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Research

Research is a critical component of our mission as the flagship university in this state, and the College of Engineering often makes news through the research of our faculty and students.

Research Centers

The College of Engineering has several research centers and institutes that capitalize on interdisciplinary research initiatives and advance the University’s mission. Browse articles affiliated with our research centers.

In The News: Why maps still matter: Working out a big severe weather worry

Veteran Alabama TV meteorologist James Spann touched on a topic — and a nerve — during severe weather coverage over the weekend in Alabama … One of the people taking an in-depth look at the problem — and everyone agrees it’s a problem — is Dr. Laura Myers, the director… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: University of Alabama team look at untreated sewage issue

How much untreated sewage gets dumped in Alabama’s Black Belt? That’s the question a team of students and professors at the University of Alabama is trying to determine. Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, USA Today, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Yellowhammer News, Alabama News Center, AL.com, Alabama Public Radio, U.S. News, 945 The Answer, Washington Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Beaumont Enterprise (Texas), Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia), WWLP 22 (Chicopee, Massachusetts), West Plains Daily Quill (New York), Municipal Water and Sewer Magazine, Al.com

EPA Grant Assists in Understanding Wastewater Issues in Rural Alabama

With a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, researchers from environmental engineering and geology will build a model to quantify the extent of untreated raw sewage discharges from homes throughout five counties in the Black Belt, an economically depressed region in the state. Read more

In The News: Mind-Controlled Drones: Not As Far Away As You Think

Not long ago, moving objects with your mind was the province of Jedi knights and boy wizards. But on April 6, competitors and spectators will descend on the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for the Brain-Drone Race competition, in which competitors will race drones by moving them only with their… Read more

Sources: Forbes, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), News Chief (Winter Haven, Florida), KSBW 8 (Monterey, California), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WBAL 11 (Baltimore, Maryland), News 40 (Rogers, Arkansas), NBC 5 (Cincinnati, Ohio), ABC 9 (Kansas City, Missouri), NBC 3 (Sacramento, California), Action News 4 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), ABC 8 (Portland, Maine), NBC 2 (Orlando, Florida), NBC 12 (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), WESH-NBC (Orlando, Florida), KOAT-ABC (Albuquerque, New Mexico), WKCF-CW (Orlando, Florida), KHBS-ABC (Ft. Smith, Arkansas), KCRA-NBC (Sacramento, California), WPBF-ABC (West Palm Beach, Florida), KMBC-ABC (Kansas City, Missouri), KETV-ABC (Omaha, Nebraska), WJCL-ABC (Savannah), WCWG-CW (Greensboro, North Carolina), WXII-NBC (Greensboro, North Carolina)

In The News: Alabama testing materials to create buildings that better withstand earthquakes

Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing whether tall, wood-framed buildings built with a hybrid technique that combines conventional construction materials and a newer material called cross-laminated timbers can better withstand earthquakes. Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Apalachicola Times

In The News: UA to receive $8 million grant to improve traffic control systems in West Alabama

The University of Alabama is getting an $8 million grant to help improve traffic control systems in west Alabama. The money comes from the US Department of Transportation. It will be used to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help with local transportation systems. Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Yellowhammer News, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Travel Wire News, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Crimson White, Phone Week

UA Leading Transportation Project to Improve West Alabama Traffic

In a partnership with federal, state and local agencies, The University of Alabama is leading a more than $16 million project to transform traffic operations in West Alabama and provide leading-edge research to address societal transportation needs. Read more