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Engineering society 1-800-333-8156 L. Lamar Faulkner National Chair, Board of Directors

Charles L. Karr, Ph.D. Dean, College of Engineering

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Karen Meshad Baldwin Director, External Affairs and Development

Trudeau B. Livaudais IV Coordinator, Capstone Engineering Society

Cover Story: Students and faculty from the College of Engineering are laying the groundwork for vehicles that will one day travel to the edge of space.

Table of Contents

Mary Wymer Editor

Allison Bridges Assistant Editor

Cathy Butler Proofreader

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Issue No. 35 Capstone Engineer is published in the spring and fall by the Capstone Engineering Society.

Sharon Waites

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Going Where No One Has Before C o lleg e’ s space team w o r k in g i n near -space

Student Research

L ea r n in g T o day t o Lead T omo r r o w

Cybersecurity

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ua’s developments in cybersecurity improve society

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Transportation

auto and transportation research centers impact alabama

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News

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Surveying the College

Address correspondence to the editor:

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College Brag Points

The University of Alabama, Capstone Engineering Society, College of Engineering, Box 870200, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0200.

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Our Students. Our Future.

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Alumni Notes

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In Memoriam

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Events

Laura Shill, Mary Wymer, Rickey Yanaura

Visit the College of Engineering Web site at www.eng.ua.edu.

The University of Alabama is an equal-opportunity educational institution/ employer. • MC7451


Dean’s message As we strive to follow The University of Alabama’s vision of becoming “a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians,” I thought it pertinent to share with you some of the College’s research endeavors. The College has established interdisciplinary research teams, and the roles our students take in our research projects are immeasurable. Our students have received many prestigious national awards, such as Goldwater and Hollings scholarships, much in part to the work they perform in many of the College’s labs. With our dedicated faculty mentoring and guiding, our students are leading the state with these research projects such as the near-space team’s blimp and energy-efficiency programs. As you read this issue of the Capstone Engineer, I hope you get a small glimpse of how the College of Engineering is not only fulfilling the vision of the University but also leading in hands-on engineering education. D ean C har l es L . K arr

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Going Wh College’s Space Team Working in Near-Space

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Students and faculty from the College of

UA’s Near-Space Engineering Research and

Engineering are laying the groundwork for vehicles that

Technology program, known as N-SERT, is working to

will one day travel to the edge of space and remain

develop such a vehicle. Faculty and students in

there for weeks or months at a time. These vehicles

mechanical and electrical engineering have designed a

will operate in near-space, a region of the atmosphere that

30-foot-long remote-controlled blimp–the High-Altitude,

is too high for aircraft but not high

Long-Operation vehicle. HALO, as

enough for satellites to

the blimp is called, will serve as a test

maintain orbit.

bed for technologies that will one day

enable the development of a vehicle

Near-space vehicles have re-

ceived a lot of attention due to

capable of hovering in the same

the realization that vehicles operating

relative location near the edge of

in near-space could provide cost-

space for extended periods of time.

effective platforms for civilian and

“The potential for near-space

military applications. Emergency responders could

vehicles is great, but so are the technological barriers,”

use these types of vehicles to restore communications

said Dr. John Baker, associate professor of mechanical

in areas damaged by natural disasters and military

engineering. “The overall goal of UA’s N-SERT program

commanders could launch vehicles to collect valuable

is to conduct the research needed to enable the

surveillance information without using satellites.

development of viable near-space vehicles.

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No One

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“To be at the leading edge of a field

BAMASAT program, which produced a

with so much potential is a once-in-

free-floating balloon that traveled to the

a-lifetime opportunity for all of us,”

edge of space at an altitude of 100,000 feet

said Baker.

and delivered images back to the earth.

The balloon was tracked using a global

The plan is to develop HALO in a

number of incremental steps, each step

positioning system, and after reaching a

building upon the knowledge and experience gained

certain altitude, the balloon ruptured due to low pressure

during the previous steps. Currently, students are

in the stratosphere.

developing the HALO vehicle as they add autonomous

flight capabilities to the airship.

the College of Engineering through the Alton Scott

program, which was established in 2002 from an

HALO began as an undergraduate program for

UA’s N-SERT team was awarded a grant from

senior mechanical engineering students, but it has grown

$8 million endowment earmarked for the promotion,

into a much larger project. The combination of

encouragement and funding of research projects.

undergraduate and graduate research with a

In addition, the Alabama Space Grant Consortium,

multidisciplinary systems engineering problem provides

a statewide organization funded by NASA to promote

a unique educational experience for the students.

development in aerospace engineering, has funded

UA’s near-space vehicles.

The blimp is the second of two near-space

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versity of Alabama will be a studentcentered research university and an academic

“The University of Alabama will be a student-centered research university and an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.” V ision S tatement of T he U niversit y of A l abama

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Student The College of Engineering has long embraced the University’s vision to be a student-centered research university. Hands-on learning experiences are invaluable to the education of today’s engineers. Book knowledge is only a small portion of the needed skills in the rapidly changing fields of engineering. Undergraduate students also recognize the important role of research as part of their overall education. With career ambitions ranging from professors at major universities to plant managers to physicians, the following students believe their research work enhances their education and impacts the state of Alabama. These students are involved in research in the College’s energy and biology areas.

Jenna Cook − senior in industrial engineering David Reeves − senior in mechanical engineering Research Project − Alabama Industrial Assessment Center Research Advisor − Dr. Keith Woodbury, associate professor of mechanical engineering

Why does this project interest you? I am interested in this project because I want to learn ways to conserve energy to help the environment and to cut costs while working as an engineer. I want to begin working as an engineer in an industrial setting, with a long-term goal of becoming an engineering or plant manager. Understanding the basics of energy savings will help me be a more successful engineer. − David Reeves How has working on this research impacted your overall education? Working on research allows students to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world manufacturing operations. This experience has also strengthened my technical and communication skills. The University of Alabama Industrial c o nt i nued o n pa g e 6


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David Reeves and Jenna Cook at Montgomery Woodworks in Tuscaloosa.

