Research Centers

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

Expanding Its Window: CAPS ventures into new areas that serve society

Creating innovative technology for law enforcement may be the claim to fame for the Center for Advanced Public Safety, but, as is the case for many in Alabama, a tornado outbreak in April 2011 prompted CAPS researchers to consider their role in preparing the community for future disasters. After the… Read more

In The News: Tuscaloosa’s Bidsters, Child Safety Pass join five other companies in the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition Finale

Two startup companies from Tuscaloosa will join five other young companies from Birmingham and Madison in vying for a share of more than $100,000 in prize money Friday in the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition Finale. Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: January storm brought increase in serious wrecks on rural roads

Predictably, wrecks on Alabama roadways increased during the winter storm that surprised the state two weeks ago, though most of the severe accidents occurred on rural routes free of congestion where road speeds remained faster, according to University of Alabama researchers. Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Two startups with University of Alabama ties advance in Alabama Launchpad competition

Two companies with University of Alabama affiliations are among seven startups selected to advance to the next phase of the latest round of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama Foundation announced Friday Bidsters LLC and Child Safety Pass, both Tuscaloosa based, were among the companies… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Alabama Launchpad features three firms with ties to the University of Alabama

Three companies with University of Alabama ties are among the 12 teams selected to compete in the latest round of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition, a contest designed to help startups take their ideas from concept to reality. Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, Al.com

In The News: University of Alabama study: Christmastime traffic worse than other holidays

A recent study of Alabama traffic data by the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety predicts the days near Christmas this year will likely be more dangerous on the roadways than similar periods around Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. A probable cause for the increase of accidents near… Read more

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In The News: Alabama Mercedes worker: ‘This job has changed me as a person.’

University of Alabama engineering professor Bharat Balasubramanian said another reason Mercedes is considered a top employer is its emphasis on training and the continued qualification of its staff and engineering and factory workers. Balasubramanian spent 15 years as head of engineering research and development at Mercedes. “Mercedes has invested a… Read more

Sources: Made in Alabama

In The News: Mercedes accelerating Alabama operation with two new models, workforce expansion

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – For Mercedes-Benz in Alabama, it all began with the M-Class, a groundbreaking automobile that’s credited with creating the premium SUV segment… Bharat Balasubramanian, a University of Alabama engineering professor who spent 15 years as head of engineering research and development at Mercedes, said it’s important for the state… Read more

Sources: Made in Alabama