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Allan David

David named acting associate dean for research - 6/1/22 11:45 AM

Allan David has been named as the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s acting associate dean for research.

Benjamin Bowers

CEE professor joins NAPA carbon emissions task force - 2/21/22 12:00 PM

Civil engineering assistant professor Benjamin Bowers is one of just three academics invited to join a one-year-old National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) taskforce aimed at achieving zero net carbon emissions by 2050. 

Larry Rilett, director of the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute, presides over the Governor's Luncheon at the 65th annual Alabama Transportation Conference.

Auburn hosts 65th annual Alabama Transportation Conference - 2/17/22 3:00 PM

"Very few states have a transportation conference this comprehensive and impactful. That Auburn University has been able to successfully host this for so long speaks to the leading role we have established in transportation research and outreach." 

TRB 2020

Auburn transportation expertise on full display at 2022 TRB conference - 1/7/22 12:00 PM

The national influence of Auburn's new Transportation Research Institute (AUTRI) will be on full display next week in front of thousands of transportation professionals.  

Will Bryan, team lead for Autonomous Tiger Racing, works on the team's Dallara AV-21 Indy Lights car at the first-ever Indy Autonomous Challenge.

Auburn autonomous racing team to compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 1/5/22 11:00 AM

Nineteen universities from around the world, including Auburn, will compete as nine race teams in the second installment of the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC ) Friday, Jan. 7, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Held in conjunction with the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the event will be the first high-speed, head-to-head autonomous racecar competition in history.

The custom Dallara AV-21 Indy Lights car Auburn's Autonomous Tiger Racing will compete with in the first-ever Indy Autonomous Challenge.

Auburn Engineering to compete in historic Indy Autonomous Challenge - 10/22/21 8:09 AM

Auburn's Autonomous Tiger Racing team is gearing up to compete in the ground-breaking Indy Autonomous Challenge on Saturday.

NCAT graduate students (from left to right) Tiana Lynn, Megan Foshee and Faustina Keuliyan have been awarded AAPT scholarships.

NCAT graduate students awarded AAPT scholarships - 10/19/21 9:00 AM

Three civil engineering graduate students conducting research at the NCAT Test Track have received competitive scholarships and recognition from the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists.

NOAA has granted Auburn University researchers $1.5M to help mitigate impacts of sea level rise.

AU team receives $1.5M to study resilient transportation infrastructure - 9/16/21 12:00 AM

As part of its highly competitive Effects of Sea Level Rise (ESLR) program, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected an interdisciplinary team of Auburn University researchers to lead a $1.539M project to address increasingly critical needs necessary for resilient infrastructure.

Autonomous Tiger Racing team members (from left to right) Brendan Schretter, Elizabeth Keefer, Will Bryan and Stephanie Meyer pose with their autonomous vehicle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team will compete in the first-ever Indy Autonomous Challenge on Oct. 23, 2021.

Autonomous Tiger Racing team makes history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - 9/7/21 3:00 PM

Last month, Auburn Engineering’s world-renowned autonomous vehicle research program literally lapped the competition — and made history in the process.

Larry Rilett

#GINNing Podcast: The expert behind the wheel at AUTRI - 8/6/21 2:00 PM

Larry Rilett, director of the newly established Auburn University Transportation Research Institute (AUTRI), discusses what drew him to the job on the latest episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast

Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering, speaks at the dedication of Auburn's $22 million Advanced Structural Engineering Lab.

Auburn dedicates $22 million Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory - 6/11/21 5:00 PM

Auburn University dedicated the new standard for structural engineering research laboratories today.

Fan Yin

Fan Yin promoted to NCAT assistant director - 5/25/21 8:00 AM

Dr. Fan Yin has been promoted to Assistant Director for the National Center for Asphalt Technology. In this role, he will be responsible for leading research programs and fostering client relationships while also continuing to lead NCAT’s research efforts in balanced mix design and use of recycled plastics in asphalt as well as NCAT’s testing service for the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program’s warm mix asphalt evaluation.

Travis Walbeck

#GINNing goes behind the scenes of NCAT's new YouTube series - 5/7/21 12:00 AM

On the latest episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast, Travis Walbeck, training manager for the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), delivers the scoop on the premiere short, entertaining, instructional YouTube channel for standard asphalt test procedures in the lab and field.

Laurence Rilett

Incoming Auburn transportation director honored by Nebraska-Lincoln - 3/30/21 3:06 PM

Laurence Rilett, the incoming director of the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute, has earned one of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s highest faculty honors, the Innovation, Development and Engagement Award. Rilett joins Auburn later this year as the inaugural director of the Transportation Research Institute .

A Dallara Indy Lights car will be featured in the Indy Autonomous Challenge.

Autonomous Tiger Racing currently Top 3 in Indy Autonomous Challenge - 3/26/21 12:00 AM

After three rounds of competition that have included white papers, performance of passenger vehicles and race simulations against other teams, Auburn University’s Autonomous Tiger Racing is currently top 3 in the standings of the Indy Autonomous Challenge. 

64th Alabama Transportation Conference

Auburn goes virtual with 64th annual Alabama Transportation Conference - 2/23/21 12:00 AM

Despite its virtual format, organizers say the 64th Alabama Transportation Conference held Feb. 9-11 was as successful as any in recent memory.

Laurence Rilett

Auburn University taps Rilett to lead Transportation Research Institute - 2/22/21 6:00 AM

Laurence Rilett, one of the nation's foremost transportation thought leaders, has been tapped to lead Auburn University's newly established Transportation Research Institute.

The Auburn University Transportation Research Institute will serve as an umbrella for units that are heavily involved in transportation research, including the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and its affiliated asphalt test track, the Highway Research Center, the Alabama Transportation Assistance Program and the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (GAVLAB).

Auburn University establishes Transportation Research Institute - 2/17/21 2:20 PM

As the Southeast’s leader in transportation research and education, Auburn University is taking another step forward with the announcement of the formation of the Auburn University Transportation Research Institute.

Anton Schindler

Civil and Environmental engineering professor to receive ACI award - 2/16/21 12:00 AM

Anton Schindler, Mountain Spirit Professor of structural engineering and Highway Research Center director, has been awarded the 2021 American Concrete Institute (ACI) Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership performed by Schindler to ACI’s Technical Committee 237. 

Auburn University's new autonomous vehicle research facility

Auburn debuts sophisticated new autonomous vehicle research facility - 2/15/21 4:00 PM

Auburn University recently opened the doors to a sophisticated new autonomous vehicle research facility at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology test track — one of the few facilities of its kind in the nation attached to a test track.

Auburn truck platooning experiment

Auburn researchers out to prove platooning truck benefits - 2/12/21 12:00 AM

Auburn's GAVLAB has built a strong reputation in autonomous vehicle navigation and developed a broad sponsored research portfolio, with projects ranging from the Department of Defense and the Federal Highway Administration to many private industry partners.

Will Bryan

#GINNing Podcast: Autonomous meets Indianapolis - 12/27/20 12:00 AM

At next October's Indy Autonomous Challenge, Will Bryan and his new master's degree in mechanical engineering will be kicking back and letting the code take the wheel at 200 driverless miles per hour.

Ed Austin

Civil engineering graduate named ALDOT chief engineer - 10/21/20 9:00 AM

Edward “Ed” Austin, ’91 civil engineering, was recently named chief engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

Ben Bowers

#GINNing Podcast: The Pavement Powers of Benjamin Bowers - 10/9/20 12:00 PM

Sustainability and pavement — that's what Ben Bowers does.

Best Member Technical Paper winners (from left) Jeffrey LaMondia, Huaguo Zhou, Chennan Xue and Dan Xu.

Civil engineering researchers awarded best paper for third straight year - 9/30/20 10:49 AM

A team of Auburn University civil engineering researchers were recently awarded first place in the 2020 Southern District Institute of Transportation Engineers (SDITE) Best Member Technical Paper competition for their paper, “Impact of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles on Highway Trust Fund in Alabama,” which is now published in the Transportation Research Record.

COVID-19

Auburn's combined commencement ceremonies postponed indefinitely - 7/27/20 4:13 PM

In the absence of planned ceremonies, Auburn is still prepared to welcome and celebrate graduates and guests who have already planned to travel to Auburn for the Aug. 8 weekend.

An artist's rendering of the autonomous vehicle research facility.

Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility - 6/18/20 4:23 PM

Auburn University is building an Autonomous Vehicle Research facility at the National Center for Asphalt Technology test track to support the work of the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory.

Auburn Engineering students Mo Fortunatus, David Vivanco, Danny Martinez, Zachary Pace and Madison Eason.

Auburn team wins asphalt mix design competition - 4/6/20 12:00 AM

Auburn Engineering students Mo Fortunatus, David Vivanco, Danny Martinez, Zachary Pace and Madison Eason have won the CRH Asphalt Mix Design Competition.

An Auburn civil engineering team is helping ALDOT identify the cause of a road landslide on U.S. 231 south of Huntsville

Auburn civil engineering team assists ALDOT with U.S. 231 landslide - 2/18/20 2:25 PM

A team of Auburn University civil engineering graduate students and researchers is gaining real-world, hands-on experience that will benefit a community south of Huntsville after a landslide closed a section of U.S. 231 on top of Brindlee Mountain.