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Assessment program is partnering with Mississippi State’s team, so I get to interact with other engineering students and learn about their experiences. It’s also been beneficial to me because of the technical aspects and the professor and student interactions. − Jenna Cook

Mary-Kathryn Sewell − junior in chemical and biological engineering Research Project − Magnetic particles in hydrogel Research Advisor − Dr. Chris Brazel, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering

Why does this project interest you? The project interests me because it is challenging and multifaceted. I have always loved to figure out how and why things work. The harder the challenge is, the more I enjoy it. Also, the biomaterials group is a diverse team of students and professors in many departments from UA and UAB. As we work toward a common goal, my work is a piece of the overall picture. And because we’re looking at all kinds of applications for the system, I can see the impact of the group’s work on medical research. How has working on this research impacted your overall education? The greatest thing about my research is how much I have learned since I started. Sitting in class, listening to a lecture on theory is one thing. But going into the lab and trying to figure out exactly how it works is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had since coming to the University. There is nothing more satisfying to me than to sit down with data I have collected from one of my own experiments and decipher it into results.

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Mary-Kathryn Sewell, Dr. Chris Brazel


Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips − senior in chemical and biological engineering Research Project − Magnetic fluid hypothermia Research Advisor − Dr. Duane Johnson, associate professor of chemical and biological engineering

Why does working on the research project with Dr. Johnson interest you? When I began looking for a Computer-Based Honors project, I searched for one that would combine my interests in engineering and medicine. Dr. Johnson’s research on magnetic fluid hypothermia cancer treatment provided the perfect combination. I am excited about our work because I see its potential to improve the lives of cancer patients by offering them an effective alternative to traditional cancer treatments.

How do you think working on research will help your career goals? Research is constantly changing the field of medicine. To provide the best possible care for my patients, I must understand this process. My undergraduate research experience will help me interpret medical research, implement its results, and contribute to future research initiatives. Tell about how working on research has impacted your overall education. Undergraduate research has been the highlight of my experience in the College of Engineering. It has challenged me to use classroom concepts to solve real-world problems and taught me to work together with an interdisciplinary team. My research group has also been a great source of advice and support throughout my college career.

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Cybersecurity

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UA’s Developments in Cybersecurity Improve Society

Recent advances associated with the Internet

have brought about issues concerning cybersecurity,

uses the Internet to transmit tickets directly to the

and the College has formed an interdisciplinary research

Administrative Office of Courts in Montgomery,

team to specifically address a few key areas in security

eliminating data entry of the tickets by court clerks.

informatics. UA’s CARE Research & Development

Phase one of the e-Citation program took

Laboratory is a major component in

place at the Alabama Department of

this research as it uses leading-edge

Transportation trucking weigh station in

technologies to provide advances in

Heflin, Ala. In phase two, the Motor

traffic safety, law enforcement and

Carrier Safety Unit troopers worked

homeland security.

with laptops and driver’s license

scanners in their cars to go mobile with

The CRDL, part of UA’s

computer science department, was

e-Citation. The project went to four

established in 1982. Today, the

counties, then seven and then statewide

lab consists of 20 faculty, students

with all motor carrier troopers. Phase

and professional staff. The original

three added the municipal courts and

product of CRDL was CARE, a data

was piloted with Tuscaloosa and

analysis software package for use

University of Alabama police

in problem identification and

departments.

evaluation. It has been used primarily in the area

of traffic safety and has been implemented in 10 states.

currently underway, and it includes expansion to all state

troopers throughout the state. Several municipalities

In the last several years, CRDL has broadened its

The latest phase in the e-Citation program is

focus to include law enforcement and homeland security.

are beginning to enroll as well. As part of the statewide

Working with law enforcement, UA’s CARE

expansion effort, the CRDL was awarded a $500,000

Research & Development Laboratory developed

federal grant.

e-Citation, an electronic citation application and

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ticketing process. Developed in 2003, this program

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“We wanted to develop a new way to produce and deliver criminal justice information directly to the point of use.”

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“We wanted to develop a new way to produce

and deliver criminal justice information directly to the point of use,” explained Dr. David Brown, computer science professor and director of development of the CRDL. “Officers in the field can find out who is driving a car and can make a positive identification of people who do not have their driver’s license in their possession. In addition, the officers can be alerted if the person they have stopped has outstanding arrest warrants.”

As a result of the success of the LETS program,

“This new technology provides us the opportunity to

a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of

perform citation tasks with increased safety as well

Homeland Security was awarded to CRDL to develop

as speed and accuracy,” said Tuscaloosa Police Chief

a similar system to increase the information technology

Ken Swindle.

projects in fighting terrorism. The Secure Homeland

Another area of cybersecurity that CRDL

Access and Reporting Environment, or SHARE,

addressed concerned the development of a system to help

was developed with this grant. SHARE is a secure

with identification for law enforcement. In 2003, UA’s

Web portal that allows reporting of suspected terrorist

CRDL developed the Law Enforcement Tactical System,

activity by officers and facilitates information sharing

or LETS, which is a secure, Web-based search engine that

among agencies.

allows law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to

pull millions of records, titles, registrations and photos

only fulfilling the University’s mission of research and

from the Internet to make necessary identifications.

service, but also dramatically improving the safety and

The program gives officers tools, using wireless laptops

security of the citizens of Alabama.

The College’s cybersecurity research team is not

in their patrol vehicles, to see beyond the boundaries of their jurisdictions.

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Trans

portation From traffic safety to automobile performance, the College’s automotive and transportation research team impacts the state and region through the longevity and success of UA’s two main research centers devoted to these issues. The University Transportation Center for Alabama and the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies have addressed many of the state’s auto and transportation needs and were instrumental in helping the state lure additional auto manufacturers.

The University Transportation Center for

Alabama, or UTCA, is a collaboration of faculty, students and staff from The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Huntsville and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The driving force that activated UTCA was the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, which established UTCA as a University Transportation Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The UTCA is headquartered in Tuscaloosa and directed by Dr. Daniel Turner, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering.

