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LEGACY program prepares young women of color with computer science education

A National Science Foundation grant will enable The University of Alabama to introduce young women of color to opportunities in computer science. The LEGACY Program is an initiative to prepare…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 31, 2019    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Events, Faculty and Staff, Outreach, Students    /    Features:     

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UA Engineering Alumni Honor 2019 Outstanding Senior

Morgan Ross, who studied metallurgical and materials engineering at The University of Alabama, received the 2019 Capstone Engineering Society Outstanding Senior Award. A native of Meridian, Mississippi, she earned 10…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 17, 2019    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Students    /    Features:     

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UA Engineering Recognizes 2019 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer

The University of Alabama College of Engineering recently recognized Robert P. Barnett as its 2019 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer. He has demonstrated loyalty to the College by previously serving on the…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 15, 2019    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Awards and Honors, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Events   

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UA College of Engineering Honors 2019 Distinguished Fellows    /  UA News

The University of Alabama College of Engineering honored five alumni by inducting them into its 2019 class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 8, 2019    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Awards and Honors, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, UA News   

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UA hosts Robotics Mining Challenge    /  UA News

The University of Alabama engineering department is hosting the Robotic Mining Challenge  in Tuscaloosa. Twenty-eight teams from colleges all across the country are on campus trying to prove they are the…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 7, 2019    /    Posted in:   Electrical and Computer Engineering, Events, Faculty and Staff, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

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UA Professors Chosen for Fulbrights    /  UA News

Three members of The University of Alabama’s faculty will receive Fulbright Scholar Grants for the upcoming year.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: May 2, 2019    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Awards and Honors, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, UA News    /    Features:   ,   

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UA College of Engineering to Host Robotic Mining Challenge    /  UA News

The five-time NASA Robotic Mining Competition champions from The University of Alabama will take over hosting duties this year.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 30, 2019    /    Posted in:   Electrical and Computer Engineering, Events, Faculty and Staff, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

9 people in formal wear stand together indoors for the State Engineering Hall of Fame

State Engineering Hall of Fame Inducts 2019 Class    /  UA News

The state of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted eight individuals and honored an engineering project during a recent ceremony at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 17, 2019    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Awards and Honors, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, UA News   

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Engineering First-Class Facilities

The new H.M. Comer Hall radiates professionalism and class and is a one-stop shop for students to get all of their engineering needs met in one place. The newly renovated…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: April 2, 2019    /    Posted in:   Engineering,    /    Features:   ,   

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Alabama Astrobotics’ New Lab Mirrors Competition Space    /  UA News

The Alabama Astrobotics team has recently migrated to its own space in a state-of-the-art lab.


Author: Alana Norris and Gillian Castro    /    Published: February 21, 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.