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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: 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 students are part of a national team working to reduce energy consumption by buildings and to quantify the savings

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

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