In The News: UA part of German engineering exchange program

Engineering students from the University of Alabama and four peer institutions in the state will have an opportunity to study engineering in Germany as part of a new exchange program. “This is big business for us,” said Bharat Balasubramanian, an engineering professor and executive director of UA’s Center for Advanced… Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, Birmingham Business Journal , ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham)

In The News: Diseases of Poverty Identified in Alabama County Burdened by Poor Sanitation

In the poorest sections of the American South researchers are finding hookworm, dengue fever, and other parasites and viruses that are more commonly associated with developing countries or, in the United States, with the early years of the 20th century. . . . Failing septic systems and the use of… Read more

Sources: Circle of Blue

In The News: UA’s relationship with Mercedes evolves into partnership

As University of Alabama Chancellor emeritus Malcolm Portera tells it, Tuscaloosa was in a “world of hurt” in the early 1980s. The area had lost four manufacturers under the pressure of international competition for steel and the beginning of the end for cut-and-sew textile operations in the state, he said.… Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News

In The News: National Science Foundation grant funds engineering preparatory class

The University of Alabama College of Engineering is using a National Science Foundation grant to start three preparatory classes and a scholarship fund in an effort to address student retention. The grant will fund a one-credit preparatory class offered to students the semester before taking one of three gateway courses.… Read more

Sources: Fort Payne Times-Journal

In The News: UA students use debris cannons to test storm shelter wall panels

University of Alabama students and faculty broke out some big guns to test FEMA approved storm shelter wall panels. They fired 2x4s from a debris cannons to study the stability of the panels to withstand storm debris impact. “If we can come up with a cheaper way to construct these… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham) , WAFF 48 (Huntsville), WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) , WVUA (Tuscaloosa), CBS 42 (Birmingham), Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Coping with hurricane anxiety

Experts at The University of Alabama not only tracked Irma’s path. They also tracked how you, the public, used the information about the storm leading up to its landfall. Dr. Laura Myers, director and senior research scientist for the Center for Advanced Public Safety says Hurricane Harvey’s wrath frightened many… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)

NSF Grant Funds Engineering Preparatory Class, Scholarships

The University of Alabama College of Engineering is using a National Science Foundation grant to start three preparatory classes and a scholarship fund in an effort to address student retention. Read more

In The News: UA engineers study wind loads

Engineers with The University of Alabama have been studying wind loads and their effects on structures long before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma formed in the Gulf. The School of Engineering has used this wind tunnel for three years. Instructors use it along with a structures lab to test how wind… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)