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: Scaly wings help these butterflies soar

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Aerospace engineers are always on the lookout for ways to make flying more efficient. Now, they’ve discovered a trick from nature that can do just that: the scales on butterfly wings. Those incredibly tiny scales—about 0.1 millimeter long—are arranged like roof shingles on the wing, making it a… Read more

Sources: Science

In The News: Roads more dangerous before Thanksgiving

The three days leading up to Thanksgiving are the most dangerous time to be on the road, according to a recent University of Alabama study. UA’s Center for Advanced Public Safety found that there was a daily average of 460 crashes on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving in… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Anniston Star, WBMA ABC 33/40, NBC 13, The Montgomery Advertiser, AL.com, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, WKEF ABC 22, WBRC Fox 6

In The News: UA signs a partnership agreement with NASA

We have lift off in Tuscaloosa. Not of a spaceship, but a partnership between NASA and the University of Alabama. That’s big news for engineering students like Ebony Kelley. “Like, I had a moment. When I found out about it, I was really, really excited because I never thought I’d… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WVUA 23, The Crimson White, Made in Alabama

In The News: Alabama student’s software calls balls & strikes with a smartphone

University of Alabama senior Matt Bowen has created and released PA Software, an innovative pitch-analyzing protocol he hopes will bring big league K-Zone functionality to little league backyards. Sports entertainment company Sportvision first introduced K-Zone in 2001. K-Zone is a sophisticated computer system that tracks the trajectory of a baseball… Read more

Sources: Sport Illustrated, WHNT-CBS 19, WIAT CBS 42, Tech Alabama, WAAY ABC 31, Sports Techie, The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: Wood construction: How does it stack up?: Dr. Thang Dao quoted in article

About 87% of the country’s multifamily construction used wood framing in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Builders used steel framing, wood’s closest competitor, about 4% of the time, with concrete, concrete insulated forms and other framing methods making up the balance. Therefore, earlier this month, when the city… Read more

Sources: Construction Dive