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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: Ford, XG Sciences Go Under the Hood with Graphene

While graphene could be used to improve the strength and mechanical properties of a variety of automotive parts, it is not yet fully economically viable for most applications … Also, in 2017, a research team from the University of Alabama successfully fabricated a lighter Chevrolet Camaro car hood using graphene.    Read more

Sources: R and D Mag

In The News: Grant expands professor’s human-computer interaction research

Brain scanning technology will be put to the test in the Black Belt soon thanks to the University of Alabama. Human-computer interaction, also known as neurofeedback programs will be tried out by students and teachers in K-12 schools in the Black Belt. Devices like this that measure brain activity will be… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), Alabama News Center, Yellowhammer News, Crimson White

In The News: In the lab: University of Alabama students help inspire next wave of scientists

Akshay Narkhede routinely prepares polymeric biomaterials during lab work in the Science and Engineering Complex at the University of Alabama. Narkhede, a doctoral student in chemical and biological engineering, uses these hydrogels to mimic the mechanical aspects of human tissue to study how cancer cells behave in human or clinical settings. Read more

Sources: Alabama News Center, Yellowhammer News

In The News: MELD Selected for Phase I Army Expeditionary Technology Search

MELD Manufacturing Corporation’s patented MELD technology has been selected by the US Army to be part of its inaugural Army Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) … Additionally, the collaboration of MELD Manufacturing Corporation, The University of Alabama and Army Research Lab (ARL) has been awarded funding by the Strategic Environmental Research… Read more

Sources: Manufacturing News

In The News: Alabama, Auburn universities earn recognition for research

The University of Alabama and Auburn University have been designated R1 research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, Alabama News Center, USA Today, WAFF 48 (Huntsville), Bristol Herald Courier (Virginia), NBC 3 (Chattanooga, Tennessee), Alabama Public Radio, Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia), Al.com, Birmingham Business Journal

In The News: CAPS research shows increase in crashes around Christmas

David Brown, University of Alabama professor, analyzed 10 years of crash data in Alabama and found that the six days around Christmas were particularly deadly with accident numbers that were 27 percent higher than New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Eve everybody’s drunk, so it must be super stressful to… Read more

Sources: WBAL-AM (Baltimore, Maryland)