2018 UAH Engineering Forum
Friday, August 3 | UAH Charger Union

The 2018 UAH Engineering Forum (UAH-EF) is an event held in conjunction with the 2018 Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET). The UAH-EF will feature invited presentations from faculty and technical experts from universities and companies from across the Southeast and from the UAH College of Engineering. The intent of the forum is to explore and discuss state-of-the-art engineering solutions to modern engineering problems. UAH-EF attendees receive Professional Development Hours (PDH) for attending. The UAH-EF will be held on August 3, 2018 on the UAH campus in the Charger Union Theater.

Register Now Sponsor

Attendees, speakers, and volunteers should all register using Eventbrite. All attendees will receive a certificate for up to 8 hours of Professional Development Hours (PDH) from UAH.

About the Event

The UAH-EF will feature 11 tracks:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical and Biotechnology
  • Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • Civil, Environmental, and Coastal Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electric Power
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ethics and Engineering Education
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Student Research

Presentations in the tracks will be 25 minutes each and include the opportunity for questions.

Program Schedule

Thursday, Aug 2
Evening Reception and Dinner

(Reserved for Speakers and Patrons)

  • Dinner at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Biergarten at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.
Friday, Aug 3
Main Program
07:00 - 08:00am Registration, Check-in, and Light Breakfast Networking Session Charger Union
08:00 - 08:50am Welcome and Keynote Speaker Charger Union Theater
09:00 - 12:00pm Morning Track Sessions Shelby Center
12:00 - 01:20pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker Charger Union Theater
01:30 - 05:00pm Afternoon Track Sessions Shelby Center
05:00 - 06:00pm Network and Professional Development Hours Documentation Charger Union
05:00 - 06:00pm Student / Professional Networking Session Charger Union

The schedule is subject to change.

View a detailed version of the Schedule of events.

Track Room Assignments

Keynote Speakers


Janice Hess

Janice Hess

Teledyne Technologies Incorporated Segment President, Engineered Systems President, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.
Janice Hess

Steve Pierce

Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Forces Strategic Command


This year’s Engineering Forum will be held in the Charger Union and Shelby Center for Science and Technology on the UAH campus. The Charger Union serves as a hub for student activity and features several dining options, a 300+ seat theater, conference rooms, and the university bookstore.

Please reference the UAH Campus Map for directions. Parking will be held at the Intermodal Parking Facility (bldg 18), a short walk from the Charger Union (bldg 19) and the Shelby Center (bldg 20).

For GPS to locate the parking garage, use the following address:

501 John Wright Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35805


UAH-EF has arranged for a discount rate of $99/night in the Huntsville Marriott at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Learn more about Huntsville

Reserve a Room

The UAH-EF is seeking funding to underwrite the cost of the event. Four levels of sponsorship are available.

Sponsorship Levels:

  1. Platinum: $2500 (Includes 5 attendee registrations)
  2. Gold: $1000 (Includes 3 attendee registrations)
  3. Silver: $500 (Includes 1 attendee registrations)
  4. Individual: $250 (Includes 1 attendee registrations)

Sponsors Benefits:

  • Sponsor logo on website and event publications
  • Acknowledgement at the UAH-EF
  • Invitation to the August 2nd evening reception at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Biergarten

To register for sponsorship complete the patron registration form.

Payment can be made by check or through Eventbrite.

Please contact Dr. Tommy Morris at ccre@uah.edu for more information.

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The UAH Engineering Forum Organizing Committee

Dr. Tommy Morris Chair, UAH Engineering Forum Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Director, Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education

Dr. Shankar Mahalingam Dean, College of Engineering Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Jennifer English Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs, College of Engineering Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

SSCET/UAH-EF Track Chairs

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Alak Bandyopadhyay
Alabama A&M University

Dr. Matthew Morrison
University of Mississippi

Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Robert Whalin
Jackson State University

Mechanical Engineering

Walt Holifield

Chemical, Petroleum and Materials Engineering

Dr. Mayank Tyagi
Louisiana State University

Dr. Yu Lei
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Robert Frederick
University of Alabama in Huntsville

Ethics and Engineering Education

Dr. Thomas Reddoch
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Power and Energy Engineering

Dr. Ebrahim Amiri
University of New Orleans

Power Systems Engineering

Dr. Sakis Melopoulos
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Roy McCann
University of Arkansas

Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering

Dr. Steve Elder
Mississippi State University

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Dr. Randy Buchanan
U.S. Army Engineering R&D Center

Dr. Paul Collopy
The University of Alabama in Huntsville


Dr. Letha Etzkorn
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Yuliang Zheng
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Student Presentations

Chris Maggio
Mississippi College

Dr. Jennifer English
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

About the SSCET

The 2018 UAH-EF is a partnership with the SSCET. The SSCET was first held at the University of New Orleans (UNO) in 2009. It was organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) New Orleans Industry Applications Society Chapter with support from the IEEE New Orleans section. At a dinner following the first SSCET, electrical power professors from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, Georgia Tech, and UNO agreed that participating universities in the Southeast would host the symposium going forward.

In 2013, UNO recommended that the SSCET host university simultaneously hold a university engineering forum for their students, alumni, and the local engineering community.

About UAH

UAH takes pride in its rich history of engineering and technology research. It is located in Huntsville, AL, home to Redstone Arsenal, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and Cummings Research Park, the second-largest research park in America. The UAH campus encompasses over 500 acres and comprises nine colleges and 16 research centers. Current UAH enrollment is approximately 9,000 students, the largest proportion of which are majors in the College of Engineering.

Learn More


For more information contact the UAH Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE) at ccre@uah.edu or 256.824.6576.