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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: Wanted: AP coding teachers

Alabama is looking for a few good teachers to bring its technology curriculum up to code with the addition of Advanced Placement coding classes. A + College Ready, the nonprofit partner of the Alabama state Department of Education, announced Monday it has partnered with Code.org to facilitate expanding computer science… Read more

Sources: Athens News Courier, Alabama News Center

In The News: Mechanical engineering labs to be offered at UA Gadsden Center

The University of Alabama started offering degrees in mechanical engineering through distance learning at least 20 years ago, according to Clark Midkiff, the department head. Midkiff said the challenge has been providing the hands-on lab experience distance learning students need, in addition to video-streamed lessons and online homework. Starting this… Read more

Sources: The Gadsden Times, WBRC Fox 6, WBRC Fox 6 (Video), WBMA ABC 33/40, WTVM ABC 9

In The News: University of Alabama students ready to make an eco-friendly Chevy Camaro

A team of University of Alabama students is ready to turn a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into an eco-friendly car. More than 150 students have been working on a prototype to transform the car. It’s all part of the elite, 16-team EcoCar 3 competition. “We’re here really just to let Tuscaloosa know that… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, The Student Engineer, The Tuscaloosa News, WSFA 12, Alabama News Center, WIAT CBS 42, WBRC Fox 6, WBMA ABC 33/40, WAFF, WMCA NBC 5, WVUA News

In The News: The story behind the tent on Alabama’s football sideline

When a player gets injured in a football game, they are typically brought to a trainer’s table on the sideline where a medical evaluation is done in front of 100,000 people and a television camera capturing every moment of pain and emotion. Short of taking a player back to the… Read more

Sources: USA Today, Yellowhammer, CBS Sports Radio

In The News: Real talk from real computer science teachers: Dr. Jeff Gray mentioned for his work

In 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched an effort to place 10,000 qualified computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools — and eventually to bring computer science to every student in the nation. But this ambitious goal has some obstacles that are not widely recognized. For instance, how can computer science… Read more

Sources: Medium

In The News: Computer coding lesson teaches importance of high-tech jobs

On Tuesday, Jeff Gray, a professor in the University of Alabama’s College of Engineering, handed a student at the Tuscaloosa Magnet Middle School a smooth white ball about the size of a tennis ball. After linking the ball, called a Sphero, wirelessly to his laptop computer through Bluetooth, Gray asked… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: “Smart Walker” Robotics-Based Mobility Device Funded by NIH

As part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing $2.2 million for development of three innovative co-robots, which are robotic devices designed to work cooperatively with humans. Two of the devices in development are aimed at improving quality of life for individuals affected by disabilities. Of… Read more

Sources: Rehab Management, Healio O&P News, Senior Jounal, CNB News, Kansas City Infozone, Imperial Valley News, Federal Telemedicine News

In The News: THE FAST AND THE STUDIOUS

As most students saunter home for the day, the members of UA’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team head to their workshop, motivated more than ever to overcome last year’s setbacks. Formula SAE is a student-lead competition in which teams design, build and test formula style cars against other… Read more

Sources: Mosaic

In The News: The Ancient Material That’s Being Used To Develop Earthquake-Proof Skyscrapers? Wood.

Some of the fastest-growing cities in the world sit in high-risk earthquake zones. That’s why researchers are trying to figure out how to build tall buildings using a material that’s not only plentiful and renewable, but even more resistant to earthquakes than conventional building materials. Read more

Sources: Gizmodo, Phys.org, Civil + Structural Engineer, Professional Builder, IHS Engineering 360, Global Construction Review, Alabama News Center