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: Tickets start Monday on three new camera-monitored intersections

Starting Monday, tickets will be issued for red-light violations captured by cameras at three new intersections across the city… Steven L. Jones Jr., an associate professor in the University of Alabama’s Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and a member of the University Transportation Center for Alabama, a research center… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

UA Dialog: Faculty Mentors Introduce Students to World of Research

Students, with faculty mentoring, are planning projects for the Spring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference. The April 17 conference, in UA’s Bryant Conference Center, boasted a record 555 participants last year. The annual event provides a welcoming and competitive venue for undergraduates to showcase research findings, said organizers. Students… Read more

In The News: Seat belt use is required in other vehicles, but why not school buses?

The effectiveness of seat belts — both lap belts and shoulder straps — in reducing injuries and deaths in automobile accidents is widely documented in studies and backed up by anecdotes from first responders. But when it comes to requiring seat belts on school buses, safety experts are divided …… Read more

Sources: Monroe News Star, Lafayette Advertiser

In The News: University of Alabama’s Dr. Amy Lang researching practical applications of butterfly, shark scales

Horsepower allows cars to move faster with more power. Fins allow surfers to maneuver their boards through the water. In the case of a plane crash, passengers evacuate onto the wing. Often, engineers mimic forces in nature to improve the way man-made objects function. University of Alabama aerospace engineering professor… Read more

Sources: Mosaic Magazine

In The News: 3D-printed molecule provides new perspective for cancer research

While two-dimensional modeling of double-stranded DNA molecules has been useful for the purpose of cancer research, the composition of the G-quadruplex, a four-stranded DNA sequence, has proven a different beast. A 3D printing lab at the University of Alabama has successfully produced a physical model of its molecular structure, improving… Read more

Sources: Gizmag, Phys.org, Medical Design Technology

UA News: January’s Winter Storm Increased Chances of Deadly Crashes in State’s Rural Areas, According to UA CAPS

Not surprisingly, vehicle crashes increased during the winter storm the last week of January in Alabama, but the iced roads shifted the risk of fatal crashes to rural roads away from the clogged roadways in the state’s urban metro areas, according to an analysis of crash data by researchers at… Read more

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