2020 in review: Top Auburn Engineering stories of the year

Chris Anthony | 12/30/20

Auburn engineers did so much in 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic all the while achieving some pretty remarkable achievements, including opening the state-of-the-art Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory and maintaining the college's top 30 public ranking.


2020 in review: Top #GINNing podcasts of the year


Here's the Top 5 most downloaded #GINNing Podcast episodes during this unprecedented year. 


#GINNing Podcast: Autonomous meets Indianapolis

Jeremy Henderson | 12/27/20

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.


Auburn online computer science degree ranked among nation’s top 10

Chris Anthony | 12/24/20

Auburn University’s online Bachelor of Computer Science program has been ranked among the nation’s top online computer science programs, according to Computer Science Degree Hub. The program earned the ranking based on its estimated cost, return on investment and graduation rate.


2020 in review: Top Auburn Engineering videos of the year

Cassie Montgomery | 12/24/20

Auburn Engineering counts down the top five most watched videos of 2020 across all of our social media platforms.


Auburn Engineering posts banner year for research in fiscal year 2020

Chris Anthony | 12/23/20

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. 


#GINNing Podcast: Feel the Bern

Jeremy Henderson | 12/20/20

Bernie Moussad just graduated from Auburn University with a 4.0 GPA in computer engineering. If you think that sounds hard, try living with the name "Bernie" for the last four years.


Aerospace engineering researchers featured on cover of Physics of Fluids

Cassie Montgomery | 12/18/20

A journal paper authored by two researchers from the Department of Aerospace Engineering was recently a featured article on the cover of the Physics of Fluids.


Auburn researchers awarded IEEE Jack Neubauer Memorial Award

Chris Anthony | 12/15/20

Auburn researchers Shiwen Mao, Xuyu Wang, Lingjun Gao and Santosh Pandey were awarded the 2020 Jack Neubauer Memorial Award for producing the best paper published in the past five years for the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.


Be the Creed: Dwynell Piner


Dwynell "Dee" Piner has been an uplifting presence in the Shelby Center since its doors opened in 2007. A high visibility cleaner, Piner is one of three members on the day shift in the Shelby Center and the crew is responsible for providing a safe, clean and healthy environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, no small task during a pandemic. ⁠


Auburn taps prominent cybersecurity expert to lead research for McCrary Institute

Austin Phillips | 12/14/20

Marcus Sachs, a security executive with nearly 40 years of public and private sector professional experience, was announced today as the McCrary Institute’s deputy director for research. Sachs, whose appointment was effective Dec. 1, will lead, coordinate and expand the institute’s cyber and critical infrastructure security research portfolio. He will initially serve as Auburn’s principal investigator supporting a multi-institution initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to create a national network of institutes that will educate and train dynamic and diverse cybersecurity professionals.


#GINNing Podcast: Civil grad discusses new scholarship, old times

Jeremy Henderson | 12/12/20

On the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast, Patrick Duke, '99 civil engineering, reflects on Auburn's role in his healthcare industry career, and on what inspired him to establish the Janice Duke James Soaring Eagle Diversity Endowed Scholarship in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.    Oh — and on Hueytown. 


Legislators, transportation officials marvel at new Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory

Jeremy Henderson | 12/11/20

Organized by Rep. Margie Wilcox and Alabama Transportation Planners Association (ATPA) President Kevin Harrison, the event doubled as the ATPA's Southeast Region meeting and allowed representatives of several Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Planning Organizations an up-close look at the game-changing resources the ASEL brings to the structural engineering research that will provide solutions to the nation’s growing infrastructure issues for years to come.


Legislators to hold statewide transportation meeting in new Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory

Jeremy Henderson | 12/10/20

Dozens of Alabama legislators will descend upon Auburn University’s brand new $22 million Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory (ASEL) on Friday, Dec. 11, as part the legislature’s Joint Transportation Committee’s “Alabama Roadshow,” a weeklong statewide tour intended to provide a workshop environment for legislators to interact with local planners.


ASTM International, Auburn receive America Makes award for additive manufacturing cybersecurity training

Chris Anthony | 12/08/20

ASTM International and Auburn University have been awarded more than $260,000 in funding from America Makes for the development of additive manufacturing cybersecurity training.


Aerospace researcher to study surface samples returned from asteroid Ryugu

Cassie Montgomery | 12/08/20

A small space capsule containing surface samples taken from asteroid Ryugu has returned to Earth and researchers including Auburn's Masatoshi Hirabayashi, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, are eager to examine its contents.


Auburn debuts $22 million state-of-the-art structural engineering laboratory

Jeremy Henderson | 12/07/20

On Monday, Auburn University strengthened its reputation as the premiere destination for structural engineering research by opening the doors on a $22 million state-of-the-art laboratory that will provide solutions to the nation's growing infrastructure issues for years to come.


#GINNing Podcast: Google-bound graduate marshal gabs with #GINNing gang

Jeremy Henderson | 12/04/20

There's nothing artificial about Andrew McGehee's intelligence. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's latest graduate marshal just finished his Auburn adventure with a 4.0 GPA, and he's gearing up for a great gig with a little gang called Google. 


Auburn purchases new technology to advance quantum research

Chris Anthony | 12/03/20

Auburn University's Broun Hall is now home to a Quantum Design Physical Property Measurement System that will allow faculty and students to advance research in materials for quantum information science.


Auburn chemical engineering professor receives Breeden Professorship

Chris Anthony | 12/02/20

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.


Auburn professor authors book on Age of Information concept

Chris Anthony | 11/18/20

Yin Sun, an electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, collaborated with a research group from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to produce the book, "Age of Information: A New Metric for Information Freshness."


Auburn Engineering faculty member receives NIH award to shed light on 'dark' protein families

Chris Anthony | 11/18/20

Assistant professor Debswapna Bhattacharya's $1.86 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institutes of Health is the second major award he has received this year, following a $550,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award.


#GINNing Podcast: Riding the Wave

Jeremy Henderson | 11/13/20

On the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast, mechanical engineering senior Zac Young discusses acing the 2020 SEC Student Pitch Competition with a goldmine of a gadget called the Wave Timer. 


College to host Engineering Spirit Week events

Cassie Montgomery | 11/12/20

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.


Mechanical engineering senior awarded prestigious climate control industry scholarship

Jeremy Henderson | 11/12/20

Christian Fauer, a senior in mechanical engineering, has received the Duane Hanson Scholarship presented by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air- Conditioning (ASHRAE).


Aerospace engineering lab researches polymer possibilities

Cassie Montgomery | 11/09/20

The Auburn University Polymer Mechanics Research Laboratory is dedicated to improving our understanding of polymers, materials that yield endless possibilities and surround us in our daily lives.


Finish in Five competition fosters strong presentation skills

Cassie Montgomery | 11/09/20

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.


#GINNing Podcast: Researching the Research Engineer

Jeremy Henderson | 11/06/20

What exactly is a research engineer? Christian Brodbeck, one of the best around, enlightens us on the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast. 


Engineering Drive road closure scheduled for Nov. 9-13

Jeremy Henderson | 11/06/20

Engineering Drive between Ramsay Hall and Harbert Center will be blocked the week of Nov. 9-13 to accommodate workers moving equipment from Harbert Center into the new Advanced Structural Engineering Lab.  


Auburn Engineering faculty members named Godbold Chairs

Chris Anthony | 11/04/20

Fa Foster Dai and Adit Singh, electrical and computer engineering professors, have been named Bryghte D. and Patricia M. Godbold Chairs. The distinguished title is awarded to faculty members who show a commitment to student instruction and a dedication to quality research. 


Aerospace engineering assistant professor reports asteroid surface sampling a success

Cassie Montgomery | 11/04/20

Aerospace engineering assistant professor Masatoshi Hirabayashi reports a recent NASA mission to collect surface material from Asteroid Bennu, a carbonaceous asteroid more than 321 million kilometers from Earth, was successful.


Industrial and systems professor featured in industry publication spotlight


Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor of industrial and systems engineering, was recently highlighted by the College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education.


#GINNing Podcast: Mechanical engineering grad talks the Auburn Dream

Jeremy Henderson | 10/30/20

From Lagos, Nigeria to Auburn, Alabama to Charlotte, North Carolina, John Udochi is living the dream.  Listen to him discuss his incredible engineering journey on the latest episode of #GINNing. 


Industrial and systems engineering senior earns Frank Vandegrift Award

Cassie Montgomery | 10/29/20

Parth Ranchhod, an industrial and systems engineering senior, has received the 2020 Frank Vandegrift Co-Op Student of the Year Award.


Civil and Environmental professor receives $1.3 million grant from DoD

Jeremy Henderson | 10/28/20

Natalie Cápiro, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a $1.3 million grant by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) for her project “Development of Predictive Tools for Assessment of Natural Attenuation Capacity and Treatment Transition at Chlorinated Solvent Sites.” 


Mechanical engineering senior wins SEC Pitch entrepreneurial competition


Zac Young says that Vulcan Line Tools would not exist without the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.


#GINNing Podcast: The Legend of Nelda

Jeremy Henderson | 10/23/20

Judging by the latest episode of #GINNing, Nelda Lee, '69 aerospace engineering, was most definitely in the right room.


Civil engineering graduate named ALDOT chief engineer

Jeremy Henderson | 10/21/20

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


Auburn University announces 2020 Faculty Award winners


Auburn University will recognize a group of outstanding faculty members and their contributions to the institution’s instruction, research and outreach mission at the university’s annual Faculty Awards on Nov. 18.


AU lean manufacturing lab builds future generation of engineers

Cassie Montgomery | 10/14/20

Auburn's unique lean manufacturing lab helps students literally build their engineering skills through the understanding of an industrial production line.


Chemical engineering to host virtual graduate school fair

Cassie Montgomery | 10/12/20

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.


#GINNing Podcast: The Pavement Powers of Benjamin Bowers

Jeremy Henderson | 10/09/20

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


Gov. names chemical professor, two engineering alums to AL STEM Council

Cassie Montgomery | 10/07/20

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


Software engineering senior receives Best Poster Award for PolyFold research

Chris Anthony | 10/07/20

Andrew McGehee, a software engineering senior, won the Best Poster Award at the 11th ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics for his poster, “PolyFold: an interactive visual simulator for distance-based protein folding."


College partners with City of Auburn to meet advanced manufacturing needs

Cassie Montgomery | 10/07/20

Auburn Engineering and the City of Auburn have partnered to launch the Auburn Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.


Themes of self-advocacy, problem solving round out inclusion panel series

Cassie Montgomery | 10/05/20

Panelists from ExxonMobil, Southwire and NASA’s Marshall Space and Flight Center will advise students on how to handle the uncomfortable situations that sometimes arise in the workplace during a virtual panel on Wednesday, Oct. 7.


#GINNing Podcast: Attitude determines altitude for aerospace sophomore

Jeremy Henderson | 10/01/20

Dremere Woods is a Be the Creed honoree, a WayUp Top 100 list member and a two-time technical intern with GE Aviation. And he's only a sophomore.


Chemical sophomore to serve as Miss Auburn University for second term

Cassie Montgomery | 10/01/20

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.


Auburn civil engineering researchers awarded best paper for third consecutive year

Jeremy Henderson | 09/30/20

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.


Auburn Engineering faculty member appointed to two editorial roles at journals

Chris Anthony | 09/29/20

Auburn Engineering’s Masoud Mahjouri-Samani was recently appointed as senior editor of the Journal of Laser Applications (JLA) and associate editor of the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing (IJEM).


Panel to discuss bias in hiring practices in upcoming seminar

Cassie Montgomery | 09/28/20

A virtual panel discussion to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30 aims to address the notion of implicit bias in workplace hiring practices.


Auburn Alumni Engineering Council honors nine with college’s highest awards

Austin Phillips | 09/28/20

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.


FBI to unveil new cyber strategy during Auburn University virtual event

Austin Phillips | 09/27/20

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will unveil its new cyber strategy this week during a virtual event hosted by Auburn University’s McCrary Institute. The FBI's top cyber executives will discuss the Bureau's new cyber strategy during the event Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. CT.


#GINNing Podcast: New student services coordinator talks recruiting in the age of COVID

Jeremy Henderson | 09/25/20

Andrew McGill, new coordinator for student services in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, sat down with the #GINNing gang to discuss the state of recruiting — and mixed martial arts — in these unprecedented times.


Auburn, UCLA faculty teaming up to develop micro-scale magnetic shields

Chris Anthony | 09/24/20

Auburn Engineering's Mike Hamilton and Robert Candler from UCLA are working on a new technology that will use custom additively manufactured micro-scale shields to help protect electronics from magnetic fields, while also allowing integration of fiber optics for optical communication.


