UAH COE sponsors BEST Experience residential program for area high school students

The BEST Experience (Be an Engineering STudent)

Rising high school students grades 10 through 12 will have the opportunity to participate in The BEST Experience (Be an Engineering STudent), a new week-long residential program sponsored by The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Engineering.

"The idea behind the BEST Experience is to put engineering tools and experiments into the hands of high-school students such that they can learn what engineering at a university is like. We want them to see for themselves that majoring in engineering is very rewarding, challenging, and fun," said Dr. Jennifer English, associate dean and professor (ECE) of the UAH College of Engineering.

The BEST Experience will give area students an idea of what it's like to be an engineer for a week, July 20-25 on the UAH campus. The deadline to register for the program is Thursday, May 15. For eligibility information, application, sample schedules and to register, please visit: Scholarships for up to 75 percent of the program fee are available for qualified families with financial need.


3-D Biotech Printing, Cupcakes Teams Triumph in Boeing Business Competition

Boeing New Business Challenge

The final round of the Boeing New Business Challenge concluded last Friday, April 18, with two teams prevailing in a field of eight undergraduate competitors from UAH.

The first-place winner of a $7,000 tuition scholarship purse was Nestegg Bio, a 3-D printing and biotech startup from Tanner Carden, Devon Bane, Gavon Carden, and Tim Gualdin. The second-place winner of a $3,000 tuition scholarship purse was Ginger's Cupcake Shop, a design-your-own entry in the hot cupcake market with a free mobile app cooked up by Rachel Bray, Austin Mordecai, and Cole Rickles.

Other entries included Crow Conveyance, a delivery-by-drone concept presented by Henrique Casagrande, Henry Hiller, and Kacey Tyra; eLiterate Learning and Technology, a technical training and support service offered by Nicholas Hawke, Rachel Stough, and John (Nigel) Widner; Fitness Tracker, an application using visual imagery as a guide for getting in shape proposed by Warren Denson, Andrew Holcomb, and Nam Nguyen; Kill the dumb English, a program to help Chinese people speak English, presented by LiangLiang Zhao and Anqi Zhang; Ocular Technologies, a biometric security concept based on tracking eye movements proposed by Analyn Bengs and supported by graduate students Ali Darwish and Nicholas Gorgone; and Palm Resources, a web search and advertising service assembled by Cornell Rogers and Jonathan Walker.


Winners of 2014 SAIC Case Competition announced

SAIC Winners

On Friday, April 11, the winners of the 2014 SAIC Case Competition were announced. Open to all undergraduate students at UAH, the contest provides networking opportunities and fosters closer ties between SAIC and UAH.

The first-place team – Aaron Byers, Jenn Tischler, Charlotte Cain, and Noah Houser – received a check for $10,000 in scholarship money. The second-place team – Jacob Bryson, Savannah Burton, and Nathan Sissom – received a check for $4000 in scholarship money. And the third-place team – Craig Hunt, Claudia Mesnil, Brett Powell, and Sean Williams – received a check for $2000 in scholarship money.

This year's theme, "The Shifting Paradigm of Education in the 21st Century," challenged teams to apply a complex systems based approach to determining what systemic changes could be made to education in America to produce the best-trained workforce possible and what role technology will play.


UAH hosts first annual Piano Competition & Festival

Piano Competition

UAH held its first annual Piano Competition & Festival last month at Roberts Recital Hall on the UAH campus.

Designed to inspire young pianists to strive for artistic excellence and to promote piano playing in the area, the competition was open to students between the ages of 11 and 18 who reside in the states of Alabama and Tennessee.

"This was the first all-day piano event in the Huntsville area," says Dr. Melody Ng, Assistant Professor and Artist-Teacher of Piano in the Department of Music in UAH's College of Liberal Arts. "Plus, this is the only piano competition thus far in Huntsville that is completely opened to public."

The competition was divided into two categories – Junior (ages 11-14) and Senior (ages 15-18) – with prizes awarded to the top three performers in each.


