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: Thanksgiving traffic can be deadly

In 2016, there were 22 fatal crashes, which was a 40 percent increase from two years ago. The University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety conducted the research to get this data in hopes that these numbers will help keep drivers on the road safer this year. Associate director with… Read more

Sources: WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

In The News: Alabama lays groundwork for future automated vehicles

Advanced technology to make traveling safer and more efficient is the focus of a new project led by the University of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Transportation. Tuscaloosa is the first city in Alabama to install the technology that will collect data for research used to decrease travel time… Read more

Sources: Roads and Bridges , Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WALB 10 (Albany, Georgia), NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), NBC 12 (Montgomery), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), Alabama Public Radio, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Birmingham Business Journal, Informed Infrastructure, Tuscaloosa News, College and University, Future Structure, Al.com

In The News: Alabama universities plug into industry with auto research projects

 Alabama isn’t only a major center for auto manufacturing, it’s also a growing hub for research and development projects that drive future industry technologies. At the University of Alabama, the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies offers interdisciplinary education, as well as research projects to prepare the next generation of automotive engineers. Read more

Sources: Made in Alabama

In The News: Electric cars, self-driving cars – where is auto industry going?

As executive director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Bharat Balasubramanian is tasked with envisioning the future of the automobile. Speaking at Birmingham’s 10th annual Southern Automotive Conference today, Balasubramanian presented an amusing “news story” from the year 2037 to show how auto technology may evolve… Read more

Sources: AL.com

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