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Engineered by humans, inspired by nature

By Associated Engineering Press

Inventors have been exploring biomimicry as early as the Renaissance era when Leonardo Da Vinci sketched out a bat-shaped wing contraption for human flight, called an ornithopter. Engineers take what they see in the natural world and integrate it into new technologies. A research group at the University of Alabama is even exploring if the lightweight scales can contribute to aerodynamic efficiency in planes.

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: January 12, 2015    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Research    /    Features: