Mercedes accelerating Alabama operation with two new models, workforce expansion

By Associated Engineering Press

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – For Mercedes-Benz in Alabama, it all began with the M-Class, a groundbreaking automobile that’s credited with creating the premium SUV segment… Bharat Balasubramanian, a University of Alabama engineering professor who spent 15 years as head of engineering research and development at Mercedes, said it’s important for the state to maintain a competitive and skilled workforce that continues to innovate.

“I’m glad we still have the competitive spirit in automotive engineering, including the suppliers,” he said. “This is very important to society because without manufacturing jobs, you’re not going to be able to sustain a society over many generations just by doing design work and outsourcing it to the cheapest manufacturer.”

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: October 3, 2013    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering    /    Features: