonight, and I can assure you they had strong competition,” said SOE Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D., during Tuesday night’s banquet. “These students have distinguished themselves academically and in various other ways so that they truly stand out. To be selected from this group to represent the School of Engineering is an extremely high honor.”

    ECOB Undergraduate of the Year

    emma webEmma Rose Latham

    • 3.91/3.9 GPA
    • Recipient of numerous scholarships, including the UAB Collegiate Honors Scholarship, UABTeach Merit Scholarship, and Dupuis Scholarship, among others.
    • President, Society of Women Engineers; Vice President, Engineers Without Borders; Member, Tau Beta Pi and the Biomedical Engineering Society.
    • Active in Research with UAB’s Engineering and Innovative Technology Development (EITD)

    ECOB Graduate Student of the Year

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    • Recipient of the Cardiovascular Pathophysiology T32 Scholarship and an Alabama EPSCoR Graduate Research Scholar
    • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Grad Fellow and Finalist for the Featheringill Young Investigator Award
    • Interned with Open Biosystems, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and NASA
    • Served as Secretary and President of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Students Organization (BMEGS)
  • miriam massoud streamBirmingham native and rising sophomore Mariam Massoud has been selected for the prestigious Fulbright US-UK Summer Institute Scholarship.

    Each year, the US-UK Fulbright Commission supports up to 60 undergraduate students in the United States to undertake demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the United Kingdom. 

    Massoud is a civil engineering major in the UAB School of Engineering and a student in the UAB Honors College pursuing a personalized path. She will attend the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity, a three-week academic and cultural program for U.S. students hosted by the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde. 

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  • zoe penko 2018Zoë Penko, a senior double majoring in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics, recently received the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Rising Star Award. The award is given to up to 15 collegiate members each year.

    The Rising Star Award recognizes “SWE collegiate members with less than two years of SWE membership who have made outstanding contributions to SWE, the engineering community, their campus, and the community.”

    Penko is currently president of the UAB SWE section as well as the UAB American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) section. She is one of 23 Society of Women Engineers Future Leaders for 2018, is a member of several honor societies, and has received multiple scholarships, including the UAB Golden Excellence Scholarship and the UAB Music Scholarship. When she is not engaged in those activities, she plays the trombone for the UAB Marching Blazers and Blazer Band.

  • sae baja2016The SAE Baja car, shown here at the 2016 Media Day, is one of several projects that will be on display at this year's event. Two teams worked on the car this year, designing and building a new frame and drivetrain.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.

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    Hands-on learning has long been a priority for the UAB School of Engineering, but for one group of 2017 undergraduates, education and experience are just two parts of a bigger picture.

    asba demetrius1Civil engineering student Demetrius Frinkley, left, is getting experience this semester working on a survey crew for a small business founded by UAB alumnus Bolaji Kukoyi. Photo by Dustin MasseyThis year, the School of Engineering is partnering for the first time with the Academic Small Business Alliance (ASBA) to pair engineering interns with local diverse business enterprises (DBEs). These enterprises include a wide variety of small businesses—from non-profits to entrepreneurial start-ups—and those settings add an element of community involvement that might not always exist in a traditional internship.

    “There are several things I find fascinating about this program,” says Desland Robinson, ASBA internship coordinator and director of Career Services for the School of Engineering. “It’s a program that allows UAB to give back to the community by providing great talent to small businesses that might not have a lot of resources, whether financial or in terms of manpower. At the same time, it provides our students with a different type of experience.”

    Those experiences, Robinson says, may include more responsibility in some instances, but more often the difference is in the amount of freedom the student has within their internship roles. “When our students intern with some of the larger corporations, they often are assigned to roles that require specific tasks,” she says. “In these DBE internships, an intern may perform similar tasks, but he or she might be interacting with clients or handling other aspects of the business at the same time. The result, we hope, is a wider range of experiences for our students.”

  • 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.

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    Students at Oxmoor Valley Elementary School recently learned how engineering can create solutions to everyday challenges, thanks to a team of UAB student volunteers.

    oxmoor7 webWhen Mikal Hayes, an alumnus of the UAB Department of Mechanical Engineering, was asked to lead a mechanical engineering project for six groups of fourth graders, he knew he would need reinforcements. He found it in a team organized by the UAB chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    The volunteers included Emily Jarrett, Harrison Stevens, Loren Neil, Lizzie Ryan, Zoë Penko, Tristan Foti, and Amnah Al-Jallad. They directed the students on how to create an extendable grabber made out of craft sticks.

    If you would like to invite engineering students to lead a project or demonstration at your school or community event, contact UAB School of Engineering Outreach Director Abidin Yildirim at yildirim@uab.edu.

  • 2018 Tau Beta Pi Inductees

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    Kyle Davis
    Miles Grigorian
    Anna Krum
    Mariam Massoud
    Macy McQuiston
    Hannah Morton
    Loren Neil
    Kyle Roberson
    Jacob Robinson
    Lara Tapy
    Timothy Uptain

    Twelve exceptional engineering students were inducted into Tau Beta Pi,the engineering honor society, on Friday. 

    The students were formally inducted into the Alabama Gamma chapter of the national Tau Beta Pi association during a ceremony at the UAB Business-Engineering Complex.

    "This is a notable achievement that signifies the academic excellence these 12 students have achieved," said School of Engineering Dean Iwan Alexander, Ph.D. "I am proud to welcome them to this distinguished society, and I am confident they will achieve great things as they progress along their chosen career paths."

  • 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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