"I chose USA because of the close relationship between professors and students, and its great co-op opportunities!"
Nicholas Lynn, Mechanical Engineering Freshman
College of Engineering
The traditional mission of a comprehensive university is to provide teaching, research
and service on a regional, national, and even global scale.
First teaching, which remains the primary mission of the University of South Alabama. Our enrollment in the College of Engineering increased again this fall, reaching more than 1,200 engineering students! Perhaps even more indicative of our rapid growth is that the number of new freshman in engineering has grown by 80% in the past two years alone!
Second, research, which is another very important part of our mission. The past year has seen several notable new research initiatives. These include grants from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Evonik, Chevron and the U.S. Navy Space and Warfare System Command.
Finally, our faculty continues to provide service to our community, especially those aspects of the Gulf Coast industry where engineering
expertise can support economic development and quality of life. One recent example
is the college's Environmental Stewardship Award from Partners for Environmental Progress
given for our work with the Byproduct Synergies project. Another is the work of Drs.
Scott Douglass and Bret Webb associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and mitigation
of the impacts. Yet another is our continuing relationship wit pre-college education
through engineering summer camps, Engaging Youth in Engineering (EYE), and the Davidson
High School pre-engineering program, EPIC.
Your feedback and suggestions for how we direct our efforts are always welcome. Help us continue to improve engineering education at USA!