Aerospace News

Auburn Engineering alumni Beverly Banister, '83 chemical engineering, and K-Rob Thomas, '01 civil engineering, address the crowd at the 25 Years of Excellence gala Saturday.

College unveils The Center for Inclusive Engineering Excellence
5/19/22 3:00 PM

Auburn Engineering wrapped up its year-long 25th anniversary campaign celebration of the Engineering Academic Excellence Program (AEP) with a gala reception and dinner held at the Hotel at Auburn University on Saturday and unveiled the program's new name - The Center for Inclusive Engineering Excellence.

Rudy Al Ahmar, third from left, was third place for his presentation at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on April 4-5.

Graduate student in aerospace engineering third at AIAA conference
4/28/22 9:00 AM

Rudy Al Ahmar was awarded third place for his presentation at the 73rd American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Southeastern Regional Student Conference held on April 4-5 in Atlanta.

Chemical engineering doctoral student Bianca Williams and George Flowers, dean of the graduate school and professor of mechanical engineering

Engineering grad students, faculty recognized at annual Graduate Awards
4/21/22 2:18 PM

Ten Auburn Engineering students and two faculty members were among dozens of award recipients at the 2022 Graduate Awards Brunch, hosted by the Auburn University Graduate School and the Graduate Student Council.

Spirit week schedule of events

College hosting engineering spirit week events
4/20/22 12:50 PM

Auburn Engineering's bi-annual spirit week returns April 25-29 on the Gavin Garden in front of the Brown-Kopel Center.

Auburn University Graduate School Dean George Flowers, left, presented the Auburn Author Award to Dr. Joe Majdalani during a ceremony at the Draughon Library CMD auditorium on April 13.

Professor in aerospace engineering presented with Auburn Author Award
4/20/22 8:30 AM

Joe Majdalani, professor and Francis Chair of Excellence in aerospace engineering, relished the opportunity to co-author the popular McGraw-Hill textbook “Viscous Fluid Flow.” On April 13, he was recognized for his efforts.

From left, aerospace engineering professor Joe Majdalani with SMART scholarship recipients Cody Shelton and Nick Nurre, and aerospace engineering professor Ehsan Taheri.

Aerospace engineering students awarded prestigious SMART scholarships
4/15/22 12:00 PM

Cody Shelton and Nick Nurre are guaranteed internships and post-graduation employment at Department of Defense locations in Vicksburg, Miss., and Huntsville

Walt Woltosz, Ginger Woltosz, Tracy Roberts and Chris Roberts.

Woltoszes surprise former dean with Grand Atrium renaming
4/13/22 5:00 PM

Walt and Ginger Woltosz are among the university’s most ardent and dedicated supporters, so it was no surprise to everyone when they gave $5 million to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to support the construction and programming of the Brown-Kopel Student Achievement Center. Well, almost everyone.

Maggie Nelson has already been recognized as an Astronaut Scholar by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, and as an Undergraduate Research Fellow, Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites Fellow, and MIT Research Intern.

Junior in aerospace earns German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship
4/7/22 9:00 AM

Maggie Nelson will attend the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering in Leipzig, Germany, to research anti-biofouling properties of new hybrid membrane systems

Interim Dean Steve Taylor

Taylor named interim dean
4/5/22 2:00 PM

Steve Taylor has been named interim dean of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Interim Provost Vini Nathan. Taylor will begin serving in this new role effective immediately. He succeeds Chris Roberts, who was named as Auburn University’s 21st president in February.

Auburn Rocketry Association team members Colin Bamford, Maggie Nelson, Chase Ferris, Ignacio Castro and Dustin Harris are among students prepared to enter the team's rockets in upcoming competitions, the Argonia Cup and NASA's University Student Launch Initiative.

Rocketry team prepared for April competitions in Kansas, Huntsville
4/1/22 10:30 AM

The Auburn Rocketry Association will compete against dozens of other universities in a pair of launch/flight events this month – the Argonia Cup, April 9-10, near Kansas City, Kansas, and the NASA University Student Launch Initiative on April 23 in Huntsville.

