Aerospace News

Cody Shelton, left, and Megan Hayes will conduct advanced research this summer at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium.

Two students in aerospace engineering selected to DoD SMART cohort
3/17/23 8:00 AM

Cody Shelton and Megan Hayes will conduct advanced research this summer at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium

DART collided with Dimorphos, the moon of asteroid Didymos, on Sept. 22, 2022, knocking it 33 minutes off course.

Professor in aerospace happy to play role in DART's smashing success
3/13/23 8:00 AM

Masatoshi Hirabayashi, co-author on three recently-published DART-related reports, helped quantify DART's effect of kinetic deflection.

Preet Shah

#GINNing Podcast: Word on the Preet
3/3/23 10:00 AM

Making Children's Hospital patients happy and building rockets — that's what Preet Shah does. Listen to the engineering senior discuss his aerospace aspirations and servant-hearted successes 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.

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Upcoming Engineer Together Day to highlight college's DEI efforts
3/2/23 9:00 AM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee will host Engineer Together Day on Wednesday, March 15 in the Brown-Kopel Center.  

Christian Brodbeck

Brodbeck named Director of Research Engineering Operations
2/28/23 8:00 AM

To reflect his growing and evolving role in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Christian Brodbeck, who has served the college as research engineer since 2006, was recently named director of research engineering operations.

Chad Rose, left, assistant professor in mechanical engineering, and Russell Mailen, assistant professor in aerospace engineering.

Researchers work with Toyota to explore creative safety measures
2/28/23 8:00 AM

Assistant professors Russell Mailen and Chad Rose are finding means to create smart, flexible human interfaces with embedded sensors capable of relaying motorists' real-time tension to the vehicle to generate automatic safety responses

Auburn University Rocketry Association members helped Children's of Alabama patients paint and shared insights on rocketry and space for nearly two hours at the Birmingham hospital on the afternoon of Feb. 13.

AURA opens hearts, paint brushes to patients at Children's of Alabama
2/27/23 5:50 AM

Patients at Children's of Alabama paint AURA's rocket to be used in upcoming NASA USLI competition.

An E-Day participant holds engineered heart tissue while visiting the Department of Chemical Engineering's E-Day booth.

Annual E-Day Open House welcomes 3,500 visitors to campus
2/24/23 2:00 PM

Auburn Engineering hosted more than 3,500 attendees on Friday, Feb. 24 for E-Day, the college's annual open house event.

Joe Majdalani, center, with all three Abe M. Zarem Educator Award certificates, presented by J.D. McFarlan, left, vice president at Lockheed Martin, and Basil Hassan, AIAA president.

Professor wins Zarem Educator Award for unprecedented third time
2/24/23 12:05 PM

Joe Majdalani was presented the award at the AIAA's SciTech '23 Forum in January.

Vrishank Raghav

#GINNing Podcast: Fluid Situation
2/24/23 11:30 AM

When you think of unsteady separated flows over rotating wings, multi-rotor aeromechanics, biomechanics of avian gust interactions, plume-surface interactions, pulsatile droplet-laden flows, heart valve flows and respiratory diseases, who's the first person that comes to mind? Vrishank Raghav — exactly. 

Rudy Al Ahmar, right, is presented the 2022 Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement in Aeronautics by J.D. McFarlan, vice president and chief engineer at Lockheed Martin.

Graduate student in aerospace given AIAA's Zarem Award
2/13/23 10:00 AM

Rudy Al Ahmar was presented with the Zarem Medallion at the AIAA SciTech '23 Forum on Jan. 24.

Ehsan Taheri, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, and Keziban Saloglu

Graduate student in aerospace engineering wins 2023 Breakwell Award
2/10/23 1:20 PM

Keziban Saloglu earned the most prestigious student prize in astrophysics with her paper, "Existence of Infinitely Many Optimal Equal Delta V Trajectories in Two-Body Dynamics."

Imon Chakraborty

Aerospace engineering assistant professor elected AIAA Associate Fellow
2/7/23 3:52 PM

Imon Chakraborty's research with sizing and simulation for unconventional aircraft concepts recognized by world's largest aerospace technical society

Parvin Fathi-Hafshejani, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, founded Dropllel, an accurate, rapid and cost-effective detection of viruses, successfully lowering the possibility of large-scale spread.

