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UAH student’s engineering video takes top category prize in international contest

Jacob Bryson, a senior at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), has always had a passion for engineering and its ability to improve the lives of everyday people. So when he learned about the National Association of Engineering (NAE) "Engineering for You" video contest, he figured it would be a good way to share that passion. Little did he know he'd end up placing first in the tertiary education category with his submission, The Personification of Engineering.

"A lot of people think engineers sit in a cubicle working on a computer all day, and I think Dilbert plays a role in that!" says Bryson, a Madison native and Madison Academy graduate. "But I view engineering as one of the greatest helping professions out there, so I wanted people to see my video as a conversation between engineers and the people they help."

When he heard about the contest from his sister, a UAH alumna now pursuing a master's degree in biotechnology engineering, Bryson's first thought was that he didn't have the time. He was already balancing a full course load as a double major in industrial systems and mechanical engineering. Not to mention, he had absolutely no experience making videos. "I did not even know that Adobe Premiere Pro existed!" he laughs.

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UAH students present research at International Astronautical Congress

Four students from UAH presented their research in the regular congress of the 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto, Canada, from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.

UAH is a full member of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the parent organization that puts on the yearly space meeting.

"This meeting is the single biggest international gathering of all the major players in the aerospace industry," says Dave Cook, coordinator of student research programs for UAH's Office of Academic Affairs. The IAC attracts professional researchers, top academicians, senior leaders in government and private industry, and the heads of the world's space agencies. Students even got to rub elbows at the conference with retired Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, who was the first Canadian to walk in space.

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One of UAH’s own selected to attend prestigious symposium

UAH is pleased to announce that Dr. Phillip A. Farrington, professor in the College of Engineering, has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering's sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Dr. Farrington is among just 77 invitees to the symposium, all of whom were nominated to and selected from a highly competitive pool of their peers.

"The Frontiers of Engineering Education program brings together top university faculty to explore preparing engineers for the world's great engineering challenges," said Dr. Dan Mote, President of the National Academy of Engineering. "It is a no-holds-barred look at the front edge of engineering education."

The symposium will be held Oct. 26-29 in Irvine, Calif. Attendees, who were selected based on their "innovative educational approaches," will share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and receive the tools needed to bring about improvement at their home institution.

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Dr. Emil Jovanov is Alabama Launchpad Inventor of the Year

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In Dr. Emil Jovanov's office hangs a picture of a climber hanging from a cliff by one hand. Below it is one word: Perseverance.

"Whatever you apply your focus to, that is the result you will get," Dr. Jovanov says. "If we focus on science and technology and new discoveries, then we will get new discoveries."

That picture says a lot about Dr. Jovanov, an associate professor in the UAH Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. who has just been named the Inventor of the Year by Alabama Launchpad. Dr. Jovanov's most successful patent is a smart pill bottle that notifies you to take your medication, reminds you if you missed a dose and can alert your doctor or pharmacist if you are missing doses. It's currently in production and clinical testing by patent licensee AdhereTech, which supported and provided data for Dr. Jovanov's nomination.

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UAH students build, install solar-powered charging bench

A team of electrical engineering students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has built and installed a solar-powered charging bench (SPCB) at Charger Way and John Wright Road. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the new addition to campus will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m., after which the bench will be available for public use.

Powered by renewable energy, the SPCB will provide a place for students, faculty, and visitors to easily charge their mobile devices while enjoying the outdoors. The students involved – Patrick Doyle, Ashley Johnson, Beverly Martin, and Donna Baughn – created the bench for their senior design project, a requirement of UAH's electrical engineering undergraduate degree program.

The team's goal, says Baughn, was to design something that would "not only reflect our passion for giving back to the community and contributing in a positive way, but would also use renewable energy." Dennis Hite, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, served as an advisor to the group, known collectively as "The Bench Warmers." The project also received invaluable support from two community partners, Jacobs and TVA.

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Vice president for $2.5 billion company returns to tour alma mater

A UAH graduate who is now a corporate vice president and chief scientific officer of a company with $2.5 billion in annual medical device sales came back to his alma mater Wednesday for a campus tour.