Panel series to kick off with discussion on inclusivity in workplace

Cassie Montgomery | 09/21/20

The first installment of a three-part panel series focusing on diversity and inclusion in the workplace will take place Wednesday, September 23.


#GINNing Podcast: '10 Wireless Software Engineering grad talks Auburn legacy

Jeremy Henderson | 09/20/20

Emily Traylor, ’10 wireless software engineering, is a third generation Auburn Engineer. But she didn't choose Auburn to maintain family tradition. She chose Auburn because of its pioneering Wireless Engineering program, the first of its kind in the nation.


McCrary Institute to host virtual event on election security amid COVID-19

Austin Phillips | 09/18/20

With Election Day just weeks away, many are concerned about the security of the process relating to cyber threats, voter registration databases and COVID-19. Auburn University’s McCrary Institute will host a virtual event to address those concerns Tuesday, Sept. 22, with special guest Matt Masterson, senior advisor for election security for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.


AEP helps engineering students find their college home at Auburn

Cassie Montgomery | 09/18/20

Three students share their experience joining the Engineering Academic Excellence Program after transferring to Auburn from community college.


Civil and Environmental engineering senior receives prestigious Chi Epsilon scholarship

Jeremy Henderson | 09/18/20

Civil and environmental engineering senior Allison Licavoli was recently awarded the 2020 John A. Focht National Chi Epsilon Scholarship. Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society, awards just 11 national and nine district scholarships annually.


DOD invests $9.9M in launch of Systems Engineering Technology program

Cassie Montgomery | 09/17/20

Auburn Engineering faculty are leading the development of a systems engineering technology program, utilizing a $500,000 award to kick off the pilot year of a five-year Department of Defense grant totaling $9.9 million.


Auburn Engineering holding virtual computer science camp this fall

Chris Anthony | 09/17/20

The free camp, Virtual Computer Science and Arts for All Jr. (CSA4All Jr.), will be held on Saturdays in October and early November from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with an hourlong lunch break. It is open to students in 6th through 8th grades.


Auburn aerospace engineering student named a Top 100 Intern by WayUp

Cassie Montgomery | 09/15/20

Dremere Woods, sophomore in aerospace engineering, was recently named to WayUp’s Intern 100 list for 2020.


Auburn ranked top 30 public engineering college by U.S. News and World Report

Chris Anthony | 09/14/20

This is the second consecutive year Auburn University has been ranked No. 29 among public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs rankings.


College to host virtual Engineering and Technology Career Fair

Cassie Montgomery | 09/14/20

The Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations (CDCR) in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will host a virtual Engineering and Technology Career Fair on Wednesday and Thursday, September 16 and 17.


NCAME cultivates additive manufacturing vendor partnerships for NASA

Jeremy Henderson | 09/14/20

Inside a state-of-the art 50,000-square foot South Dakota facility, within view of Mount Rushmore, one of the largest examples of subtractive manufacturing in the world, sits one of the world's largest additive manufacturing machines, or 3D printers for metal parts. And, thanks to the latest developments in Auburn University's public-private partnership with NASA, it's got a big job to do.


Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing wins $4.26M DOD award

Cassie Montgomery | 09/11/20

The Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems (ICAMS) at Auburn University has received a $4.26 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense to explore the digitalization of manufacturing and become a resource for small and medium manufacturers throughout the country.


#GINNing Podcast: ICAMS and the future of American Advanced Manufacturing

Jeremy Henderson | 09/11/20

The  U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded $4.26 million to the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems. Center director Greg Harris, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, explains why on the latest episode of #GINNing.


Assistant professor wins major NIH award to develop therapeutic proteins

Cassie Montgomery | 09/10/20

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).


Auburn Engineering professor named a 2020 Woman of Impact

Cassie Montgomery | 09/10/20

Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor, has been named a Woman of Impact by Yellowhammer Multimedia. Smith, a professor of industrial and systems engineering, is the first Auburn University faculty member to receive the distinction.


Auburn grad named 'rising star' by Civil + Structural Engineering magazine

Jeremy Henderson | 09/08/20

Wheeler Crook, ’05 civil engineering, has been named a 2020 “rising star” by Civil + Structural Engineering magazine.


