21 faculty members get grants for UAH cross-college research

UAH Vice President for Research Dr. Ray Vaughn

Proposals from 21 tenure-track faculty members at UAH have each been awarded $5,000 grants to create interdisciplinary, cross-college research initiatives on campus. The grants are from the UAH Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Cross-College Faculty Research (CCFR) program. New Vice President for Research Dr. Ray Vaughn started the CCFR initiative shortly after his arrival on campus. "I believe in faculty investment programs and this is one of several that we will announce," Dr. Vaughn said. "I see this as a vehicle to increasing the cooperation and positive relationships between faculty in our various colleges. This program will likely lead to some very good proposals that would not otherwise have existed."


UAH leads consortium competing for FAA’s national UAV test site

A ScanEagle launch at UAH partner firm ISR Group’s UAS airfield in Savannah, Tenn.

A consortium led by The University of Alabama in Huntsville is among 27 groups that are competing for six national unmanned aerial system test sites that will be chosen before the end of the year by the Federal Aviation Authority.


Five UAH students graduate from ‘amazing’ MSFC summer internships

UAH students who graduated from the Marshall Space Flight Center’s summer internship program presented their project posters and abstracts on Wednesday, Aug. 9. From top are Jaewon Choi, physics, mathematics, optics; Chris Hill, mechanical engineering; Markus Murdy, aerospace engineering; Glenn Scott Nesbitt II, aerospace engineering; and Maria Emma Torres, chemistry/biology.

Five students at UAH graduated today from summer internships at Marshall Space Flight Center.

The UAH graduates and their majors are Jaewon Choi, physics, mathematics, optics; Chris Hill, mechanical engineering; Markus Murdy, aerospace engineering; Glenn Scott Nesbitt II, aerospace engineering; and Maria Emma Torres, chemistry/biology.

Interns participated in a 10-week summer program at MSFC that began on June 3. NASA engages high-quality graduate and undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in research projects at the center.


Smart pill bottle invented at UAH heads to clinical trials


Patented at UAH, a smart pill bottle that notifies you to take your medications or reminds you if you missed a dose could be en route to medicine cabinets as soon as 2015.

Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, a Cornell University college, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the New York City Economic Development Corp. and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration for a clinical study to test the effectiveness of the smart pill bottle on drug adherence in HIV-positive patients. It was one of 10 partnerships to win an inaugural PILOT Health Tech NYC grant.


New research aids ability to predict solar storms, protect Earth


Three new solar modeling developments at UAH are bringing scientists closer to being able to predict the occurrence and timing of coronal mass ejections from the sun.


Dual radar storm analysis technique works even with one, research says

Doctoral student Todd Murphy’s research proves that reliable dual-Doppler analysis techniques can be used with storm data obtained from just one Doppler radar instead of two.

Scientists may be able to better study how supercell thunderstorms work by using the data from just one Doppler radar unit and an analysis technique called synthetic dual-Doppler (SDD) that normally requires two, according to research done by a doctoral candidate at UAH.


ChargerSat 1 passes review in California

UAH Space Hardware Club members Matt Rodencal, Eric Becnel and Mason Manning review ChargerSat 1 in California with a California Polytechnic State University representative and a NASA Kennedy Space Center Launch Services Program representative

The Mission Readiness Review of ChargerSat 1, UAH Space Hardware Club's CubeSat project, is complete, and the team is clear to complete the final touches to the satellite. ChargerSat 1 is an approximately 4-inch cube weighing 2.2 pounds. The satellite will survive six to 24 months in space before it re-enters the atmosphere. Thirteen civilian satellites will fly on the rocket, and each is participating in the meeting in California.

Upcoming is launch integration, where the satellite is put into the rocket. The satellite is scheduled to launch Oct. 30. Once the satellite is in orbit, the Space Hardware Club will talk directly to it from the UAH Engineering Building.


UAH student prototyping facility one of the largest of its kind

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At one of the largest student-centered facilities of its type in the country, students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have the opportunity to turn their engineering designs into reality.

The Engineering Design and Prototyping Facility (EDPF) at UAH has done work for industry and defense clients but "our primary clients are students working on their class based and extra-curricular projects," said Stephen Collins, the prototype development specialist who runs the place.

Located in the west wing of Olin B. King Technology Hall, the 12,000-square-foot, controlled-access facility provides capabilities in rapid prototyping, laser digitizing, computer-assisted manufacturing and composite materials manufacturing, as well as more conventional manufacturing and welding methods, which are primarily used by students in the University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department.


ChargerSat 1 team in California for readiness test


The UAH ChargerSat 1 team arrived in California Monday night for three days of Mission Readiness Review meetings about the UAH CubeSat. All 13 of the civilian satellites slated for launch on a rocket as part of the NASA CubeSat Launch Initiative are meeting together to present how each team is ready for the flight. Some teams feature student payloads, like the one from UAH.


UAH findings on makeup of universe may spawn new research


New areas of extragalactic study may emerge from research by UAH astrophysicists using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory to conclude that baryons making up all visible matter – once thought to be missing from clusters – are present in the expected ratios in large, luminous clusters.