Chemical Engineering News

Pictured, from left, are Auburn’s lead scientists, Maria Auad of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Sushil Adhikari of the College of Agriculture and Brian Via and Maria Soledad Peresin of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Interdisciplinary team seeks to make strides in additive manufacturing - 11/22/21 1:45 PM

Auburn University faculty are part of an interdisciplinary research team that received a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to develop composite materials from waste resources for additive manufacturing to create more affordable and environmentally friendly housing or building components.

T.A. Sluis and John Sluis

Chemical senior talks twinning on #GINNing - 11/5/21 12:00 PM

#GINNing? More like #TWINning! Yes, friends, turns out, God made deuces Sluises. And wouldn't you know it, the other one is an Auburn chemical engineer. So get your ears on and please hit play as John twists the knobs for a Sluis called T.A.

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.

Vinita Shinde

#GINNing Podcast: Polymer Poster Party - 10/29/21 2:00 PM

Let's go ahead and call Vinita Shinde the poster child of Auburn Engineering polymer research. The chemical engineering graduate student recently helped Beckingham Polymer Research Group bring home back-to-back poster awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her poster, “Self-healing of thermoplastic polymer composites via environmentally friendly solvent-filled microcapsules.”

The Department of Chemical Engineering Open House will take place in Ross Hall.

Department of Chemical Engineering hosting annual Open House - 10/6/21 2:56 PM

The Department of Chemical Engineering will host its annual Open House event Friday, Oct. 29 in Ross Hall.

The 2021 Auburn Alumni Engineering Council award winners included T.J. Pruitt, Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer; Ryan Hill, Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer; Brad Corson, Distinguished Auburn Engineer; Gerald Pouncey, Distinguished Auburn Engineer; Regenia Sanders, Distinguished Auburn Engineer; Carol Godfrey, Distinguished Auburn Engineer; Zeke Smith, Distinguished Auburn Engineer; Bob Karcher, Superior Service; and Ed Lewis, Distinguished Auburn Engineer. (Not pictured: Rose-Gaëlle Belinga, Outstanding Young Auburn Engineer)

Auburn Alumni Engineering Council honors 10 with college’s highest awards - 9/27/21 12:30 PM

Nine outstanding engineering alumni and one longtime employee of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering were honored during a ceremony Friday, Sept. 24, by the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council for their distinguished professional careers. These alumni include six who were recognized as Distinguished Auburn Engineers, three as Outstanding Young Auburn Engineers and the college’s former assistant dean of student services for his Superior Service.

Barbara Allen

#GINNing Podcast: The Team Captain of Chemical - 9/17/21 12:00 AM

This overachieving junior in chemical engineering, is captain of the Auburn University student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Chemical Car Team and captain of the Jeopardy Team Who is Barbara Allen? 

The interdisciplinary team evaluating multilayer plastics includes faculty from Auburn Engineering, the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and College of Agriculture, as well as Tuskegee University and Southern Union State Community College.

Faculty team aims to expand plastic recycling options with NSF award - 9/15/21 12:46 PM

An interdisciplinary faculty team aims to expand the portfolio of recyclable plastics with their research into multilayer plastics, which make up the majority of food-packaging material.

Chemical engineering graduate students Vinita Shinde and Luca Kim.

Two chemical engineering students receive best poster awards - 9/14/21 1:54 PM

Chemical engineering graduate students Vinita Shinde and Luca Kim were recently recognized with best poster awards for their work in polymer advancement.

W. Robert Ashurst

Ashurst named director of Auburn's Design and Innovation Center - 8/30/21 8:55 AM

W. Robert Ashurst has been named director of the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Design and Innovation Center.

This year’s State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inductees from the university include Jim Cooper, ’81 civil engineering and founder of Cooper Construction; Cindy Green, ’79 chemical engineering and retired chief sales and marketing officer for DuPont; and John Thomas, ’60 mechanical engineering and consultant for Lee & Associates.

State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2021 - 8/18/21 3:00 PM

The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted nine individuals, including four Auburn University alumni, during a ceremony Saturday at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

At left is the Auburn University AIChE Jeopardy team. At right, the Chemical Car team completes a test run of their shoe-box sized vehicle, powered and stopped by chemical reactions.

Auburn’s AIChE student chapter looks ahead to national competition - 8/3/21 8:54 AM

The Auburn University student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers will compete on the national stage at the organization's upcoming Chemical Car and Jeopardy Team competitions.

Students in the Bioenergy and Bioproducts Center standing in front of a bubbling-fluidized bed gasification system for producing hydrogen and other gaseous fuels.

Faculty team aims to reduce greenhouse gas with hydrogen energy research - 7/29/21 10:43 AM

An interdisciplinary faculty team is researching hydrogen energy production that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste plastics problems with a

The SEC's Spring Academic Honor Roll includes student-athletes from track & field.

5 Auburn engineers named to 2021 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll - 6/25/21 12:15 PM

Five Auburn Engineering students are included among the 96 Auburn student-athletes named to the Southeastern Conference's 2021 Spring Academic Honor Roll.

