The leadership of The University of Alabama College of Engineering advance the mission of the College, providing support for faculty and students.

The College is led by Dr. Charles L. Karr, who oversees the direction of College along with its research centers, academic departments and support programs. Additionally, the College of Engineering Leadership Board made of alumni and industry leaders assist the College’s mission through guidance and counsel to Dean Karr and his staff.

Dean Charles Karr

Karr, ChuckDr. Charles L. “Chuck” Karr was named dean of the UA College of Engineering in 2005 after serving as the College’s associate dean for research and graduate studies.

Karr is a three-time graduate of UA, completing his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984 and his master’s and doctorate in engineering mechanics in 1987 and 1989, respectively. After receiving his doctorate, he spent seven years working as a research engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Tuscaloosa Research Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Enrollment and research activity have grown under Karr’s tenure as dean, and academic offerings have expanded to meet the demand of industry and society. He is active in the recruitment of students to the College, and strives to foster relationships with alumni.

Considered a leading expert in the area of intelligent systems, Karr is the author of three books and 20 book chapters, and he has published 44 refereed journal articles and more than 90 conference papers. He has become widely known for his pioneering work in combining genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic, and he has successfully applied these techniques in the aerospace, mineral processing, manufacturing and steel industries. In addition, he holds four international patents in the area of intelligent systems for locating the sources of radio signals.

The Dean’s Office

Dr. Charles L. Karr

  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • Professor

Dr. Kenneth J. Fridley

  • Interim Honors College Dean
  • Senior Associate Dean for Administration
  • Professor
Areas of Research: Structural wood engineering, Structural connections, Response and protection of wood-frame buildings to natural hazards, Probabilistic-based design, Engineering education

Dr. Viola L. Acoff

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
  • Professor
Areas of Research: Additive Manufacturing, Welding Metallurgy, Titanium and Nickel Alloys, Materials Characterization using Electron Microscopy, Physical Metallurgy

Dr. John M. Wiest

  • Associate Dean for Research and Economic Development
  • Professor
Areas of Research: Transport phenomena in polymeric systems

Allen McClendon

  • Director, External Affairs and Development
  • External Affairs & Development

Dr. Lawrence Hill

  • Director, Information Technology and Engineering Services