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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: Five Scientific Findings That Could Lead to New Inventions

While new technology can sometimes feel strange, almost other-worldly at first, the future of innovation actually involves researchers better understanding the natural world around us. And inventors are catching on, with more and more embracing biomimicry, or the process of designing products to function as animals and plants do after… Read more

Sources: Smithsonian

In The News: UA students participate in Drone Racing competition at UAH

Ben Fischer, University of Alabama: “We scratch build all of it. Some of us design. Like, I like to design my own frames, so we design it out. Get it milled out of carbon fiber and put it all together with electronics.” Kelly Kennedy, Eyewitness News: “Right behind me is… Read more

Sources: WBRE-NBC (Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania)

UA engineering students launch test balloons

A group of University of Alabama engineering students held a test balloon launch in November to prepare for an upcoming series of complex launches this spring. Project Fenrir is a team of nine UA engineering and computer science students who have the goal of designing and testing a modular, multi-mission… Read more

In The News: Under the ice

Using the word summer to refer to Greenland is an insult to the idea of summer. Nevertheless, it was “summer” when a team of researchers from The University of Alabama dragged a radar across the Arctic ice in hopes of seeing underneath. Read more

Sources: Phys.org

In The News: Spilling The Secret To A Mako Shark’s Speed

For years, researchers led by Amy Lang of the University of Alabama have been studying how large and heavy aquatic animals can reach such a high speed. Their latest results will be presented at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Boston. Read more

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