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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: 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

In The News: Atlanta’s 2014 Ice Jam to take center stage at weather conference: UA CAPS researcher to help understand public response and attitude toward winter storm

Keith Stallman is the meteorologist in charge here at the National Weather Service in Atlanta. He is talking about a special survey conducted this past spring and summer by Dr. Laura Myers of The University of Alabama that surveyed some 4,000 people across the region about the ice-jam event that… Read more

Sources: WGCL CBS 46

In The News: The cleanest room at The University of Alabama: Research at Microfabrication Facility will focus on boosting memory on hard drives

College campuses aren’t always known for their cleanliness; but WIAT 42 got a look inside the cleanest room at the University of Alabama, the new microfabrication facility. The brand new facility is where scientists can make very tiny devices that can be applied towards hard to reach areas, like the… Read more

Sources: WIAT CBS 42, Al.com, The Tuscaloosa News, WVUA