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Dynetics donates to UA engineering

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A Huntsville-based applied science and information technology company recently chose to invest in The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Dynetics Inc. has gifted the College with…

Author: Gillian Castro and Alana Norris    /    Published: March 22, 2018    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Events, Faculty and Staff, Giving, Students    /    Features:   ,   

Alabama awarded patent for sideline tent    /  Birmingham Business Journal

The University of Alabama’s win in the College Football Playoff wasn’t the school’s only big football-related win in January. The school was also assigned a patent for the collapsable sideline tent…

Source: Birmingham Business Journal    /    Published: February 8, 2018    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Awards and Honors, In The News, Mechanical Engineering    /    Features:     

From UA Grad to Outer Space, Hines Selected as Astronaut Candidate    /  UA News

UA alumnus Bob Hines was selected for NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. He was chosen as one of 12 candidates from a pool of 18,300 applicants – the largest number of applicants in the space program’s history.

Author: Jamon Smith    /    Published: October 2, 2017    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Alumni, Awards and Honors, UA News    /    Features:   ,   

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UA’s relationship with Mercedes evolves into partnership    /  The Tuscaloosa News

As University of Alabama Chancellor emeritus Malcolm Portera tells it, Tuscaloosa was in a “world of hurt” in the early 1980s. The area had lost four manufacturers under the pressure…

Source: The Tuscaloosa News    /    Published: September 19, 2017    /    Posted in:   Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Mechanical Engineering, Outreach    /    Features:   ,   

Hundreds attend Chamber breakfast    /  Daily Mountain Eagle

The annual breakfast meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County was highlighted Wednesday with a speech by Charles L. Karr, dean of engineering at the University of Alabama….

Source: Daily Mountain Eagle    /    Published: June 29, 2017    /    Posted in:   Events, Faculty and Staff, In The News    /    Features:     

Medical tent created by Alabama continues to evolve, expand    /

After seeing the initial prototype for what’s become the SidelinER, Jeff Allen called Alabama dean of engineering Charles Karr. “You and your team did an unbelievable job,” the Crimson Tide’s…

Source:    /    Published: April 25, 2017    /    Posted in:   Alumni, In The News, Mechanical Engineering, Outreach, Research, Students    /    Features:     

State of the College

It’s been nearly 11 years since Dr. Charles L. Karr was appointed dean of The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Early on in his tenure, Karr and other leaders…

Author: Adam Jones    /    Published: July 15, 2016    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff    /    Features:     

The story behind the tent on Alabama’s football sideline    /  USA Today

When a player gets injured in a football game, they are typically brought to a trainer’s table on the sideline where a medical evaluation is done in front of 100,000…

Source: USA Today    /    Published: January 5, 2016    /    Posted in:   Research, Students    /    Features:   ,   

Alabama Football Benefits From Engineering    /

Collaboration between The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering and the Crimson Tide Athletics Department resulted in a unique addition to the Bama sidelines during football games. Sources:, The Tuscaloosa News,, The…

Source:    /    Published: October 21, 2015    /    Posted in:   In The News, Mechanical Engineering, Research, Students    /    Features:   ,   

Dr. Ken Fridley

UA College of Engineering appoints two associate deans

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Dr. Charles L. Karr, dean of The University of Alabama College of Engineering, recently announced the hiring of two new associate deans. Karr named Dr. Ken Fridley…

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Published: October 23, 2014    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff    /    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.