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: Mobile mapping used to boost Northport retail development: CAPS researcher comments on mobile tracking

Birmingham-based r360 Consulting has entered into a three-year agreement with the City of Northport. According to the firm, Northport will pay r360 $25,000 per year to collect economic data and lure retailers to the city. The consulting firm plans to use “mobile mapping”, which is a popular tool in the… Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40

In The News: An Environmentally Friendly Muscle Car

Environmentalists, start your engines? When you think about the Camaro, the term “muscle car” comes to mind… A team at the University of Alabama has lept forward in the process. This four-year competition has seen them finish eighth nationally in their first year and then vaulting to fourth overall after the… Read more

Sources: ASME

In The News: Researchers see sharp increase in Alabama traffic deaths

Twenty five percent more people died in car wrecks statewide in 2016 compared to the year before, according to traffic data released Tuesday by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety. The report pointed to four main causes for the rise in deaths: speed, seat belts, distracted driving… Read more

Sources: The Anniston Star, The Tuscaloosa News, WBRC Fox 6, The Crimson White, WKRG CBS 5, WBRC Fox 6 (2), WSFA NBC 12, Yellowhammer News, WVTM NBC 13, WLOX 13, Florence Times Daily, WRCB TV 3, WBHM FM 90.3, WALA Fox 10, WKRG CBS 5, WNCF ABC 32, WSFA NBC 12 (2), Insurance Journal, Athens News-Courier, WTVY 4, WBBJ ABC 7, WPMI NBC, The Cullman Times, The New York Times

In The News: Scaly wings help these butterflies soar

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Aerospace engineers are always on the lookout for ways to make flying more efficient. Now, they’ve discovered a trick from nature that can do just that: the scales on butterfly wings. Those incredibly tiny scales—about 0.1 millimeter long—are arranged like roof shingles on the wing, making it a… Read more

Sources: Science

In The News: Roads more dangerous before Thanksgiving

The three days leading up to Thanksgiving are the most dangerous time to be on the road, according to a recent University of Alabama study. UA’s Center for Advanced Public Safety found that there was a daily average of 460 crashes on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving in… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Anniston Star, WBMA ABC 33/40, NBC 13, The Montgomery Advertiser, AL.com, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, WKEF ABC 22, WBRC Fox 6

In The News: UA signs a partnership agreement with NASA

We have lift off in Tuscaloosa. Not of a spaceship, but a partnership between NASA and the University of Alabama. That’s big news for engineering students like Ebony Kelley. “Like, I had a moment. When I found out about it, I was really, really excited because I never thought I’d… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WVUA 23, The Crimson White, Made in Alabama

In The News: Alabama student’s software calls balls & strikes with a smartphone

University of Alabama senior Matt Bowen has created and released PA Software, an innovative pitch-analyzing protocol he hopes will bring big league K-Zone functionality to little league backyards. Sports entertainment company Sportvision first introduced K-Zone in 2001. K-Zone is a sophisticated computer system that tracks the trajectory of a baseball… Read more

Sources: Sport Illustrated, WHNT-CBS 19, WIAT CBS 42, Tech Alabama, WAAY ABC 31, Sports Techie, The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Alabama’s medical tent is an idea popping up all over college football

When Alabama played for the College Football Playoff title last season, its pop-up medical tent on the sideline was a matter of significant curiosity. There had never really been anything like it before in football, allowing an injured player to be examined privately without having to go back to the… Read more

Sources: USA Today, Bleacher Report