Since its inception in 1999, the UTCA has

initiated more than 200 research projects and published articles in some of the most prestigious transportation

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journals throughout the country. In addition, UTCA’s

and low-emission and high-energy efficiency

pre-college outreach program reaches nearly 1,900

engine designs to noise and vibration analysis and

students annually. UTCA’s annual research budget is

dynamic modeling, the CAVT projects enhance industrial

nearly $2.3 million with projects in areas such as bridges,

partnerships and encourage further investment in research

education, safety, technology transfer and

and development activities at the University.

management issues.

sponsored almost 30 projects with $2.3

One of the UTCA’s projects

For the past five years, the CAVT has

included a seatbelt promotion program that

million in research funding plus $1.3

saturated the media with safety messages

million from UA cost share. For each U.S.

encouraging seat belt use. The campaign

Department of Transportation dollar

helped increase seatbelt use to about 82

($3 million), $3 is added from the

percent in Alabama, the most dramatic increase and the

University, partners, spin-offs and other research initiation.

highest level at that time. Other projects have included

As the state continues to lure automotive manufacturers, it recognizes the important partnerships that can be gained with research centers at the Capstone.

development of a bridge testing manual for the Alabama Department of Transportation; development of a riskbased decision-making foundation for bridge inspection, rating and maintenance; and identification of high-risk older drivers and recommending guidelines to diminish the number of accidents attributable to them.

As the state continues to lure automotive

manufacturers, it recognizes the important partnerships that can be gained with research centers at the Capstone.

A recently funded project that the CAVT

The University of Alabama was part of the original

will be coordinating will investigate a biodiesel hybrid

presentation to Hyundai as the automaker sought a site

bus research program. The U.S. Department of

for a new U.S. facility. The University’s presentation

Transportation awarded the CAVT almost $1 million

focused on the UTCA and the Alabama Institute for

for the one-year project. The project addresses advantages

Manufacturing

to biodiesel hybrid electric buses, which can have

Excellence.

positive results in the state with many metropolitan

areas considering this type of technology.

UA’s Center

for Advanced

The College’s auto and transportation research

Vehicle Technolo-

teams will continue to positively impact the state and

gies, known as the

region for many years to come. From making our roads

CAVT, has two

safer to driving more efficient automobiles, UA’s

technical thrusts

engineering researchers are leading the way.

vital to the state of Alabama. Advanced propulsion technologies and vehicle structure technologies impact the various automotive industries throughout the state and entire southeast region. From research on advanced reciprocating engines capstone

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College Receives Scholarship Funds from Chevron Chevron company representatives visited campus

Eastman Chemical Assists College with Scholarship Funds

and presented the College with scholarship funds in mechanical and chemical engineering and for the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. Gregory Singleton (seated

Jerry G. Bush (left), Eastman Chemical Co. principal staffing representative, visited with Gregory Singleton, director of engineering student services, and presented a check for scholarships in chemical right), director of engineering student services, accepts

engineering and the Multicultural Engineering Program.

a scholarship check from Brian Campbell (seated left), Chevron operations routine maintenance team leader, J. Brandon Sanders (standing left), project engineer, Sharon Wyatt (standing center), process engineer, and Scott Harper (standing right), process controls engineer.

3M Supports the College with Scholarship Funds

Honda Manufacturing Donates V-6 Engine Honda Manufacturing of Alabama donated a Honda Odyssey V-6 engine to the Department of Mechanical Engineering for use with the engine firing cart project.

Dr. Gary April, department head of chemical and biological engineering, accepts a check for scholarship funds from David G. Courington, 3M operations manager. 3M annually supports chemical and biological engineering scholarships. capstone

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• The Blount Foundation Inc. for support of the Ray D. Bass Endowed Engineering Scholarship

• Mr. and Mrs. E. Sorrell Lanier for establishing the Nell and Sorrell Lanier Endowed Scholarship

• Mr. and Mrs. W. Paul Bowers for establishing the Double “A” Endowed Scholarship

• The McAbee Foundation for continuing support of the McAbee Foundation Scholarship

• Dr. Robin B. and Mr. William Paul Buckelew for support of engineering scholarships

• Price McGiffert Construction Co. Inc. for continuing support of the David G. McGiffert Endowed Engineering Scholarship

• Chevron for continuing support of the Chevron Mechanical Engineering Scholarship • Mr. and Mrs. William E. Crowder Jr. for continuing support of the William E. Crowder Endowed Engineering Scholarship in aerospace engineering • Eastman Chemical Co. for continuing support of the Eastman Chemical Co. Engineering Scholarship • Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Haubein for continuing support of the Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Haubein Endowed Engineering Scholarship • Mrs. Mildred R. Hire Fleming for continuing support of the Hire Design Clinic Laboratory Endowed Support Fund • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC for continuing support of the Council of Partners • Mrs. Betty Johnson for establishing the Sam A Johnson III Endowed Scholarship

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• Mr. Alsey C. Parker Jr. for continuing support of the Alsey Clements Parker Memorial Endowed Engineering Scholarship • Col. and Mrs. Dayton Robinson Jr. for continuing support of the Dayton Robinson III Memorial Endowed Scholarship in memory of their son, Sonny • Mr. Warren R. Ross for continuing support of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Endowed Scholarship • Mr. Michael C. Simmons for establishing the David W. Gilbert Endowed Scholarship • Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth White for establishing the Sandra E. and H. Kenneth White Endowed Scholarship • Volkert & Associates Inc. for continuing support of the Volkert & Associates Inc. Endowed Engineering Scholarship


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Bass Honored in Tuscaloosa

Engineering Dedicates Design Laboratory

The University of Alabama College of Engineering held a dedication ceremony in honor of naming the James Massey Hire Jr. and Mildred Ray Hire Design Clinic Ray Bass, retired chief engineer for the Alabama

Laboratory on Friday, March 23. The James Massey

Department of Transportation, was honored in

Hire Jr. and Mildred Ray Hire Design Clinic

Tuscaloosa. The event, held on Sept. 27, was hosted

Laboratory, located in Hardaway Room 109, was made

by the BASS Committee (Building Alabama Safe and

possible by a generous donation from Mildred Ray

Sound) and the Alabama Sheriffs Association. Bass

Hire to honor the memory of her husband, Jim.

was recognized for his dedication and legacy in the

dedicated to operating the

transportation industry. In appreciation for his

mechanical engineering design

contributions to civil engineering, an endowed

clinic, upgrading laboratory

scholarship has been established in his name at the

equipment, promoting the

University of Alabama College of Engineering.