A group photo taken at Auburn Engineering's Graduate Engineering Research Showcase.

Engineering showcase brings hundreds to Huntsville
3/30/22 8:00 AM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering successfully completed its mission Tuesday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. More than 150 graduate students and faculty from all departments traveled to the Rocket City for the Graduate Engineering Research Showcase, presenting their posters in Davidson Center for Space Exploration to members of the Huntsville community and Auburn Engineering alumni.

Auburn University will soon kick off the AI@AU Initiative, promoting artificial intelligence across the curriculum.

Faculty invited to register for SEC AI conference
3/29/22 11:25 AM

As part of a new consortium designed to advance the role of artificial intelligence in teaching and research, the Southeastern Conference is inviting faculty from its institutions to participate in the first Mini-Conference on Artificial Intelligence in the Curriculum on Friday, April 8, via Zoom.

Part of the initiative includes a creation of AI graduate and undergraduate certificate programs.

$2 million investment will create AI initiative at Auburn
3/29/22 10:00 AM

The initiative – which plans to achieve proposed milestones by 2024 – sets Auburn University apart as the artificial intelligence center for education and innovation.

Researchers, from left, William McAtee, assistant professor Vrishank Raghav, and Sarah Morris, used 'Gloria', a mannequin created by the Applied Fluids Research Group, to serve as a pulsatile coughing simulator.

Aerospace engineering study encourages face mask redesign in the future
3/28/22 10:00 AM

While basic surgical face masks offer a first line of defense to both the wearer and the people around them, they are not foolproof as flow leakage occurs around the mask and their effectiveness under realistic coughing conditions is not known.

Assistant professor Umberto Saetti, seated, has the opportunity to study immersive human-machine interactions via two motion-based virtual reality rotorcraft and fixed-wing aircraft simulators.

Virtual reality flight simulators propel aerospace engineering research
3/23/22 6:55 AM

Under the direction of assistant professor Umberto Saetti, two motion-base VR simulators will be used for immersive simulations that make use of extended reality to study human-machine interaction, advanced flight control laws, and innovative pilot cueing methods.

Numerous Auburn Engineering faculty received promotion, tenure or both in 2022.

Auburn Engineering faculty named to 2022 promotion, tenure list
3/17/22 2:00 PM

Numerous Auburn Engineering faculty were included on the provost's list of those who were awarded promotion, tenure or both for 2022.

Chris Crumbly

#GINNing Podcast: Aerospace grad talks NASA and beyond
3/11/22 8:00 AM

It turns out space wasn't the final frontier for Chris Crumbly, at least not under the banner of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Listen to the multi-degree Auburn aerospace engineering maestro talk life after NASA on the latest episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast below, or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, iHeartRadio or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts by searching #GINNing.

Forums will be held via Zoom and within the Brown-Kopel Center.

Open forums announced for Samuel Ginn College of Engineering interim dean
3/4/22 10:00 AM

Members of the campus community are encourage to attend forums, Monday, March 14, one at 10 a.m. and another at 1 p.m., at the Brown-Kopel Student Achievement Center Grand Hall or via Zoom.

Scientists in Auburn’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence conduct fatigue testing on an additively manufactured part.

NSF ranks Auburn University among top U.S. research institutions
2/17/22 1:15 PM

Auburn University is ranked in the top 11% of U.S. research institutions, coming in at No. 100 among 915 universities, according to the National Science Foundation’s recent Higher Education Research and Development Survey. Auburn also was highly ranked nationally in a number of specific fields of research, including No. 54 in engineering.

Umberto Saetti

#GINNing Podcast: The Helicopter Whisperer
2/10/22 8:00 AM

The helicopters need to shut up already, and Umberto Saetti is just the man to ensure they do. 

Umberto Saetti has a passion for helicopters and finding new ways to enhance safety.

Professor earns Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award
2/9/22 10:00 AM

Umberto Saetti was granted $510,000 toward his research to enhance helicopter landing safety aboard ships

Professor Ehsan Taheri with graduate students Nick P. Nurre, Jack Kovryzhenko, Kanak Parmar and Keziban Saloglu.

