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: 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

In The News: UA Engineer studies shark skin to help in aerospace design

The Mako shark is fast. Amy Lang, an aerospace engineer at The University of Alabama, says that’s partly because its streamlined shape cuts through the water, but it has  a big assist from the shark’s scaly skin. Lang says such a mechanism may also help aircraft surfaces. Read more

Sources: WTOP-FM Radio, National Academy of Engineering

In The News: Students build cardboard boats at University of Alabama engineering camp

Students from all 50 states converged on the University of Alabama for Student Introduction to Engineering Camp (SITE) this week. Their project for today was to make a “boat” out of cardboard, tape and plastic bags. Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WBRC Fox 6 (video), WSFA NBC 12, WVUA 23, WBRC Fox 6 (video 2)

In The News: Real-world competitions bridge the gap from campus to career: EcoCAR, mechanical engineering graduate featured

Many recent graduates across the U.S. find their degree alone inadequate to land the job they hoped for. It can be defeating if they have to take a part-time job or an unwanted job due to lack of experience. Many current students express frustration while looking for jobs – EcoCAR expect… Read more

Sources: Siemens Academic

State of the College: An interview with Dean Charles L. Karr

It’s been nearly 11 years since Dr. Charles L. Karr was appointed dean of The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Early on in his tenure, Karr and other leaders from the College set goals for growth and improvement, many of which have long since been surpassed, particularly enrollment, degrees… Read more