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 engineers study wind loads

Engineers with The University of Alabama have been studying wind loads and their effects on structures long before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma formed in the Gulf. The School of Engineering has used this wind tunnel for three years. Instructors use it along with a structures lab to test how wind… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)

In The News: Troubled Water: Wells aren’t regulated and septic tanks aren’t inspected

Most of the 43 million Americans who rely on private wells don’t know if their water is safe to drink because unlike the regulation of public water systems, there is no government monitoring of wells … In areas where proper wastewater treatment is rare, regulation is not enforced “because a… Read more

Sources: TC Palm (Florida)

In The News: UA students part of NASA project to capture solar eclipse from near space

A group of students at the University of Alabama plan to launch a balloon to take video of the solar eclipse next week as part of a nationwide science project led by NASA. Similar to a weather balloon, the UA balloon should rise 100,000 feet in the air, high enough to see the curvature of the… Read more

Sources: Alabama News Center , WLTX-CBS (Columbia, South Carolina) , Tuscaloosa News, CBS 42 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), YellowHammer News, Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), WTVM 9 (Columbus, Georgia), Gears of Biz

In The News: CAPS receives grants to study traffic safety

Governor Kay Ivey’s office has awarded three grants worth nearly $2 million to the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama. The center will collect statewide traffic data, assist with the state highway safety plan and provide software for law enforcement. Funding will also help with a… Read more

Sources: WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Florence Times Daily, WAFF-NBC (Huntsville), WHNT-CBS (Huntsville), WSFA-NBC (Montgomery), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WDHN - Dothan First, State Scoop, Traffic Technology Today

In The News: Why do people keep driving through flood waters?

Just about every time we have major rain and flooding, we see people who try to plow through flood waters. They eventually get stuck and some have to be rescued. The big question is – why? “Because they want to get home,” Laura Myers said. Dr. Laura Myers is the Director… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

In The News: Traffic changes draw critics, though experts urge caution

Sherry Smith stood in the parking lot Friday of the pediatrics office she manages in the Golden Springs Shopping Center and talked about the children who go there every day … David Brown, professor and research associate at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, in a message… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star