School of Engineering


MISSION:
To prepare graduates to be immediately productive and able to adapt and to lead in a rapidly changing environment, and also to create and apply knowledge for the benefit of society.

VISION: To be a nationally and internationally recognized research-oriented School of Engineering, a first choice for undergraduate and graduate education.

Preferred Choice for Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering Education in the State of Alabama

Goals:

  • Relevant and cutting-edge pedagogy delivered by world-class teaching and research faculty
  • Program array built on the school’s unique strengths
  • Graduates with knowledge and skills needed to be highly employable and successful
  • Enhanced experiential learning and research opportunities
  • Market responsive course offerings

Robust Research Portfolio Generating a High Return on Investment and Aligned with School and University

Goals:

  • Culture of entrepreneurship and creativity leading to increased research productivity
  • Niche areas of research based on school and university expertise and aligned with industry need
  • Infrastructure to proactively pursue and quickly respond to research opportunities
  • Excellent research performance and outcomes
  • Increased development of patents and intellectual property

Partnerships That Leverage the School’s Strengths and Contribute to the School’s Research and Financial

Goals:

  • Culture supportive of partnership development
  • Productive partnerships with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders
  • School selected as a partner for all UAB engineering-related projects
  • Fee-for-service activities support partnership growth
  • Clearly defined criteria for pursuing partnership opportunities

Revenue Sufficient To Fulfill the School’s Research and Education Mission

Goals:

  • Revenue generated from diverse funding sources
  • Increased enrollment, including online offerings
  • Improved student retention and satisfaction
  • Relationships cultivated with industry and entrepreneurs leading to enhanced individual and corporate fund development
  • Faculty and staff actively involved in the realization of the school’s financial goals
  • Investment in infrastructure needed to support growth goals

Recognition of the School as an Exceptional Teaching and Research Enterprise

Goals:

  • Value of the engineering profession and the school well-defined and articulated
  • Centers of Excellence established
  • Increased visibility in targeted geographic areas and industry sectors
  • Faculty recognized as experts in their field
  • High national ranking achieved
  • Increased visibility in targeted geographic areas and industry sectors
  • Faculty recognized as experts in their field
  • High national ranking achieved

One- to Five-Year Targets:

Research: Through focused research and development, substantially increase external funding (NSF, DOE, DOD, NASA, NIH, USDA); Develop new initiatives with business through SBIRs and STTRs; Develop and license IP.

Multidisciplinary Research

Materials Processing and Applications Development Center

  • Expand scope of applications to: Hybrid materials (metal-fiber composites, etc.); Sports and transportation safety products; medical textiles and biomaterials, medical technology

Sports and Transportation Safety

  • Develop and license impact-mitigation systems for relevant high-profile problems that will significantly reduce risk in sports and transportation

Technology Development and Applications Center

  • Work with IIE to provide engineering support for development and commercialization of IP; Provide precision, custom low-volume manufacturing capability (TRL-6-9) for non-ISO companies; Hardware development support to DOD and NASA programs

Medical Technology Development and Commercialization

  • Match high-potential technology development opportunities with UAB/SRI researchers and engineers; Match high-potential technology development opportunities with UAB/SRI researchers and engineers; Develop a funding strategy that is based on relationships with key strategic partners who fund development and ultimately license products

Biomedical Research

  • Build on the recent realignment of the Biomedical Engineering Department to develop a leadership position in:
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Rehabilitation Engineering

Education

  • Increase national visibility of the undergraduate program
    • Increase undergraduate enrollment to 1,600 students
    • Improve retention (six-year graduation rate to 75 percent)
  • Increase diversity of engineering student population
  • Double enrollment in online graduate degree programs
  • Establish an undergraduate mentoring corps
  • Enlarge and renovate classroom for large freshman and sophomore classes
  • Provide informal workspaces for student computing, project and general study activities
  • Develop a strong co-op program with local, regional and national industry participation
  • Create more extracurricular activities for student engineering engagement (EWB, Mini-Baja, UG research opportunities, industry internships)