Multiple Ph.D. Positions Available
Multiple Ph.D. positions are available in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering for 2017.
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.
Come test your blacksmithing skills at UAB's Open MPAD Day on October 29.
The event, hosted by the UAB Chapter of the American Foundry Society, is open to the public, allowing community members to come see a working foundry in action. Visitors to the Center for Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) will be able to design and take home their own metal casting. They also will see demonstrations of the MPAD's new forge and 3D printers.
The event will be from 10 until 2 at the MPAD. The entrance is located near the corner of 12th Street and 5th Avenue South.
For more information, contact Amber Genau at firstname.lastname@example.org
Siddhartha Brahma, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been awarded the SPE Composites Division–Harold Giles Memorial Scholarship for his research. Brahma is pursuing his Ph.D. dissertation under the mentorship of Selvum (Brian) Pillay, Ph.D.
Brahma’s research focuses on in-situ polymerization of PA6 on continuous and discontinuous carbon fibers via ring opening synthesis of caprolactam. Brahma received his bachelor of engineering in mechanical from RVCE in Bangalore, India, in 2008. He completed his master of science in 2012 at University of Auckland, New Zealand. During his graduate study at UAB, Brahma won first and second place in the poster presentation at the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), respectively, in 2015 and 2014.
Brahma has also been honored as the UAB School of Engineering 2016 Graduate Student of the year in Materials Science and Engineering. He was selected as the Graduate Student of the Year for Material Science and Engineering by the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) for 2016. Brahma has maintained a 4.0 GPA. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Mu and also serves as the president of the SPE student chapter at UAB.
Thirteen UAB engineering students spent May Term studying materials engineering in Germany on a Study Away trip lead by assistant professor Amber Genau, Ph.D.
Based in the medieval city of Esslingen, near Stuttgart, the students were hosted by the Esslingen University of Applied Science, which organized excursions to the Mercedes headquarters, Porsche, and other nearby attractions. In addition to an intensive German language course, underclassmen in the program were enrolled in an introduction to materials course, while upperclassmen took a course that traced the evolution of engineering materials from the Stone Age through the Industrial Revolution.
On the weekends, the students took advantage of the opportunity for independent travel to destinations like Paris, Rome, Munich, and the Black Forest.