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.

Through the Doors and Staying the Course

In many ways Larry Summerville is the realization of a dream that began more than 50 years ago. An African-American who studies engineering at The University of Alabama, he walks through doors open to all students. Summerville, a senior in metallurgical and materials engineering who recently won first place for… Read more

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

Dr. Kevin Chou, mechanical engineering professor, leads a UA research team exploring, via a NASA grant, whether a type of 3D printing called electronic beam additive manufacturing, or EBAM, can make durable space-vehicle hardware. Working with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the team hopes to advance EBAM, which melts and… Read more

UA News: UA Engineering Professor Granted Patent for Carbon-Capture Process

An innovative method for stripping greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from industrial emissions is potentially cheaper and more efficient than current methods, according to a United States patent based on research by Dr. Jason E. Bara, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at The University of Alabama. Read more

UA News: UA Computer Science Professor Named Fellow by CSAB

Dr. Allen S. Parrish, computer science professor and director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama, was recognized as a Fellow of CSAB, the lead society for accreditation of degree programs in computer science, information systems, software engineering and information technology. 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

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