Nine engineering students among Tiger Cage semifinalists
2/7/23 3:40 PM

Sixteen teams will compete in the Feb. 24 Tiger Cage semifinals

From left, Roy Hartfield, Vivek Ahuja, Griffin DiMaggio and Joe Majdalani.

Aerospace engineering research team wins Solid Rockets best paper
2/7/23 3:30 PM

Assistant professors Roy Hartfield and Joe Majdalani, doctoral candidate Griffin DiMaggio, and Auburn alumnus Vivek Ahuja recognized for their paper, "Solid Rocket Motor Internal Ballistics with a Surface-Vorticity Solver"

Aerospace engineering professors Russell Mailen and Davide Guzzetti

Aerospace engineering professors earn NASA EPSCoR grant
1/25/23 7:00 AM

Russell Mailen and Davide Guzzetti's research "Activiation of Self-Folding Origami in Microgravity Environment" earned a NASA EPSCoR grant

This is the seventh-consecutive year that engineering’s online program has ranked in the Top 25.

Auburn Engineering No. 16 among online graduate programs
1/24/23 6:00 AM

The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering came in at No. 16 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Engineering Graduate Programs 2023 rankings, climbing one spot from last year. This is the seventh-consecutive year that engineering’s online program has ranked in the Top 25.

From left, Abbishek Gururaj, Lokesh Silwal, Daniel Stubbs and Vikas Bhargav.

Researchers awarded for visual analysis at international conference
1/18/23 7:22 AM

Students Lokesh Silwal, Daniel Stubbs, and Abbishek Gururaj, and postdoctoral fellow Vikas Bhargav coupled their scientific findings with creative visual skills at the Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society conference Dec. 4-7 in Sydney, Australia.

Imon Chakraborty, left, and Ehsan Taheri will collaborate with Transcend Air by using a one-fifth scale model of the concept Vy400 to test and validate flight control system architecture and fly-by-wire flight control laws through a series of bench tests followed by outdoor flight tests.

Professors play key role in designing, testing prototype aircraft
1/17/23 10:00 AM

Imon Chakraborty and Ehsan Teheri will develop and test one-fifth scale model of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft concept before full-scale development for U.S. Air Force Agility Prime Small Business Technology Transfer Research program

The trip addressed LANL’s workforce needs in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion, with all the students heralding from underrepresented groups.

Recruiting trip to national lab leaves lasting impression on students
1/13/23 8:00 AM

Nine students, six from engineering and three from COSAM, toured the Los Alamos National Laboratory on a recruiting trip Dec. 11-14

Stanford researchers examined a database of more than 180,000 scholars worldwide.

22 scholars ranked among the world's top two percent of cited researchers
1/5/23 2:50 PM

Stanford University's study examined a database of more than 180,000 researchers worldwide

Auburn University biosystems engineering department chair Oladiran Fasina and poultry science department chair Bill Dozier, both principal investigators on the Institute for Rural Partnership project, visit the processing plant at the university’s Miller Poultry Research and Education Center.

Engineering part of $28 million grant to meet rural challenges
12/16/22 5:25 PM

Auburn University is one of three universities sharing a $28 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, to establish an Institute for Rural Partnership to research the causes and conditions of challenges facing rural areas.

Auburn University President Christopher Roberts, left, and KITECH President Nak Kyu Lee sign the historic memorandum of understanding between the institutions Tuesday.

Auburn signs research agreement with Korean Institute of Technology
12/6/22 2:00 PM

The agreement includes the establishment of research and/or automotive technology support offices and laboratories, the creation of joint research projects and the exchange of technical information, periodic training symposia and consulting.

Janet Moore

#GINNing Podcast: At Auburn, student services just means Moore
12/2/22 12:00 PM

In 2019, Janet Moore, assistant dean for engineering student services, was named the National Academic Advising Association's Outstanding Academic Advising Administrator. Find out why on the latest episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast.

Student research videos must be no longer than 60 seconds.

$2,200 up for grabs in upcoming student research video competition
11/30/22 10:45 AM

Auburn Engineering's first AUsome Science in 60 Seconds competition offers up to $2,200 in cash and prizes to the best – and most concise – student researchers, graduate and undergraduate, on video.

Auburn University hosts the South's BEST Regional Robotics Championship for the 20th time, Dec. 3-4 at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

Auburn hosts South's BEST Regional Robotics Competition Dec. 3-4
11/22/22 10:00 AM

Students from four states will bring their creations and design plans to Auburn for the 20th consecutive year.