Aerospace students challenged to resolve space trajectory issue
2/2/22 8:55 AM

Can satellites built from asteroids surround the sun? Graduate students in aerospace engineering believe so

Allison Timm

#GINNing Podcast: Timm's time
1/31/22 8:00 AM

Listen to aerospace engineering senior Allison Timm discuss her hopes, her dreams and her dad, Brasfield & Gorrie Professor of civil engineering, David Timm, on the latest episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast.

The VIPER is expected to be delivered to the moon in late 2023.

Professor one of 8 scientists involved in NASA's Artemis rover mission
1/28/22 4:00 PM

Masatoshi Hirabayashi, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, will study the amount and location of water on the moon

The airship's modular payload provides an opportunity for multiple uses.

Aerospace professors partner with U.S. Air Force Agility Prime Program
1/12/22 7:05 AM

Professors Imon Chakraborty, Roy Hartfield and Ehsan Taheri designed and implemented propulsion and flight control systems for a 40-foot-long airship

Vrishank Raghav

Assistant professor in aerospace engineering earns NSF CAREER Award
1/11/22 9:55 AM

Vrishank Raghav, who directs the university's Applied Fluids Research Group, is the Department of Aerospace Engineering's first recipient of the award.

Joseph Ivarson

Graduate student in aerospace awarded NASA position via Pathways Program
1/3/22 1:00 PM

Joseph Ivarson will begin his assignment in June 2022 at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Structural and Thermal Systems Branch in Hampton, Virginia.

Abbishek Gururaj, center, took first place out of an estimated 2,000 research entries.

Graduate student in aerospace engineering wins research competition
12/17/21 8:10 AM

Abbishek Gururaj's work on rotating three-dimensional velocimetry takes first place at American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics Conference

Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is one of the nation's top 50 institutions in research expenditures.

Auburn Engineering a key player in Air Force Research Laboratory programs
12/14/21 4:15 PM

Auburn one of 10 universities chosen to participate in AFRL's University Nanosatellite Program, and was selected into AFRL's Information Institute

President Jay Gogue presents Walt Woltosz with an Honorary Doctorate of Science.

Auburn awards honorary doctorate to engineering pioneer, legend
12/13/21 1:00 PM

Walter “Walt” Woltosz — a two-time Auburn University graduate — received an honorary Doctor of Science from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering on Friday night. The honor, the 160th honorary degree in Auburn history, was unanimously approved by the Auburn Board of Trustees in its April meeting for Woltosz’ “service to the university, state and nation, and for service to mankind.”

Imon Chakraborty

Aerospace professor, students, awarded funds from FAA for research
12/13/21 11:04 AM

The one-year agreement supports Imon Chakraborty's study, "Flight-Simulation-Driven Research into Simplified Vehicle Operations for Urban Air Mobility."

Fall 2021 commencement ceremonies will take place Dec. 10-11 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Fall commencement exercises to take place in Jordan-Hare Stadium
12/6/21 1:05 PM

Auburn University’s fall commencement exercises will take place in Jordan-Hare Stadium Dec. 10-11, contingent on weather and current health and safety guidelines.

Not only is Nicholas Rush a double-major in electrical engineering and aerospace engineering, he's also a research assistant at the Auburn Nanosystems Group.

Senior 1 of 8 nationally to earn Sigma Gamma Tau award
12/1/21 1:05 PM

The award recognizes Nicholas Rush, who represents the organization’s South-Central region, as one of the top seniors in the U.S. based on academic, service and extracurricular accomplishments.

NASA's DART space craft is expected to impact Dimorphos next Fall.

Assistant professor to analyze data from important NASA mission
11/18/21 8:55 AM

Will crashing a spacecraft into the heart of a celestial object change its trajectory? That’s what Masatoshi Hirabayashi, assistant professor in aerospace engineering at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and a team of NASA scientists, will soon find out.

Vinamra Agrawal

Summer researcher, professor collaborate on award-winning project
11/17/21 9:55 AM

Vinamra Agrawal, professor in aerospace engineering, helped summer researcher Brayden Noh with his project, "Visualizing how asteroids deform during atmospheric entry."

