Message from the Dean

Dean Charles Karr

The College of Engineering offers many activities students can pursue while at the Capstone. The Engineering + Program specifically is designed so our students can meet their personal education goals while also allowing them to experience life fully at a major liberal arts and research university. Through the six E+ areas, our students are customizing their individual areas of interest and maximizing their engineering educational program.

At The University of Alabama College of Engineering, our students are setting their personal educational goals quite high and being recognized nationally for their scholarship. I would like to take a moment to share a few highlights:

  • In 2010, engineering students account for 10 percent of UA’s student population with total enrollment of 3,091 engineering students.
  • The 2010 Engineering Freshman Class had a mean ACT of 27.7 with 33 National Merit Finalists and six National Achievement Finalists.
  • Since 2005, seven UA College of Engineering students have been awarded the prestigious Hollings Scholarship.
  • Since 2003, our College has had 11 engineering student honors on the USA Today Academic All-American team.

These are just a few of the superlative recognitions our students are achieving every day. UA engineering and computer science students are surpassing our expectations and are becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

As the demand for engineers and computer scientists continues to grow, UA’s College of Engineering is focused on preparing our students for the infinite number of opportunities available. Our impressive numbers would not be possible without the loyal support of our alumni and friends who have generously given scholarships that enable the College to provide our students superior educational experiences.

Although I have been on this campus for more than a quarter of a century, I am still excited by the changes that are occurring in engineering – within our college as well as out in the field. Given the opportunities provided by interdisciplinary research and the challenge of training graduates who will thrive in the demanding world of the professional engineer, our vision makes us the preferred engineering college in the state.

Charles L. Karr, Ph.D.

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