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Broun Hall renovation honors defense industry pioneer

Broun Hall, home to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will soon be renovated to provide students with an improved learning environment, thanks to the generosity of Dorothy Davidson, chair and CEO of Huntsville's Davidson Technologies. Davidson’s $5 million gift honors her late husband Julian Davidson, a 1950 Auburn electrical engineering graduate and defense industry pioneer.

"Julian would agree that the renovation of Broun Hall will provide an environment that will inspire the next generation of engineers through spaces that are conducive to study and collaboration," Davidson said.

The improved Broun Hall will include the latest instructional technologies and create a more dynamic setting for students.

"Mrs. Davidson's gift will do more than just renovate a building – it will remodel parts of the structure to transform the areas most used by students," said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. "This will in turn invite collaboration and teamwork, enhancements that appeal to Dorothy as well. Her desire has always been that this generous gift would create the most immediate impact on the student experience at Auburn."

In 1996, the Davidsons co-founded Davidson Technologies, a company providing innovative engineering, technical, and management solutions for our nation's defense and aerospace industries. Their previous giving to Auburn includes funding for scholarships and programs within the College of Engineering, as well as support for acquisitions in the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. Davidson is a member of the College of Engineering's Ginn Society, as well as Auburn's James E. Foy Loyalty Society and the 1856 Society.

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