Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

UA's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics undertakes an integral role in educating aerospace engineering and engineering science and mechanics students, conducting innovative and exciting scientific research, and improving the economic development of the state of Alabama.

In The News: Plugging the Hypersonic Missile Gap — The First $1.4 Billion

By the time you finish reading this sentence, a hypersonic weapon could have flown from Mobile to Huntsville, where Lockheed Martin Space is researching and developing just such a device … Xiaowen Wang, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama, studies the behavior of hypersonic craft… Read more

Sources: Business Alabama

In The News: The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks announced the launch of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC), revealing the 12 competing universities and the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition … The participating universities include: Colorado State… Read more

Sources: Geospatial World, Forward Geek, Fox 40 (Vestal, New York), Morning Star, Executive Biz, NGT News, Renewable Energy Magazine, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Tuscaloosa News, Aftermarket News, Driver News, ECN Mag, Fox 6 (Birmingham), Crimson White, OEM Off-Highway

In The News: Researchers Develop Airborne Radars To Gauge US Snowpack Characteristics For Water Models

Next spring, researchers and students from the University of Kansas will participate in a project using a new ultra-wideband radar soaring on a plane above the Continental Divide to measure the depth and density of snowpack … The lead institution is the University of Alabama, and the project is led… Read more

Sources: Science Mag, Phys.org, EurekAlert!, US Ag Net, Kansas Ag Connection

UA Recognizes Undergrad Randall Research Award Winners

The Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Program recognizes and celebrates the best research activity conducted by undergraduate students at The University of Alabama. Read more

In The News: Setting the Standard for Sensor-Driven HVAC Control

Supported by the Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a University of Alabama team of researchers aims to ensure sensors work efficiently when detecting human movement and occupancy to control HVAC systems and applications. Read more

Sources: ACHR News