#GINNing Podcast: The strength of 100+ Women Strong

Jeremy Henderson | 09/06/20

You can see it in the latest membership stats and hear it in the latest episode of #GINNing: The chemistry between Sam and Diane is palpable. No, we're not talking Sam Malone and Diane Chambers. We're talking the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Diane Sherrard, program administrator for the college's pioneering 100+ Women Strong program, which is gaining strength by the semester. 


Assistant professor wins college’s first DOE Early Career Award

Cassie Montgomery | 09/04/20

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.


Faculty exploring advanced biosensors with State of Alabama grant funding

Cassie Montgomery | 09/03/20

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).


Student Research Spotlight - Ayokunle Fadamiro


Ayokunle Fadamiro won second place in the category, University-Wide Graduate Student Winners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, during the 2020 Auburn Research: Virtual Student Symposium.


#GINNing Podcast: GRA discusses new Advanced Structural Engineering Lab, adapting to COVID-19

Jeremy Henderson | 09/01/20

What made Tyler Norman, '20 civil engineering, decide to continue to pursue structural engineering at Auburn as a graduate research assistant? Do you even need to ask? 


Three Auburn engineers featured in cybersecurity episode of ‘Reinventing School’

Chris Anthony | 08/28/20

McCrary Institute Director Frank Cilluffo and students Charlie Harper and Vicki McLendon were recently featured on a new episode of “Reinventing School,” a web series that examines the future of education as schools have increasingly shifted to digital platforms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Auburn Engineering hires first student initiatives administrator

Jeremy Henderson | 08/28/20

Jenny Sconyers, a former student services coordinator for the Office of Student Services in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering — and Auburn University’s newest Employee of the Year — has been hired as student initiatives administrator, a brand-new position within the college.


Biosystems students and faculty take home more ASABE awards

Jeremy Henderson | 08/27/20

Several faculty members and students in the Department of Biosystems Engineering recently took home awards at the annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International.


Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts director makes his #GINNing debut

Jeremy Henderson | 08/23/20

What's Sushil Adhikari, alumni professor of biosystems engineering, and the director of the cutting edge Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, passionate about? Well, I'll tell you: Biomass pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, torrefaction, biodiesel production and biomass gasification... if you know what I mean.


CEE professor selected for American Concrete Institute’s Technical Activities Committee

Jeremy Henderson | 08/20/20

Anton Schindler, the Mountain Spirit Professor of civil and environmental engineering, was recently selected to serve a three-year term as a voting member of the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI) Technical Activities Committee (TAC).


Assistant professors to 3D print reactive rocks with innovative NSF award

Cassie Montgomery | 08/19/20

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


Auburn researcher awarded $2.6 million NIH grant for cancer immunotherapy research

Jeremy Henderson | 08/18/20

Pengyu Chen, assistant professor of materials engineering, was recently awarded a $2.6 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a biosensor designed to guide a novel immunotherapy for better treating cancer, specifically leukemia.


FAA invests $3 million in Auburn University additive manufacturing research

Jeremy Henderson | 08/17/20

Thanks to a recent $3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) at Auburn University will soon initiate a two-year project focused on improving commercial air travel through the use of 3D-printed (or additively manufactured) metal components. 


Civil and Environmental professor talks water worries on #GINNing Podcast

Jeremy Henderson | 08/16/20

Frances O'Donnell, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses the wet and wild world of ecohydrology on the latest episode of #GINNing. 


Engineering student services coordinator named Auburn University's Employee of the Year

Jeremy Henderson | 08/14/20

Jenny Sconyers, a student services coordinator in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Office of Student Services, is one of Auburn University's newest Employees of the Year.


Auburn Engineering to offer free virtual lectures on biomechanics to alumni, public

Jeremy Henderson | 08/13/20

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is condensing the most popular material from a recently developed “Biomechanics and Engineering in the Arts” study abroad program into an online lecture series that Auburn alumni and members of the general public can virtually attend free of charge.


Roppel talks robots, R2D2 on latest #GINNing Podcast

Jeremy Henderson | 08/09/20

A life-sized R2D2 is just one of the wacky wonders Thaddeus A. Roppel, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, has brought to life in his robotics lab.  Hear his thoughts on the future of artificial intelligence on the latest episode of #GINNing. 


Professor delivers keynote address to IEEE Midwest Industry Conference

Cassie Montgomery | 08/07/20

Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Professor of industrial and systems engineering, discussed designing engineering systems inspired by nature in the keynote address of the 2020 Midwest Industry Conference hosted by IEEE. The keynote address focused on the challenges in engineering system design and harnessing the power of natural systems.


