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2021 in review: Top #GINNing podcasts of the year

By Cassie Montgomery

Published: Dec 28, 2021 7:51:00 AM

Jessica "Dixie" Mills, '12 biosystems engineering Jessica "Dixie" Mills, '12 biosystems engineering

When it comes to getting to know the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, look no further than the award-winning #GINNing podcast, the best podcast in all of higher education. 

Here's the Top 5 most downloaded episodes of 2021: 

Steve Hamilton's eye closeup

5. Eyes of the Tiger

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. 

Jacob vonEschenbach

4. The Swoll Weevil

Don't mess with industrial and systems engineering senior  Jacob vonEschenbach. Just don't mess with him. Because when this Enterprise-bred walk-on warrior sees a challenge, he tackles it head on.

Anna Layne West

3. How the West Was Won

It's a classic tale of redemption and revelation. A young Alabama fan considering journalism comes to Auburn on a whim, takes one look at the engineering campus, and is forever changed.

This is how Anna Layne West was won over to Auburn Engineering.

Mike Ogles

2. Be Like Mike

Mike Ogles, a 1989 Auburn University mechanical engineering graduate who served the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering for several years as director of NASA programs, assistant director of the  National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) and as the driving force behind the  Auburn Makes initiative,  passed away Thursday, Oct. 14 after a six-month battle with cancer.

This special episode of the #GINNing Podcast honors the Auburn Man, next-level "The Andy Griffith Show" aficionado and engineering legend whose contributions to his alma mater's efforts to advance America's space program will be felt for generations.

Jessica Dixie Mills

1. Happy Trails

How  Jessica "Dixie" Mills' long hike through Auburn's Department of Biosystems Engineering took her to the summit of YouTube success.

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