Category: From the Dean

From the Dean

At the end of each semester, I have the distinct honor of addressing and shaking hands with each of our amazing graduates during the engineering commencement ceremony. This spring’s event was no exception. During the ceremony, two particular graduates caught my attention with their awe-inspiring stories. Sam Cerio, our superstar gymnast who earned SEC Co-Scholar…



From the Dean

I enjoy writing these columns in Auburn Engineering because it gives me the opportunity to bring our readers up to date on our academics, our research, our people and our building program, and the bold new direction we’re taking. I am going to do something a little different this time, which is to keep my…




From the dean: Spring 2018

It’s amazing to look back on the past year as we begin the summer semester. We continue to reach new milestones in the growth of the quality of our programs, our faculty, our students and our facilities. We just dedicated the pavilion area to Broun Hall, the result of a generous gift by Dorothy Davidson…



From the dean: Fall 2017

Not long after I became dean I found a friend in Melissa Herkt, a 1977 civil engineering graduate who has a track record of accomplishment that has literally taken her around the world. I am happy to say she finally landed in Auburn, and has translated her energy and business acumen into a strong relationship…



From the dean: Spring 2017

As I walked down the Ginn Concourse and through the Carroll Commons early this morning, I enjoyed chatting with students and faculty about their upcoming final exams and their plans and aspirations for the summer term. It was hard for me to believe that the spring semester had already approached its close here in the…




From the dean: Fall 2016

Each academic year welcomes many new faces to campus, as thousands of freshmen descend upon the Plains. But here at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, we’ve added even more new faces this year as we’ve welcomed dozens of new faculty members to our team. These talented researchers, scholars and instructors represent the most significant…




From the dean: Spring 2016

We are continuing on an amazing trajectory in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, as this year the college reached its highest enrollment to date with a total of 5,818 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to our student enrollment, our facilities are also growing. The former Textile Building — now named the Gavin Engineering…




From the dean- Fall 2015

I am overjoyed to be able to share with you that, though it has only been half a year since the university’s Because This Is Auburn $1 billion campaign went into its public phase, the College of Engineering has already reached its initial goal of $200 million. This support, both pledged and in hand, will…




From the dean: Spring 2015

If you have not visited our engineering campus recently, let me tell you what an exciting place it is to be right now. We have attracted a world class faculty which has elevated our instruction and research programs to new levels of achievement, and therefore, we continue to attract the best and brightest incoming freshmen….




From the dean: Fall 2014

World events continue to illustrate that there is a critical need for the knowledge and expertise engineers provide in addressing the challenges that arise. Whether it is a civil engineer who works to ensure that our bridges and roadways remain safe, or a biosystems engineer who strives daily to meet the challenges and opportunities presented…