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"Chemical Engineering" and How the UAB Admin is Showing Their Hand Again
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"Chemical Engineering" and How the UAB Admin is Showing Their Hand Again
Dr. Lucas made an enlightening remark when she mentioned the lack of Chemical Engineering a UAB. Look at all the Biomedical Engineering programs in the AL/MS/LA/TN/GA/FL area (or nationwide for that matter). How many of them exist without a Chemical Engineering department? There may be a couple, only one I can find is Memphis (not a great example of a BME department).

There is a reason for this. For one, BME is frequently an off-shoot of Chemical Engineering because of the overlap in many skill sets (mass transport and diffusion of molecules, engineered materials and drugs, biological force transduction through fluids, etc...).

The other point is look at all the Chemical Engineering departments that are "Chemical and Biological Engineering" or something similar. The fields are merging. Without ChemE at UAB (which if I remember correctly we did try to get ChemE at UAB while Lucas was Dean), going forward UAB BME would be at a disadvantage in recruiting faculty for BME with heavy ChemE ties. Notice how UAT has Chemical and Biological Engineering? They're purposely stepping on UAB's turf, despite why they claim UAB can't have ChemE.

The end goal is total transfer of BME to the School of Medicine as a UAT wing. This takes away many of UAB's strongest undergrad students. This is no shock to anyone here, but this should serve as a warning to lurking high schoolers and undergrads wondering what the future holds for UAB Engineering, and a shame on Dr. Lucas for betraying her students.
03-17-2015 09:35 AM
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+1!!!

Remember, the master plan happens slowly. Blink and you'll miss each subtle move.
03-17-2015 09:46 AM
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I heard from an acquaintance that at Alabama's recent junior preview day for rising high school seniors that those attending were told that UA was in the process of adding a biomechanical engineering degree. In other words, it's happening again, they're putting in a program we have with the intent of stealing those undergrad students.

It's not a rumor or a conspiracy theory, they continue to do it while forbidding us to put in programs that exist there.
03-17-2015 11:22 AM
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