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.

All Alone: Alabama Astrobotics Design Innovative Robot

When humans begin to explore other planets, such as Mars, or return to the moon, their trusty robots will have to be more than remote-controlled hunks of metal. Much like NASA rovers that have explored the Martian surface, robots will have to think for themselves, at least in some aspect.… Read more

Engineering Inc.: Transferring ideas from the College to society benefits educational mission

Natalie Anderson comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her parents own and manage their own company, but she came to The University of Alabama to study chemical engineering, not business. Now, though, the third-year student is coupling her science and engineering studies with a crash course in business development as… Read more

In The News: Alabama Graphite and The University of Alabama Formally Engage in Research Collaboration

Alabama Graphite Corp. is pleased to announce that it has been collaborating under a Sponsored Research Agreement with The University of Alabama. The Company has teamed up with the lab of Dr. Nitin Chopra, Associate Professor in the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at The University of Alabama. Read more

Sources: MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance

In The News: UA receives $30,000 from General Motors

A team of University of Alabama students received $30,000 from General Motors to build a car of the future. Here are members of EcoCar Team 3 holding the check during a presentation ceremony. They have four years to start and finish the project. The team must redesign and market a 2016 Chevy… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WVUA TV

In The News: AIM device counts chews and takes photos to automatically track your diet

There are already a number of devices that allow people to keep track of what and how much they eat, in order to help themselves lose weight or maintain a better-balanced diet. Most of these gadgets, however, rely on the user to manually enter the data regarding each meal. The University of… Read more

Sources: GIzmag, The Daily Mail, Mobi Health News, Just Good News, Science Daily, Huffington Post Canada, Deccan Chronicle, Med Gadget, Phys.org, The Star Online, WVUA, Live Science, WVUE Fox 8 (Video), WVUE Fox 8 (Article), The Crimson White, Bayou Buzz, Discovery Canada, WAFB CBS 9 , Tech Alabama, WAAY ABC 31, WBRC Fox 6, WMBF NBC

Nanomechanical testing by ME Professors Yields Sought-after Journal Article

Drs. Paul Allison and Brian Jordon, assistant professors of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama, along with Rich Martens, manager of UA’s Central Analytical Facility, recently published a journal article in Materials Letters on a first-of-its-kind, in-situ scanning electron microscopy, or SEM, nanomechanical experiment to monitor damage in polymer/clay… Read more

A Clean Hit: A baseball player after hours, metallurgical engineering student Michael Carton finds his niche in the lab.

Michael Carton joined the Alabama Club Baseball team his sophomore year at The University of Alabama, but he’s played the sport competitively since his T-ball years. He enjoys the travel and has played with the team in states across the South, including Louisiana, Tennessee and South Carolina. Then there’s the… Read more