Auburn student’s ergonomics model helps GM produce ventilators

Cassie Montgomery | 08/07/20

An ergonomics model developed by an industrial and systems engineering doctoral student has helped General Motors transform a production line to produce ventilators to aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus.


Additive manufacturing partnership positions Centers for Polymers and Advanced Composites to aid aerospace

Jeremy Henderson | 08/06/20

SWIGRO recently gifted a Sintratec KIT, an SLS 3D printer, to Auburn University's Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites (CPAC) to, in part, hasten aerospace industry adoption of AM technology.


AEP, COSAM celebrate close of first virtual STEM Summer Bridge Program

Cassie Montgomery | 08/06/20

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics recently celebrated the close of the first virtual STEM Summer Bridge Program for incoming engineering, science and math freshmen.


Auburn Engineering associate dean named ABET fellow for accreditation leadership

Chris Anthony | 08/05/20

Associate Dean Jeffrey Fergus earned the fellow designation “for leadership ensuring high-quality training of program evaluators and team chairs, a smooth transition to the new engineering criteria and laying the foundation for virtual visits within the EAC (Engineering Accreditation Commission),” according to ABET.


Oldfather, New Doctor: Auburn's newest biomechanics Ph.D sits down with #GINNing

Jeremy Henderson | 08/02/20

Taylor Oldfather, the newest Ph.D product out of Auburn's Biomechanical Engineering Lab, sat down to discuss her engineering journey and the biomechanics of ballet on the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast. 


Tauritz tapped as interim director of Auburn Cyber Research Center

Chris Anthony | 07/28/20

Associate professor Daniel Tauritz will lead more than a dozen faculty and staff affiliated with the center, which integrates cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods of protecting our nation's cybersecurity. His appointment began June 1.


Auburn’s Cilluffo to testify before House committee on intelligence and emerging threats and capabilities

Austin Phillips | 07/27/20

Auburn University’s Frank Cilluffo will once again testify in front of Congress on Thursday to address recommendations made by the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission in March.


Auburn's combined commencement ceremonies postponed indefinitely

Austin Phillips | 07/27/20

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.


Aerospace engineering students, alumnus honored by aeronautics institute

Cassie Montgomery | 07/27/20

Two students from the Auburn University Department of Aerospace Engineering and an alumnus of the department have been recognized by the Huntsville Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


Biosystems professor talks manure entrepreneurs on #GINNing

Jeremy Henderson | 07/26/20

Brendan Higgins, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, is doing his part to make sure nothing in this world goes to waste — not even waste.


Alexander reigns as first female to lead War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen


Ari Alexander, a 2020 industrial and systems engineering alumna, marked her senior year at Auburn as the first female president of the War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, the official hosts and hostesses of Auburn University.


Auburn renames civil engineering department to include environmental focus

Jeremy Henderson | 07/23/20

Civil Engineering is the oldest department in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, but it now has the newest name. In order to reflect its evolving educational mission, the department is now the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Waste Not, Feed Fish: USDA funds biosystems professor's alternative use for farm wastewater

Jeremy Henderson | 07/22/20

Brendan Higgins is doing his part to make sure nothing in this world goes to waste. Not even waste.  The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently funded the assistant professor of biosystems engineering's four-year project aimed at developing a three-step process that will transform nutrients found in dairy and swine industry manure wastewater into protein-rich fish feed.


Applying game theory to predict the future of satellite internet

Cassie Montgomery | 07/20/20

Satellite internet is the future of internet access, not only for the United States, but the rest of the world. Using game theory, aerospace engineering assistant professor Davide Guzzetti is working to predict how the satellite internet economy might play out in the years to come.


Flexible hybrid electronics explained on #GINNing Podcast

Jeremy Henderson | 07/19/20

Rigid technologies are quickly going the way of the buffalo thanks to the research and vision of Auburn experts like Pradeep Lall.


Governor names two Auburn Engineers to Alabama innovation commission

Cassie Montgomery | 07/17/20

Alabama governor Kay Ivey announced the creation of the first statewide Innovation Commission and advisory council to promote entrepreneurial growth and innovation. Members of the commission's advisory council include two Auburn Engineering alumni - Zeke Smith and Chris Moody.


