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Airlines want to make flight more sustainable. How will they do it?

By Leigh Krietsch Boerner

Image of the inside of a waste-to-fuels processing plant. Trash moves up a conveyor belt to the processing machinery above.

Airplanes were historically made of metal, usually an aluminum alloy. Now some new airplanes, such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, are about 55% composite materials instead, says Samit Roy, an aerospace engineer at the University of Alabama.

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: Leigh Krietsch Boerner    /    Posted on: September 7, 2021    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Faculty and Staff, In The News    /    Features: