MSE in the News
Department faculty and students recently assisted the Birmingham Zoo when a longtime resident developed a common problem in need of a unique engineering solution.
Materials engineering involves the development, production, modification, and application of engineering materials to meet the specific needs of society. It is based on an understanding of the structures and forces that control the engineering properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Through the development of this understanding, the student learns how to control the properties of materials through various industrial manufacturing processes, how to select the optimum material and predict its behavior under various environmental and service conditions, and how to alter this behavior through materials design, research, and development. Materials Engineers are employed in every major industry, including aerospace, chemical, automotive, metals casting, biomedical, and microelectronics.
Materials engineering students Dominique Everett, Andrew T. Wood, and Karim I. Budhwani were recently awarded prestigious fellowships through research grants to continue their work toward their Ph.D. degrees.
Everett received the Deep South Center of NIOSH Pilot Program Research Grant. His dissertation topic is “Fabrication/Characterization of Complex Porosity gradient membrane for Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety,” which he is working on under the co-mentorship of Vinoy Thomas, Ph.D., and Selvum Pillay, Ph.D. Everett received his bachelor of science in physics at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2013. Upon enrolling in graduate school at UAB, he was an NSF fellow within the UAB Bridge to Doctorate Graduate Program. He received his master of science in materials engineering from UAB this past spring.
Wood recently received the Caroline P. Ireland Travel Scholarship, a NASA Space Grant Fellowship, and an internship with Evonik’s Project House Medical Devices in Hoover. After receiving his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama in May 2014, Andrew enrolled in the Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program at UAB. He is currently completing his dissertation research in the investigation of fibrous reinforced hydrogels with enhanced bioactivity for tissue engineering and drug delivery under the mentorship of Thomas in the Polymers and Healthcare Materials/Devices laboratory. Andrew received his master of science in materials engineering from UAB this past spring, and he has recently authored six peer-reviewed journal articles along with one book chapter.
Budhwani received the NSF EPSCoR Eellowship for pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering with a focus in Nanomedicine under the mentorship of Thomas. In addition to his professional responsibilities as CEO of elixir international, Budhwani serves as a lecturer at the University of Alabama’s School of Business and Information Systems covering Health Informatics, Globalization, and Operational Planning and Optimization. He has served as Ambassador of Trade for his home state of Alabama on key trade missions to India, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. He is recently retired as the chairman for both the Ismail Professionals Network (IPN) USA and the broader Global IPN Forum (GIF)which spans over 15 countries on five continents. Karim received his bachelor of arts magna cum laude in computer science, economics, and business administration from Coe College in Iowa in May 1993. He received his master of science in biomedical engineering from the UAB in May 2015.
A team from UAB won first place in the 2016 American Foundry Society Student Casting Competition
The UAB team members were: Kelly Ann McCool, Emily Campbell, Shivani Vashi, Gabrielle Martin, Kat Steel, Bareera M. Saeed, Trey Whatley, and Kenny Lee
The competition required each team had to create a teacup, saucer, and spoon casting. The team was judged not only on their final casting but by the steps they used to complete the casting and how they were able to overcome challenges faced by the casting using our engineering knowledge.
The prize money of $500 went to the UAB AFS/MA student chapter.
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Haibin Ning, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has collaborated on a new procedure for measuring carbon fiber content in any carbon fiber polymer matrix composites. The procedure was recently adopted by ASTM D3171 - Standard Test Methods for Constituent Content of Composite Materials as Procedure H – Matrix Carbonization in a Nitrogen-Purging Furnace.
In the procedure, a reference neat polymer sample is used to determine the carbonization ratio after being carbonized in a nitrogen-purging furnace with the composite samples. An equation for calculating the carbon fiber content based on the carbonization ratio and the masses before and after carbonization is developed for the first time. The accuracy of this procedure has been verified by experiments conducted by multiple operators at multiple facilities.
Authors for developing the procedure:
Haibin Ning, Qiushi Wang, Selvum Pillay, Uday Vaidya, and Leigh Ann Nolen (Toray Carbon Fibers America)