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A number of people have posted threads asking for info about UA's Science and Engineering Programs. On a recent trip to the University of Alabama I saw that the second of four planned Science and Engineering buildings is almost completed. It is a beautiful structure and is almost as large as the first of those four buildings, Shelby Hall. I also read in the following press release from Sen. Shelby that the University of Alabama has received $30 million in Federal Earmarks to construct the third building. It should be completed by 2011. The four Science and Engineering buildings will surround a new grass quadrangle.
"...Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Teaching and Research Corridor - $30 Million
The University of Alabama will use this funding to complete a Science and Engineering Corridor. One of the four buildings planned has already been constructed. Construction on the second building, which will house portions of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Computer Science, has already begun. Two additional interdisciplinary science and engineering buildings will also be constructed to complete the corridor."
We must attract young students to math, science and engineering to effectively compete in the global economy, said Shelby. To remain at the cutting edge of innovation, we need to act now to reach the untapped potential within our own borders in the ever-increasingly important fields of math, science, and engineering. If we do not make the right investments now, it will later cost us much more later, both fiscally and strategically.