University of Alabama in Huntsville
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (also known as UAHuntsville or UAH) is a state-supported, public, coeducational research university, located in Huntsville, Alabama, United States, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees, and is organized in six colleges: business, engineering, honors college, liberal arts, nursing and science.
The genesis for a publicly funded institution of higher education in Huntsville was many years in the making. Begun in January 1950 as an extension of the University of Alabama and known as the University of Alabama Huntsville Center, classes were first taught at West Huntsville High School. UAH's first undergraduate degrees were awarded in May 1968 as part of the spring commencement ceremony at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, (although a "cap and gown" ceremony was held in Huntsville). One year later, the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees voted to make UAH an independent and autonomous campus. Dr. Benjamin Graves, a graduate of the University of Mississippi in 1942, who was president of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi was tapped as UAH's first president in 1970. He returned to faculty status in 1979 and retired in 1989. The first degree awarded for work completed entirely on the UAH campus was awarded to Julian Palmore in 1964. Mr. Palmore was at the time a United States Navy ensign assigned to NASA's Research Projects Division. The first official on-campus graduation ceremony at UAH was in June 1970. The first woman to earn a PhD from UAH was Virginia Kobler in 1979, in Industrial Engineering. UAH's second president, Dr. John Wright was Vice Chancellor of the West Virginia University and began his service in 1979. Wright's term ended in 1988 and Dr. Louis Padulo became UAH's third president. Huntsville leader Joseph Moquin took over the UAH presidency on an interim basis in 1990. Dr. Frank Franz, who was then provost at West Virginia University, was chosen as UAH's fourth president. His wife, Dr. Judy Franz, accompanied him and was granted full professorship in the physics faculty. Her renown in the scientific community was reaffirmed when she was named executive officer of the American Physical Society in 1994. At the beginning of the 2006ï¿½2007 academic year, Frank Franz announced his plan to step down as president after that year. . On July 1, 2007, Dr. David B. Williams, formerly a professor of materials science and engineering and the vice provost for research at Lehigh University, began serving as UAH's fifth president. He left in 2011 to join The Ohio State University as dean of engineering. . Robert Altenkirch was hired as the university's sixth president in September 2011. Dr. Altenkirch served as president of the New Jersey Institute of Technology for nine years before joining UAH.
The mission of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is to provide undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service in the mechanical and aerospace engineering disciplines and to support the mechanical and aerospace engineering needs of Huntsville, the State of Alabama, the region, our nation, and the international community
Ted Bundy 1966 Astrophysicist Jan Davis 1983, 1985 Astronaut (STS-47, STS-60, STS-85) John Hendricks 1974 Founder and chairman of Discovery Communications Steve Hettinger 1974 Alabama State Representative (1982ï¿½1988), Mayor of Huntsville (1988ï¿½1996) Jim Hudson Founder of Research Genetics, Hudson-Alpha Institute for Biotechnology Scott Munroe 2006 Professional ice hockey player (New York Islanders system) Toyin Odutola 2008 Artist James Record Former chairman Madison County Commission and Alabama State Senator Jared Ross 2005 Professional ice hockey player (Atlanta Thrashers) Patricia A. Stephens PhD Biomedical Editor/Writer, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Travis S. Taylor Researcher & science fiction author Cam Talbot NHL Goaltender Stephen Zelnak Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Martin Marietta Materials Jimmy Donal Wales Co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia Marta Grande 2009 Italian Parliament Representative
Urban 350 Acres (1.4 Km2)