Bass, who passed away on March 22, received

The donation was specifically

academic excellence of students in the College of Engineering, and purchasing necessary

a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Auburn

materials for student design projects.

University in 1959. After graduation, Bass worked as

an engineer for Lowndes, Montgomery, Dallas and

greatly benefit from the laboratory, and the projects

Tuscaloosa counties. Bass worked for ALDOT as assis-

designed in the lab resemble those that occur in

tant director, director, chief design engineer, and chief

“real-world” environment. Senior mechanical

engineering. He retired in 2005.

engineering students will use the lab to design projects,

such as shingle lifting devices for Habitat for

Those who have benefited from the leadership of

Bass and wish to donate to the scholarship fund may do so by contacting Karen Baldwin, director of external affairs and development, at (205) 348-7594 or 1-800-333-8156.

Student engineering projects are expected to

Humanity to reduce work-related injuries and ride-on toys for children attending the RISE Program who have motor skill limitations.

The Hires also endowed a scholarship that

provides assistance to students pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering.

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You madE a CarEEr EnginEEring things that last. hErE’s anothEr ChanCE. Our university continues to build upon its tradition of excellence through generous, long-range gifts from private donors. Please remember the College of Engineering in your will, trust, or other estate plans. For more information about giving opportunities without obligation, contact our professional staff toll-free at 1-888-875-4438, (205) 348-4767, or visit giving.ua.edu. Our StudentS. Our Future.


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Hong Named as New Drummond Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Vice Retires from Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

The College of Engineering named Dr. Yang-Ki Hong as

Vice, administrative secretary in the civil, construction

the Elbert Allen (Larry) Drummond Endowed Chair in

and environmental engineering department. Vice began

electrical and computer engineering.

her service at the University in 1978.

As the Larry

Drummond Endowed Chair, Hong will work

The College recently celebrated the retirement of Nell

Livaudais Joins Capstone Engineering Society

to advance research in

Trudeau Bartholomew Livaudais IV recently was named as

areas such as nano-

the Capstone Engineering Society coordinator. Livaudais

and submicron scale

will be responsible for organizing activities of the CES

magnetism, magnetic

with the goals of executing fund-raising campaigns,

materials and

increasing membership

magnetic devices.

and developing a strategic

plan for future growth in

Most recently, Hong

served as a professor of materials science and engineer-

the College’s annual fund.

ing at the University of Idaho. His previous experience

includes work as a senior vice president and research and

University of Alabama,

development director of OCI Conglomerate Group Co.,

Livaudais worked as an

now known as DCC, in Seoul, South Korea. He also

assistant portfolio manager

served as an assistant professor at Auburn University and

and primary securities

as a research associate at the University of Minnesota

trader at Whitney National

Before arriving at The

at Minneapolis.

Bank in New Orleans. Through this role, he gained

extensive experience evaluating, managing and executing

Powell Joins UA Cooperative Education Program

long-term plans for millions of dollars for Whitney’s Trust Department clients.

Naomi Powell joined UA’s Cooperative Education

Livaudais received a bachelor’s degree in journalism

Program as the assistant director. Her previous

from The University of Alabama.

experience includes five years as a human resource specialist at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Prior to Mercedes-Benz, Powell worked as the office manager at UA’s Co-op Program for nine years. capstone

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UA Scores High in Academics with Four Hollings Scholars

chemical plant was designed for Solvay and was being shipped to Marietta, Ohio. The class watched as the reactor and rough separation unit were loaded for transport. The reactor weighed approximately 409,000 pounds.

Left to Right: Dylan Whisenhunt, Michelle McGaha, and Crystal Lowe

Four students at The University of Alabama have received the prestigious and highly competitive National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. Three of the four students are engineering majors: Crystal M. Lowe, chemical and biological engineering; Michelle McGaha, industrial engineering; and Dylan Whisenhunt, chemical and biological engineering. The reactor and rough separation unit are being lowered.

The scholarship provides $8,000 per year for

full-time study during the junior and senior years and $6,500 for a 10-week internship at NOAA or an NOAA-approved facility during the summer between the junior and senior years. Some 101 students were chosen nationally this year.

ChBE Students Visit McAbee Construction Leroy McAbee, owner of McAbee Construction, invited the chemical engineering thermodynamics class to watch the partial disassemble and loading of a prefab chemical plant for the production of polyethersulfone. The

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ChBE Student Scores Perfect ACT Kurt Barry, a freshman majoring in chemical and

ME Student Receives Scholarships from the Coca-Cola Foundation

biological engineering, made a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam. Barry, from Romney, W. Va., chose UA over many scholarship offers from other prestigious schools.

“The unique

opportunities offered by UA’s Computer-Based Honors Program strongly influenced my decision,” said Barry. “The real secret

The University of Alabama and the Coca-Cola

to my success is my thirst for knowledge, which has

Foundation recently honored 12 UA freshmen as

spurred me to both pay attention in school and learn on

recipients of the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship

my own over the years. I just like to learn and do well.”

Program. The scholarships were part of a $1 million

scholarship donation made by the Coca-Cola

In addition to academics, he has become

immersed in the best UA has to offer. Barry is a

Foundation to UA’s “Our Students. Our Future.”

member of UA’s student chapter of the American

campaign. Timothy Kyle Aldridge, a freshman in

Institute of Chemical Engineers, is a member of the table

mechanical engineering, is one of the 12 students

tennis club and participates in Shen Lung Kung Fu.

who will receive $5,000 each year for four years at the University.

