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Research

Research is a critical component of our mission as the flagship university in this state, and the College of Engineering often makes news through the research of our faculty and students.

Research Centers

The College of Engineering has several research centers and institutes that capitalize on interdisciplinary research initiatives and advance the University’s mission. Browse articles affiliated with our research centers.

In The News: UTSA’s NASA advanced measurements center hosts inaugural conference

Prasad Gogineni, chair of the CAMEE external advisory board and the Cudworth Professor of Engineering at the University of Alabama, was the keynote speaker. His presentation discussed the use of ultrawideband MIMO radars for mapping lava tubes, which are considered potential sites for stations to be used for launching manned… Read more

Sources: UTSA Today

In The News: Heat wave ‘Hugo?’ New coalition seeks to name hot weather like hurricanes.

Heat waves are a silent killer. Unlike other extreme weather phenomena, you can’t see them coming, and they don’t leave behind a trail of destruction. But they kill more people than any other weather hazard in the country and exact a greater toll in the developing world. And they are… Read more

Sources: The Washington Post

In The News: Hurricane Response Reset: As storms intensify, flood zones change and the pandemic rages, experts urge new thinking about preparedness.

Climate change is strengthening the severity and frequency of storms, and 2020 is on track for another active hurricane season — the fifth consecutive such season, if the prediction comes to pass. “Generally, we don’t have strategies for how you message for multiple hazards like this,” says Susan Jasko, a… Read more

Sources: Passagemaker

In The News: Millions more US homes are at risk of flooding than previously known, new analysis shows

“This is more evidence that shows our mapping system is not working efficiently and we need to fix it to better our understanding about flooding in the United States,” said Dr. Hamed Moftakhari, an assistant professor at The University of Alabama, who studies the threats natural hazards pose to coastal… Read more

Sources: CNN, Yahoo! News, CBS (Dallas), Erie News Now, NBC, MSN, News Dio, Non Perele, The Epoch Times, 7 News Boston

NASA Selects UA Engineering Research Team for New Space Travel Program

NOTE: This story was written before the novel coronavirus pandemic. NASA has chosen The University of Alabama as one of 14 universities in its new program to innovate space travel. UA’s research team will create a hybrid rotating detonation engine to optimize rocket capability. Dr. Ajay Agrawal, a professor of… Read more

In The News: Stanford Study Shows Dry Air Drives Overlooked Changes In How Plants Drink And Breathe

Predicting plant water needs in a warmer, drier world. Plants drink up much of the water that falls to Earth. They take what they need before releasing it through tiny holes on the underside of their leaves, just as people release water vapor with every exhale. For agricultural crops, this… Read more

Sources: Science Magazine, EurekAlert!, Phys.org, Science Daily

In The News: UA Kick-Starts Six Projects Related to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

The University of Alabama has several research projects they hope can prevent the next pandemic. The school plans to invest $100,000 into six UA based research projects involving covid-19. They say it’s a way to better understand the consequences so that people are better prepared to deal if one happens again. Read more

Sources: NBC 13, Fox 6, NBC (Montgomery), Fox (Dothan), ABC (Columbus, Ga.), Alabama Newscenter, WTVY (Dothan), WVUA, The Tuscaloosa News, Crestview News Bulletin