Charles Karr – Dean of the College of Engineering – University of Alabama
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Karr, a native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., is a three-time graduate of UA, completing his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984 and his master’s and doctorate degrees in engineering mechanics in 1987 and 1989, respectively.
After receiving his doctorate, he spent seven years working as a research engineer with the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Tuscaloosa Research Center. He joined the UA faculty in 1995 and was head of the aerospace engineering and mechanics department before becoming associate dean for research and graduate studies in 2004.
Considered a leading expert in the area of intelligent systems, Karr is the author of three books and 20 book chapters, and he has published 44 refereed journal articles and more than 90 conference papers. He has become widely known for his pioneering work in combining genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic, and he has successfully applied these techniques in the aerospace, mineral processing, manufacturing and steel industries. In addition, he holds four international patents in the area of intelligent systems for locating the sources of radio signals.