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: ASCE to Update CE Body of Knowledge; Member Input Sought

Career development, it is said, often isn’t about what you know but who you know. But in civil engineering, what you know matters. “We’re living in times that are changing at an accelerated rate,” said committee chair Ken Fridley, Ph.D., F.ASCE, a senior associate dean at the University of Alabama. Read more

Sources: ASCE News

In The News: Many Alabamians can’t find themselves on a map, and that’s dangerous

Part of the problem could be simply the maps themselves, according to Dr. Laura Myers, a senior research scientist and the director the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama who has also been studying the issue. “When you look at a map, a lot of times they just… Read more

Sources: AL.com, WBHM-FM, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia) , WTVA-NBC (Tupelo, Mississippi)

In The News: Higher Education Meets Manufacturing: A challenge and an opportunity: Stronger research and development ties between industry and academia

From Bharat Balasubramanian’s perspective, the Southeast must be more than a place for efficient, low-cost manufacturers of high-quality vehicles. To ensure long-term success, the region needs world-class engineers doing research and development work at the plant level. Developing such engineers is a major goal for Balasubramanian, an engineering professor at… Read more

Sources: Southern Automotive Alliance

A Crimson Connection

When a University of Alabama football player with an injured arm instinctively stiff-armed a defender in the 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship Game, he was able to do so thanks to doctors, athletic trainers, engineering students, professors and a 3-D printer. Read more

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: 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