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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.

MTE Professor Organizes Symposium, Book to Honor Emeritus Colleague

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Dr. Laurentiu Nastac, associate professor of metallurgical and materials engineering at The University of Alabama, organized a symposium and was the main editor of a book of papers that honor retired UA professor Dr. Doru M. Stefanescu. The symposium, “Advances in the Science and Engineering of Casting… Read more

UA News: UA Researchers Study Sounds from Colliding Football Helmets as Alternative to Understanding Forces

University of Alabama student Brandon McChristian hopes his research of sound waves generated from colliding football helmets leads to a a better understanding of the forces involved in those collisions and, perhaps one day, enables inexpensive sensing methods for a safer game. Read more

In The News: Univ. of Alabama students building a fuel efficient car

University of Alabama students must get things in gear in a race to build a more fuel efficient car that also produces less pollution. “It’s exciting but it’s also terrifying at the same time,” Forrest Fletcher said. Fletcher works with the design team. They’re making computer models for parts going… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6 (article), WBRC Fox 6 (video), WCFT ABC 33/40

In The News: Not your Typical College Day: Transform this Camaro

Kaylie Crosby is the project manager overseeing a team of 134. Using the special technology of the auto industry, VDP (Vehicle Development Process) she and her team of engineers are working on making a Chevrolet Camaro more fuel-efficient while “retaining the vehicle’s performance, safety, and consumer appeal.” Kaylie’s a fourth year… Read more

Sources: The Educated Mom

In The News: Alabama Graphite Finds Natural Graphene on its Coosa Property in Alabama

Alabama Graphite Corp. is pleased to announce that it has found naturally occurring flake graphene at its Coosa Property in Alabama, USA. The graphene was obtained using an innovative and cost effective process, by Dr. Nitin Chopra of The University of Alabama under our sponsored research partnership. Read more

Sources: Market Watch, Street Insider, 4-Traders.com, One Page News

In The News: Study shows that Alabama still needs more state troopers: Study from University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety cited

Drivers could soon see more state troopers on patrol across the state. This follows a law enforcement reorganization. Alabama law enforcement agency officials say 21 new state troopers graduated from a Selma training center and will soon begin working roadways across the state. Authorities say this is the first trooper… Read more

Sources: WVTM NBC 13, The Dothan Eagle, WVUA News, WDEF CBS 12 , WVUE Fox 8, WSFA 12, WWBT NBC 12, AL.com