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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: 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

In The News: UA Engineer studies shark skin to help in aerospace design

The Mako shark is fast. Amy Lang, an aerospace engineer at The University of Alabama, says that’s partly because its streamlined shape cuts through the water, but it has  a big assist from the shark’s scaly skin. Lang says such a mechanism may also help aircraft surfaces. Read more

Sources: WTOP-FM Radio, National Academy of Engineering

In The News: Center to focus on athletics, technology: Goal is to improve training, performance

The University of Alabama is launching a new interdisciplinary center focusing on technology and athletics with the aim of improving training and performance. “First and foremost, it will be looking at the athletic arena, but it is clear to us what is going to happen is it will have broad… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, WAAY ABC 31, Birmingham Business Journal, WBRC Fox 6 (video), WBRC Fox 6 (article), The Crimson White, Sport Techie, Alabama News Center, University Herald

In The News: Alabama football-backed sideline injury tent headed to market

Prior to last season, when a University of Alabama football player was injured in a game, he would be rushed to the sidelines and instantly a flurry of cameras would surround him. Seemingly, the more a player would grimace at the amount of pain that they were in, the closer… Read more

Sources: Sports Illustrated, The Tuscaloosa News, WVTM 13, Bama Onlines, Birmingham Business Journal, Yellowhammer News, WBRC , WVUA 23, SEC Country, WVUA 23