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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.

In The News: University of Alabama researchers to design next-gen transportation system in west central Alabama

Researchers at the University of Alabama are embarking on a $16.8 million project to transform the roads and highways in the Tuscaloosa area into a smart transportation network that is safer, less congested and more environmentally friendly. By dotting the roadways in west central Alabama with sensors and cameras, utilizing… Read more

Sources: Alabama Newscenter, Wired Focus

Alabama LSAMP Bridge students get a college head start

A program at The University of Alabama is helping new college students get a head start with the goal of seeing them succeed throughout their academic careers and beyond. The Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Bridge program supports underrepresented minority students during the summer before their freshman… Read more

In The News: Ford, GM invest billions in self-driving cars amid uncertain future

The key question is how to monetize that data and it has industry leaders stumped, according to Bharat Balasubramanian, a former executive at Daimler AG and current professor at the University of Alabama. Read more

Sources: Fox Business, Mondaq, Crowe

In The News: ASHRAE honors members during 2019 Annual Conference

ASHRAE recognized the achievements and contributions of members to the HVACR industry during the 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference, June 22-26, in Kansas City, Missouri …Zheng O’Neill, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Read more

Sources: Engineered Systems

Red Light. Green Light.

A team at The University of Alabama is working to modernize traffic lights to become smarter and communicate with vehicles passing through. Changes are needed, they say, to improve the flow of traffic because congested areas have no other option. Read more

In The News: Tesla under pressure as rivals prepare to launch new electric models

“Electric cars were not as disruptive as we all thought,” said Bharat Balasubramanian, a former Mercedes-Benz executive and head of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies. “There’s just no incentive to it. They are more expensive, there’s the range anxiety to it. There’s the anxiety about recharging… Read more

Sources: Fox Business