Alabama Transportation Conference 2020

Auburn Engineering leads 63rd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference - 2/4/20 10:55 AM

As an institutional leader of transportation research and workforce development, Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering has taken the lead to organize and develop the 63rd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference. The conference, which takes place Feb. 11-12 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel at the Convention Center, will welcome nearly 1,000 federal and state highway personnel, road building contractors, general contractors, heavy construction contractors, utility contractors, county engineers, consulting engineers, construction material vendors, researchers, professional society representatives and university faculty members.

Anton Schindler

Civil engineering professor named ASCE fellow - 11/13/19 4:25 PM

A faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering was recently named a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Direction.

Emily Elia, Austin Chandler and Kelly Turner were each awarded scholarships by the Alabama Concrete Industries Association

Civil engineering students sweep ACIA scholarships - 9/20/19 9:00 AM

Three students in the Department of Civil Engineering were recently awarded scholarships from the Alabama Concrete Industries Association.

NCAT Test Track

NCAT & MnROAD seek to advance pavement design - 9/20/19 12:00 AM

Pavement Test Tracks Advance Asphalt Design in Safe, Collaborative Manner

Truck on NCAT Test Track

All roads lead to Auburn - 7/22/19 12:00 AM

Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology works to improve nation’s roadways

Huaguo Zhou and Rod Turochy

Civil engineering professors awarded grant to study wrong-way driving - 7/9/19 11:00 AM

Each year, nearly 400 people are killed as a result of wrong-way driving on freeways, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. That’s why a pair of Auburn University professors in the Department of Civil Engineering have been awarded a grant to study wrong-way driving solutions.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering gates

Provost announces promotion of 8 Auburn Engineering faculty members - 4/18/19 8:08 AM

Eight Auburn Engineering faculty members were awarded promotion, tenure or both in 2019, Auburn Provost Bill Hardgrave has announced.

National Center for Asphalt Technology Facility

NCAT names Walbeck as training manager - 4/15/19 12:00 AM

NCAT names Travis Walbeck as training manager.

Auburn University Assistant Professor David Roueche analyzes damage after Hurricane Irma in Florida Roueche and fellow researchers are collecting data from more than 900 buildings after hurricanes in Texas and Florida to determine why some structures failed and others didn’t.

Civil engineering professor talks tornado safeguards on NPR - 3/11/19 8:30 AM

Auburn University engineering professor David Roueche tells NPR's Michel Martin simple fixes could help reduce the loss of life when tornadoes, like the one that struck last week, hit mobile homes.

Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory

Auburn constructing $22 million Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory - 2/15/19 11:55 AM

Auburn University is taking another giant step as the Southeast's leader in structural engineering research and instruction through the construction of a $22 million Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory.

62nd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference

Auburn leads upcoming 62nd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference - 2/10/19 8:00 PM

As an institutional leader of transportation research and workforce development, Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering has taken the lead to organize and develop the 62nd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference. The conference, which takes place Feb. 12-13 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel at the Convention Center, will welcome nearly 1,000 federal and state highway personnel, road building contractors, general contractors, heavy construction contractors, utility contractors, county engineers, consulting engineers, construction material vendors, researchers, professional society representatives and university faculty members.

Daniel Lowell and Nicole Reed display asphalt samples in the NCAT laboratory.

Auburn students awarded Barton S. Mitchell Memorial scholarships - 1/29/19 1:30 PM

Auburn University civil engineering students Nicole Reed and Daniel Lowell have been selected to receive the 2018 Barton S. Mitchell Memorial Asphalt Industry Scholarship.

The truck platoon is seen driving in Canada.

Auburn, partners conduct historic truck platooning trial in Canada - 11/26/18 4:37 PM

Auburn University and two of its research partners made history by conducting the first ever on-road commercial truck platooning trial Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 on highways around Montreal and surrounding areas in Quebec.

Truck platoons have the potential to increase safety and fuel efficiency.

Auburn part of truck platooning study led by American Center for Mobility - 9/25/18 9:08 AM

Auburn University is partnering with the American Center for Mobility and other organizations to autonomously control an entire fleet of vehicles — throttle, brake and steering — while optimizing fuel efficiency and safety.

Autonomous

Auburn University's GAVLAB is closing the gaps in GPS, navigation, positioning and timing - 8/30/18 12:00 AM

Auburn University's GAVLAB is closing the gaps in GPS, navigation, positioning and timing