Fall 2017

We want you for mock interviews!mock interview

This fall our young alumni will be participating in the 2nd annual Mock Interview Day to help current students gain experience in job interview settings. Last year, the event proved to be largely successful and the student feedback was resoundingly positive, with several undergraduate students commenting how it helped them feel less nervous during actual interviews. Mock Interview Day will take place Sept. 15 and any young alumni interested in serving as an interviewer, for either a half or full day, students are encouraged to attend. Please contact Wade Welch, to learn more information or to be part of the event.

Meet Presley Griffies, '16 polymer and fiber engineering


Presley Griffies is a product development manager for Unifi Manufacturing Inc., in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Griffies manages commercial solution dyed polyester products that are mostly made from recycled bottle resin. Griffies believes her company is saving the planet by providing quality fiber to big-name companies such as Ford, Adidas and Patagonia. Learn more about Griffies and how her Auburn Engineering degree prepared her for her career by reading her young alumni spotlight. And remember, we're always looking to feature our talented alumni who have cool jobs so if you're interested in sharing your story, please contact Megan Burmester at

Learn about Presley Griffies


Ever wonder what we're up to in our labs around the college? Wonder no more! We recently checked out research led by Michael Zabala, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and his graduate students in the Auburn University Biomechanical Engineering lab. Zabala and his students evaluate body movements using tracking markers to study musculoskeletal function as it relates to disease, injury and athletic performance. The AUBE lab recently used Aubie as a test subject to demonstrate his athletic capabilities. Watch the video to learn about Aubie's outcomes and research that could help prevent diseases such as osteoarthritis. 

AUBE Lab with Aubie

Young Alumni Council readies for fall meeting

young alumni 2017

The Young Alumni Council will meet on campus Sept. 14. The group will discuss how young alumni can better engage with the college through their service and gifts. Our Young Alumni Council continues to bring a fresh energy and perspective toward promoting initiatives closest to the college including its world-class faculty, cutting-edge research, global programs and student organizations. We look forward to exchanging ideas and elevating the college on a national scale! Make sure to visit the Young Alumni website to discover how you can be more involved.

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Ready...set... tailgate!

tiger giving day

The feel of Auburn football is in the air, and Auburn Engineering is getting in the spirit by hosting several tailgates during the season. Our tailgates are a great way to reconnect with old friends or network with alumni while enjoying great food and southern hospitality. Please be sure to RSVP for you and your guests. We hope to see you on the Plains as we cheer on our favorite Tigers! 

RSVP for 2017 alumni tailgates

Celebrating the year of Auburn women125 women

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Auburn women, and Auburn Engineering is proud to be part of the celebration. Auburn University will host an event to commemorate the milestone on Oct. 28. Take a moment to reflect on how far our college has come by checking out these facts about the history of Auburn Engineering women:

  • 1923 — Auburn's first "official" woman, Maria Rogan Whitson, graduates in electrical engineering
  • 1944 — Women outnumber men 904 to 864, with a large number enrolled in engineering 
  • 1962 — Auburn Engineering enrollment declines to seven women
  • 1960s-70s — Female engineering enrollment never exceeds 30
  • 1975 — The boom begins; 400 female engineering students make up 10 percent of the total engineering enrollment
  • 2001 — Jan Davis, '77 mechanical engineering, is the first Auburn woman inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame
  • 2012 — The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering establishes the 100+ Women Strong program as a force to assist the college in recruiting, retaining and rewarding Auburn women in engineering.   
  • 2017 — Kasey Cooper, senior in mechanical engineering, becomes Auburn's first back-to-back SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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Construction, renovation taking shape around campus

construction young alumni

Construction and renovation progress continues to be made around the Auburn Engineering campus. The Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center will include a design and innovation center, which will consist of student maker spaces, laboratories, shops, project incubators, study rooms, a flexible classroom, computer labs and more, while also serving as the home for engineering student organizations. Interior work continues to move along on the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory renovation which will house an additive manufacturing facility, the new Center for Advanced Polymers and Composites, research laboratories, as well as a new wind tunnel system, a pulp and paper pilot machine, a series of hands-on student project areas and collaborative meeting spaces. The renovation for Broun Hall is also moving forward on the interior of the building, and will include the latest instructional technologies and offer a more dynamic environment for students. Track the progress we've made by viewing our Flickr galleries of construction and renovation photos from all three of our projects.

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center

Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory

Broun Hall

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