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: Spring break road travel safety

Across Alabama, many people are either on spring break right now, or getting ready for it in the next few weeks. For those who will be on the road this spring break, traffic researchers have some safety considerations for you to remember. University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), NBC 10 (Albany, Georgia), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee)

In The News: Alabama trooper shortage is a matter of life and death — trooper advocate

Between late 2010 and the end of 2014, the state of Alabama did not hire a single state trooper. Despite this freeze, we still had over 400 state troopers. Now we have less than 300. That leaves us over 700 men and women short of the number that we need… Read more

Sources: Yellowhammer News

In The News: Funds set to develop ‘carbon capture’ at Gerald Gentleman

The Gerald Gentleman power station near Sutherland will receive $2.7 million to plan a facility that will capture carbon dioxide instead of emitting it into the air. The funds will come from the U.S. Department of Energy … NPPD partnered with ION on the initial phase of that project, along… Read more

Sources: North Platte Bulletin (Nebraska), Sandhills Express (Nebraska), Real Country 97.3 (Nebraska), News Channel Nebraska, Columbus News Team (Nebraska), US 92.7 FM (Norfolk, Nebraska)

In The News: Mentor inspires bold change in STEM studies at historically black colleges and universities

Metallurgical and materials engineer Viola Acoff has more than 20 years of experience broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Her efforts to spark interest in materials science and engineering among students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are transforming how these minority-serving institutions approach her field. Read more

Sources: National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation Tumblr

In The News: Women’s Day 2018: 50 influential and inspiring women in 3D printing

Viola Acoff is a metallurgical and materials engineer who has been working to promote STEM education for over two decades. Currently acting as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Alabama, Acoff holds a doctoral degree in materials engineering and has expertise in additive manufacturing, materials… Read more

Sources: 3ders.org

In The News: Does Alabama’s warm weather mean severe storms are on the horizon?

So the fall and winter are more active than many may think. However, warnings may get less attention then. “What we are finding in the research is that spring tornado warnings work well because people expect them and they know what the warnings mean, but any other time of year, they don’t expect… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: UA student technology advances outside of research

Four students on campus have come together to create an accessible combination of technology and sports to improve players’ softball and baseball game, originally thanks to the UA Emerging Scholars program. “I kind of took to computers from an early age and I wasn’t satisfied with just playing with Microsoft… Read more

Sources: Crimson White, Baseball News

In The News: Four robots that aim to teach your kids to code

You’ve seen apps and toys that promise to teach your child to code. Now enter the robots. At the CES electronics show in January, coding robots came out in force. One convention hall area was packed with everything from chip-embedded, alphabet-like coding blocks to turtle-like tanks that draw on command. Of course… Read more

Sources: Associated Press, WSMV-TV (Nashville), Western Mass News, The Sentinel (Carlyle, Pennsylvania), Quad City Times, Daily Sun (India), Texarkana Gazette, Aurora Sentinel (Colorado), Japan Today, News Dog, Idaho Falls Post Register (Idaho), TDN.com (Longview, Washington), Kitchener Post (Canada), Durango Herald (Colorado), New Delhi Times, Khaleej Times, Tribune Star (Terre Haute, Indiana), Edge Media Network, All on Georgia, Frederick News Post (Maryland), Columbian (Washington), Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Illinois), Woodland Daily Democrat (California), Seattle Times , Business Mirror, Pattaya Mail (Thailand)

In The News: UA, Naval Observatory partnership to improve precise timing education

The University of Alabama has partnered with the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) to train UA students in precise timing and time interval technology, which is used in highly precise atomic clocks on which the military, financial sector, GPS satellites and power grids rely. Read more

Sources: Alabama News Center, Navy.mil, Public, Environment Guru

In The News: Alabama awarded patent for sideline tent

The University of Alabama’s win in the College Football Playoff wasn’t the school’s only big football-related win in January. The school was also assigned a patent for the collapsable sideline tent that was invented by trainers and mechanical engineering students at Alabama and is now ubiquitous in major football. The co-inventors are Jeff Allen, Thomas… Read more

Sources: Birmingham Business Journal, Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBCsports.com, AL.com, Tuscaloosa News, Austin American-Statesman, SEC Country.com, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Yahoo!, Saturday Down South, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Georgia), Campus Sports, WHNT-CBS (Huntsville), WCNN-AM (Atlanta, Georgia)