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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: Huge tornado research project coming to Alabama, Southeast next year: CAPS researcher part of research team

Alabama and the Southeast will be ground zero next spring for the continuation of one of the largest tornado research projects in history. The working title for now is Vortex-Southeast, and the goal is to understand more about Southern-style tornadoes — and how to prevent them from becoming infamous killers.… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Study shows that Alabama still needs more state troopers: Study from University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety cited

Drivers could soon see more state troopers on patrol across the state. This follows a law enforcement reorganization. Alabama law enforcement agency officials say 21 new state troopers graduated from a Selma training center and will soon begin working roadways across the state. Authorities say this is the first trooper… Read more

Sources: WVTM NBC 13, The Dothan Eagle, WVUA News, WDEF CBS 12 , WVUE Fox 8, WSFA 12, WWBT NBC 12, AL.com

In The News: Not-so-fun snow: How 2014’s winter storm changed the way Alabamians think of snow days

Alabamians typically have always gone a little crazy when the word “snow” is in the forecast. Ice, too. Some will even get a little antsy around sleet. Social scientist Dr. Laura Myers, the deputy director and research scientist for the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, has… Read more

Sources: AL.com, WBRC Fox 6

In The News: Severe weather warnings: Why you need to pay attention more than ever

When it comes to weather in Alabama, no matter what time of year, there’s just one thing to do: “Prepare for it to be bad.” “The warning process has improved so much that there is less opportunity for desensitization,” said Dr. Laura Myers, deputy director and research scientist at The Center… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Survey finds Georgians are confused about winter weather alerts

January 28, 2014 is a day few of us will forget.  People stranded in cars. Children stranded in schools. Families separated and scared after a winter storm hit metro Atlanta. Now, Channel 2 Action News is getting a better look at just what happened, and why so many people went… Read more

Sources: WSB-TV 2

In The News: Restrictions on teen driving need strengthening

Despite Alabama having a Graduated Driver License law — which sets restrictions for teenagers who sit behind the wheel at age 16 — it is not strong enough and should be strengthened by postponing a teen’s license until the age of 17, said David Brown, a research associate with the… Read more

Sources: The Montgomery Advertiser

In The News: New research estimates 2,500 wrecks could occur during Thanksgiving week

If you’re hitting the road for Thanksgiving, you need to buckle up. A new study from The University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) estimates more than 2,500 wrecks could happen on Alabama highways this week. The Thanksgiving travel period is defined as the holiday on Thursday and… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, Montgomery Advertiser, Indy Star, USA Today, AL.com, WAAY ABC 31