University of Alabama at Birmingham Engineering

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University of Alabama at Birmingham Engineering


The UAB School of Engineering is comprised of 1,200 students. Roughly 70 percent are undergraduate and 30 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.

Undergraduate UAB Biomedical Engineering (BME) is the only biomedical engineering program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,,  in the state of Alabama. 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


Enrollment in Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Program Fall
Biomedical Engineering 250 235 235 244
Civil Engineering 158 138 122 164
Electrical Engineering 168 176 191 215
Materials Engineering 69 79 76 65
Mechanical Engineering 194 208 223 245


Undergraduate Degrees Awarded by Year

Program 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16
Biomedical Engineering 20 24 27 34 29
Civil Engineering 35 39 34 29 22
Electrical Engineering 24 27 20 20 24
Materials Engineering 4 17 16 21 21
Mechanical Engineering 44 33 24 23 37



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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