Research Centers

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

In The News: Public Survey Exposes Montecito Debris Flow Communication Failures

Early results of an ongoing public survey to measure the effectiveness of warning messages issued ahead of and during the deadly 1/9 Debris Flow reveal significant failures by Santa Barbara County officials to properly alert Montecito residents to the dangers they faced. The study is being conducted by the University… Read more

Sources: Santa Barbara (California) Independent, NBC 6 (San Luis Obispo, California)

In The News: New UA study looks at seatbelt, crash statistics

A new University of Alabama study shows a person not wearing a seatbelt in a car crash is 40 times more likely to die than those who buckle up. Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia), ABC 10 (Albany, Georgia), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Phys.org, ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), Yellowhammer News, OA Now, ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), KFVS-CBS (Paducah, Kentucky), Alabama Today, The Columbian (Washington), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WYDE-FM (Birmingham), WPMI-NBC (Mobile), Alabama News Center

In The News: April 27, 2011: Why did so many die that day?

Two hundred fifty-three. Even seven years later the death toll from a historic tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011, is staggering. Two hundred fifty-three people, people of all ages and walks of life, lost their lives as a direct result of the storms that day, according to the National Weather Service… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: Alabaster mom on mission to stiffen Alabama’s texting and driving law

Despite a 2012 ban on texting and driving, distracted driving accidents continue to pile up. Now a mother in Alabaster whose daughter was killed recently in a distracted driving accident is taking her fight to Montgomery to try and change laws … The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public… Read more

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

In The News: UA researchers study severe weather warning communication

Recent events, like the tornado that ripped through Jacksonville state university, remind residents of our state to always be aware of the chance of severe weather. The Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama studies the warning communication process and they work with weather enterprise to come up… Read more

Sources: WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

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: 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