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UA College of Engineering Receives Three GAANN Grants    /  UA News

This year marks the first time UA has received three Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need grants in separate engineering departments at the same time.


Author: Alana Norris and Gillian Castro    /    Published: January 30, 2019    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, Mechanical Engineering, Research, Students, UA News    /    Features:   , ,   

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Grant expands professor’s human-computer interaction research    /  UA News

Brain scanning technology will be put to the test in the Black Belt soon thanks to the University of Alabama. Human-computer interaction, also known as neurofeedback programs will be tried out…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 16, 2019    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, Research, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

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Grant Expands Professor’s Human-Computer Interaction Research    /  UA News

A University of Alabama computer science professor has received a grant to better understand how K-12 students in the Alabama Black Belt perceive human-computer interaction.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: January 10, 2019    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Computer Science, Faculty and Staff, Outreach, Research, Students, UA News    /    Features:     

Leading the Way

From robotics to radar engineering and everything in between, female engineering professors at UA are leaving their mark on the College and the entire engineering industry through their groundbreaking research…


Author: Gillian Castro and Alana Norris    /    Published: November 14, 2018    /    Posted in:   Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Mechanical Engineering, Outreach, Research,    /    Features:   ,   

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Dr. Viola L. Acoff, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate programs, was the first African American female faculty member in The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Hired in 1994,…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: November 5, 2018    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Outreach    /    Features:     

History of UA Women in Engineering

Engineering at The University of Alabama began in 1837, but it was not until the 1920s that women started to enroll in the College of Engineering. In 1939, Rose Rabinowitz,…


Author: Gillian Castro and Alana Norris    /    Published: November 2, 2018    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Outreach, Students,    /    Features:     

UA Celebrates the Unveiling of H.M. Comer    /  UA News

The University of Alabama College of Engineering officially celebrated the opening of the newly renovated H.M. Comer Hall with a ribbon cutting ceremony today.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: September 28, 2018    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Events, Faculty and Staff, UA News    /    Features:     

College of Engineering Hosts E-Day to Inspire Students    /  UA News

The University of Alabama College of Engineering will host more than 1,000 students for a day dedicated to educating young students about the world of STEM.


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: September 26, 2018    /    Posted in:   Events, Outreach, Students, UA News   

UA engineering student awarded research grant

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A member of UA’s antenna team was recently awarded a grant from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Katelyn Isbell, an electrical and computer engineering senior…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: July 31, 2018    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Research, Students    /    Features:     

Organization Brings Community, Support to Young Engineers

University of Alabama students have a multitude of areas where they can get involved. From service organizations to competition teams, students find their niche at the Capstone by following their…


Author: Alana Norris    /    Published: July 17, 2018    /    Posted in:   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.