UA Engineering Helps with Habitat for Humanity Homecoming Shed Build As part of homecoming activities, UA students built a storage shed that was delivered to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter for use in their building program.

The shed was built on

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COE Faculty Instrumental in Industry Conferences

CCE Professor Named Fellow from the ASCE

From traffic safety to stormwater runoff, College of

The American Society of Civil

Engineering faculty have been instrumental in numerous

Engineers honored Dr. G.

industry conferences.

Edward Gibson Jr., the Garry

Neil Drummond Chair in civil,

Dr. Edd Gibson, professor of civil, construction and

environmental engineering, helped organize and was the

construction and environmental

keynote speaker at a workshop titled, “Front End Plan-

engineering, with election to

ning, Construction Industry Best Practice for World Class

the grade of fellow. Fewer than

Performance” that was sponsored by the St. Louis Council

six percent of ASCE members achieve fellow grade.

of Construction Consumers.

Gibson came to UA in 2006 as the director of the

newly established Construction Engineering and

Dr. Robert Pitt, professor of civil construction and

environmental engineering, was the keynote speaker at

Management Program.

a symposium sponsored by the University of New Hampshire’s Stormwater Center and organized by the New England Water Works Association and the Ground Water Protection Council.

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UA Engineering Professor Elected President of CUTC

Dr. Dan Turner, professor of civil, construction

Dr. Daniel S. Turner, professor

and environmental engineering and director of the

of civil, construction and

University Transportation Center for Alabama, and Dr.

environmental engineering and

David Brown, professor of computer science and director

director of the University Trans-

of development of UA’s CARE Reserach & Development

portation Center for Alabama,

Laboratory, were key in planning “Safe Home Alabama,”

has been elected president of the

a traffic safety summit focused on Alabama’s strategic

Council of University Transportation Centers. Turner

highway safety plan.

specializes in traffic safety, highway design and

transportation management and policy. During the

Brown and Dr. Allen Parrish, professor of

computer science and director of UA’s CARE Research

past 20 years, he has conducted 98 research projects for

& Development Laboratory, were instrumental in

approximately $34 million, written 293 books, articles

planning Alabama’s eighth annual Criminal Justice

and technical reports, and developed or conducted 67

Technology Symposium.

short courses.

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UTCA Awarded U.S. DOT Grant The University Transportation Center for Alabama,

U.S. DOE Selects UA as Regional Industrial Assessment Center

headquartered at UA, was chosen by the U.S. Department

The University of Alabama has been selected by the U.S.

of Transportation as one of 20 transportation research

Department of Energy to operate a regional industrial

centers to receive grant funding. The UTCA will receive

assessment center. The Alabama Industrial Assessment

$860,000 to advance the nation’s transportation system

Center, one of 26 centers throughout the country, will

through education, research and technology transfer.

assist small- to medium-sized manufacturing plants to use energy more efficiently.

CAVT Awarded U.S. DOT Funding for Biodiesel Hybrid Bus Research The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a biodiesel hybrid bus research program. UA’s CAVT will receive $964,260 for the one-year project.

Faculty and student teams will make assessment

visits to selected manufacturers in the state and provide a detailed report of recommendations, including waste minimization, energy conservation and productivity.

The assessment visits are at no costs to the manufacturers.

Manufacturing facilities interested in assessments can contact Dr. Keith Woodbury, professor of mechanical engineering, at (205) 348-1647 or by e-mail at woodbury@me.ua.edu.

“We are excited to receive this funding as we

investigate a project that could have positive results in the state of Alabama through emissions reductions utilizing biodiesel hybrid electric vehicles,” said Dr. Clark Midkiff, director of UA’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies and professor of mechanical engineering.

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collegebragpoints t h e

u n i v er sity

Co l l e g e

o f

of

alabama

E nginee ring

p rofile

By Department

• UA 23,878

• AEM – 6%

• COE 2,116

• ChBE – 13%

• COE 9% of UA student population

23,878

Total Enrollment

(undergraduate only)

• CCE – 23%

• COE Undergraduate 1,858

• CS – 9% (does not include A&S)

• COE Graduate 258

• ECE – 15% • IE – 4% UA

Honors

COE

• ME – 21% • MTE – 2%

• 474 engineering students in honors programs

• Undesignated – 7%

(total in Honors College is 2872) • COE makes up about 17% of Honors College • About 26% of the total of engineering students

Ethnicity

are in honors

• Asian – 2%

• About 40% of the freshmen are in honors

• Black – 13%

(undergraduate only)

• Hispanic – 3%

National Merit, National Achievement, National Hispanic • 43 in COE • 198 total for UA • 22% in COE

Gender

(undergraduate only)

• Male – 82% • Female – 18%

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• International – 1% • Native American – 2% • Unknown – 1% • White – 78%


collegebragpoints

States

(undergraduate only)

WA 2

MT 2 MN 2

ID 2

MI 3

NY 2

IA 1 IL 5 CO 1

MO 4

AR 2

OK 1

NM 3

TN 18

AK 1 MS 7

TX 40

PA 3

OH 2 KY 8

CA 7

AL 1,631 GA 35

MA 1 NJ 2 DE 1

VA 10 NC 4

MD 2

SC 3

LA 15 FL 15

International 16

Research Awards Source of COE Awards 2004/2005 Total Expenditures – $14.3 million Federal – 62% Industry – 2% State Agencies – 36%

Source of COE Federal Awards 2004/2005 National Science Foundation – 33% Department of Transportation – 24% Department of Energy – 21% NASA – 21% Department of Defense – 1%

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Our Students. Our Future. TTL

H o n o r s

CEO

&

e n g i n e eri n g

c i v i l

e d u c at i o n

Kilgore realizes that, as a senior, he will soon

school, but for our communities and our state. This

enter what he refers to as the “real” world. However,

is why providing scholarships for as many students

he thanks the College of Engineering’s hands-on

as possible is our top priority. Today, we are poised to

curriculum for preparing him for a career. “These

take The University of Alabama to a level of national

classes have provided me with a sturdy educational

prominence and recognition in academic excellence

foundation that I can build upon when entering

by embarking upon the “Our Students. Our Future.”

my job,” said Kilgore. He feels that the education

capital campaign. Our campaign focuses on the

provided by UA will lead to a smooth transition into

University’s most important

his engineering career.

resource – our students. Its

success will have a profound

for having gained personal

impact that will be felt for

experience with Saiia

generations to come.

