Faculty and Staff

The more than 250 faculty and staff in the UA College of Engineering are frequently recognized for their achievements and contributions to our state, nation and world.

In The News: University of Alabama professor’s free course trains high school teachers

A University of Alabama computer science professor will lead a free, online course this summer to train high school teachers from across the nation in a new computer-science course and future College Board AP exam. “This is taking the ideas that we planned regionally for Alabama and scaling it up… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: National Science Foundation presents award for powered prosthesis development

The National Science Foundation awarded Xiangrong Shen, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama college of Engineering, the CAREER Award to assist in his work on a powered prosthesis that mimics natural joints. Read more

Sources: Healio, OandP.com, Rehab Management, AZ Robotics, WBMA ABC 33/40, WIAT CBS 42

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

In The News: Gulf Oil Feeding Frenzy

Philip Johnson, a petroleum engineering professor at the University of Alabama, calls the Gulf of Mexico “a monster reservoir,” but points out that drilling deep into the Gulf is a costly venture — so costly that few oil companies can drill on their own, instead forming joint ventures. Read more

Sources: Business Alabama

In The News: Professor receives national award for diversity

Viola Acoff, head of the department of metallurgical and materials engineering, was recently awarded for her dedication to increasing diversity in the field of engineering. Acoff was named a recipient of the Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. The national award recognizes an individual… Read more

Sources: The Crimson White

CCEE Department Honors Back as Professor of the Year

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – The University of Alabama Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering recently honored the department’s professor of the year award at a banquet held at the Bryant Conference Center. Dr. Edward Back was awarded the Donald H. McLean Civil Engineering Professor of the Year Award. Back, professor… Read more

ECE Professor and Student Honored for Presentation on Research

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Dr Jaber Abu-Qahouq, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in The University of Alabama College of Engineering, and Zhigang Dang, doctorate student, were honored for a presentation of research on wireless power transfer systems at a recent conference. The presentation, “Modeling and Investigation of Magnetic Resonance… Read more