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.

Emily Schramek

#GINNing Podcast: Chemical senior talks Hoover Institution partnership - 5/28/21 12:00 AM

Got a job opening? Emily Schramek wants to fill it. The Auburn senior has the skills to pay the bills, which is exactly why she chose chemical engineering in the first place.

"Green (520 nm) femtosecond laser used for micro/nano fabrication.

Faculty research group sparks quantum research collaboration - 5/26/21 12:00 AM

Auburn researchers have established the Auburn University Quantum Systems (AUQuaS) interdisciplinary research group to further the upcoming research area, quantum, by spurring interdisciplinary collaboration within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics.

Symone Alexander

Chemical engineering professor spins web of research wonders on #GINNing - 5/20/21 12:00 PM

New chemical engineering assistant professor Symone Alexander spins a web of research wonders in this conversation on extreme organismic biophysics and ultra-fast motion in nature. 

The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council was established in 1965 and is a group of Auburn Engineering alumni who work together to support the vision and goals of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Auburn Alumni Engineering Council inducts Class of 2026 - 5/11/21 3:00 PM

The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council inducted seven new members to the group during its annual spring meeting May 7, which was held remotely due to COVID-19.

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.

New directors and officers have been appointed to the Auburn University Foundation. Pictured are: (back left) Joseph L. Cowan, John Morris, Paul Jacobson, Patrick T. Henry, (front left) Cheryl Casey and Shirley Frazier Boulware.

New directors, officers appointed to Auburn University Foundation Board - 5/10/21 8:58 AM

The Auburn University Foundation has appointed three new directors to its board: Shirley Frazier Boulware '91 of Tyrone, Georgia; Joseph L. Cowan '70 of Braselton, Georgia; and Patrick T. Henry ’85 of Birmingham, Alabama. The board also named Cheryl Casey ’83 of Denver, Colorado, as its new chair and Paul Jacobson ’94 of Marietta, Georgia, as vice chair.

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Eight Auburn students selected to study Alabama matters with fellows from Stanford’s Hoover Institution - 5/10/21 8:02 AM

Eight Auburn University students are the first from the Plains to partner with fellows at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in conducting research and initiatives for the Alabama Innovation Commission.

A graduate student presents her research at the annual Graduate Summer Seminar Series.

Annual Graduate Summer Seminar Series accepting submissions - 5/5/21 12:58 PM

The annual Graduate Summer Seminar Series, hosted by the Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites at Auburn University, is accepting abstract submissions through May 14.

Outstanding student award winners representing each department in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

Auburn Engineering honors student and faculty achievement - 4/22/21 10:19 AM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering recognized outstanding students and faculty in an awards ceremony held Wednesday.

Shelby Wales

Chemical Engineering senior named Barry M. Goldwater Scholar - 4/19/21 4:20 PM

Chemical engineering senior Shelby Wales was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, widely considered the most prestigious award in the United States for undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Shelby Wales

#GINNing Podcast: Chemical engineering senior gets a Goldwater - 4/9/21 12:00 PM

Senior Shelby Wales makes chemical engineering look easy.  Listen to the new Goldwater Scholar discuss her Auburn Engineering journey on the award-winning #GINNing Podcast.

Steve Hamilton

#GINNing: '84 chemical grad offers glimpse into life as an eye surgeon - 4/4/21 12:00 AM

Steve Hamilton, '84 chemical engineering, offered a glimpse into life as a miracle-working Atlanta eye surgeon for the 100th episode of the award-winning #GINNing Podcast. 

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

3 Auburn Engineering grads named NSF Graduate Research Fellows - 3/30/21 12:23 PM

2019 Auburn Engineering graduates Bryana Harris, Elizabeth M. Prior and Tyler Toner were recently named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. The prestigious program support outstanding graduate students in STEM fields.

Mario Eden

Chemical engineering chair recognized among journal’s top cited authors - 3/25/21 3:37 PM

Chemical engineering department chair Mario Eden has been recognized as the author of one of the top 1% most cited articles by Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, a prominent chemical engineering journal.

The Auburn University Office of Cooperative Education has joined the Engineering Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations.

AU Office of Cooperative Education joins College of Engineering - 3/17/21 9:52 AM

The Auburn University Office of Cooperative Education has joined the Engineering Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations, and remains committed to serving the entire campus community.

Virginia Davis and Majid Beidaghi

NSF grant to allow professors to study nanomaterial dispersion - 3/15/21 2:47 PM

Two Auburn Engineering professors are using a National Science Foundation grant to gain a fundamental understanding of how nanomaterials called MXenes disperse in liquids.

Metrick Houser, '93 chemical engineering, with Harold Melton, '88 international business and Spanish, at the naming of the Harold Melton Student Center.

Chemical engineering alum shares passion for diversity in engineering - 2/12/21 1:04 PM

Metrick Houser, '93 chemical engineering, shares his passion for increasing diversity in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

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10 Auburn engineers named to 2020 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll - 2/10/21 11:41 AM

Ten Auburn Engineering student-athletes earned a selection to the 2020 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll, the conference office announced Tuesday.

