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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: Alabama will be hub of scientific study of Southern tornadoes

About 40 scientists from around the nation are expected to participate in “VORTEX Southeast,” an upcoming study of the unique characteristics of tornadoes that develop in the South, weather researchers say. Like earlier studies in the Midwest, the research based in Huntsville, Alabama, will include mobile radars, drones and other… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Opelika-Auburn News, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, Savannah Morning News, Pittsburgh Tribune

In The News: What’s the Right Age for Kids to Learn to Code?

Imagine if you never learned addition in elementary school — and when you went to middle school, it wasn’t part of the curriculum. Then came high school, where no one breathed a word about it. By the time you were a college freshman, however, you could at long last enroll… Read more

Sources: How Stuff Works

AEM Professor Selected for Leadership Position with Composites Group

Dr. Samit Roy, the William D. Jordan Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, was elected to head a technical division within the American Society for Composites, or ASC. The ASC Executive Committee selected Roy as the chair of the Emerging Composites Technologies Division. The main goal of the Emerging Composite… Read more

In The News: Wanted: AP coding teachers

Alabama is looking for a few good teachers to bring its technology curriculum up to code with the addition of Advanced Placement coding classes. A + College Ready, the nonprofit partner of the Alabama state Department of Education, announced Monday it has partnered with Code.org to facilitate expanding computer science… Read more

Sources: Athens News Courier, Alabama News Center

In The News: Mechanical engineering labs to be offered at UA Gadsden Center

The University of Alabama started offering degrees in mechanical engineering through distance learning at least 20 years ago, according to Clark Midkiff, the department head. Midkiff said the challenge has been providing the hands-on lab experience distance learning students need, in addition to video-streamed lessons and online homework. Starting this… Read more

Sources: The Gadsden Times, WBRC Fox 6, WBRC Fox 6 (Video), WBMA ABC 33/40, WTVM ABC 9

In The News: Real talk from real computer science teachers: Dr. Jeff Gray mentioned for his work

In 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched an effort to place 10,000 qualified computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools — and eventually to bring computer science to every student in the nation. But this ambitious goal has some obstacles that are not widely recognized. For instance, how can computer science… Read more

Sources: Medium