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: 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

In The News: Alabama found lacking in computer science students

With more job opportunities than any other college major these days, computer science is hot. The Bureau of Labor says there will be up to 800,000 new jobs in this area by 2020. So, why are fewer than 100 students in Alabama learning about this field? …”We heard there was… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WSFA NBC 27

Parked in Alabama, yet Accelerating: Former Mercedes Engineer Comes to the College

Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian likes to talk about his car. He’ll show it to you if you’ve got just a moment. It’s a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Of course, most anyone would be proud to have the wherewithal to buy the premium luxury vehicle, but he’s not bragging about his new toy. Rather… Read more

College successfully launches mentor program, looks to expand

Before coming to The University of Alabama as a freshman, JP Gravitt signed up for the College of Engineering mentoring program at the urging of his mom. “I decided to go along with it,” said Gravitt, a native of Columbiana, Ala. “I didn’t think it would be useful or beneficial… Read more

End User: Capstone Engineers and Computer Scientists on Today’s Technology

Dr. Jason Bara, an assistant professor in chemical and biological engineering, researches the development of processes for clean-energy generation that uses new solvents with little or no volatility for scrubbing CO2 emissions. Bara works in collaboration with ION Engineering to develop and deploy these technologies. Q: You’re trying to be… Read more

In The News: UA working to increase high school interest in computer science

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $1 million to grant to the University of Alabama to help improve interest in computer science among high school students. Beginning in January, the grant will help the university train 50 high school teachers to lead advanced-placement courses in computer science. Read more

Sources: AL.com, The Tuscaloosa News, WCFT ABC 33/40, The Crimson White

In The News: A reboot in recruiting women into computer science

Cassidy Lamm, who grew up loving Disney movies like The Lion King, hopes to help create the next generation of animated films. When she checked into the credentials of current special-effects artists at Disney, she learned that many had majored in computer science. Now in her sophomore year at the… Read more

Sources: The Chronicle of Higher Education