In The News

In the News is a summary of articles about The University of Alabama College of Engineering that have appeared in print, online and broadcast media outlets. These summaries, headlines and links are copied exactly as they appeared in the media source.

In The News: What GM’s layoffs could mean for Alabama’s auto industry

The auto industry is still trying to process the effect of yesterday’s planned layoffs by GM … There are some dangers though. Bharat Balasubramanian, a professor of mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering at the University of Alabama, said the strategy could prove dangerous if fuel prices increase or… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: UA students win Best Overall at VandyHacks

Ben Gitter, a junior majoring in computer science, taught himself to code throughout late middle school and early high school by watching YouTube videos … Gitter and his team, Seismic Data, won Best Overall and Built for Business awards at Vanderbilt’s annual hackathon called VandyHacks, a collegiate hackathon hosted by… Read more

Sources: Crimson White

In The News: Days leading up to Thanksgiving most dangerous, University of Alabama study finds

More than half of all vehicle crashes during the week of Thanksgiving last year occurred in the three days before the holiday, according to the annual study of state traffic data by University of Alabama researchers. In 2017, 1,400 auto crashes, or 53 percent of the wrecks for the week… Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Montgomery Advertiser , ABC 33/40 (Birmingham)

In The News: Talladega native, Victory Christian grad Joshua Nunn part of trip to study ice sheet in Greenland

Talladega native Joshua Nunn spent his part of his summer a very long way from home. Currently working on a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama, Nunn had the opportunity to visit Greenland. He previously attended Talladega City Schools and graduated from Victory Christian in Pell… Read more

Sources: Talladega Daily Home , St. Clair Times, Yellowhammer News

In The News: COLLEGE NEWS: November 4, 2018

A University of Alabama student team — Alabeama — recently placed third in the 2018 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Big Beam Competition. Among the team members are: Daniel Bridi Valentim and Gabrielle Willis of Tuscaloosa. The objective of the national competition is to design, fabricate and test a precast and prestressed concrete beam to span… Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Plugging the Hypersonic Missile Gap — The First $1.4 Billion

By the time you finish reading this sentence, a hypersonic weapon could have flown from Mobile to Huntsville, where Lockheed Martin Space is researching and developing just such a device … Xiaowen Wang, an assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Alabama, studies the behavior of hypersonic craft… Read more

Sources: Business Alabama

In The News: The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks launch EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks announced the launch of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the latest DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC), revealing the 12 competing universities and the Chevrolet Blazer as the vehicle platform selected for the competition … The participating universities include: Colorado State… Read more

Sources: Geospatial World, Forward Geek, Fox 40 (Vestal, New York), Morning Star, Executive Biz, NGT News, Renewable Energy Magazine, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Tuscaloosa News, Aftermarket News, Driver News, ECN Mag, Fox 6 (Birmingham), Crimson White, OEM Off-Highway

In The News: UA engineers build structure that could survive a natural disaster

A building has now been made to survive the impact of an earthquake, and possibly a hurricane. UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA engineers built a two-story structure to stand strong in the wake of a natural disaster. The building is designed with a special wooden material stronger than what is normally used.  Read more

Sources: WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

In The News: Put down that cell phone! Alabama lawmakers are getting closer to passing hands-free driving laws.

Hey drivers! Put down that cell phone because Alabama is on the verge of passing hands-free driving laws in March 2019. Admit it, your cell phone is your best friend. At work, at home, at the store and in the car, your phone is always right there with you …… Read more

Sources: Bham Now, WBRC 6 (Birmingham)