Winter 2015

Happy holidays from the College of Engineering!

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We hope each of you has a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year! Enjoy your break with family and friends and we'll see you back in 2016 with more stories, profiles and news about our young alumni!

#TigerGiving Day surpasses goal

Auburn University held its inaugural Tiger Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and the College of Engineering was instrumental in the success of the campus-wide effort. Each of your gifts, big or small, made a major impact in our overall effort. In addition, you helped improve Auburn's national school rankings through our alumni giving participation rate. Here's a breakdown of the day:

  • Engineering raised $54,860 to help our faculty members engineer a cure for cancer.
  • Engineering had the highest initial monetary goal of $50,000.
  • The 24-hour fundraising event ended with more than $400,000 raised among 24 projects across the University.
  • Engineering had the highest number of donors with 268.
  • Nearly 20 percent of the College of Engineering donors were young alumni.

We would not have been able to not only meet, but exceed our goal, without the generosity of you, our alumni. This year set the bar for what we hope will be an even more successful event next year! Thank you again to each of you who participated and helped the college continue in the fight against cancer.

We mustache you a question

What does a mustache, a student and a giant video board have in common? How about creating an Auburn sensation! Lucas Tribble, '15 industrial and systems engineering, became the most popular person in the stadium at the Mississippi State vs. Auburn football game Sept. 26, thanks to the new 200-foot-wide scoreboard. The board displayed him staring intently holding up a lone index finger, conveying No. 1, while showing his mustache-covered face. The Montgomery native was not looking for the attention, but gained fame after the video board was continuously panned to him throughout the game. His fame quickly grew with his face and mustache imprinted on T-shirts designs, and even on Halloween costumes. Read more about Tribble, his mustache and his plans to attend seminary school after graduation in Auburn Engineering magazine. 

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Young Alumni Council welcomes new members

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The Young Alumni Council is proud to welcome its eight new members for 2016. These members bring an energy and perspective much needed to better engage our young alumni and fulfill our mission. Their individual strengths will collectively make our council stronger and make you, our alumni, feel better connected to our college through news and events. You can learn more about the Young Alumni Council committees and student engagement efforts by visiting our young alumni website. Our council is already excited about what's in store for our young alumni in 2016! 

  • Ian Bowling ’08, chemical engineering
  • Emily Doucette ’06, aerospace engineering 
  • Jennifer Hall ’05, chemical engineering
  • Drew Kelley ’03, civil engineering 
  • Will McCartney ’13, biosystems engineering
  • Mshon Pulliam ’12, industrial and systems engineering
  • Emily Traylor ’10, wireless engineering
  • Emilee Williams ’13, civil engineering

Get involved as young alumni

Meet John McCracken, '08 chemical engineering

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John McCracken, '08 chemical engineering, is the commissioning lead for the Kearl Oil Sands Expansion project in Canada for ExxonMobil. Learn how earning an Auburn Engineering degree enabled John to solve on-the-job challenges and the advice he would offer current engineering students.

Read more about John

Department spotlight: Electrical Engineering

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Dorothy Davidson, chair and CEO of Huntsville’s Davidson Technologies, has made a $5 million gift to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to renovate portions of Broun Hall, the home of electrical engineering. The renovation will provide students with an improved learning environment by incorporating the latest instructional technologies. Her gift honors her late husband, Julian Davidson, a 1950 Auburn electrical engineering graduate and defense industry pioneer. This sizeable donation will reshape Broun Hall and inspire future engineers through collaborative and conducive study spaces.

Constructing a giant


If you made it to a football game this fall, then you surely noticed the 200-foot video scoreboard in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The visual marvel was designed and constructed by several Auburn Engineering alumni. Making the scoreboard a reality required a large and complex undertaking. The old scoreboard had been in place for 40 years and was only 18x40 feet. Structurally, the new board, at five times the length, needed to have supports that were up to eight times stiffer than the ones used for the existing board. Read more about how the structural engineering team handled this challenge and ended up successfully constructing the largest scoreboard in college football.

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