Construction through UA’s

Co-op program. “The Co-op

In 2002, TTL Inc. chose

Kilgore also is grateful

to honor their CEO and

program has been absolutely

chairman of the board, James

paramount in preparing me for

C. Bambarger, by endowing

the work force,” said Kilgore.

a student scholarship in his

“I have had a chance to work

name. Since then, TTL and

hand-in-hand with project

James C. Bambarger have been impacting the civil

managers on a wide range of jobs, thus giving me a

engineering profession by educating UA’s best and

good scope of knowledge of the engineering world.”

brightest students.

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Our students are our future, not only for our

I m pa c t s

For the past four years, Zackery A.

The James C. Bambarger scholarship aids full-time, undergraduate students pursuing

Kilgore, a senior from Rainsville, has been

civil engineering. Recipients are selected

a recipient of the Bambarger scholarship.

based on scholarship, leadership criteria

Kilgore described himself as a hard working

and potential success in the civil

student in high school, and he says he has

engineering field.

continued to strengthen this work ethic

Support UA engineering by

while at UA.

contributing to the legacy and tradition of the Cap-

“The Bambarger scholarship that I received as

stone’s engineering scholarships. If you would like

an incoming freshman has played an influential part

to discuss specific areas of the “Our Students. Our

in my college experience as it provided a chance for

Future.” capital campaign, contact Karen Baldwin,

me to attend The University of Alabama,”

director of external affairs and development, at

said Kilgore.

(205) 348-7594 or 1-800-333-8156.

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alumninotes J o b s • Pr o m o t i o n s • A w a r d s

1952

( L e f t t o r i g h t ) C a r r o ll and G r ace D a i le y , L ut h e r and D o t Gause , D o nald and A nn L ee , E u g ene and He i de C r o x t o n and A ub r e y B lac k well

1935

1968

Jack MacKay, B.S.A.E. ’35, recently celebrated his

Robert Barnett, B.S.C.E. ’68, M.S.C.E. ’71, engineer

wife’s 91st birthday and their 68th wedding anniversary.

and principal of Barnett Jones Wilson LLC, was recently named a UA Department of Civil, Construction and

1952

Environmental Engineering Fellow.

The chemical engineering class of 1952 gathered at the Capstone during homecoming week to reminisce and

Dr. Daniel Turner, B.S.C.E. ’68, M.S.C.E. ’70,

exchange stories. The group has gathered annually for the

professor of civil, construction

past seven years. During their three-day visit to Tuscaloosa,

and environmental engineering at

the group toured the Warner Museum, the Battle-

The University of Alabama, recently

Friedman House, UA’s President’s Mansion and Bryant-

received UA’s Department of Civil,

Denny Stadium.

Construction and Environmental Engineering Keith-Woodman Award for 2006.

1962 Mack B. McCarley, B.S.C.E. ’62, was named the 2006

1970

Tennessee Outstanding Engineer of the Year by the

James C. Bambarger, B.S.C.E.

Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers. McCarley is

’70, retired chairman of the

chairman, senior vice president and northwest regional

board of TTL Inc., received UA’s

manager for QORE Property Sciences.

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

1965

Keith-Woodman Award for 2005.

Charles M. Rampacek, B.S.Ch.E. ’65, was elected to the Board of Directors of Enterprise Products GP, LLC.

Tom Kilgore, B.S.M.E. ’70, was

Rampacek was named a UA Distinguished Engineering

appointed chief executive officer of TVA. Kilgore had

Fellow in 1988 and was elected to the State of Alabama

served as acting CEO since March 31, 2006. He joined

Engineering Hall of Fame in 1998. He serves on the

TVA in 2005 when he was named president and chief

College’s Leadership Board.

operating officer.

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alumninotes 1978

position, Cash helps lead the organization responsible for

Robert A. “Pete” Black Jr., B.S.C.E. ’78, executive vice

the manufacture, assembly and operation of the primary

president and general manager of Alabama River Pulp

shuttle propulsion elements: the main engines, external

Co., was recently named a UA Department of Civil,

tank, solid rocket boosters and reusable solid rocket

Construction and Environmental Engineering Fellow.

motors. (Image credit: NASA/MSFC)

David S. King, B.S.C.E. ’78, senior

1982

vice president eastern hemisphere of

Mike Davidson, B.S.Mt.E. ’82, has

Halliburton Energy Services Group,

been promoted to superintendent of

was recently named a UA Department

the pipe-fitting foundry at American

of Civil, Construction and

Cast Iron Pipe Co.

Environmental Engineering Fellow. 1983 1979

John H. Campbell Jr., B.S.Pet.E. ’83, was appointed

Bill Guin, B.S.C.S. ’79, B.B.A.

to the Board of Directors of High Plains Energy Inc.

’79, was promoted to senior vice

Campbell is managing director of Quantum Energy

president of the applied

Partners, which is a significant shareholder of Action

technologies group at Life Cycle

Energy Inc. High Plains Energy recently acquired all

Engineering in Charleston, S.C.

shares of Action Energy.

Joseph A. Tarver, B.S.C.E. ’79, principal and executive

Robin Henderson, B.S.I.E. ’83, was

vice president of England-Thims & Miller Inc.,

awarded the Presidential Rank Award for

was recently named a UA Department of Civil,

Meritorious Executives, the highest honor

Construction and Environmental Engineering Fellow.

attainable for federal government work. Henderson is the associate director of

1980

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

David A. Gray, B.S.C.E. ’80, general manager for global

(Image credit: NASA/MSFC)

business development, EDI Division of Weatherford International, was recently named a UA Department of Civil,

Dr. George W. Prigge, B.S.M.E. ’83, received his

Construction and Environmental Engineering Fellow.

doctorate in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska-

Alan D. McElroy, B.S.C.E. ’80, vice president of fleet

Lincoln through their distance

services of Duke Energy, was recently named a UA

education program. In addition, he has

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental

been promoted to assistant dean for

Engineering Fellow.

administration and finance at Georgia State University’s College of Law.

