Research

Research is a critical component of our mission as the flagship university in this state, and the College of Engineering often makes news through the research of our faculty and students.

Research Centers

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

In The News: UA student project supplies children with 3D printed prosthetic limbs

A group of University of Alabama students plan to continue a program that supplies children in need with customized prosthetic limbs made using a 3-D printer. The Alabama Prosthetic Project was begun two years ago by Valerie Levine, a student in the Computer-Based Honors Program at UA. Earlier this year… Read more

Sources: Al.com, Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 5 (Memphis, Tennessee), WDAM 7 (Moselle, Mississippi), WTOC 11 (Savannah, Georgia), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), NBC 10 (Albany, Georgia), NBC 10 (Montgomery), NBC 13 (Birmingham)

In The News: Students collaborate and create in The Cube, a group of six accessible engineering labs

In early May of this year, junior aerospace engineering and mechanics major Zack Andrews set out in search of a 3D printer for one of his models. He ran into Doug Cannon, manager of “The Cube,” a group of six accessible labs students can use as a resource within the… Read more

Sources: The Crimson White

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: Event connects students, faculty, research and pizza

Students and professors gathered in Gorgas Library on Monday to munch and meet. The event, called “Pizza and Professors” connected students and professors with pizza and potential research partners. The event started with free pizza, followed by a brief two-minute introduction from each professor about his or her research. After the… Read more

Sources: Crimson White

In The News: Virtual Reality and Robot-Based Rehabilitation for Post-Stroke Recovery

Stroke survivors often lose some of their motor functions, and recovery can be a long and expensive process. By integrating virtual reality, robot, and motion capture technology, a low-cost solution can be developed that is more effective and accessible than current rehabilitation methods. Towards this aim, Dr Fei Hu and… Read more

Sources: Scientia

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 students use debris cannons to test storm shelter wall panels

University of Alabama students and faculty broke out some big guns to test FEMA approved storm shelter wall panels. They fired 2x4s from a debris cannons to study the stability of the panels to withstand storm debris impact. “If we can come up with a cheaper way to construct these… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham) , WAFF 48 (Huntsville), WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) , WVUA (Tuscaloosa), CBS 42 (Birmingham), Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Coping with hurricane anxiety

Experts at The University of Alabama not only tracked Irma’s path. They also tracked how you, the public, used the information about the storm leading up to its landfall. Dr. Laura Myers, director and senior research scientist for the Center for Advanced Public Safety says Hurricane Harvey’s wrath frightened many… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)