11 Auburn Engineering student-athletes earn First-Year SEC Academic Honors

Chris Anthony | 07/16/20

Eleven Auburn Engineering students were among the 131 Auburn University student-athletes named to the 2019-20 First-Year Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.


Auburn’s McCrary Institute, Air University join forces in strategic partnership


Auburn University’s McCrary Institute is partnering with Air University to examine challenges related to cyber and critical infrastructure security, for the purpose of advancing U.S. national security. The two entities will combine their extensive expertise on national security issues to spur dialogue and action on pressing problems and practical solutions.


Sharing donor relations success stories on #GINNing

Jeremy Henderson | 07/13/20

Learn how communications specialist Lauren Winton has put a new spin on donor relations success stories.


Auburn University launches ‘A Healthier U’ plan for safe return to campus this fall


Auburn has released details of A Healthier U, a plan for the return of students, faculty and staff this fall that encourages individual responsibility for the health of the campus community.


Interdisciplinary team to explore stress response with major NSF award

Cassie Montgomery | 07/08/20

A team of Auburn University faculty from departments across three disciplines will use a nearly $2 million National Science Foundation award to look at how environmental stressors initiate and prime stress responses, and when those responses influence an animal’s ability to pass genes to next generations.


Engineering grad pens history of Civil Engineering department

Jeremy Henderson | 07/07/20

It's official: No one knows the history of Auburn Engineering better than Art Slotkin.


New additive printers boost NCAME capabilities

Jeremy Henderson | 07/01/20

It's been only three years since Auburn University, through a public-private partnership with NASA, established the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) inside the recently renovated Gavin Research Laboratory. Yet, due to rapidly growing collaborative interest from additive manufacturing (AM) industry leaders, it's already getting cramped inside the center's state-of-the-art facilities.


Expert Answers: Auburn researcher explains how quantum encryption works

Chris Anthony | 07/01/20

Associate professor Mark Adams explains how researchers can use quantum physics to send a “key” to encrypt and decrypt messages from one ground station to another about 700 miles away through a satellite.


Network services director talks lessons learned during remote instruction on #GINNing

Jeremy Henderson | 06/29/20

Shannon Price, director of network services for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, is an unsung hero of the college's response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Assistant professor joins editorial board of prominent aerospace engineering journal

Cassie Montgomery | 06/24/20

Ehsan Taheri, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, has been invited to serve as an associate editor of the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications. The journal covers the general field of optimization and aerospace engineering, focusing on the mathematical optimization techniques and their applications to science and engineering.


Chemical engineering trio bringing safer MRI contrast agent to market

Cassie Montgomery | 06/23/20

The use of magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to diagnose a wide variety of diseases and conditions is a widespread practice. But for nearly 2 million patients globally who have poor kidney function, these diagnostic tools are unavailable due to the risks associated with potential long-term toxicity from the contrast agent. NanoXort LLC has a solution.


E-lections? Not so fast says Auburn information security expert

Jeremy Henderson | 06/22/20

Assistant professor of computer science and software engineering Drew Springall weighs the pros and cons of online voting on the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast.


Assistant professor aims to improve fuel cell efficiency with NSF award

Cassie Montgomery | 06/21/20

Maximizing the efficiency of solar fuel cells requires understanding the relationships between polymer membrane structure and the transport of ions and molecules. Chemical engineering assistant professor Bryan Beckingham will explore those relationships with a recent award from the National Science Foundation.


Auburn University building new autonomous vehicle research facility

Jeremy Henderson | 06/18/20

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 faculty member wins NSF CAREER Award for protein structure work

Chris Anthony | 06/18/20

Assistant professor Debswapna Bhattacharya's NSF CAREER project will include developing novel computational and data-driven methods to substantially improve protein structure refinement.


Industrial and systems doctoral student earns competitive STEM fellowship

Cassie Montgomery | 06/16/20

Auburn University doctoral student Ashley Yarbrough has been awarded a fellowship from the Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD), a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry and higher education.


Auburn's RE-InVENT project subject of APT documentary

Jeremy Henderson | 06/16/20

Alabama Public Television’s “Spotlight on Agriculture” documentary series recently devoted an entire hour-long episode to a unique Auburn engineering project that continues to make headlines across the country. 


