MISSION:
To prepare graduates to be immediately productive and able to adapt and to lead in a rapidly changing environment, and also to create and apply knowledge for the benefit of society.

VISION: To be a nationally and internationally recognized research-oriented School of Engineering, a first choice for undergraduate and graduate education.

Preferred Choice for Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering Education in the State of Alabama

Goals:

  • Relevant and cutting-edge pedagogy delivered by world-class teaching and research faculty
  • Program array built on the school’s unique strengths
  • Graduates with knowledge and skills needed to be highly employable and successful
  • Enhanced experiential learning and research opportunities
  • Market responsive course offerings

Achievements:

  • New Master of Engineering degrees developed, approved and will launch in fall 2015
    • Structural Engineering (online)
    • Design and Commercialization –The Design and Commercialization Masters program allows engineering students to tackle real-world problems, bridging the gap between educational research and practical industrial applications. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, students will take a combination of engineering and business courses to earn a Master of Engineering in Design and Commercialization from the School of Engineering, as well as a graduate certificate in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship from the UAB Collat School of Business.
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering departments submitted separately to the NSF “Revolutionizing Engineering Departments.” The objective of the program is to effect significant, systemic departmental change that impacts undergraduate engineering student success in chosen career paths.

Robust Research Portfolio Generating a High Return on Investment and Aligned with School and University

Goals:

  • Culture of entrepreneurship and creativity leading to increased research productivity
  • Niche areas of research based on school and university expertise and aligned with industry need
  • Infrastructure to proactively pursue and quickly respond to research opportunities
  • Excellent research performance and outcomes
  • Increased development of patents and intellectual property

Achievements:

  • December 2014: Established the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech) with Southern Research Institute, which combines research and discovery expertise of Southern Research with UAB biomedical engineers and clinicians.
  • Evaluated IEE MedTech portfolio, met inventors with highest potential projects. Focusing on seven projects in the following areas – orthopedics (3), rehabilitation (2), vascular and trauma.
  • Pursuing partnerships with companies in the orthopedic, rehabilitation, and drug-delivery spaces to license UAB/SRI technologies with the long-term goal of engaging a group of companies and investors that will fund/license/invest in UAB/SRI medical technologies.

Partnerships That Leverage the School’s Strengths and Contribute to the School’s Research and Financial

Goals:

  • Culture supportive of partnership development
  • Productive partnerships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders
  • School selected as a partner for all UAB engineering-related projects
  • Fee-for-service activities support partnership growth
  • Clearly defined criteria for pursuing partnership opportunities

Achievements:

  • December 2014: Established the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech) with Southern Research Institute, which combines research and discovery expertise of Southern Research with UAB biomedical engineers and clinicians. AIMTech will invent new medical devices, help raise venture capital, establish small medical device companies and manage clinical trial/FDA approval processes. The director is funded 50 percent by both organizations.
  • The partnership between UAB’s School of Engineering and the Collat School of Business made UAB one of 25 U.S. institutions to be selected by the NSF-funded National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation, or Epicenter, to join the Pathways to Innovation Program. The Pathways to Innovation Program is designed to incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education.

Revenue Sufficient To Fulfill the School’s Research and Education Mission

Goals:

  • Revenue generated from diverse funding sources
  • Increased enrollment, including online offerings
  • Improved student retention and satisfaction
  • Relationships cultivated with industry and entrepreneurs leading to enhanced individual and corporate fund development
  • Faculty and staff actively involved in the realization of the school’s financial goals
  • Investment in infrastructure needed to support growth goals

Recognition of the School as an Exceptional Teaching and Research Enterprise

Goals:

  • Value of the engineering profession and the school well-defined and articulated
  • Centers of Excellence established
  • Increased visibility in targeted geographic areas and industry sectors
  • Faculty recognized as experts in their field
  • High national ranking achieved
  • Increased visibility in targeted geographic areas and industry sectors
  • Faculty recognized as experts in their field
  • High national ranking achieved

Achievements:

  • Visibility through Community Engagement
    • Girls in Science and Engineering Day: This annual event offers middle school girls the opportunities to learn about careers in STEM fields through hands-on activities and workshops.
    • Biomedical Engineering Capstone Course: research and design assistive devices for organizations that assist disabled clients and disabled or injured hospital patients.
    • Blazer BEST Robotics: The Blazer BEST competition engages high- and middle-school students in a sports-like, science- and engineering-based robotics competition. UAB engineering students mentor local high-school teams to prepare for the competition.
    • The Brent Newman Memorial Egg Drop: Challenges hundreds of local K-12 students to research, create and test devices that will enable eggs to be dropped from the top of the 100-plus-foot pedestal at one of Birmingham's most famous landmarks.

One- to Five-Year Targets:

Research: Through focused research and development, substantially increase external funding (NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, NIH, USDA); Develop new initiatives with business through SBIRs and STTRs; Develop and license IP.

Multidisciplinary Research

Materials Processing and Applications Development Center

  • Expand scope of applications to: Hybrid materials (metal-fiber composites, etc.); Sports and transportation safety products; medical textiles and biomaterials, medical technology

Sports and Transportation Safety

  • Develop and license impact-mitigation systems for relevant high-profile problems that will significantly reduce risk in sports and transportation

Technology Development and Applications Center

  • Work with IIE to provide engineering support for development and commercialization of IP; Provide precision, custom low-volume manufacturing capability (TRL-6-9) for non-ISO companies; Hardware development support to DOD and NASA programs

Medical Technology Development and Commercialization

  • Match high-potential technology development opportunities with UAB/SRI researchers and engineers; Match high-potential technology development opportunities with UAB/SRI researchers and engineers; Develop a funding strategy that is based on relationships with key strategic partners who fund development and ultimately license products

Biomedical Research

  • Build on the recent realignment of the Biomedical Engineering Department to develop a leadership position in:
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Rehabilitation Engineering

Education

  • Increase national visibility of the undergraduate program
    • Increase undergraduate enrollment to 1,600 students
    • Improve retention (six-year graduation rate to 75 percent)
  • Increase diversity of engineering student population
  • Double enrollment in online graduate degree programs
  • Establish an undergraduate mentoring corps
  • Enlarge and renovate classroom for large freshman and sophomore classes
  • Provide informal workspaces for student computing, project and general study activities
  • Develop a strong co-op program with local, regional and national industry participation
  • Create more extracurricular activities for student engineering engagement (EWB, Mini-Baja, UG research opportunities, industry internships)