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: UA mechanical engineering students make car for boy with disabilities

A special gift was given to a student at Inverness Elementary School in Shelby County. Bailey Harris was born without arms – so, engineering students from the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA transformed a toy ride-along car to help him get around school. Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), Shelby County Reporter , WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Gwinnett (Georgia) Post, Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Higher gas prices could cause more drivers to switch to electric cars

Electric cars could be one option for drivers to consider as gas prices keep rising as the summer driving season nears. But what they save on gas could end up costing them more in other areas.  “They also have the feel-good feeling that they’re driving without depleting any fossil fuel… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham) , NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

UA Recognizes Undergrad Randall Research Award Winners

The Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Program recognizes and celebrates the best research activity conducted by undergraduate students at The University of Alabama. Read more

In The News: Setting the Standard for Sensor-Driven HVAC Control

Supported by the Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR) program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a University of Alabama team of researchers aims to ensure sensors work efficiently when detecting human movement and occupancy to control HVAC systems and applications. Read more

Sources: ACHR News

In The News: New challenger, Aeroprobe, approaches in the world of metal 3D printing

Aeroprobe a measurement solutions provider known for its sensors used in aerospace, automotive, turbomachinery, wind turbine, and wind tunnel testing industries, has launched a new metal 3D printing subsidiary … In January 2018, the University of Alabama became the first client to receive MELD’s B8 3D printer. Mechanical engineering researcher Paul Allison has been… Read more

Sources: 3D Printing Industry, NRV News (Virginia), Roanoke News and Advance (Virginia), 3ders, CD3D (Poland)

In The News: UA students compete in Tuscaloosa Rocketry Challenge

Water rockets filled the skies above recreation fields at the University of Alabama on Friday. “OK, you use a bottle and you fill it up with water and you just put pressure in it and it shoots,” Avery Reynolds said. That’s the easiest way to explain the Tuscaloosa Rocketry Challenge.… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), Tuscaloosa News, NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee), ABC 10 (Albany, Georgia), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia), NBC 12 (Montgomery), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Al.com

In The News: Thermodynamic Characterization Of Engine Exhaust Flows For Recovering Waste Exhaust Energy (Exergy)

The heavy-duty engine industry in the United States faces a difficult challenge in demonstrating engine technologies to achieve 55% brake thermal efficiency (BTE) for future heavy-duty diesel engines under the aegis of the US Department of Energy’songoing SuperTruck II program (US DOE, 2017) … This work was conducted by Hamidreza Mahabadipour… Read more

Sources: Science Trends