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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: Spilling The Secret To A Mako Shark’s Speed

For years, researchers led by Amy Lang of the University of Alabama have been studying how large and heavy aquatic animals can reach such a high speed. Their latest results will be presented at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Boston. Read more

Sources: Forbes, New Scientist, Science.Orf , Dive Photo Guide, EP Root, New Atlas, F3 News, 24 Australia, Asia Pacific Daily, The Independent, Earth.com, Yahoo!, Best News, EurekAlert, Daily Heralds, Army Technology, ABC 7 (Washington, DC), Ars Technica, Fox News Network, Fighter Sweep

UA engineering student wins AGU presentation award

A University of Alabama doctoral student has received a prestigious presentation award at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Atieh Alipour, a civil, construction and environmental engineering doctoral student, was awarded the Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the AGU Fall Meeting held Dec. 10-14, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington… Read more

In The News: Tidal floods driven by climate change may hurt small businesses

Sea level rise, driven by climate change, is causing increased flooding during high tides along much of the U.S. coastline. Though such floods are usually minor, a new study suggests that car traffic patterns could help reveal how floods harm an area’s business revenues … The study is useful in… Read more

Sources: Science News

In The News: Students design apps to improve everyday life

Since last semester, computer science students, Logan Jordan and Bailey Gulsby, have been working on an app. Jordan said he cannot elaborate on the details of his app until the team comes up with a final product. However, the production of the app is University-sponsored as Jordan and Gulsby use… Read more

Sources: Crimson White

In The News: State needs to invest at least $600 million annually in infrastructure, study finds

A report from the University of Alabama’s Alabama Transportation Institute and Alabama Transportation Policy Research Center found that the state needs to invest between $600 million and $800 million annually for the next 20 years to meet infrastructure needs. Read more

Sources: Alabama Political Reporter, Democratic Underground , Alabama Construction News, Tuscaloosa News, Alabama Political Reporter, Tuscaloosa News, Al.com, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), The Cutoff News, Anniston Star, Yellowhammer News, Equipment World, Rickeystonenews.com (Ozark), Alabama News Center

In The News: Ford, XG Sciences Go Under the Hood with Graphene

While graphene could be used to improve the strength and mechanical properties of a variety of automotive parts, it is not yet fully economically viable for most applications … Also, in 2017, a research team from the University of Alabama successfully fabricated a lighter Chevrolet Camaro car hood using graphene.    Read more

Sources: R and D Mag

In The News: Grant expands professor’s human-computer interaction research

Brain scanning technology will be put to the test in the Black Belt soon thanks to the University of Alabama. Human-computer interaction, also known as neurofeedback programs will be tried out by students and teachers in K-12 schools in the Black Belt. Devices like this that measure brain activity will be… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), Alabama News Center, Yellowhammer News, Crimson White