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PREVIEW: UA STEAM to promote studies in STEM fields    /  Crimson White

This week, the University will host an event to promote STEM studies to local high school students. STEAM Sports Group and Honda will co-sponsor the event, which will highlight the…


Source: Crimson White    /    Published: April 18, 2017    /    Posted in:   Events, In The News, Outreach, Students   

Neighbors: Meridian sisters earn ‘outstanding’ honors at Alabama    /  Meridian Star (Mississippi)

Sisters Mackenzie and Morgan Ross, of Meridian, were honored for their academic achievements and leadership during Honors Day 2017 at the University of Alabama. Mackenzie, a public relations and political science double major, was selected…


Source: Meridian Star (Mississippi)    /    Published: April 18, 2017    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, In The News, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Students   

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UA’s Student Life Division Honors Organizations, Students    /  UA News

The University of Alabama’s Division of Student Life recently recognized students and organizations for exceptional contributions to the campus and community for the 2016-2017 academic year.


Author: Richard LeComte    /    Published: April 18, 2017    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Students, UA News   

UA students build car for child with special needs    /  Fox 6 (Birmingham)

Charles Carter became emotional watching his son drive a car for the first time Friday. “Tears came into my eyes,” he said. You see, it’s a huge step for a…


Source: Fox 6 (Birmingham)    /    Published: April 17, 2017    /    Posted in:   In The News, Mechanical Engineering, Outreach, Students   

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UA Grad Students Win Research Travel Awards at Symposium    /  UA News

Five graduate students representing three colleges at The University of Alabama were honored recently for the top research papers and posters at the Educational Studies Graduate Research Symposium.


Author: David Miller    /    Published: April 17, 2017    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Awards and Honors, Research, Students, UA News   

UA engineering students compete in drone national championship

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Two University of Alabama engineering students will put their drone flying skills to the test this weekend in the first-ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship. Ben Fischer,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 14, 2017    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Events, Mechanical Engineering, Students   

Crimson Racing Vehicle Revealed during Honda STEAM Event, Indy Champ to Participate    /  UA News

Fast cars and sound engineering are the foundation of an outreach day hosted by the The University of Alabama College of Engineering.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 14, 2017    /    Posted in:   Events, Outreach, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

Here’s your chance to weigh in on weather warnings    /  AL.com

The weather enterprise needs you. The Vortex-Southeast tornado research project has brought cutting-edge researchers and all their high-tech equipment to Alabama for the spring tornado season. But they need help…


Source: AL.com    /    Published: April 13, 2017    /    Posted in:   Center for Advanced Public Safety, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Research    /    Features:     

Rocketry Challenge teaches science to middle schoolers    /  The Tuscaloosa News

James McDanal waited patiently in line Friday afternoon, ready to launch “The Captain” across the sky. “The Captain,” a water-propelled plastic rocket James had made in honor of Captain America,…


Source: The Tuscaloosa News    /    Published: April 10, 2017    /    Posted in:   Events, In The News, Outreach, Students   

UA to Host K-12 Robotics Competition April 8    /  UA News

Sixty teams of elementary through high school students from across Alabama will program robots to navigate obstacles Saturday in a competition held at The University of Alabama.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 7, 2017    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Events, Faculty and Staff, Outreach, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

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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.