Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center
MPAD is a state-of-the-art university-wide research center, specializing in research and development of high performance, lightweight engineering materials, processes, and products. MPAD has two focus areas - Advanced Composites and Metal Castings. The MPAD team provides education and training from concept-to-product development and value-added engineered solutions. MPAD is integrated with Alabama's economic development mission and educates next generation engineers and scientists in technologies for automotive, aerospace and missile defense, mass transit and heavy truck, energy, infrastructure, sporting and other areas of growth. Click on one of the images above to learn more about our primary focus areas.
McWane Center Outreach Event - Communicating Science & Engineering with Public Audience
MPAD participated in an exciting outreach event at the McWane Science Center. The event engages educational institutions as partners in developing a more science literate society, and in inspiring and empowering young people to focus on learning science, engineering, and math, and preparing for careers in research, engineering, science, and technology. Some of the students who pass by the Showcase end up as graduate students and lab technicians or apprentice engineers.