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Jim Killian poses on the campus of Auburn University.

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So, this is something a little different for me — a goodbye note that’s more than a few words long.



Samuel Ginn poses on the campus of Auburn University.

Leader of the Pack

In 2001, then Dean Larry Benefield set out on a course to dramatically improve the engineering educational programs at Auburn University. Samuel Ginn, ’59 industrial engineering, answered the call by donating $25 million and putting the college on an upward trajectory that continues to this day.



Sour Power

Bruce Tatarchuk, who has long been recognized for his work in catalysis and microfiber technologies, is taking a new direction in his research that looks to bold frontiers in energy. His latest effort is literally taking place at the end of a long road – in the scrublands of Texas where oil and gas fields…




5 Minutes With Victoria Jordan

Victoria Jordan grew up in Auburn and returned in her early career to pursue her master’s degree in industrial (’87) and her doctorate (’06). She credits that experience to building her passion for process improvement. Vice president of quality at Emory Healthcare, she also serves as performance improvement and analytics director for the Kennedy Initiative…



5 minutes with Kenneth Kelly

Kenneth Kelly, ’90 electrical engineering, has spent three decades in the power generation industry, working first with Alabama Power, then Georgia Power, and then Southern Power Company – before switching gears and moving to a position as CEO of First Independence Bank. A native of Eufaula, he lives in McDonough, Georgia, with wife Kimberly and…



Renaissance Woman

It never bothered Melissa Herkt – then or now – that she was one of three women to graduate in civil engineering in 1977. “I transferred into Auburn from a community college as a rising junior, and always found the Auburn campus friendly and open,” she recalls. “I was so focused on working and studying hard, and so set…



Key evaluator

Academic accreditation is an integral part of engineering education, and Auburn University is one of a number of institutions that offers ABET-accredited programs. The undergraduate engineering programs in the College of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The college’s computer science program is accredited by ABET’s Computing Accreditation Commission. Jeff Fergus,…




It’s my job: Will McCartney

Will McCartney, ’13 biosystems engineering Project Engineer Lendlease Corp. New York City A day in the work life . . . the company that I work for, Lendlease, is a leading international construction and development firm. The Lendlease New York office is located in midtown Manhattan, and the projects that I work on are all…




Winning formula

When the final scores came in at Formula West in Lincoln, Nebraska, this summer, feelings ran high on Auburn’s travel team – it was our first overall win in two decades of racing in what is arguably the Society of Automotive Engineers most challenging student contest. Auburn had come close before, finishing second, third, fourth and…




5 minutes with Todd May

  A veteran NASA program manager, Todd May was named director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in February of this year. As one of the space agency’s largest field installations, the center employs some 6,000 workers in various capacities. May also served as manager of the Space Launch System for a…