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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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Keeping the Engine[er] Running

While faculty and students were adjusting to digital classrooms, The University of Alabama’s staff was working to keep their offices productive from their homes. From advising students on their courses,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 11, 2021    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story,    /    Features:   , ,   

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Pandemic Parenting

As faculty scrambled to adjust their classes from in-person to online this spring, they also had to deal with learning technology they hadn’t used before and outside factors like full…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 8, 2021    /    Posted in:   Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story,    /    Features:   ,   

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UA Alumni and Friends Inducted into State Hall of Fame

Two University of Alabama alumni and a friend of the UA College of Engineering were inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in the class of 2020….


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: October 1, 2020    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Awards and Honors   

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19th Annual CES Golf Tournament raises more than $53,000

The 19th Annual Capstone Engineering Society Golf Tournament was held Sept. 16, 2019, at Old Overton Country Club in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Thanks to generous contributions from sponsors and teams,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: July 1, 2020    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Events   

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The Roots Run Deep

A similar thread of DNA links the Fuller family to The University of Alabama College of Engineering. From valuing education to their desire to engineer the future, this family has…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: June 30, 2020    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Computer Science, Home Page Main Story,   

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InSPIREd to Lead

Joe Hampton’s determination to succeed brought him to The University of Alabama where he learned technical engineering skills and gathered the tools he needed to become an empowered leader. Hampton,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: June 28, 2020    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Home Page Main Story,   

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UA Engineering Alumni Honor 2020 Outstanding Senior

Peyton Strickland, who studied aerospace engineering and mechanics at The University of Alabama, received the 2020 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award. Part of the University Honors Program and the…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 30, 2020    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Alumni, Awards and Honors, Faculty and Staff, Students    /    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.