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Faculty and Student Highlights

Faculty Highlights

W. Robert Ashurst, the Uthlaut Family Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Virginia Davis, the Alumni Professor of Chemical Engineering, were awarded a patent for their research on “Microdevices and methods of manufacture.” Their work focuses on making microelectromechanical systems from cellulose nanocrystals extracted from waste forest products and agricultural biomass.

Lorenzo Cremaschi, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was appointed associate editor of the Science and Technology for the Built Environment Journal by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

James Cross, professor of computer science and software engineering, was named a 2017 distinguished member by the Association for Computing Machinery for his educational contributions to computing, particularly his role in creating the jGRASP integrated development environment used in many computer science curricula.

Greg Harris, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, is the principal investigator on a $1.04 million project from the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute for research on digital supply chain practices and technologies. The project will result in the development of guides and strategies to accelerate the adoption of digital supply chain practices and technologies for original equipment manufacturers and small/medium manufacturers.

Elizabeth Lipke, the Mary and John H. Sanders Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Selen Cremaschi, the B. Redd Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, were awarded a $621,934 grant from the National Science Foundation for their research on cardiac tissue manufacturing.

Tony Overfelt, the William and Elizabeth Reed Professor of Materials Engineering, and Bart Prorok, professor of materials engineering, were awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for their research examining the use of X-ray computed tomography as a means to inspect metal components created through additive manufacturing.

Rod Turochy, the James M. Hunnicutt Associate Professor of Traffic Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, received the 2017 James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award from Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society.

Auburn University was awarded a $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help address a shortage of public sector cybersecurity professionals through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program. The program is overseen by David Umphress, the COLSA Corporation Cyber Security and Information Assurance Professor and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center, and Dean Hendrix, associate professor of computer science and software engineering.

Bogdan Wilamowski, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was elected to the Polish Academy of Sciences. His research on intelligent nonlinear systems with shallow and deep architectures was listed among the top accomplishments in Polish science by Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin.

Student Highlights

Aerospace engineering major Jill Joffe was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She will use the $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to pursue her graduate studies in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

James Smith, graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, was named co-winner of the 2017 Alton B. Zerby Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award from IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, the national honor society of IEEE.

The War Eagle Motorsports Formula SAE racing team won first place in half of the events at the 2018 FSAE Lincoln competition. The team finished in first place in the following events: acceleration, autocross, engineering design and skidpad.

Paul Kovacic, doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering, was named the 2018 Graduate Student of the Year by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Greater Hunstville Section.

Rachelle Minor, doctoral student in computer science and software engineering, was named a fellow of the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education program, which provides capacity-building experiences for early career researchers and developers who are members of the National Science Foundation’s Discovery Research K-12 projects.

Langston Williams, graduate student in aerospace engineering, was chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Abe M. Zarem Award for Distinguished Achievement from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation.

Mechanical engineering senior Collin Phillips was awarded the Legacy of Excellence Scholarship by the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Yalin Liu, doctoral student in civil engineering, received a Best Student Paper Award at the Transportation Research Board’s 2018 annual meeting for “Finite-element modeling and analysis of early-age cracking risk of cast-in-place concrete culverts.”

Yellow Card Financial, a startup cryptocurrency business created by finance major Chris Maurice and computer science major Justin Poiroux, took second place at the 2018 Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards national pitch competition in Dallas. The duo won first place in the regional competition held in Atlanta.

Cassie Jones, doctoral student in aerospace engineering, received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. The nationally competitive fellowship comes with a $38,400 annual stipend and is renewable for up to four years.

Xuyu Wang and Xiangyu Wang, graduate students in electrical and computer engineering, won a Best Student Paper Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications for “ResLoc: Deep Residual Sharing Learning for Indoor Localization with CSI Tensors.”

Aravind Tankasala, doctoral student in civil engineering, earned a Best Paper Award at the 2018 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting for “Risk of Thermal Cracking from use of Lightweight Aggregate in Mass Concrete.”

The student chapter of the American Concrete Institute was awarded an Excellent University Award in the 2017 ACI Awards for University Student Activities. Auburn was one of only 25 universities worldwide to receive the award.

Aerospace engineering major Nathaniel Reed won a $3,000 Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship from the American Helicopter Society.