The virtual Engineering and Technology Career Fair will take place Feb. 10-11.

Auburn Engineering to host virtual Engineering and Technology Career Fair - 2/5/21 3:44 PM

A virtual Engineering and Technology Career Fair, hosted by the Auburn University Career Center and the Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations in the College of Engineering, will be held Feb. 10-11.

Shirley Boulware

Chemical engineering alumna lends lasting career advice - 2/3/21 9:15 AM

Shirley Boulware, '91 chemical engineering, has enjoyed a successful career in the pulp and paper industry. Her advice to fellow Black Auburn Engineers: "be proud of who you are."

Representatives from four engineering employers will discuss various buzzwords in the workplace in a virtual panel on Thursday.

Upcoming employer panel to discuss breaking down buzzwords - 1/19/21 3:15 PM

The Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations kicks off its 2021 Employer Panel Series with a virtual discussion titled "Breaking Down Buzzwords" on Thurs., Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Researchers in the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence are shown conducting fatigue testing.

Auburn Engineering posts banner year for research in fiscal year 2020 - 12/23/20 10:23 AM

The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has again posted a banner year for externally sponsored projects, bringing in more than $74 million in awards during fiscal year 2020. 

Virginia Davis

Chemical engineering professor receives Breeden Professorship - 12/2/20 4:03 PM

Virginia Davis, who most recently held the Alumni Professorship in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the Dr. Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden Professor. A college-wide honor, the Breeden Professorship is reserved for faculty who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their students, research and service.

Nathan Wall

#GINNing Podcast: Chemical engineering senior dishes on Dawn duties - 11/21/20 12:00 AM

A new day is about to Dawn for Nathan Wall.

Engineering Spirit Week events will kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

College to host Engineering Spirit Week events - 11/12/20 3:20 PM

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will host a series of events to celebrate Engineering Spirit Week, kicking off on Wednesday, Nov. 18 on the Gavin Gardens in front of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center.

From left, CEGS faculty advisor and aerospace engineering department chair Brian Thurow; Billur Kazaz, civil and environmental engineering graduate student; Vinita Shinde, chemical engineering graduate student; Jacob Larson, mechanical engineering graduate student; and Maria Auad, associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development.

Finish in Five competition fosters strong presentation skills - 11/9/20 8:25 AM

The Council of Engineering Graduate Students recently hosted the 2020 Finish in Five grand finale. Billur Kazaz, graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the top prize.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is hosting a virtual graduate school fair on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Chemical engineering to host virtual graduate school fair - 10/12/20 10:15 AM

Prospective graduate students are invited to participate in a virtual graduate school fair on Thursday, Oct. 15 hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University.

From left, K-Rob Thomas, Virginia Davis and Tim McCartney

Gov. names chemical professor, two engineering alums to AL STEM Council - 10/7/20 4:27 PM

Gov. Kay Ivey recently announced the establishment of the Alabama STEM Council and named three individuals with Auburn Engineering ties as council members.

Chemical engineering sophomore Collins McMurray

Chemical sophomore to serve as Miss Auburn University for second term - 10/1/20 4:10 PM

Collins McMurray, chemical engineering sophomore, will serve a second term as Miss Auburn University due to the postponement of the 2020 pageant year by the Miss America Organization as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council recognized five alumni as Distinguished Auburn Engineers, three as Outstanding Young Auburn Engineers and the college’s former director of communications and marketing for his Superior Service.

AU Alumni Engineering Council honors nine with college’s highest awards - 9/28/20 9:00 AM

Eight outstanding alumni and one longtime employee of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering were honored during a virtual ceremony Friday, Sept. 25, by the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council for their distinguished professional careers. These alumni include five who were recognized as Distinguished Auburn Engineers, three as Outstanding Young Auburn Engineers and the college’s former director of communications and marketing for his Superior Service.

Robert Pantazes (second from left) with graduate students Ritankar Bhattacharya (left), Varun Chauhan (center) and Sumaiya Islam (right).

Assistant professor wins major NIH award to develop therapeutic proteins - 9/10/20 2:05 PM

Robert Pantazes will further his research in developing and experimentally testing computational methods to design therapeutic proteins with a $1.75 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Assistant professor Bryan Beckingham, right.

Assistant professor wins college’s first DOE Early Career Award - 9/4/20 9:25 AM

Bryan Beckingham has become the first faculty member from the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to receive an award through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program.

Auburn University faculty members Robert Ashurst, Virginia Davis and Maria Soledad Peresin

Faculty exploring advanced biosensors with State of Alabama grant funding - 9/3/20 4:30 PM

Auburn University faculty members from the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Forestry and Wildlife Sciences are exploring the use of nanocellulose in the development of such low cost, rapid, point of care/use biosensors with an award from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).

Bryan Beckingham and Lauren Beckingham

Assistant professors to 3D print reactive rocks with innovative NSF award - 8/19/20 2:45 PM

Assistant professors Lauren Beckingham and Bryan Beckingham are collaborating on a project to 3D print reactive rocks to study geochemical reactions.