During the 2012-13 academic year, The University of Alabama celebrated 175 years of engineering education. In 1837, The University of Alabama Board of Trustees told the faculty that “the present state of our country calls for instruction in (engineering) from our university.” Courses in civil engineering to meet the demands of the expansion of railroads into the American frontier were added to the curriculum in 1838, making UA one of the first five institutions in the country to teach engineering.

Today, more than 175 years later, UA’s fully accredited College of Engineering is hitting its stride with nearly 5,100 students, more than 130 faculty and annual research expenditures of more close to $25 million. The College’s students have earned nationally-competitive scholarships and selective graduate fellowships.

We invite you to explore and discover more about the history of University of Alabama engineering and computer science and also take time to learn what’s going on in the College today.