Butler and Randolph Students Win Entrepreneurship Prizes

The Village of Promise - Randolph School Academic Challenge

The Village of Promise - Randolph School Academic Challenge culminated on Sunday, April 13, with two triumphant winners of the Entrepreneurship Competition.

The first-place prize went to Randolph School sophomore Mr. Saahil Katyal for creating the Math Attack Interactive Textbook, a colorful and fun electronic curriculum for teaching math to children.

The second-place prize, sponsored by Junior Achievement, went to Butler High School freshman Ms. Meleen Harding for designing the Beauty Folder, a prototype makeup kit for busy teens that includes a mobile app for viewing instructions.


UAH Rowing Club powered in part by school spirit


Neither Logan McEwen nor Rachel Gregory gave much thought to rowing before attending UAH. But today that disinterest is a thing of the past. Now the two share an unbridled love of the sport, serving as president and treasurer, respectively, of the UAH Rowing Club.

McEwen, a veteran of the Navy and a Fort Payne, Ala., native, had always had an athletic bent. "I played football in middle school and then I was a cyclist," he says. So for him, rowing was a natural progression. "I saw ads when I came to UAH, and I tried it out and loved it."


UAH Charger Cheerleaders take top prize at JAMfest Nationals Series

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Last month, the Charger Cheerleaders at UAH decided to take their spirit on the road. Their destination? The JAMfest Nationals Series in Mobile, where they won first place in the International Open Co-Ed Cheer and the Open Partner Stunt events.

"I was so proud of the squad and what they were able to accomplish at JAMfest," says Nikki Goode, Director of Student Activities and the squad's advisor. "Most of our cheerleaders have little or no background in cheerleading, so it is amazing to see the development that occurs in each of these students in such a short period of time."


AMC Commanding General Dennis L. Via to give UAH spring commencement address

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General Dennis L. Via, Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Command on Redstone Arsenal, is scheduled to deliver UAH's commencement address on Sunday, May 4. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m., and will be held in the Von Braun Center Propst Arena in downtown Huntsville.

UAH is expected to award more than 800 diplomas at its spring graduation ceremony - 578 bachelor's degrees, 197 master's degrees and 27 doctoral degrees. General Via will be awarded an honorary doctorate from UAH during the ceremony.

The U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness to ensure dominant land force capability for the U.S. Warfighter and our allies.


2014-2015 Orientation Leaders gear up for summer at UAH

UAH Orientation Leaders

New Student Orientation at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is designed to help ease the transition from high school, college, or the workforce to life in the Charger Nation. And helping facilitate that process – and make it both exciting and enjoyable – is the job of UAH's Orientation Leaders (OLs).

"OLs act as sources of support and information for new freshmen and transfer students, and they play a major role in facilitating the adjustment of new students and their families to UAH," says Jenny Russell, who serves as the Assistant Director of New Student Orientation and Family Programs at the university.

They're also highly recognizable by their boundless energy and school spirit – a must when it comes to participating in Orientation traditions like the Orientation Leader Welcome Skit & Dance and teaching new students the UAH fight song. After all, says Russell, "the goal of orientation is to make students and families feel welcome and that they've made a wonderful decision in joining the Charger Nation."


UAH’s partnership with nearby HudsonAlpha proves a benefit to both


When Dr. Eric Mendenhall accepted a position as assistant professor with the Department of Biological Sciences at UAH this past fall, one of the deciding factors was the university's unique relationship with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

"The HudsonAlpha Institute, led by President Richard Myers, is especially prolific in their research, and future collaborations seemed like they would be easy to establish and mutually beneficial," he says. Then with a laugh he adds, "Dr. Myers really helped recruit me to come to UAH with promises of future collaborations!"

Joking aside, however, Dr. Myers has more than made good on his promise. He has partnered with Dr. Mendenhall on the ENCODE project, a large consortium effort to define the epigenome across both normal and diseased cells.