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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: University of Alabama students ready to make an eco-friendly Chevy Camaro

A team of University of Alabama students is ready to turn a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into an eco-friendly car. More than 150 students have been working on a prototype to transform the car. It’s all part of the elite, 16-team EcoCar 3 competition. “We’re here really just to let Tuscaloosa know that… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, The Student Engineer, The Tuscaloosa News, WSFA 12, Alabama News Center, WIAT CBS 42, WBRC Fox 6, WBMA ABC 33/40, WAFF, WMCA NBC 5, WVUA News

In The News: The story behind the tent on Alabama’s football sideline

When a player gets injured in a football game, they are typically brought to a trainer’s table on the sideline where a medical evaluation is done in front of 100,000 people and a television camera capturing every moment of pain and emotion. Short of taking a player back to the… Read more

Sources: USA Today, Yellowhammer, CBS Sports Radio

UA News: UA Students Ready to Make Muscle Car Greener in National Contest

After nearly 18 months preparing, The University of Alabama EcoCAR 3 team is ready to turn a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro into an advanced, significantly more energy-efficient vehicle that should maintain the speed and performance of the muscle car. Read more

In The News: “Smart Walker” Robotics-Based Mobility Device Funded by NIH

As part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing $2.2 million for development of three innovative co-robots, which are robotic devices designed to work cooperatively with humans. Two of the devices in development are aimed at improving quality of life for individuals affected by disabilities. Of… Read more

Sources: Rehab Management, Healio O&P News, Senior Jounal, CNB News, Kansas City Infozone, Imperial Valley News, Federal Telemedicine News

In The News: The Ancient Material That’s Being Used To Develop Earthquake-Proof Skyscrapers? Wood.

Some of the fastest-growing cities in the world sit in high-risk earthquake zones. That’s why researchers are trying to figure out how to build tall buildings using a material that’s not only plentiful and renewable, but even more resistant to earthquakes than conventional building materials. Read more

Sources: Gizmodo, Phys.org, Civil + Structural Engineer, Professional Builder, IHS Engineering 360, Global Construction Review, Alabama News Center

In The News: Human Cost Rises as Old Bridges, Dams and Roads Go Unrepaired: Dr. Michael E. Kreger quoted

A routine trip to run errands almost cost Katherine Dean her life. In February, just as Ms. Dean, of suburban Maryland, drove underneath a bridge on the Capital Beltway, a large chunk of concrete fell from the structure, crushing the hood of her car and smashing the windshield. Read more

Sources: The New York Times

In The News: UA students cultivate LED-light technology for disinfecting drinking water and saving lives in developing countries.

The idea of using LED light to purify water might sound like something from a futuristic science-fiction movie, but thanks to a group of chemical engineering students at The University of Alabama, the future might be closer than you think. Read more

Sources: Service Learning