E

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: New Material That Slows Light Might Be in Your Next Optical Wire

It seems that scientists at the University of Alabama designed and made a material that changes the speed of light in a new, and more effective way than previous methods did. The research was done by two professors and three grad students in the UA College of Engineering who managed… Read more

Sources: Softpedia, Phys.org, Nanowerk, The News on Time, Lab Manager, Medical Design Briefs

In The News: Alabama Innovation Fund awards $4.5 million for promising research: UA researchers in mechanical, metallurgical engineering among receipients

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Alabama Innovation Fund has awarded nearly $4.5 million to advance research being conducted at universities and other institutions, providing key support for programs that could generate new ventures and create jobs across the state. This year, the Alabama Innovation Fund is funding 14 projects at six… Read more

Sources: Made in Alabama

In The News: Creating Longer-Lasting Concrete Girders

Finding ways to cut down on cost without sacrificing safety is always a challenge when it comes to infrastructure projects. Engineering researchers at the University of Alabama are finding ways to improve bridges to span longer distances and use fewer supports, while also trying to cut down on costs; and… Read more

Sources: The Concrete Producer, Aggregate Research, Phys.org, WBHM ABC 33/40, Civil + Structural Engineer, Concrete Construction, Public Works, Daily Commercial News

In The News: Why school districts don’t require students to wear seat belts

The Houston Independent School District bus that fell off an overpass and killed two students was equipped with seat belts. But riders weren’t required to wear them. Now a discussion has turned to those safety belt regulations. The topic of seat belt use in school buses has been debated for… Read more

Sources: The Houston Chronicle, WAAY ABC 31, District Administration

In The News: Student awarded Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship

In July of 2015, University of Alabama graduate student Nathan Klenke was awarded the Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship. This prestigious honor placed Klenke in the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow Program. This program is specified to students who are studying within transportation-related domains. The Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship was created in 1953… Read more

Sources: The Crimson White, The Tuscaloosa News

Auto Focus: College Working with Auto Industry for Tomorrow’s Vehicles, Workforce

Ten years from now, cars and trucks will have more electronics and software than mechanical parts, which creates an opportunity for research and innovation. “There is a dramatic shift in electrical drive and batteries, and with this move comes more questions we can research and analyze,” said Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian… Read more