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Engineered by humans, inspired by nature

Inventors have been exploring biomimicry as early as the Renaissance era when Leonardo Da Vinci sketched out a bat-shaped wing contraption for human flight, called an ornithopter. Engineers take what…


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Published: January 12, 2015    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Research    /    Features:     

University of Alabama’s Dr. Amy Lang researching practical applications of butterfly, shark scales

Horsepower allows cars to move faster with more power. Fins allow surfers to maneuver their boards through the water. In the case of a plane crash, passengers evacuate onto the…


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Published: February 21, 2014    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Research    /    Features:     

UA Researchers Look to Butterflies to Improve Flight

A better understanding of the aerodynamic properties of butterfly wings may lead to improved human-made flight, according to research at The University of Alabama recently funded by the National Science Foundation.


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Published: October 23, 2013    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Faculty and Staff, Research, UA News    /    Features:     

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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.