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UA Student Recognized as 2020 Better Scientific Software Fellow

Nasir Eisty, a doctoral candidate in the computer science department at The University of Alabama, has been selected as a 2020 Better Scientific Software Fellow. “Being a software engineering researcher…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 29, 2020    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Faculty and Staff, Research, Students   

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UA names new director of Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

The University of Alabama’s Center for Sustainable Infrastructure has named a new director. Dr. Daan Liang, a professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has taken the new role as…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 28, 2020    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff, Research    /    Features:     

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State Engineering Hall of Fame Inducts 2020 Class

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted six new members during a recent ceremony at the Bryant Conference Center in Tuscaloosa. These six individuals joined the 192…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: March 10, 2020    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Alumni, Awards and Honors, Events, Mechanical Engineering   

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The Sound of Engineering

The University of Alabama is now the place where technical engineering skills and musical talent meet. The College of Engineering added a musical audio engineering degree to its catalog this…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: October 15, 2019    /    Posted in:   Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Home Page Main Story, Students,    /    Features:   ,   

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Mission Accepted

Former acting administrator of NASA and University of Alabama alumnus Robert Lightfoot has been on a path of reconnection for the past year. After retiring from NASA in April 2018,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: October 14, 2019    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Mechanical Engineering,   

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UA Aerospace Professor Wins 2019 ASC Outstanding Research Award

A University of Alabama engineering professor was recently recognized for his outstanding research. Dr. Samit Roy, William D. Jordan Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, received the American Society for…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: October 11, 2019    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Awards and Honors, Faculty and Staff, Research    /    Features:     

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Alabama LSAMP Bridge students get a college head start

A program at The University of Alabama is helping new college students get a head start with the goal of seeing them succeed throughout their academic careers and beyond. The…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: September 30, 2019    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, Mechanical Engineering, Students    /    Features:     

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UA Engineering Hosts Annual E-Day    /  UA News

The University of Alabama College of Engineering will soon host E-Day, an open house for prospective students that explores the many opportunities the College has to offer.


Author: Alana Norris and Brooklyn Pfanstiel    /    Published: September 19, 2019    /    Posted in:   Events, Faculty and Staff, Outreach, Students, UA News   

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UA offers new degree in Musical Audio Engineering    /  UA News

Some of those students have a new degree option. The University of Alabama is now offering a musical audio engineering degree. Officials say it will give students an understanding about studio…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: September 16, 2019    /    Posted in:   Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

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New UA Degree Mixes Music, Engineering    /  UA News

The musical audio engineering degree offers a balance between two disciplines to prepare students for careers involving technical aspects of music.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: September 12, 2019    /    Posted in:   Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, 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.