Dr. Amy W. Lang

Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Dr. Amy Lang's research interests include experimental fluid dynamics, turbulence and vortex dynamics, and digital particle image velocimetry. Lang is also the project manager for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Fluid Mechanics with Analysis Using Computations and Experiments Program. Read more about Dr. Amy W. Lang

In The News: Scaly wings help these butterflies soar

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Aerospace engineers are always on the lookout for ways to make flying more efficient. Now, they’ve discovered a trick from nature that can do just that: the scales on butterfly wings. Those incredibly tiny scales—about 0.1 millimeter long—are arranged like roof shingles on the wing, making it a… Read more

Sources: Science

Graduate Student Wins Poster Contest

Sashank Gautam, a graduate student in The University of Alabama Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, placed first in a student poster contest at an industry conference in November. Gautam’s poster, “An experimental study of low Re cavity vortex formation embedded in a laminar boundary layer,” was the top winner… Read more

In The News: UA Engineer studies shark skin to help in aerospace design

The Mako shark is fast. Amy Lang, an aerospace engineer at The University of Alabama, says that’s partly because its streamlined shape cuts through the water, but it has  a big assist from the shark’s scaly skin. Lang says such a mechanism may also help aircraft surfaces. Read more

Sources: WTOP-FM Radio, National Academy of Engineering

In The News: Engineered by humans, inspired by nature: Biomimicry allows scientists to take a page out of nature’s playbook

Inventors have been exploring biomimicry as early as the Renaissance era when Leonardo Da Vinci sketched out a bat-shaped wing contraption for human flight, called an ornithopter. Engineers take what they see in the natural world and integrate it into new technologies. A research group at the University of Alabama is… Read more

Sources: Science Line

Capstone Engineer – Spring 2014

With the completion of the North Engineering Research Center, The University of Alabama has completed about $300 million in engineering and science facilities. The four buildings surround the Shelby Engineering and Science Quad, and are helping transform the UA College of Engineering’s teaching and research along with recruitment of students… Read more

Capstone Engineer – Fall 2011

As Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama recover from the devastating tornadoes in April, it is quite a comfort to recognize the stellar efforts of our alumni. As you explore this issue of the Capstone Engineer, you will get a glimpse of a few of the many stories of our… Read more