Summer 2015

What I do

what i do young alumni

Ever find yourself in a heated debate with a friend, foe or even a parent explaining what you do as an engineer? As engineering graduates, we all can relate to this frustration and now we have created the ultimate "What I Do" graphic that you can share when anyone asks "What do you do?"

100 Women Strong connects, empowers

The 100 Women Strong program continues to make great strides in the recruitment, reward and retention of female engineering students. The program began in 2010 with only seven initial members; the vision of 100 women members was reached by last year’s inaugural spring 100 Women Strong Leadership and Development Conference, and increased to 116 members by the conference recently held on April 10, 2015. The second annual 100 Women Strong Leadership and Development Conference  featured keynote speaker, Melissa Herkt, breakout sessions presented by 100 Women Strong Members, and a speed mentoring session matching students with mentors in industry. The conference student attendance increased by 71 percent over last year’s conference. Young alumni have been invaluable to the organization. We currently have 35 young alumni members accounting for 30 percent of the total membership that are very active in the organization. Please visit our site to learn how to become more involved!

100 Women Strong

Young Alumni Council gathers for spring meeting

Members of the Young Alumni Council got together on Friday, March 13 for their spring meeting. New members were introduced, and the council discussed ways young alumni could better engage with the College of Engineering. Some ideas included ways to become more involved with the Because This Is Auburn campaign, promoting and interacting more with the college's social media sites, and dedicating time and service to specific departments and projects. The brainstorming sessions were integral to strengthening the connection between our young alumni and college, and the council will continue to share more engagement ideas as we move through the summer and into the fall!

2015 spring meeting

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'Because This Is Auburn'

Because this is Auburn

The Because This Is Auburn $1 billion campaign has started off with quite the bang! On the night of the kickoff, John Brown, '57 chemical engineering, and his wife Rosemary, donated $57 million to go toward a student achievement center in the College of Engineering and a new performing arts center. The College of Engineering has committed to helping the Auburn achieve its goal by raising $200 million, but we need your help!  Your gift will not only elevate the college, but increasing the percentage of our alumni giving will increase our college's national rankings. Remember, as young alums, any amount you can donate, even as small as $1, will make a difference.

Learn more about our campaign

Meet Nathan Cauley, '07 civil engineering

nathan cauley

Nathan Cauley, '07 civil engineering, is a project manager at Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC in the division that concentrates on civil projects in the energy market. A lifelong Auburn fan, Nathan's interest in engineering peaked when he attended E-Day, Auburn Engineering's annual open house for students interested in pursuing a career in engineering. Learn more about Nathan, his job and his words of wisdom he would offer incoming engineering students. 

Read more about Nathan

Department spotlight: Chemical Engineering

Ross HallThe Department of Chemical Engineering is taking their giving to the next level. The "Leave a Legacy" program, created this year, is aimed to encourage chemical engineering graduates from the class of 2015 and beyond to give back to the department that provided the foundation of their career. So far, the 2015 class has seen a 29.4 percent participation rate, and has committed to giving $90,400 over the next five years. This includes $25,000 for an endowed department scholarship with $5,000 given as a bridge gift so the endowed scholarship can be awarded immediately, $22,800 for a room renovation in Ross Hall and $37,600 will go toward other funding projects within chemical engineering. Thanks to all of our chemical engineering alums for your support of the department, and continue leaving a legacy for the future!

2015 tailgate invite

Two bit...four bits...six bits...a dollar! All for Auburn, stand up and holler! It's the most wonderful time of the year down on the Plains with Auburn football set to kick off on Sept. 5. You are invited to get in on the spirited action by attending one of our    tailgates we're hosting this year. Come visit alums, friends and family in Kingsley Courtyard located within the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. Don't forget to RSVP, and we'll look forward to seeing you in the fall!


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