The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s College of Engineering often makes headlines due to the amazing accomplishments of its students and alumni, but this week, the big news about the school has to do with a brand new engineering building!
UAH will break ground Friday on first phase of construction of an 80,000-square-foot, multistory academic and research facility. Here’s what to know:
The growing College of Engineering
The College of Engineering has 2,867 students enrolled. This new engineering building will be located west of the existing Engineering Building, adjacent to the campus lake along John Wright Drive and will accommodate the College of Engineering’s growth and greatly enhance the advanced research and development capabilities of UAH’s faculty, staff and students.
Expanding the new Engineering facility will advance the university’s flagship program, promote collaborative learning and foster innovation in fast-growing technical areas that UAH supports.
This new engineering building will feature modernized, world-class research and teaching facilities that will ensure UAH continues to meet this requirement by enabling the university to recruit and retain the most talented faculty and students, directly impacting the prosperity of the region. This is one of the newest buildings to be added during the campus transformation plan.
UAH will break ground on this project Friday.
A STEM hub
Let’s face it, Huntsville has become a STEM hub not only in the state, but in the country. So it makes sense that the UAH College of Engineering is experiencing so much growth.
Huntsville and North Alabama comprise a high-tech hub that is the fastest growing region of the state, with a continual need for a highly educated STEM labor force.
UAH is ranked as R1 — “Very high research activity” status — among doctoral-granting universities by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education.
Five of UAH’s research programs currently rank among the top 20 federally funded programs in the U.S. Fiscal Year 2021 marks the tenth year in a row UAH has had more five or more research programs ranked in the top 25 nationally for federal research funding.