Dr. Andrew J. Graettinger

Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Andrew Graettinger's interests include sustainability in the field of geotechnical engineering. Industrial byproduct utilization has the potential to increase recycling while at the same time diverting material typically landfilled. Understanding both the mechanical and environmental behavior of recycled materials in geotechnical engineering applications is key to promoting widespread adoption. Graettinger has expertise focused on… Read more about Dr. Andrew J. Graettinger

UA Students Selected for National Research Experience

Two juniors at The University of Alabama were selected to work this summer at one of the of the nation’s premiere research institutions for the physical and engineering sciences. Read more

In The News: Homes can be built to avoid wind damage, but no codes or inspectors in some rural counties: Dr. Andrew Graettinger featured

After Moore, Okla., got hammered by its third monster tornado in 13 years, Mayor Glenn Lewis had had enough. He pushed to make Moore the first U.S. city to beef up its building code for tornadoes and require new homes to withstand 135 mph winds — in the same way… Read more

Sources: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Insurancenewsnet.com, WVUA 23

In The News: Researchers: Simple changes may help homes better survive tornadoes

Researchers, including faculty and students from the University of Alabama, who studied the aftermath of a devastating 2013 tornado in Oklahoma say simple design changes could improve the survivability of wood-frame structures such as residential homes during tornadoes. Read more

Sources: NBC News, Phys.org, The Tuscaloosa News, WBMA ABC 33/40, WIAT CBS 42, Science Daily, Minnesota Star-Tribune, WVUA TV, Housing Zone, KSHB-NBC , Ozy.com, Insurance Journal

UA News: Small Changes Could Save Structures, Lives During Tornadoes, Reports UA-Involved Study

Surviving a tornado in a wood-frame residential home is enhanced by an intact roof and standing walls, but light-weight garage doors can be the weak link to allowing high winds and pressure changes into a home that can lead to the removal of the roof and collapsed walls, according to… Read more

A 3D Printing Lab Open to Creativity

When the forefathers of what we call the Internet were connecting their computer centers together in the 1960s, it is doubtful any could have predicted the radical changes the network would one day bring. Like any new technology, it is the unexpected applications that often are the most exciting. Society… Read more

UA News: UA Leads Multi-Institute Research of Oklahoma Tornado Damage

The University of Alabama is the lead on a research grant to study the damage left by the tornado that struck Moore, Okla., to understand whether past tornadoes influenced building practices to better withstand future events. As part of the grant, the research team is also studying whether social media… Read more

In The News: Can Anything Be Done To Tornado-Proof A House?

Linda Wertheimer talks to Professor Andrew Graettinger of the University of Alabama about what can be to strengthen buildings and save lives when tornadoes strike. He was part of a study that looked at the structural impact of the 2011 tornadoes that ripped through Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Read more

Sources: NPR

Capstone Engineer – Spring 2012

Engineers have always strived to build what is needed for today by attempting to solve tomorrow’s problems. While today’s problems are being solved, we must train tomorrow’s engineers and computer scientists, our students at The University of Alabama College of Engineering, for the challenges ahead. The third phase of the… Read more