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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.

In The News: NASA-funded space radiation studies could save astronauts’ lives

Physicists are teaming up with computer scientists in a NASA-funded study to help predict solar flares and radiation that can disable spacecraft and potentially kill astronauts. NASA has awarded a $550,000 grant to the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne to begin the three-year machine learning project next month. Computer… Read more

Sources: Breitbart, UPI

In The News: Weather warning experts say many people don’t know their location

Dr. Laura Myers with the University of Alabama has many years of researching the weather warning communication process. Dr. Myers is the director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at UA. Myers said her studies show that many people are not aware of where they live on the map.… Read more

Sources: CBS 42 - 7 a.m., WVUA, CBS 42 - 6 p.m., WVUA - 6 p.m.

In The News: What’s New in HPC Research: Gravitational Lenses, the Human Brain Project, Biofuels & More

Extreme-scale cosmology simulations are crucial to understanding our universe, but the data they produce can be unwieldy, necessitating compression. In this paper, researchers from the University of Alabama and Los Alamos National Laboratory propose the use of GPU-based lossy compression for these simulations, demonstrating that this compression can provide the… Read more

Sources: Hpcwire.com

In The News: Is Mobile ready for electric scooters? Trendy devices bring safety and regulatory worries

In Alabama, there have been only 11 incidences of scooter crashes in the past five years, according to data compiled by the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at the University of Alabama. Of those 11 crashes, nine of them occurred to youths who were under the age of 18.… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: 20 Experts Predict The Most Significant Weather And Climate Advances Of The Next Decade

We seem to be at the edge of a transition from an idea about humans dominating nature and controlling the natural world to the notion that human life is dependent on a holistic understanding of the natural world. I think the weather and climate enterprise will make breakthroughs in ways… Read more

Sources: Forbes, Head Topics

In The News: Driverless shuttles gain steam in Michigan

After Michiganders tested the first wave of driverless buses, the greatest gripe was the lack of music. “There’s this clear trend where people were not commenting on the autonomy at all,” said Kelly Bartlett, the Michigan Department of Transportation’s policy adviser for autonomous vehicles. “One of the main reactions people… Read more

Sources: grbj

In The News: NASA airborne campaign catches the drift of snow water

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the time NASA’s SnowEx campaign hits the skies and ground of the world’s snowy places, measuring snow properties to understand how much water is contained by each winter’s snowfall. SnowEx includes partners from universities, private institutions and other government agencies who bring additional… Read more

Sources: Phys.org

In The News: Thanksgiving, Christmas have different causes for car crashes

The results of a University of Alabama study on crashes during the holidays is out, specifically looking at the difference between crashes around Christmas and new year’s, compared to thanksgiving. The center of advanced public safety compiled crash information from around the state over the past 15 years. The number… Read more

Sources: NBC (Montgomery), ABC (Meridian, Miss.), Fox 6, WAFF 48

In The News: Alabama researchers help drill for ancient ice

University of Alabama researchers played a role in developing radar that will help recover some of the oldest ice buried in Antarctica, part of an international effort to better understand the Earth’s climate history. “With active participation of UA students, our team developed very complex, high-sensitivity remote sensing radars in… Read more

Sources: Al.com, ABC 33/40, The Tuscaloosa News, Yellowhammer, WVTM-NBC 13, NBC 13

UA Engineers Help Find Site to Drill for Antarctica’s Ancient Ice

A unique radar developed by engineering researchers at The University of Alabama helped find the location to recover some of the oldest ice buried in Antarctica as part of an international effort to better understand the Earth’s climate history. Read more