uab_skyline-1The UAB School of Engineering is comprised of nearly 1,500 students. Roughly 60 percent are undergraduate and 40 percent are graduate students.

Our undergraduate students are immediately exposed to the engineering design process as freshmen. Students will participate in design projects all throughout their undergraduate curriculum. We have a dedicated Undergraduate Design Laboratory with computer-controlled milling machines/lathes to provide cutting-edge equipment for students to engage in engineering design.

The UAB Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) has ranked in the top 5 nationally in NIH funding for each of the past three years. Other strong areas of research and graduate education for all Engineering Departments include:

  • Biomedical Engineering (BME):
    Tissue Engineering; Implants/Devices; Cardiac Electrophysiology; Biomedical Imaging
  • Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE):
    Structural Engineering; Construction Management; Environmental Engineering; Transportation
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE):
    Software Engineering; Controls; Telecommunications
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE):
    Composite and Plastic Materials; Casting and Solidification; Metals Processing
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME):
    High Performance Computing, Modeling and Simulation; Energy and Combustion Systems; Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Undergraduate Enrollment and Degree Information by Year


In 2009, UAB celebrated 40 years of breakthroughs in research, health care, education, campus and community life, and outreach. These stories vary in scale from the microscopic to the interplanetary—and are just a sampling of the hundreds of unforgettable achievements and moments in the life of the university. Other important facts about the University include:

  • Ranked among the top quarter of all U.S. colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, and among the top 10 for diversity for three consecutive years
  • 31st nationally in federal research funding and 20th in funding from the National Institutes of Health
  • Among 51 public and private universities (and the only Alabama university) classified by the Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and "community engagement."
  • The only medical center in Alabama listed in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” issue for 21 straight years (every year from the issue’s inception)
  • Among top 200 universities internationally, and top 100 in life sciences, according to Academic Ranking of World Universities

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