We have created and in the process of offering four new undergraduate minors in “manufacturing”, “robotics”, “energy”, and “Automotive Engineering”. In addition, our BS program in “Manufacturing Systems Engineering” was approved by UA Board of Trustees to be launched in 2022 as a new undergraduate program within mechanical engineering department. A new MS degree in “Robotics” has been recently approved by the college and is progressing its approval steps within the university.

The department is also leading two newly-created centers; i) the Alabama Initiative on Manufacturing Development and Education (Alabama IMaDE) which establishes the modernization of manufacturing technology, techniques, and workforce education as a new focal point at The University of Alabama, and ii) Manufacturing at the Point-of-Need Center which provides undergraduate and graduate students with an education in materials, manufacturing, engineering design, business management and logistics by collaborating with industry and government stakeholders through research and training.