Message from the Department Head
Welcome to mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama. Our graduates work in almost every technology-based industry: automotive, electric power, space and aerospace, steel and materials, bioengineering, chemical and petro-chemical, robotics and manufacturing, pulp and paper, and textiles.
Our goal for undergraduate students is to give them a high-quality engineering education that includes hands-on experience. Each of our faculty members is ready and willing to work in their research specialty with capable students on individual projects. Our faculty have two major areas of research: thermal systems and mechanical systems. Both areas strongly support the growing automotive and manufacturing economy in the state and the region. In the last 10 years, more than 50 of our undergraduates have co-authored papers with faculty and over 30 have helped write proposals for funded research. As can be seen, we genuinely care about our students and their future.
There are numerous opportunities for our students to participate in student organizations. The American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the Society of Automotive Engineers’ student sections have been among the most active in the country during the past few years.
We strive to ensure that all our undergraduate students have a strong education with teaming and leadership skills, involvement in student activities, and the practical background of co-op and internship experience. We believe that emphasizing these areas will make our students well qualified to take leadership roles in the future.
We also have a strong graduate program in mechanical engineering, including a Scholars Program for students pursuing a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Our master’s and doctoral students give numerous technical presentations in courses and on their research. All graduate students are also expected to publish their research in relevant peer reviewed engineering journals.
Whether you are a current or former student, a potential student, or a visitor, please feel free to contact or visit us. Again, welcome to the Capstone.
K. Clark Midkiff, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Head