School of Engineering - Chair - Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Internal Number: 17344
Position Number: 448000000.20401.230815
School/College: School of Engineering
Position Description – Chair, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, School of Engineering The School of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) seeks a creative leader and outstanding researcher, teacher, and scholar to serve as tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME). This is an exciting opportunity to build on a strong history of research productivity and relationships with industry leaders while also defining directions for a newly merged department. Candidates must have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or a closely related discipline; prior leadership experience is preferred.
The Chair will join a department of 16 faculty, 230 undergraduate majors, 70 full-time graduate students, and more than 100 online master's students. Current research strengths include metal castings and alloys, composites for industrial and defense applications, development and maintenance of hardware for space flight, military and civilian automotive design and safety, and computational fluid and structural dynamics. Research expenditures in these areas totaled $9.7M in FY22. The School of Engineering will be moving into a new state-of-the-art building in 2025, and the Department is further supported by a unique on-campus pilot plant and foundry facility, the Materials Processing & Applications Development (MPAD) Centeras well as Engineering and Innovative Technology Development (EITD) – one of the nation's leading developers in cold storage hardware for use in microgravity and space exploration.
The Department offers excellent opportunities for collaboration with units across UAB in areas including autonomous vehicles, biomechanics, disability and rehabilitation science, innovation and entrepreneurship, nanoscale materials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, transportation, and more. Outside the university, UAB Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering maintain strong ties with the many steel, power, automotive, and defense companies in Alabama and nationally.
UAB is a Carnegie Level 1 research university and academic health center with more than 22,000 students and 2,400 full-time faculty members and ranks in the top 30 in the nation for federal research funding among public universities. Driven by a collaborative and entrepreneurial character, UAB is Alabama's economic and research engine and the top provider of healthcare to Alabamians. In 2021, Forbes named UAB the No. 1 best large employer in the nation and No. 4 for diversity. UAB was ranked the top young university in the nation and 10th world-wide in 2019 in the Times Higher Education rankings.
The next Chair of the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) is expected to pursue opportunities for growth in areas where the department can be world class, leveraging existing strengths and capitalizing on exciting opportunities for this strategically merged department. The Chair will articulate a vision for leading and building innovative programs while maintaining existing strengths. The department is a leader in manufacturing with a high technology readiness level and an emphasis on applied research with strong partnerships with industry. The Chair will encourage and support this momentum. The Chair will also expand research in both Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering through strategic faculty hires and collaborations with other units across the School and University.
The School of Engineering
The UAB School of Engineering is dedicated to research excellence and providing the highest quality education to a diverse population of future engineers. It consists of four departments: Biomedical Engineering (joint with the School of Medicine), Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The School has approximately 50 faculty and enrolls about 900 undergraduate and 500 graduate students across six undergraduate majors and 15 graduate degree programs. The School offers highly adaptable programs that range from M.S./Ph.D. pathways to thriving online master of engineering degree tracks for working professionals. The School offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaboration within engineering, across the university, and with local industry. The School is ABET accredited with the next comprehensive view scheduled for 2024-25.
UAB Engineering emphasizes real-world, hands-on education, with students developing projects for local clients as early as freshman year. Most of our students pursue internships, co-ops, and other experiential learning, and in 2021 we launched our Guaranteed Internship program to ensure this opportunity is available to everyone. Nearly 30% of our undergraduates are women, more than 25% are students of color, and many are first-generation college students. Most of our graduate students are working professionals employed by construction, utility, materials, and manufacturing firms in Birmingham and beyond. Beyond the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering Department, the School of Engineering boasts one of the top-ranked Biomedical Engineering programs in the South, and a long tradition of advanced materials research supported by an on-campus foundry and the Materials Processing & Applications Development (MPAD) Center. Our Engineering Technology and Applications Development (EITD) group builds hardware for the International Space Station (ISS) and is supporting multiple payloads aboard the ISS at any one time.
In 2025, the School will move to an $80M state-of-the-art building as part of UAB's new Science and Engineering Complex. This new facility will house classrooms, teaching labs, and interdisciplinary research labs in areas ranging from neuroengineering and wearable devices to transportation and smart cities. A Student Success Center combining career services, tutoring, and advising and a Design and Prototyping Lab supporting design classes, student projects, and K-12 outreach will anchor the new building.
President Ray Watts, MD, became UAB's seventh president in 2013. Prior to being named President, Dr. Watts had been Senior Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine, and the John N. Whitaker Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology in the UAB School of Medicine. Provost Pamela Benoit, PhD, became Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at UAB in 2017. She joined UAB from Ohio University, where she served as Executive Vice President and Provost for eight years.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System is an academic health system based in Birmingham with facilities and affiliations throughout the State of Alabama. The centerpiece of the system is UAB Hospital, which is today one of the four largest academic medical centers in the United States. The hospital is also the third-largest public hospital in the nation, providing patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services. As a university hospital, UAB Hospital is a major center for clinical research and home to some of the top medical programs in America, according to U.S. News & World Report.UAB Hospital is listed on Becker's Hospital Review's 2019 list of 100 Great Hospitals in America.
The University of Alabama System consists of three doctoral research universities: The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The University of Alabama in Huntsville. The System is governed by the Board of Trustees. Each of the component institutions has a unique mission that is consistent with the broader mission of the System. The System's Chief Executive Officer is Finis St. John, IV, who served for 17 years on the Board of Trustees before becoming Chancellor in 2019.
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.