Virtual panel to discuss job searching in challenging market

Cassie Montgomery | 06/15/20

On June 18 Auburn Engineering’s Office of Career Development and Corporate Relations (CDCR) will host a virtual panel discussion to offer advice to students seeking internship, co-op and full-time employment opportunities during a challenging job market. The panel will take place on Zoom at 12:00 p.m. CT.


Adams answers quantum cryptography questions on #GINNing

Jeremy Henderson | 06/14/20

Associate electrical and computer engineering professor Mark Adams discussed quantum encryption on the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast. 


Auburn’s first engineering management cohort successfully finishes pilot semester

Karen Hunley | 06/08/20

Eight Radiance Technologies employees successfully completed the first semester as a cohort, a new model implemented for the Master of Engineering Management program.


Mechanical professor honored with IEEE Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award

Jeremy Henderson | 06/08/20

Pradeep Lall, the John and Anne MacFarlane Endowed Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering, is the recipient of the IEEE Region 3 Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award for 2020, which recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the electrotechnology profession through teaching in industry, government or in an institution of higher learning. 


Barnes talks Advanced Structural Engineering Laboratory on #GINNing Podcast

Jeremy Henderson | 06/07/20

Associate professor Robbie Barnes weighs in on the wonders of civil engineering, and marvels at the latest monument to Auburn's structural engineering empire.


Professor profiled in Industrial and Systems Engineering Magazine

Cassie Montgomery | 06/03/20

An industrial and systems engineering professor and her recently published book were profiled in the June issue of Industrial and Systems Engineering Magazine. The book, Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Key Advances and Perspectives on Emerging Topics, chronicles female engineers’ contributions to the field.


Chemical engineering alumna helping bring COVID-19 vaccine to production

Cassie Montgomery | 06/01/20

The coronavirus has upended daily routines in the United States and according to health officials, the importance of developing a vaccine to ward against COVID-19 and return to normal life cannot be overstated. Several biotechnology companies have answered the call to develop a safe and effective vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, including Maryland-based Novavax Inc. where Auburn University alumna Katie Windham is working to help bring the vaccine to fruition.


DOE official will discuss securing the power grid in Auburn livestream June 2

Austin Phillips | 05/29/20

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Sean Plankey will offer remarks on the Department of Energy’s support of the energy sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be followed by a conversation with McCrary Institute Director Frank Cilluffo on other key issues.


NSF-funded project to study multiscale high-speed impacts on materials

Cassie Montgomery | 05/27/20

High speed impacts occur often in the aerospace and defense industries – from a bird striking an airplane to a micrometeorite colliding with a satellite. Understanding how materials such as plastics, metals and ceramics that make up airplanes and satellites respond to high-speed impacts can help engineers to design strong, lightweight and impact-resistant structures.


8 Auburn Engineering faculty named to 2020 promotion, tenure list

Chris Anthony | 05/27/20

Auburn University Provost Bill Hardgrave has announced the names of faculty who have been awarded promotion, tenure or both at Auburn University for 2020. Eight engineering faculty members were named to the list.


Two Auburn engineers receive LAUNCH grant funding


Engineering faculty members Zhihua Jiang and Majid Beidaghi will share $100,000 in LAUNCH funding after they emerged at the top of the pack from this year’s annual pitch competition, held virtually through Zoom.


Mechanical senior discusses California career plans on #GINNing Podcast

Jeremy Henderson | 05/25/20

With just a few months until graduation, mechanical engineering senior Logan Easterling has his eyes firmly on the prize — a job with a billion-dollar company in San Francisco.


College appoints Auad as new associate dean as part of administrative restructuring

Cassie Montgomery | 05/22/20

Maria Auad, the W. Allen and Martha Reed Endowed Professor of chemical engineering, has been named to the new position of associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. The appointment is effective June 1.


Auburn University awarded $1.31 million in research project funds from State of Alabama


Three Auburn University research projects have received a combined $1.31 million award, through a new program administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, or ADECA.


Auburn University announces cohort of 30 nationally-renowned senior fellows


Thirty national cyber and critical infrastructure security leaders are joining the McCrary Institute as senior fellows, adding their expertise toward development of practical solutions to national security challenges.


SwiftSku co-founder takes stock of his success on #GINNing podcast

Jeremy Henderson | 05/17/20

Can Mit Patel and Daniel Mazur, the latest Auburn Engineering students to dominate the annual Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition, harness big data and machine learning enough for independent convenience stores to compete with the big boys?