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UA Astrobotics Takes First Place Once Again in NASA Competition    /  UA News

The team, made up of 50 active student members, overcame many challenges to clinch the title for UA for the seventh time.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: July 15, 2021    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Home Page Main Story, Mechanical Engineering, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

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UA team named Year Three Champion in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge    /  UA News

UA’s team has taken the lead in the third year of this automotive engineering competition.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: June 18, 2021    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Mechanical Engineering, Students, UA News    /    Features:   ,   

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City of Champions

Over the past 13 years, Tuscaloosa has grown exponentially with an increasing student population and new businesses locating within the city limits. Camgian, a Starkville, Mississippi-based company, opened its Center…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 13, 2021    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story, Outreach, Students,    /    Features:     

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Established in Alabama, Serving the Nation

Huntsville, Alabama, is known as the Rocket City, but that wouldn’t be possible without all the engineers who have flocked to the area as the industry has exploded over the…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 12, 2021    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Home Page Main Story, Outreach,   

Alabama IMaDE Manufactures Workforce

Manufacturing jobs have become a major staple in the state economy, and The University of Alabama is doing what it can to supply a pipeline of workers. In an effort…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 11, 2021    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story, Mechanical Engineering, Outreach, Research, Students,    /    Features:     

Dr. Steven Burian

UA hires preeminent alumnus to advance water research initiatives

An expert water researcher and University of Alabama alumnus is joining the faculty of UA’s College of Engineering. Dr. Steven Burian will join the civil, construction and environmental engineering department…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 10, 2021    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story, Research    /    Features:   ,   

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Remote Control

Over the summer, chemical and biological engineering faculty were able to bring a long-planned idea to fruition for their students. For the first time at The University of Alabama, the…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 15, 2021    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story, Research, Students,    /    Features:   ,   

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Faithful, Loyal, Firm and True

Leaving campus abruptly mid-semester was a tough adjustment for many students. Plans and competitions were canceled. Research and class projects were put on hold. Not having the in-person support of…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 14, 2021    /    Posted in:   Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Home Page Main Story, Mechanical Engineering, Students,   

Dr. Beth Todd

Virtual Reality

Two forward-thinking University of Alabama engineering faculty members have started a research project evaluating the quality of online engineering education in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Derek Williamson, civil,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 13, 2021    /    Posted in:   Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story, Mechanical Engineering,    /    Features:   ,   

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Ingenuity in a Crisis

As the country came together in the spring of 2020 to help out fellow Americans during the novel coronavirus pandemic, University of Alabama alumni and students also stepped up to…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 12, 2021    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Home Page Main Story, Mechanical Engineering, Outreach, Students,   

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Alana Norris

A communications specialist of three years and former staff writer for The Vicksburg Post, Alana Norris joined the College of Engineering in February 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in history with secondary education certification from Huntingdon College, and a second bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Alabama.


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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.