Pictured above (from left) are: Steve Taylor, interim dean; Sushil Bhavnani, Henry Burt Professor of Mechanical Engineering and IDEAS program director; Samantha Allbrook, IDEAS program administrator; Natalie Anderson, IDEAS program student team lead; Ken McCormick, director of innovation, Boeing; David Thrasher, senior special projects manager, Boeing; and Savannah Walker, student program lead business analyst, Boeing.

Auburn and Boeing: Training and Inspiring Future Engineers
11/14/22 2:10 PM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Boeing have enjoyed a longstanding partnership in support of Auburn University students. Beyond funding scholarships and supporting underrepresented students and student organizations, Boeing is now providing opportunities for dozens of Auburn Engineering undergraduate students to obtain hands-on, real-world design experience on groundbreaking aerospace projects.

Joseph Pelfrey

#GINNing Podcast: Auburn and Artemis
11/11/22 12:00 PM

You'll be listening to our interview with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center deputy director, Auburn aerospace engineering alumnus and noted rocket graffiti artist Joseph Pelfrey in 3, 2, 1...

The institute will be housed out of Auburn’s Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville, hosted by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering with oversight by the College of Engineering and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Auburn University Board of Trustees approves Applied Research Institute
11/11/22 11:15 AM

The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a proposal Friday to form an Applied Research Institute that will represent an aggregation and culmination of various defense, aerospace, national security and biotech efforts at Auburn University. The proposed institute will serve as a hub to coordinate, organize and market these many efforts to Auburn's external constituents.

Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Imon Chakraborty and doctoral student Aashutosh Mishra

Aerospace professor, student collaborate on award-winning paper
11/8/22 10:15 AM

Imon Chakraborty and Aashutosh Mishra investigated passenger loads, flight speeds, motor power, battery design, and other technical intricacies of urban air mobility aircraft in their award-winning paper

Grace Kovakas

#GINNing Podcast: Amazing Grace
11/4/22 12:00 PM

Listen to chemical engineering junior and makerspace maestro Grace Kovakas reflect on the rousing resource available on the bottom of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center, and on navigating "the Big Three," on the latest episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast.

Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus grand opening.

Auburn opens doors to Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville
10/25/22 12:00 PM

Auburn University expanded its footprint and opened its doors to a new facility in Huntsville on Tuesday with the grand-opening celebration of the Research and Innovation Campus.

Admiral Michael Rogers is a 1981 Auburn University alum.

Grand Challenges in Cybersecurity: A Discussion with Admiral Rogers
10/25/22 11:00 AM

Students, faculty with an interest in cybersecurity are encouraged to attend

Graduate Engineering Research Showcase overall winner Shiva Nageswaran with, from left, Steve Taylor, interim dean, and Maria Auad, CEGS advisor and associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development.

ISE student wins 10th Graduate Engineering Research Showcase
10/21/22 2:45 PM

A record 177 students — representing all departments within the college — participated in poster presentations, allowing them the opportunity to exchange ideas among peers and compete for cash prizes.

"Across Three Centuries" cover

Newest Auburn history book highlights women in engineering
10/20/22 9:00 AM

Art Slotkin, ’68 aerospace engineering, has written 11 books, nine of which detail aspects of Auburn University’s history. His newest book, “Across Three Centuries”, profiles the history of women—specifically those in engineering—at Auburn.

Sean Bowerfind, right, was named the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Undergraduate Student of the Year by the organization's Greater Huntsville Section. He is photographed with Joseph Majdalani, the Hugh and Loeda Francis Chair of Excellence in aerospace engineering, who directs Auburn's Advanced Propulsion Research Laboratory.

Student in aerospace engineering named AIAA Undergraduate of the Year
10/20/22 8:00 AM

Sean Bowerfind, now seeking his master's in aerospace engineering, serves as vice-wing commander in Auburn's Air Force ROTC detachment

Emmanuel Winful has been an Auburn Engineering health and safety manager since 2019.

Health and safety manager wins NSC Diversity in Safety Scholarship
10/12/22 8:00 AM

Emmanuel Winful, Auburn Engineering health and safety manager since 2019, is among the first recipients of the National Safety Council’s Diversity in Safety Scholarship.

The "Writing SySTEM: A Systematic Approach to Graduate Writing Instruction and Intervention," is initially open to graduate students in aerospace, biosystems and civil and environmental engineering.

Program created to boost engineering students' research writing skills
10/5/22 9:35 AM

Russell Mailen, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, is principal investigator on National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education award,

Students from all engineering disciplines will make research poster presentations before peers and judges.

College's 10th annual Graduate Engineering Research Showcase Oct. 20
10/3/22 9:00 AM

More than 200 graduate students are expected to showcase and present their research findings before peers and judges, competing for cash prizes

The 2022 Auburn Alumni Engineering Council award winners included Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer Kelly Roberts, ’05 and ‘07 civil engineering; Distinguished Auburn Engineer Jim Cooper, ’81 civil engineering; Distinguished Auburn Engineer John MacFarlane, ’72 mechanical engineering; Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer McClain Towery, ’03 civil engineering; Distinguished Auburn Engineer Nicole Faulk, ’96 mechanical engineering; and Superior Service Angie Lemke, retired, dean’s assistant. Not pictured is Distinguished Auburn Engineer TK Mattingly, '58 and '86 aerospace engineering.

Auburn Alumni Engineering Council honors 7 with college’s highest awards
9/26/22 6:00 PM

Six outstanding engineering alumni and one longtime employee of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering were honored by the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 23, for their distinguished professional careers. These alumni include four who were recognized as Distinguished Auburn Engineers, two as Outstanding Young Auburn Engineers and the college’s former assistant to the dean for her Superior Service.

Auburn alumni, faculty, staff and administrators gather on Samford Lawn to celebrate the 150th anniversaries of the College of Agriculture and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering .

Agriculture, Engineering launch 150th anniversary celebration
9/23/22 7:53 PM

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Auburn’s reorganization under the Morrill Act from East Alabama Male College into the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama, which established the Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering.

The first of three engineering career fairs starts Tues., September 19.

Demand for Auburn Engineering students high as career fairs approach
9/19/22 1:00 PM

Auburn Engineering kicks off fall career fair season with a two-day career fair Sept. 20-21, a Civil & Environmental + Biosystems Engineering Career Fair on Sept. 28 and an additional fair to be held at the end of October due to high demand.

The building is being constructed on land provided by the City of Orange Beach on Terry Cove off Perdido Bay with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico.

BoT approves AU Gulf Coast Engineering Research Station in Orange Beach
9/16/22 12:15 PM

Auburn football isn’t the only thing going orange this weekend, as the Board of Trustees approved a project Friday to build an Auburn University Gulf Coast Engineering Research Station in Orange Beach.

Masatoshi Hirabayashi is co-investigator on the NASA-supported Double Asteroid Redirection Test, which is expected to collide with an asteroid's moon on Sept. 26.

Professor proud to be pioneer in developing planetary defense strategies
9/14/22 12:00 PM

Masatoshi Hirabayashi, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, will study the dynamic motion of an asteroid after an intentional collision with a space craft on Sept. 26.

Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's undergraduate program has been ranked among the nation's Top 35 among public institutions for the past 12 years.

College's undergraduate programs ranked 33rd by U.S. News & World Report
9/12/22 3:40 PM

U.S. News and World Report ranked Auburn Engineering's undergraduate program No. 33 among public institutions nationally, No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference and No.1 in the state

Artemis I's launch window opens on Monday, Aug. 29.

NASA's Artemis mission has Auburn Engineering flavor
8/24/22 10:20 AM

Auburn engineering alumni play a large role in the development of Artemis' Space Launch System rocket, which will soon launch from Kennedy Space Center

Abbishek Gururaj and Lokesh Silwal

Aerospace engineering students earn Vertical Flight Society scholarships
8/1/22 8:00 AM

Lokesh Silwal and Abbishek Gururaj were awarded $3,000 and $2,000, respectively, by the Redstone Chapter of the Vertical Flight Society

Yaeji Kim will learn how to manage large amounts of data for creating asteroid surface maps for analysis.

Graduate student in aerospace engineering selected for fellowship
7/13/22 8:00 AM

Yaeji Kim will learn essential skills for dealing with big data in astronomy-related fields and apply this toward creating surface color maps of asteroids at the LSSTC Data Science Fellowship Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Sept. 18-23.

From left: Emily Traylor, Ashley Gann and Brandon Young

Three Auburn engineers named to Auburn Alumni Association’s 20 Under 40
7/1/22 10:00 AM

The three Auburn Engineering graduates were named to the Auburn Alumni Association’s 20 Under 40 Class of 2022: Emily Traylor, '10 wireless software; Ashley Gann, '05 aerospace; and Brandon Young, '10 electrical.