Alumnus named president of natural
gas utilities in Alabama and Mississippi
Young alumnus competes on
American Ninja Warrior
One family continues 90-year
UA engineering tradition
Noteworthy News and Research
Stats from the College of Engineering
Events from Around the College
The internet barely existed when Nan Jackson Boden enrolled in college so UA prepared her for a future she could not see yet. Today, she leads technology partnerships for Google Cloud and envisions the future for millions of people every day.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a consortium of university researchers, led by The University of Alabama, a $2.5 million grant to further evaluate a wearable device designed to change eating behaviors.
An agreement between The University of Alabama and NASA will enhance inventive research assisting space exploration and strengthening education of tomorrow’s aerospace workforce.
Students at The University of Alabama will observe nearby volunteer households to record how people react to severe weather events.
For the second consecutive year, a team of researchers from The University of Alabama traveled to the Arctic Circle to help unveil ancient climate history and provide perspectives on improving climate models.
Two innovative projects at The University of Alabama are part of a national program aimed to help take technology from the lab to the market.
Unique research led by The University of Alabama will study whether more irrigation-fed farms in the Deep South could lead to a more robust agriculture industry, possibly becoming an even greater economic engine.
Three University of Alabama engineering students opened Lockheed Martin’s Space Challenge Box by correctly solving a high-value problem and unlocking a future of opportunities with the company.
E-Day, an annual open house for prospective students, was held on campus Oct. 3.
A program at The University of Alabama is helping new college students get a head start with the goal of seeing them succeed throughout their academic careers and beyond.
After a national search, a noteworthy researcher in cognitive neuroscience will lead the Alabama Life Research Institute as executive director.
As the first, full-time head of ALRI, Dr. Sharlene D. Newman will provide a coherent vision for collaborative life research that embraces the full range of disciplines represented on campus while strengthening The University of Alabama’s research portfolio and profile. She begins her tenure at UA Oct. 1.
A University of Alabama engineering student and professor’s collaborative research paper was awarded a top honor at a recent technical society conference.
The Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Program recognizes the best research activity conducted by undergraduate students at The University of Alabama.
Fifteen graduate students at The University of Alabama competed for a chance to win scholarships and monetary awards in the finals of this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition.
A University of Alabama engineering professor was recognized at a conference for his outstanding research.
The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute recognized Dr. Sriram Aaleti, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, with the Educator of the Year Award.
Dr. Jeffrey Carver, professor of computer science, has been named the chair of UA cyber initiatives.
The U.S. Senate has confirmed a University of Alabama graduate to head the U.S. Strategic Command. As commander, Navy Adm. Charles Richard, a 1982 UA electrical engineering graduate, serves as the senior commander of unified military forces from all four branches of the military assigned to the command.
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BSMinE, has been named president and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Atmos Energy Corporation.
BSIE, MSIE ’99, plant manager of ZF Chassis Systems in Tuscaloosa, accepted the 2019 Large Manufacturer of the Year Award, presented by the Alabama Technology Network and the Business Council of Alabama.
BSIE, has been appointed program manager for NASA’s Human Landing System at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She will oversee development of the lander that will carry the first woman and the next man to the Moon’s surface in 2024.
BSMtE, MSMtE ’08, has been named president of Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water.
BSCE, was recognized by UA’s civil, construction and environmental engineering department with the 2019 Civil Engineering Outstanding Fellows Award for professional achievement and service to the department. Todd is vice president of construction at McAbee Construction in Tuscaloosa.
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BSCE, has been hired as a senior project manager at Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm. He joined the firm’s resilience solutions group in Denver, Colorado. In his new role, Sutley is responsible for project management and business development.
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BSMtE, MSMtE ’09, was named to Business Journals’ 2019 Influencers: Rising Star list, which spotlights 100 executives nationwide who are having an impact early in their careers on business in cities across the nation.
Julie Ember, College of Engineering director of financial affairs, was one of three UA staff members selected to receive the Vergil Parks McKinley Sr. Employee Award. The award recipients were recognized by University of Alabama President Stuart Bell at the Fall 2019 Campus Assembly. This Capstone Award was established to recognize enterprising employees, who by action or idea, contribute to The University of Alabama’s mission of teaching, research and service. Employees had to be nominated by their immediate supervisor to be eligible for the award. Learn more about Ember in this Q&A.
CE: What do you do in Financial Affairs?
Ember: As the director of financial affairs within the College of Engineering, I oversee the finances and human resources for the College. This includes a wide range of responsibilities, including overseeing the spending within the College, ensuring financial and purchasing policies and procedures are followed at the College and departmental levels, and assisting the departmental staff with state funds as well as contracts and grants. For human resources, I am involved from the beginning to the end for faculty and staff including the creation and advertising of positions, interview process to ensure the continuity of recruiting, onboarding procedures, payroll and annual evaluations.
CE: How does your job support the College of Engineering faculty, staff and students? Why is your job important to keeping the College successful?
Ember: My job is to ensure funding to support the mission of teaching, research and service for our undergraduate and graduate programs, including the various offices that support our students. I assist the dean in the process of allocating funds to ensure that we not only cover our routine obligations, but plan ahead for the goals of the College. For endowments and gift funds, this means I follow MOAs to ensure we meet donor expectations while meeting the needs of the College. For contracts and grants, I assist the departments to ensure that we cover our obligations and meet the necessary deliverables expected by the sponsor.
CE: How were you selected for the Vergil Parks McKinley Sr. Employee Award? How did it feel to receive this award?
Ember: Dr. Vergil Parks McKinley Sr. retired after 25 years of service at the University and was known by his students and peers for his impeccable character. My nomination consisted of multiple letters of support from the administration within the College, including Drs. John Wiest, Tim Haskew, Ed Back and Steve Daniewicz. I was extremely surprised and honored.
CE: What is something you wish people knew about Financial Affairs and/or the UA College of Engineering?
Ember: The COE Financial Affairs office is happy to assist faculty, staff and students in any way possible.
CE: How long have you worked at UA? What is it like working here?
Ember: I have worked at UA for almost 13 and a half years, and I love working at my alma mater. During the three years I have been in the College of Engineering, I have enjoyed working with our extremely dedicated staff, successful faculty and supportive administration. Even though my position does not typically interact directly with students, I enjoy knowing that I am able to make an impact that affects their academic success.