1981 Stephen F. Cash, B.S.C.E. ’81,

1985

has been appointed to the senior

Brian C. Davis, B.S.C.E. ’85, third division engineer with

executive service position of deputy

the Alabama Department of Transportation, was recently

manager, Shuttle Propulsion Office,

named a UA Department of Civil, Construction and

at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight

Environmental Engineering Fellow.

Center in Huntsville. In his new

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alumninotes Sasa Tomic, M.S.C.E. ’94, M.S.C.S. ’98, Ph.D. ’98, senior

1986 Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., B.S.M.E.

vice president and global product development manager

’86, was awarded the Presidential Rank

of Wallingford Software Inc., was recently named a UA

Award for Meritorious Executives,

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental

the highest honor attainable for

Engineering Fellow.

federal government work. Lightfoot is the manager of the Space Shuttle

1995

Propulsion Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight

Rodney Chester, B.S.C.E. ’95, M.S.C.E. ’97, principal

Center. (Image credit: NASA/MSFC)

and partner at Gresham, Smith and Partners, was recently named a UA Department of Civil, Construction and

Lisa A. Riedle, M.S.C.E. ’86, Ph.D. ’88, associate dean

Environmental Engineering Fellow.

and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, was recently

1996

named a UA Department of Civil, Construction and

W. Jackson Bryant III, B.S.C.E. ’96, M.S.C.E. ’98, was

Environmental Engineering Fellow.

appointed as an associate at LBYD Inc. He is a registered professional engineer in Alabama.

1987 Robert Andy Hill, B.S.Ch.E. ’87, was promoted to

1997

plant manager for Praxair’s Garland, Texas, facility.

Bradford O. Sutton, B.S.Pet.E. ’97, joined BPI Energy’s engineering staff.

1988 Robert M. McKenzie, B.S.Mt.E. ’88, joined Mueller

1999

Fittings as a quality assurance manager. He is located

Kelly Sutton, B.S.Ch.E. ’99, joined BPI Energy’s

in Covington, Tenn.

engineering staff.

1993

2000

Dr. Karen Elizabeth Harwell, B.S.A.E. ’93, was

Stephen Graham, B.S.C.E. ’00, passed the examination

appointed director of undergraduate research at the

for licensure as a professional engineer in Alabama.

Georgia Institute of Technology. She will lead the

He is employed with Barge Waggoner Sumner &

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in

Cannon’s Birmingham office as a civil engineer.

the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Affairs.

2004 Mindy Coronado, B.S.C.E. ’04, joined LBYD Inc. as a

Clint Andrew Hill, B.S.M.E. ’93, opened Century 21

design engineer in the structural engineering department.

Professional Services located in Orange Beach. He specializes in residential sales throughout South

Grant Martin Davis, B.S.C.E. ’04, is a lieutenant colonel

Alabama, and he is licensed by the Real Estate Commission.

in the U.S. Army and is serving in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. He passed the profession-

Jason Sturdivant, B.S.C.E. ’93, was hired as the

al engineering exam and is now a registered professional

county engineer for Washington County, Alabama.

engineer in Virginia.

1994

2006

Philip D. Sullivan Jr., B.S.M.E. ’94, joined Power

Sarah Allen, B.S.C.E. ’06, joined LBYD Inc. as a

Partners Inc. in Athens, Ga., as a process engineer.

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Engineering Alum Testifies That Seeing is Believing (Abridged version of an article by Gary Massaro in the Rocky Mountain News.)

Lew Flowers, B.S.A.E. ’74, is a pilot for United Airlines, based out of Denver. In his spare time, he’s a volunteer pilot

plane as a medical school. In back is a fully operational operating room, and in the front is a classroom for 30 foreign doctors. Flowers was in ROTC at the Capstone, and he joined the Air Force after graduation. He was a pilot on air tankers, otherwise known as flying gas stations. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1996, and United hired him to

with the nonprofit Orbis

be a trainer at its facility

International, an

in Denver.

organization dedicated to ridding the world of

Flowers was training

preventable blindness.

pilots in flying DC-10s, which Orbis uses, so the

“I’ve been around the world about four times with them,” Flowers said. “I went around the world

organization asked him ORBIS Volunteer Pilots: Flight Engineer Jim Bevier (left), FedEx Express; Captain Lew Flowers (center), United Airlines; and Captain Carl Hakenen (right), retired United Airlines.

earlier in October. We flew to Dubai to pick up an airplane. Then we flew to Calcutta and on to Da Nang in Vietnam. I came back on United from Saigon to Hong Kong.” Orbis sends volunteer doctors aboard its Flying Eye

to join in 1999. Flowers makes about three trips

a year in the Flying Eye Hospital. This is what he said keeps him coming back: “When you see something like this for the first time, when you see a child who can see for the first time, it softens you up to where you want to keep doing it.”

Hospital jet to Third World countries, using the

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DC 10 landing – photographer: Kiran Ridley


you know Coach Bryant’s stats just like you know pi to the 100th decimal. you average the gymnastics scores before the computer finishes. you set your watch by Denny Chimes. you measure land in relation to the size of the Quad. you know where MIB is. you calculate the height, arc and length of time the ball was in the air after every free throw in Coleman Coliseum. n you know how to cast an iron elephant. n your closest food source for four years was the Ferg. n n n n n n

But you know you are a UA engineer when . . . n you help shape the future of UA Engineering by supporting your College financially.

