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: Scaly wings help these butterflies soar

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Aerospace engineers are always on the lookout for ways to make flying more efficient. Now, they’ve discovered a trick from nature that can do just that: the scales on butterfly wings. Those incredibly tiny scales—about 0.1 millimeter long—are arranged like roof shingles on the wing, making it a… Read more

Sources: Science

Graduate Student Wins Poster Contest

Sashank Gautam, a graduate student in The University of Alabama Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, placed first in a student poster contest at an industry conference in November. Gautam’s poster, “An experimental study of low Re cavity vortex formation embedded in a laminar boundary layer,” was the top winner… Read more

In The News: UA signs a partnership agreement with NASA

We have lift off in Tuscaloosa. Not of a spaceship, but a partnership between NASA and the University of Alabama. That’s big news for engineering students like Ebony Kelley. “Like, I had a moment. When I found out about it, I was really, really excited because I never thought I’d… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WVUA 23, The Crimson White, Made in Alabama

In The News: University of Alabama seeks to spark interest in engineering

Monalisa Ruffin’s small fingers assembled snap connectors on a circuit board to create a closed-loop circuit in hopes that once she finished the activity, she could make a siren sound off. The 11-year-old sixth-grader at Brookwood Middle School participated in five engineering activities on Saturday at the “Wow! That’s Engineering!”… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, WVUA 23

In The News: High school students learn about engineering at the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama College of Engineering hosted its annual E-day on Thursday. The day introduced high school students to the UA engineering programs. Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

UA Women Engineers to Host Event for Middle School Girls

The University of Alabama section of the Society of Women Engineers, or SWE, will host about 200 middle-school girls for a hands-on discovery of engineering. Read more

UA Leads Effort to Spark Minority Participation in Science, Technology

The University of Alabama will be the lead institution in the state in a national effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Read more