The National Science Foundation selected a University of Alabama mechanical engineering professor for a CAREER Award for his research into a robotic prosthesis that could help amputees walk better. Read more
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Researchers, including faculty and students from the University of Alabama, who studied the aftermath of a devastating 2013 tornado in Oklahoma say simple design changes could improve the survivability of wood-frame structures such as residential homes during tornadoes. Read more
Surviving a tornado in a wood-frame residential home is enhanced by an intact roof and standing walls, but light-weight garage doors can be the weak link to allowing high winds and pressure changes into a home that can lead to the removal of the roof and collapsed walls, according to… Read more
Students from several disciplines across The University of Alabama will compete nationally over the next four years to design an advanced, energy-efficient vehicle. The contest, called EcoCAR 3, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors Co. Read more
It’s the stuff nightmares are made of. You’re driving. There’s a tornado right behind you. It’s big, it’s powerful, and it’s gaining on you. You can’t outrun it. There’s nowhere to go. What do you do? The experts say there’s no safe option, but the best one is to leave your car and… Read more
Using sunlight to create energy may seem a simple concept, but simple ideas often take creative solutions to become reality. Read more
A broad, luminescent smile slowly appeared upon Jordan Baer’s face as her thoughts turned to her family. “My whole family thinks I’m a nerd,” she says, while laughing. Growing up, Baer found solace in books and in learning. As family lore has it, she learned to read when she was… Read more
Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Dr Jaber Abu-Qahouq, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in The University of Alabama College of Engineering, and Zhigang Dang, doctorate student, were honored for a presentation of research on wireless power transfer systems at a recent conference. The presentation, “Modeling and Investigation of Magnetic Resonance… Read more
Dr. Jeffrey Carver, associate professor of computer science, researches development of open-source software, which could be improved through understanding how isolated programmers collaborate. He answered questions about the study he conducted in collaboration with graduate student Amiangshu Bosu. Q: Has the open-source movement already influenced expensive user-generated software? Carver: The… Read more
During the mobile phone’s meteoric rise from clunky car phone to the powerful computers in our hands today, the problem of battery life has continued to dog the technology. “Energy is the limit. You can have all this functionality, but if you don’t have power to do it, then you… Read more