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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 News: National Science Foundation Selects UA Graduates for Competitive Fellowships

Two graduating seniors at The University of Alabama have accepted admittance to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Sarah McFann from Arlington, Tennessee, and Samantha Tilson from Littleton, Colorado, both in chemical and biological engineering, are two of 2,000 NSF Graduate Research Fellows selected from more than 13,000… Read more

In The News: Protecting Your Family: UA researchers say have multiple ways to get warnings

A recent study of about 3,000 people from Alabama and Mississippi took a look at how things unfolded on April 27. There was some concern about the number of fatalities across the state. Meteorologists teamed up with the National Weather Service and The University of Alabama for answers. Dr. Laura… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6

In The News: NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions: Rocket technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakes

The earth shakes millions of times every year. Often, these earthquakes strike in familiar places, such as the recent, deadly quakes in Ecuador and Japan. At other times, a quake may hit in a spot less familiar with the temblors, such as the magnitude-5.8 earthquake that struck Virginia in 2011 and damaged the Washington Monument. Historic… Read more

Sources: Smithsonian.com, Now Space

In The News: Univ. of Alabama says virtual reality therapy could help with storm anxiety

Five years after one of the deadliest tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama, people are still dealing with the emotional and physical effects. “A large number of people still have a low level anxiety with it,” Dr. Laura Myers, Executive Director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WSFA NBC 12, WCFT ABC 33/40

In The News: Homes can be built to avoid wind damage, but no codes or inspectors in some rural counties: Dr. Andrew Graettinger featured

After Moore, Okla., got hammered by its third monster tornado in 13 years, Mayor Glenn Lewis had had enough. He pushed to make Moore the first U.S. city to beef up its building code for tornadoes and require new homes to withstand 135 mph winds — in the same way… Read more

Sources: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Insurancenewsnet.com, WVUA 23

In The News: Tornado survivors stand together 5 years later: CAPS research mentioned in article

In April five years ago, walls came down. Fences fell, splintered and sprawled. Canopied urban forests blew away in jagged moments; even trees sunk deep in ravines snapped. Growth-marks carved on a wall, names in family Bibles, photographs where memories were stored for safe-keeping, were lost. Our sky opened, and… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News

In The News: University of Alabama student teams on path to start own businesses

A team of engineering students won first place in the University of Alabama’s third annual Edward K. Aldag Jr. Business Plan Competition held earlier this month. The team has a start-up company called SYNSkin, which has a patented synthetic skin material for use by the health care industry. The initial focus… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News