Terry "Beau" Elliott

In The News: NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions: Rocket technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakes

The earth shakes millions of times every year. Often, these earthquakes strike in familiar places, such as the recent, deadly quakes in Ecuador and Japan. At other times, a quake may hit in a spot less familiar with the temblors, such as the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck Virginia in 2011 and damaged the Washington Monument. Historic… Read more

Sources: Smithsonian.com, Now Space

In The News: University of Alabama, NASA partner on earthquakes

It seems like an unlikely collaboration when it comes to earthquakes: the University of Alabama and NASA. After all, NASA is more commonly associated with the space program, and Alabama isn’t an area notorious for recent, devastating seismic activity. However, NASA is testing what’s known as disruptive tuned mass technology… Read more

Sources: WIAT CBS 42, NASA, WBRC Fox 6, WCFT ABC 33/40, WVUA 23

In The News: Creating Longer-Lasting Concrete Girders

Finding ways to cut down on cost without sacrificing safety is always a challenge when it comes to infrastructure projects. Engineering researchers at the University of Alabama are finding ways to improve bridges to span longer distances and use fewer supports, while also trying to cut down on costs; and… Read more

Sources: The Concrete Producer, Aggregate Research, Phys.org, WBHM ABC 33/40, Civil + Structural Engineer, Concrete Construction, Public Works, Daily Commercial News

In The News: Tuscaloosa students build, test model buildings to beat earthquakes

The historic quake, as well as two others, were simulated at the Large Scale Structures Laboratory in the South Engineering Research Center on the University of Alabama’s campus Tuesday to test the strength of a six-story high-rise building model designed and constructed by students in a civil engineering class at… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, WBRC Fox 6

In The News: University of Alabama students to study bacteria killing light with EPA grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Alabama a $15,000 grant to study the effectiveness of ultraviolet LED lights and a laser in killing waterborne pathogens. It will last until Aug. 15, 2015, with the goal of informing the design of the ultraviolet LED units. A team of University of Alabama students… Read more

Sources: Al.com, The Tuscaloosa News, Beta Wired, Undercover Michigan

Engineering Professors Chosen as 2014 Teaching Fellow

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Dr. Wei Song and Dr. Stephanie Vereen, both assistant professors in the UA department of civil, construction and environmental engineering, were selected to participate in the American Society of Civil Engineering Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Teaching Workshop to be held during June in Fort Myers, Fla. Song, who came… Read more

UA News: UA Engineering Professor Selected for International Conference

Dr. Wei Song, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering at The University of Alabama, will represent the structural control and monitoring community as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Sixth International Workshop on Structural Control and Monitoring. Read more