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A Message from Dean Karr

UA College of Engineering community,First and foremost, I hope you, your family, and your loved ones are doing well. I know many of you are facing tremendous challenges during this trying time. Make no mistake, I expect your health and the health of your loved ones to be your top priority.

On Monday, March 30, the College of Engineering and The University of Alabama moved to an alternative mode of delivery for courses that previously took place on campus.

We have been working diligently to ensure our students will continue to receive the quality education we routinely deliver at The University of Alabama. I am very, very pleased with how our faculty have responded to this challenge with passion and professionalism.

Our staff is working remotely to ensure the College can continue serving our students and alumni. The Engineering Career Development Center and all academic advisors are providing services essential to our students’ success by distance.

I have encouraged our students to be diligent, maintain good communication with their professors and to monitor healthinfo.ua.edu.

We are beginning to develop strategies to help ensure students are able to effectively cope with the fact that their educational model has been altered. We want to do everything we can to help make sure all of our current students are willing and able to return to campus as soon as possible. In addition, we are doubling our efforts to recruit a great freshman class for the fall.

We are also turning our attention to mechanisms for continuing our research programs in a safe environment for our faculty, staff, and students. As you might expect, this can be a bit of a challenge, but I am confident we will successfully navigate these waters.

I would imagine that we can ALL use a bit of understanding over the course of the next few weeks.

In all my years here, this is the most unusual set of circumstances I have seen at The University of Alabama. Despite the challenges we are currently facing, I know The University of Alabama — and in particular the College of Engineering — will continue with great momentum in fulfilling our mission. I can say this because I have seen the level of passion and commitment our faculty and staff members bring to their job.

Please know I fully appreciate you, and I am really looking forward to having everyone back on campus. Roll Tide!

Chuck Karr
Dean, College of Engineering