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Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Alabama will educate students at all degree levels to meet the current and future engineering needs of Alabama and the United States. We, as faculty and staff, will educate and guide these students to have desirable professional capabilities in applied and theoretical engineering knowledge, strong professional leadership skills, and a strong sense of responsibility to serve their profession and community. As part of the mission of a student-centered research institution, faculty will direct students in conducting useful engineering research that results in peer-reviewed publications.

NASA Selects UA Engineering Research Team for New Space Travel Program

NOTE: This story was written before the novel coronavirus pandemic. NASA has chosen The University of Alabama as one of 14 universities in its new program to innovate space travel. UA’s research team will create a hybrid rotating detonation engine to optimize rocket capability. Dr. Ajay Agrawal, a professor of… Read more

In The News: Eighteen Wallace State students earn more than $200,000 in UA Transfer Scholarships

Eighteen Wallace State Community College students have received more than $200,000 in transfer scholarships to the University of Alabama, which will assist them as they move seamlessly on from Wallace State toward a bachelor’s degree. Read more

Sources: The Cullman Times

In The News: UA uses 3D printers to make face shields for healthcare providers

Thanks to The University of Alabama, local health care providers will soon be able to better protect themselves. Read more

Sources: WVUA, ABC 33/40, Made In Alabama, Yellowhammer, WIAT-CBS 42, WBRC-Fox 6, Fox 34 (Dothan), WIAT-CBS 42, Alabama News Center, WBRC-Fox 6, WERC-FM (Birmingham), WVUA, Alabama News Center, Made In Alabama, The Tuscaloosa News, The Southeast Sun

State Engineering Hall of Fame Inducts 2020 Class

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted six new members during a recent ceremony at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa. These six individuals joined the 192 inducted into the Hall of Fame over the past 32 years: Sheila Cummings, Linda Ducharme, Michael Johns, Kenneth Kelly, David… Read more

In The News: NASA-funded space radiation studies could save astronauts’ lives

Physicists are teaming up with computer scientists in a NASA-funded study to help predict solar flares and radiation that can disable spacecraft and potentially kill astronauts. NASA has awarded a $550,000 grant to the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne to begin the three-year machine learning project next month. Computer… Read more

Sources: Breitbart, UPI

In The News: Intelligent.com Announces Best Engineering Degree Programs for 2020

Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 60 Best Engineering Degree Programs for 2020. The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 179 accredited colleges and universities in the nation. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation… Read more

Sources: SFGATE, Times Union, Stamford Advocate, My SA, Business Insurance

Saving the Planet One Smart Building at a Time: UA working to reduce building energy consumption

It’s a Friday night, and you have invited a houseful of people over for a dinner party. Your mind is spinning with the details: cooking, cleaning and decorating. You think you’ve covered every element; but, as guests start to arrive, the temperature in your house begins rising. Before you know… Read more