Stanton J. Rowe (BS, biological sciences, '75), an executive at Edwards Lifesciences LLC in Irvine, Calif., has been awarded 15 patents and has 32 pending. Rowe joined the company in 2004 when Edwards acquired Percutaneous Valve Technologies (PVT), a company Rowe helped to found in 1999 and where he served as president and CEO. He is part of a team that developed the patent system at Edwards that the company uses to reward employees who are awarded patents.

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Norman Augustine, nationally recognized STEM advocate to give UAH College of Engineering presentation on Oct. 6

Norman Augustine, a successful businessman, engineer, educator and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) advocate will be the guest speaker for UAH College of Engineering's Distinguished Seminar next month.

Augustine's talk entitled "Science and Technology: Can America Compete," will be presented on Monday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m., on the UAH campus in the Chan Auditorium, located in the Business Administration Building. The event is free and open to the public.

"Norm Augustine is perhaps among the most influential engineers of our time," said Dr. Shankar Mahalingam, Dean of the UAH College of Engineering. "Because of his varied leadership roles within industry, government, and the National Academy of Engineering, he has been in a unique position to understand the challenges associated with developing and maintaining intellectual capital in a high technology-based competitive world. Our students, faculty, staff, and the larger Huntsville community are truly fortunate to have an opportunity to hear him," said Mahalingam.

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UAH hosting NIST cybersecurity framework workshop on Dec. 11

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About 200 private and public sector cyber critical infrastructure practitioners will gather in Chan Auditorium at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on Dec. 11 for a workshop on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity sponsored primarily by Cyber Huntsville.

"This workshop represents a very powerful opportunity for cyber critical infrastructure practitioners to have a rare and direct dialogue with the key NIST representatives who are developing the framework," said Jamie Miller, the workshop organizer and member of the Cyber Huntsville Board of Directors. "It is also wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of our region to NIST."

NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency under the Department of Commerce headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. A NIST certification is important because it supports and develops measurement standards for a particular service or product.

"The workshop will feature NIST leadership and the authors of existing framework," said Miller. "The purpose of the workshop is to support the ongoing awareness, evolution and adoption of the NIST Framework, and to ensure that the critical infrastructure practitioners located in the Huntsville, Tennessee Valley and broader Southeastern region have the opportunity to open a direct dialogue with NIST representatives to share lessons learned and best practices related to framework implementation."

As a member of Cyber Huntsville, in addition to hosting the workshop UAH is also an event sponsor. NIST prefers to have its workshops hosted at academic institutions to promoted an open and intellectually founded dialogue.

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Grant will fund multi-university research on impact of reshoring on U.S. economy

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) received a grant to study the impact of reshoring on transportation infrastructure and the U.S. economy. Dr. Michael Anderson, an associate professor in UAH's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, is a co-principal investigator on the project, which also includes researchers from the University of Memphis, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"Reshoring is the returning of manufacturing and assembly jobs to the United States. These are jobs that were moved overseas over the past 40 years that are starting to return to the U.S.," says Dr. Anderson. "The goal of reshoring is to reduce the overall cost of items by reducing the costs associated with shipping final products."

The project encompasses several tasks that the researchers will tackle over the course of its 17-month duration. These include developing a reshorability index for U.S. manufacturing companies, determining the sensitivity of reshorability to policy changes, analyzing the impact of reshoring on the transportation network, creating manufacturing location quotients, assessing the potential economic impact, and devising policy recommendations.

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Von Braun Memorial Symposium sees record number of student poster entries

A record number of students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) entered the student poster competition at the seventh Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium held on the campus Oct. 27-29.

A total of 43 students representing every college at UAH presented research projects relevant to the aerospace industry, such as atmospheric science, earth observation, space life sciences, space health, aerospace systems engineering and design, astrophysics, space weather, optics, economics, business, policy, sustainability, history, international relations, education, STEM outreach initiatives, and related areas.

The annual symposium is sponsored by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and organized collaboratively by UAH, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the Huntsville National Space Club.

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