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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: Alabama testing materials to create buildings that better withstand earthquakes

Researchers at the University of Alabama are testing whether tall, wood-framed buildings built with a hybrid technique that combines conventional construction materials and a newer material called cross-laminated timbers can better withstand earthquakes. Read more

Sources: Tuscaloosa News, ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Apalachicola Times

In The News: UA to receive $8 million grant to improve traffic control systems in West Alabama

The University of Alabama is getting an $8 million grant to help improve traffic control systems in west Alabama. The money comes from the US Department of Transportation. It will be used to improve safety, reduce congestion, and help with local transportation systems. Read more

Sources: ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), NBC 13 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Yellowhammer News, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), Travel Wire News, NBC 13 (Birmingham), Fox 6 (Birmingham), ABC 33/40 (Birmingham), CBS 42 (Birmingham), WAAY-ABC (Huntsville), Crimson White, Phone Week, Equipment World

UA Leading Transportation Project to Improve West Alabama Traffic

In a partnership with federal, state and local agencies, The University of Alabama is leading a more than $16 million project to transform traffic operations in West Alabama and provide leading-edge research to address societal transportation needs. Read more

UA engineering students launch test balloons

A group of University of Alabama engineering students held a test balloon launch in November to prepare for an upcoming series of complex launches this spring. Project Fenrir is a team of nine UA engineering and computer science students who have the goal of designing and testing a modular, multi-mission… Read more

In The News: GOVERNOR VISITS TUSCALOOSA TO SPEAK AT AWARD CEREMONY

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was in Tuscaloosa Friday as the keynote speaker for the Randall Scholar awards. Ivey recognized Randall Premier award winner Donna Xia for her contributions in chemical engineering, and also spoke to University of Alabama students and staff about her goals for the future of the state… Read more

Sources: WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

In The News: Under the ice

Using the word summer to refer to Greenland is an insult to the idea of summer. Nevertheless, it was “summer” when a team of researchers from The University of Alabama dragged a radar across the Arctic ice in hopes of seeing underneath. Read more

Sources: Phys.org

In The News: Alabama’s deadly tornado ripped through homes — and exposed vulnerabilities

Connie Moman thought these would be her last moments: huddling in her bedroom closet with her husband and her dog, feeling the wind rattle their double-wide trailer, listening to the towering trees in her yard splinter in the tornado’s grip … While praising the initiative, Laura Myers, director of the… Read more

Sources: Washington Post, Savannah Morning News (Georgia), Alton Telegraph (Illinois), San Francisco Gate, The Bryan Eagle (Texas), Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (Kentucky)

In The News: Editorial: Every Alabama county needs 24/7 state trooper coverage

In comments to Alabama Political Reporter, ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor has said his goal is to have 670 troopers patrolling the state’s roads and highways … And that’s still below the 1,000 troopers Alabama should employ based on its geographic size and population, according to data from the Center for… Read more

Sources: Anniston Star