Umberto Saetti is working with the Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence to study rotorcraft acoustics.

Research on rotorcraft acoustics earns grant from U.S. Army
11/15/21 2:35 PM

High-fidelity simulations will predict rotorcraft acoustics and provide pilots with a better understanding of flight patterns that might generate less noise

Engineering Spirit Week will feature a week of student-centered support activities sponsored by various student service offices.

College hosting Engineering Spirit Week
11/4/21 3:43 PM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering kicks off a week of student-centered events with Spirit Week, Nov. 8-12.

Masatoshi Hirabayashi

Professor weighs in on chances asteroid could strike Earth by 2300
8/31/21 7:55 AM

NASA scientists recently disclosed that asteroid Bennu’s slim odds of striking Earth by 2300 increased to 1 in 1,750. Masatoshi Hirabayashi, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, discusses scenarios.

The Sept. 24 open house takes guests through Davis Hall, the Gavin Laboratory and Brown-Kopel Center.

Aerospace engineering open house on Sept. 24
8/26/21 12:50 PM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Department of Aerospace Engineering provides guests, alumni and students, with opportunities to pilot a flight simulator, explore wind tunnels and discuss cutting edge research with professors at its Sept. 24 open house.

Professor Majdalani's Viscous Aerodynamics class (Aerodynamics III) is the first at Auburn University to use the "Viscous Fluid Flow" fourth edition.

Professor launches fourth edition of classic textbook
8/25/21 9:15 AM

Joseph Majdalani, professor and Chair of Excellence in aerospace engineering, teamed with author Frank White for the textbook's updated edition.

Emily Wilson

Junior in aerospace engineering wins research award from Air Force
8/23/21 8:55 AM

Emily Wilson is one of two 2021 recipients of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Munitions Directorate Outstanding Scholar Award.

Nelda Lee, '69 aerospace engineering

Trailblazing alumna addresses Auburn graduates at summer commencement
8/9/21 7:43 AM

Auburn alumna Nelda Lee, a pioneering woman in the aerospace engineering field, encouraged graduates to make their lives into great stories of achievement, happiness and fulfillment.

Nine Auburn Rocketry Association students made the trip to Alvin, Texas, for the June 26 Spaceport America Cup.

Rocketry team takes 12th out of 76 teams at prestigious Spaceport
7/20/21 2:00 PM

Auburn Rocketry Association's "Aurea II" flew to 9,200 feet at Spaceport America Cup, the world's largest intercollegiate rocketry engineering contest

Maggie Nelson

#GINNING Podcast: Aerospace junior receives astronaut scholar award
7/13/21 11:33 AM

Aerospace engineering junior Maggie Nelson was recently selected for the Astronaut Scholar Award, presented by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

Ryota Nakano

Aerospace doctoral student reaches for the stars with NASA FINESST award
7/12/21 1:43 PM

Aerospace engineering doctoral student Ryota Nakano is one of the latest recipients of the prominent FINESST research award from NASA.

Graduate students, faculty honored at spring graduate school awards
6/4/21 1:33 PM

The Auburn University Graduate School recently honored 15 engineering students and faculty at the annual graduate student spring awards virtual ceremony.

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship is awarded annually by the Department of Defense.

Engineering students named Department of Defense SMART Scholars
6/4/21 9:53 AM

Two Auburn aerospace engineering students have been named Department of Defense SMART Scholars, earning financial support and guaranteed employment after graduation.

Nelda Lee

Aerospace alumna tapped to deliver summer commencement address
5/27/21 12:00 PM

Aerospace and aviation pioneer Nelda Lee will address the newest Auburn graduates and kick off the university’s summer commencement weekend Friday, Aug. 6, at Auburn Arena.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering recently honored outstanding departmental alumni in a virtual awards ceremony.

Auburn Engineering recognizes 2020-2021 outstanding alumni
5/10/21 1:55 PM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering recently recognized outstanding departmental alumni from 2020 and 2021 in a virtual ceremony.