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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.

UA Engineering Students Place Second at Metal-Casting Contest

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A team of University of Alabama engineering students placed second at the 2015 Student Casting Competition for the Southeast organized by the American Foundry Society. The competition was held this month in Birmingham. For the competition, the students, all seniors studying metallurgical and materials engineering, casted a… Read more

In The News: Huge tornado research project coming to Alabama, Southeast next year: CAPS researcher part of research team

Alabama and the Southeast will be ground zero next spring for the continuation of one of the largest tornado research projects in history. The working title for now is Vortex-Southeast, and the goal is to understand more about Southern-style tornadoes — and how to prevent them from becoming infamous killers.… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: UA professor, student measure intensity of helmet impacts during collisions

The crack of football helmets is a distinct sound and one that a University of Alabama mechanical engineering professor and his student believe could be analyzed as part of a less costly method of measuring the severity of impacts on the field. UA sophomore Brandon McChristian and UA mechanical engineering… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Crimson White

In The News: Bowen develops UA ‘Best Undergraduate Research’ plus national attention

Matthew Bowen, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, is preparing to ‘MoVVE’ into a promising career in software design. A computer science major, Bowen was recognized at a UA ceremony on March 30 with the 2015 award “Best Undergraduate Research.” In addition, Bowen earned second place in the Association… Read more

Sources: Madison County Record

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