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.

UA engineering students compete in drone national championship

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Two University of Alabama engineering students will put their drone flying skills to the test this weekend in the first-ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship. Ben Fischer, freshman aerospace engineering student from Vestavia Hills, and Dylan Marcrum, sophomore mechanical engineering student from Appleton, Wisconsin, were accepted to… Read more

Business, Engineering Majors Win $50,000 in Business Plan Competition

Three undergraduate students at The University of Alabama are ready to take the next step in changing how life-saving medicines are stored and transported after winning the $50,000 grand prize at the Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan Competition recently at UA. Read more

In The News: University of Alabama researchers trying to learn how police officers react to ‘shoot, don’t shoot’ situations

Trying to to learn how police officers react to “shoot, don’t shoot” situations, researchers at the University of Alabama are measuring brain waves during virtual reality police training. According to a report on the school’s website, for the past year, researchers Rick Houser, Dan Fonseca and Ryan Cook have used… Read more

Sources: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Crimson White, Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa News (video), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Alabama News Center, Al.com, Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery)

In The News: Higher Education Meets Manufacturing: A challenge and an opportunity: Stronger research and development ties between industry and academia

From Bharat Balasubramanian’s perspective, the Southeast must be more than a place for efficient, low-cost manufacturers of high-quality vehicles. To ensure long-term success, the region needs world-class engineers doing research and development work at the plant level. Developing such engineers is a major goal for Balasubramanian, an engineering professor at… Read more

Sources: Southern Automotive Alliance

A Crimson Connection

When a University of Alabama football player with an injured arm instinctively stiff-armed a defender in the 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship Game, he was able to do so thanks to doctors, athletic trainers, engineering students, professors and a 3-D printer. Read more

In The News: An Environmentally Friendly Muscle Car

Environmentalists, start your engines? When you think about the Camaro, the term “muscle car” comes to mind… A team at the University of Alabama has lept forward in the process. This four-year competition has seen them finish eighth nationally in their first year and then vaulting to fourth overall after the… Read more

Sources: ASME