Teaching and research are linked: the skills and leading edge technology utilized in research projects are transferred to students in the classrooms and laboratories.



Dr. Harris in his lab

UA Researchers Hope to Spur Adoption of Greener Jet Fuel

Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are spearheading a project to demonstrate an innovative method to create jet fuel from plants, helping the airline industry meet goals for using...

5 Early Career Researchers Making Waves with National Awards

National grants allow each researcher to train and motivate a new generation of scientists and engineers not only at UA through instruction and lab work, but also through outreach efforts.

UA Team Wins First Place in National Big Beam Competition

A team of students from The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering recently placed first in the 2022 Engineering Student Design (Big Beam) Competition. The competition, hosted by the Precast/Prestressed...

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Areas & Laboratories

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering operates environmental, geotechnical, materials, hydraulics, structures and transportation laboratories in Cyber Hall, the North Engineering Research Center (NERC), and the South Engineering Research Center (SERC). The Department also maintains two Senior Design Studios equipped with the latest computer-aided design software for students enrolled in CE 401/402/405 and CE 403/404/406 Capstone Senior Design Project.

Major research topics include pre-project planning for construction projects, evacuation routing during emergencies, contaminants in wet-weather flows, affordable housing through engineering and manufacturing innovation, and the potential safety enhancements of seat belts in school buses.

More CCEE Research Areas

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Specialized Research Units

The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering also directs four specialized research units:

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure

The Center for Sustainable Infrastructure conducts research associated with expanding, maintaining and rehabilitating all aspects of physical infrastructure.

Center for Water Quality Research

The Center for Water Quality Research conducts research for developing novel solutions to solve water quality problems related to natural systems such as lakes, streams, and groundwater aquifers, as well as engineered systems such as water and wastewater treatment plants.

Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research

CCHR conducts cutting-edge research at the intersection of Climate, Water, Energy, Food and Human as a complex system with the goal of meeting societal demands and also protecting the livelihood against natural disasters as populations swell and weather patterns shift in varying climate.

Center for Transportation Operations, Planning and Safety

The Center for Transportation Operations, Planning and Safety conducts transportation education, research, and technology-transfer activities throughout the state and region.

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