Message from the Dean

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Dear Alumni and Friends,

An anniversary is a time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and share hope for the future. This year, The University of Alabama is celebrating 175 years of engineering and computer science education. At the College of Engineering, we are proud of our history and the momentum of our students and faculty position us to offer innovation and creativity to the most pressing engineering challenges.

I came to The University of Alabama in the fall of 1980 because it felt like home. My family had roots in West Alabama, but more than that, the College offered what other places I visited could not. For one, the University gave me a chance to be part of a campus of students with diverse interests. Second, I was taught closely by professors who personally challenged me, shaping my career. All three of my degrees are from the College, and I am blessed to be a part of the UA engineering family.

Although we’ve grown in the 32 years since I came, what attracted me is still the bedrock for today’s Capstone engineers and computer scientists. We are focused on high quality undergraduate education, and our research enhances the culture of discovery for our students, helping them define the questions needed to be asked. Our students also enjoy collaboration with strong programs in liberal arts, business and the sciences, a benefit of being part of a diverse university.

If you were a student here, then the Capstone feels like home, too. Please join us this year to celebrate our alma mater. Without all of you, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thank you for your support and Roll Tide!


Dr. Charles L. Karr