2018 UAH Engineering Forum: Friday, August 3, at the 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. 

The UAH-EF will feature the following 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.

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. Roy McCann
University of Arkansas
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. Yucel Akkutlu
Texas A&M University
Aerospace Engineering

Ethics and Engineering Education

Dr. Thomas Reddoch
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Power and Energy Engineering

Mark Bruckner
Dr. Joni Kluss
Mississippi State University

Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering

Dr. Hamed Benguzzi
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Dr. Michelle Tucci
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Dr. Randy Buchanan
U.S. Army Engineering R&D Center
Dr. Paul Collopy
The University of Alabama in Huntsville


Dr. Tommy Morris
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. Yuliang Zheng
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Student Presentations

Chris Maggio
Mississippi Collge

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 the Host University: UAH

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (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.



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.


Program Schedule

Thursday, Aug. 2 - Evening Reception and Dinner (Reserved for Speakers and Patrons)

Friday, Aug. 3 - Main Program

  • 7:00 - 8:00am: Registration, Check-in, and Light Breakfast Networking Session (Charger Union Theater)
  • 8:00 - 8:50am: Welcome and Keynote Speaker (Charger Union Theater)
  • 9:00 - 12:00pm: Morning Track Sessions (Shelby Center for Science and Technology)
  • 12:00 - 1:20pm: Lunch and Keynote Speaker (Charger Union Theater)
  • 1:30 - 5:00pm: Afternoon Track Sessions (Shelby Center for Science and Technology)
  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Network and Professional Development Hours Documentation (Charger Union Theater)

The schedule is subject to change.

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

  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 receive the following 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

Download the patron registration form here to register for sponsorship.


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


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. Ask for the special rate for the UAH Engineering Forum/ Southeast Symposium on Contemporary Engineering Topics (SSCET) when making your reservation.

Learn more about Huntsville.


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

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