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Auburn Engineering alumna, 100+ Women Strong member encourages students to soar

Next to the tall windows in Paula Marino’s office sits a bronze eagle. The statue – which rests proudly upon a nearly 3-foot high platform – is a lifelike replica. It’s not an Auburn eagle, “but it’s also not not an Auburn eagle,” said Paula Marino, ’92 and ’95 electrical engineering.

2/13/20 8:03 AM

Hoover’s longtime city engineer and Auburn Engineering alumnus ends 43-year career

The man who has been Hoover’s city engineer for the past 20 years has retired, ending a 43-year career in engineering. Rodney Long was hired as Hoover’s city engineer in 1999 after serving 16 years in the private sector and seven years with Jefferson County. He retired from Hoover at the end of 2019.

1/24/20 1:06 PM

5 minutes with Jan Davis

Jan Davis is a 1977 mechanical engineering graduate who enjoyed a distinguished career at NASA as an engineer, astronaut and executive and now serves as a leader in private industry.

1/2/20 12:05 PM

2019 in review: Top Auburn Engineering stories of the year

There’s no denying it was a big year for the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. From opening the brand new Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center to enjoying a banner year in research, the college had no shortage of notable achievements.

12/31/19 9:13 AM

It's my job: John Carter

A good day is a day in the gym. I visit a lot of NBA teams, a lot of NCAA teams. I visit a lot of our customers on a regular basis, so a day in the life might be delivering on the challenge to make their teams better.

12/30/19 2:05 PM

To the moon and back, in 50 years

Millions watched from their television screens, and others in person, as the Saturn V rocket took flight to carry Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon. Jim Thomas and his wife-to-be Pat observed from a unique perspective as the spacecraft slowly lifted from Launch Pad 39A. He worked for seven years with Wernher von Braun’s rocket team to help give it the ability to do just that.

12/22/19 10:10 AM

Sailing through life, civil engineering alumnus charts future for Auburn Engineers

John Steele Henley II, ’63 civil engineering, is not your average retiree. At 80 years old, he races his sailboat competitively. In mid-April, Henley takes his 21-foot racer Brat out of storage, dusts off the residual winter ice and gets out on the cold Virginia waters.

12/15/19 8:08 AM

For Pete's Sake

It’s a long, crazy story that he pretty much just chalks up to divine intervention, because he says there is really no other way to explain it. But before you read any more about how, once upon a time, he quit his engineering job to paint pictures of an ugly little cat that somehow became a beloved children’s book character so popular Leonardo DiCaprio’s manager helped turn it into an animated Amazon Original series, James Dean ’82 needs you to know something.

12/9/19 7:05 AM

From basketball to engineering to patent law – a philanthropic journey back to Auburn University

A student phone call sparked a philanthropic relationship for aerospace engineering alumnus.

11/21/19 1:18 PM

‘Climate Change Is the Next ISIS’: Meet the World Economic Forum’s First Iraqi Female Board Member

Alumna Basima Abdulrahman ,'14 civil engineering, is an Iraqi entrepreneur and green architect. Her business is changing the game for climate activism.

11/8/19 11:07 AM

Civil Engineering Advisory Board names two emeritus members

A pair of civil engineering alumni — Jeff Stone and Dale York — were recently honored with emeritus member status on the Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

11/5/19 10:57 AM

Electrical engineering alumnus offers expertise at House Subcommittee hearing

Kenneth Kelly, '90 electrical engineering, chairman and CEO of First Independence Bank, has been called to provide expertise during a House Subcommittee hearing regarding Minority Depository Institutions.

10/23/19 10:07 AM

Aerospace engineering alumnus receives dual honors from AIAA

Chris Crumbly, ’88 and ‘95 aerospace engineering and member of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation Board, has received not one, but two awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

10/22/19 2:07 PM

Element Hires VP of Customer Success and Transformation

Element announces hire of Steve Beamer, '84. mechanical engineering as the vice president of customer success and transformation.

10/11/19 1:05 PM

Imperial Oil Ltd. appoints new president; CEO R.M. Kruger announces retirement

Auburn Engineering alumnus, B.W. (Brad) Corson, '83 chemical engineering, appointed president of Imperial Oil Limited effective Sept. 17, 2019.

9/18/19 12:00 AM

Two Auburn engineering graduates named 2020 lifetime and young alumni award recipients

Two Auburn engineers, Joe Forehand Jr., ’71 industrial engineering, and Dion Aviki, ’04 chemical engineering, are among the five Auburn University graduates recently selected to receive the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Awards and Young Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honors given by the Auburn Alumni Association...

9/17/19 11:56 AM

Engineering alumnus joins Marquis Advisory Group as executive

Auburn University alumnus, Robert Holmquist, '72 electrical engineering and '76 MBA, joins Marquis Advisory Group as executive, senior associate.

9/16/19 10:58 AM