There are many ways to help—become a member of the Capstone Engineering Society, or donate gifts of cash, appreciated property or equipment for labs. Take pride in the knowledge that your contributions make UA’s College of Engineering stand out in the eyes of the nation. For more information, call us at 1-800-333-8156.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Box 870200 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0200 1-800-333-8156 • (205) 348-6400 • www.eng.ua.edu


inmemory Louis J. Cherubin Louis J. Cherubin of Schenectady, N.Y., died March 16, 2006. Cherubin received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree from the University of Florida. He worked for General Electric for 35 years as a health physicist.

Donald A.B. Mills Donald Alexander Barnes Mills died August 8, 2006. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Capstone in 1959. While at the University, he was president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Mills later attended the University of Florida and received a master’s degree. After college, he worked for Hercules Power Co., and then he returned to Selma to form a partnership with his father, who was also a civil engineer. In 1975, Mills founded Goodwyn and Mills Consulting Engineers in Montgomery. Mills retired in 2001. In 1988, Mills was named a Fellow of UA’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering.

Warren Griswald Payne Warren Griswald Payne of Charlotte Harbor, Fla., died August 5, 2006. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from the Capstone. In 1947, he moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., and quickly became involved in many civic organizations. He was the director and chairman of the board of Port Charlotte Bank and Trust, later SunBank. He also was president and chairman of the board of the Port Charlotte Cultural Center, involving himself in planning, construction, growth, and adult education. In addition, Payne was a president and lifetime member of the Port Charlotte Kiwanis Club, a charter member of the Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, a charter member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of Port Charlotte, and a former chairman of the Charlotte County Library Board. Payne was a charter member of the Denny Society. The Denny Society is The University of Alabama’s recognition society that is reserved exclusively for those alumni and friends who have named the college or the university in their will or other estate plans.

Jack Willis Jack Willis died August 25, 2006. Willis earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The University of Alabama in 1963. He worked for the Mississippi State Highway Department in Grenada County for four years before establishing Willis Engineering in 1967. Throughout his career, he served many towns, cities, counties and rural water associations.

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Tuscaloosa Alumni Gather at Almon Associates

Retired CEO of Mirant Speaks with UA Students

On Sept. 14,

Marce Fuller, retired CEO of

engineering alumni

Mirant, spoke with UA students

gathered at Almon

on Oct. 30 in Shelby Hall. She

Associates. More than

was once ranked fifth in For-

35 alumni attended and

tune magazine’s list of the 50

enjoyed listening to UA College of Engineering

Most Powerful Women in Busi-

retired faculty members.

ness. Fuller’s presentation was part of the Dean’s

Madison County Alumni Meet with Potential UA Students

Leadership Series: “So, You Want to be a CEO?”

2006 Homecoming Tailgate Party

An alumni and student reception was held on Oct.

More than 300 people enjoyed the CES tailgate

18 in Madison County. It was sponsored by the

party on the Quad before the game on Oct. 28.

Madison County UA Alumni Chapter and held

Engineering alumni and friends relished fried fish

at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. More than 50

and barbeque provided by Bottomfeeders while

guests enjoyed meeting with Dr. Robert E. Witt, UA

discussing old times and awaiting victory over the

president; Dr. John Wiest, associate dean for research

Florida International Golden Panthers.

and graduate studies; and Dean Chuck Karr.

Talladega Superspeedway Designer Meets with UA Students William “Bill” Moss, CEO of Moss Enterprises Inc. and designer of the track at Talladega Superspeedway, spoke with UA students as part of the Dean’s Leadership Series: “So, You Want to be a CEO?” The event was held on Sept. 14 in Shelby Hall.

Site 2007 Dates Set Bridge The College will be hosting 80

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Site 2007 Dates Set The College will be hosting

College Hosts Luncheon Honoring McAbee Scholars

80 rising juniors and seniors

The College of Engineering hosted a luncheon on

in a weeklong residential

Nov. 1 honoring Leroy and Ruth McAbee. Each

program designed specifically

year, the McAbee Foundation supports about 10

for students interested in

student scholarships.

science, mathematics and engineering. UA’s Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE) program incorporates mini-courses, teaming and communication exercises, a plant tour, design competition, and panel discussions with professional engineers. There are two sessions scheduled: July 8-13 and July 15-20. For more information about SITE or to receive an application, contact Gregory Singleton at (205) 348-1447 or gsingleton@eng. ua.edu.

Engineering Day On Oct. 5, the College of Engineering hosted Engineering Day, or E-Day, an open house for high school students and their families. E-Day hosted more than 750 prospective students wanting to gain a realistic view of the College of Engineering.

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Seated (Left to Right): Leroy and Ruth McAbee and Dean Chuck Karr. Standing (Left to Right): David Holt, Mark Michelson, Charles Hays, Aundrea Lollar, Jacob Bonander, and Kenneth Nichols. Student scholars not pictured: Michael Brown, Todd Everett, Sydney Flowers, and Emily Lloyd.


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The format for the tournament is a modified four-person scramble with a shotgun start. The registration fee of $125 includes green fee, cart, range balls, beverages, meals and a tournament golf shirt. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., and the tournament begins at 12:00 p.m.

is scheduled for Thursday,

You may participate in the following ways:

Bent Brook Golf Course.

Society Golf Tournament

April 26, 2007, at the beautiful

Players: • Team Level ($500)–Team of four with all registration amenities • Individual Level ($125)–Single registration

Corporate Sponsors: • Ace Level ($2,500) • Eagle Level ($1,000) • Birdie Level ($500) Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Capstone Engineering Society’s efforts to provide engineering and computer science students with a superior educational experience. Sign up today by calling 1-800-333-8156 or e-mailing tlivaudais@eng. ua.edu.


Crimson is... An Inspiring Environmentalist Working to Engineer Solutions in Aquatic Ecosystems

Crystal Lowe’s research in chemical and biological engineering has allowed her to focus on environmental issues concerning aquatic ecosystems. As a Hollings Scholar, Crystal will intern with Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary, where she will work to protect the natural and cultural resources found in Southern California’s waters. She is just one of the best and brightest at The University of Alabama who walk the College’s halls every day. Her achievements

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