Dr. W. Steve Shepard

Mechanical Engineering

Graduate students in Dr. Shepard's Structural Acoustics Laboratory have been working on projects related to fuel-cell acoustics and dynamics, vibration isolation, structural damping, and noise and vibration control. In addition to gaining experience on state-of-the-art instrumentation, including the Polytec Scanning Laser Vibrometer, students have the opportunity to use different types of simulation software, like COMET®… Read more about Dr. W. Steve Shepard

In The News: UA professor, student measure intensity of helmet impacts during collisions

The crack of football helmets is a distinct sound and one that a University of Alabama mechanical engineering professor and his student believe could be analyzed as part of a less costly method of measuring the severity of impacts on the field. UA sophomore Brandon McChristian and UA mechanical engineering… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Crimson White

UA News: UA Researchers Study Sounds from Colliding Football Helmets as Alternative to Understanding Forces

University of Alabama student Brandon McChristian hopes his research of sound waves generated from colliding football helmets leads to a a better understanding of the forces involved in those collisions and, perhaps one day, enables inexpensive sensing methods for a safer game. Read more

Capstone Engineer – Fall 2011

As Tuscaloosa and the state of Alabama recover from the devastating tornadoes in April, it is quite a comfort to recognize the stellar efforts of our alumni. As you explore this issue of the Capstone Engineer, you will get a glimpse of a few of the many stories of our… Read more

Capstone Engineer – Spring 2008

cre · a · tive \krē-ā-tiv\ adj 1: marked by the ability or power to create 2: having the quality of something created rather than imitated synonyms: produce, form, fabricate, construct, manufacture, build, erect, organize, develop Engineers, by our very nature, are creative. As problem solvers, we demonstrate the “quality… Read more