Engineering the Future

College of Engineering

Engineers are the foundation of this state’s economy. UA’s College of Engineering is committed to educating tomorrow’s engineers and computer scientists who will continue leading our state in the construction, automotive and high-tech industries. Generations of future engineers and the growing economy in Alabama will be greatly impacted by the “Our Students. Our Future.” campaign through the College’s fundraising priorities–student scholarships and facility enhancements.

As the College of Engineering increases our enrollment, we must be able to recruit aggressively the best and brightest students. The College’s goal is to increase enrollment to 2,100 students by the year 2010, and we are striving to provide one-third of undergraduate students with competitive scholarships.

In addition to student scholarships, endowed professorships and facility enhancements are critical to the success of our research endeavors. Attracting national experts and improving our research programs are instrumental areas key to the University’s goal of becoming a tier I research institution. Great faculty and facilities represent a vital component of a research institution, but it is important to note that research capabilities greatly enhance the experience of undergraduate students as they learn about real-world problems and solutions.


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Van L. Richey

"We are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the University of Alabama College of Engineering through its campaign focusing on students. The Capstone educates tomorrow’s engineering leaders by instilling values such as quality and service. These values have guided ACIPCO as a successful company for more than 100 years, and I know that our future employees graduating from The University of Alabama will continue that tradition."

Van L. Richey, Campaign Steering Committee Chair, President and CEO, American Cast Iron Pipe Company

Dr. Charles L. Karr, Dean

"I believe strongly that the College of Engineering has a positive effect on the young people who come to the Capstone to pursue their education. Certainly, we expect that these students receive a world-class engineering education, but we strive to do far more. It is my intention that we have programs such that the students who participate leave here better people–they discover who they really are, they augment their work ethic, they nurture their moral compass, and they build their character. The University’s capital campaign is focused on student scholarships, and this is critically important to the future of our college. More importantly, it is vital to the future of our state. The educational opportunities this capital campaign will provide to students can be truly transformational."

Dr. Charles L. Karr, Dean