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: Alabama awarded patent for sideline tent

The University of Alabama’s win in the College Football Playoff wasn’t the school’s only big football-related win in January. The school was also assigned a patent for the collapsable sideline tent that was invented by trainers and mechanical engineering students at Alabama and is now ubiquitous in major football. The co-inventors are Jeff Allen, Thomas… Read more

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In The News: EAP University Grant Competition Winners For 2017

We had some fantastic submissions to the 2017 EAP University Grant Program! Applicants used STK to demonstrate their problem solving and creating thinking. Selecting the top scenario was a challenging decision, but we are happy to announce the following winners … 3rd Place: Adam Benabbou from University of Alabama: ‘Use of… Read more

Sources: Public

In The News: NSF welcomes Linda Blevins as Engineering deputy assistant director

The National Science Foundation has appointed Linda Blevins to serve as deputy assistant director for the Directorate for Engineering…She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama, her master’s degree at Virginia Tech, and her Ph.D. at Purdue University, all in mechanical engineering. Read more

Sources: National Science Foundation

Company invests in UA combustion lab

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — An Oklahoma company extended its partnership with the UA College of Engineering for the second year with a $10,000 donation.  Representatives from John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visited Tuscaloosa recently to present a $10,000 check to the Engines and Combustion Lab led by Dr.… Read more

In The News: UA researchers studying motion sensors to cut back on HVAC energy

Researchers at the University of Alabama are studying ways to help cut back on energy that heat and cools our buildings. This is how 1.5 million-dollar project will work. UA Engineering researchers think new and improved motion sensors could help reduce energy used for HVAC systems. Read more

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