Engineering Research

Research is a critical component of our mission as the flagship university in this state, and the College of Engineering is working to increase research support.

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One of the first five universities to offer engineering instruction in the nation, The University of Alabama has more than 185 years of engineering education experience. Today’s College of Engineering is large enough to offer academic diversity and challenge, yet small enough to ensure personal attention and excellent instruction.


Our college has the best undergrad engineering experience you can find, from student orgs to hands on research.


See how Engineering excels by offering a variety of cutting edge research and award winning faculty to learn from.


Four year merit-based scholarship packages are available for incoming Engineering freshmen.


Engineering features a wide variety of nationally-accredited programs, affording students the flexibility to shape their academic goals to suit developing interests. Students may choose academic programs in the following departments.

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We Are Driving Innovation

As part of the flagship university in Alabama, research is a critical component of our mission and the College of Engineering is always working to increase research support for our faculty and invest in new facilities and equipment. Come see how the college is leading the way towards a better future through engineering.


Over 300 of the best faculty and staff.


Research is a critical component of our mission.


We’re making a hands-on difference.

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Natural Hazard Vulnerability Shows Disproportionate Risk

A fifth of neighborhood blocks in the continental United States most vulnerable to natural disaster account for a quarter of the lower 48 states’ risk, according to a detailed assessment of vulnerability.

Overcoming Obstacles: Remote Sensing Center Completes Deployment to Isolated Area in Colorado

A group of researchers from The University of Alabama College of Engineering recently completed a critical field deployment to Gothic, Colorado, to conduct leading-edge research on snowpack density in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

UA Students Seize Second Chance at Space Launch

A determined group of students at The University of Alabama are taking full advantage of a second opportunity at a project that could see their hard work launch into space after the last attempt ended in disappointment.

Concrete Canoe

The ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) challenges students to use a well-known and widely used material, concrete, for an innovative and unexpected purpose: to create a functional water vessel.

According to Armen Amirkhanian, assistant professor for civil, construction and environmental engineering and advisor for The University of Alabama’s Concrete Canoe team, students must look outside textbooks and classrooms to solve the unique challenge of making something as heavy as concrete float in water.

To do this, the team utilizes advanced calculations and 3-D models to identify the most promising designs. They then frame and shape the hull by hand using plywood and cover it with a carefully crafted concrete/substrate mixture they create to comply with current competition year requirements. Start to finish, the process currently takes about seven months. The result is a 20 to 22-foot-long vessel weighing between 200- and 400-pounds capable racing in a body of water while holding up to four highly motivated and furiously paddling students.

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