Category: Into the Lab

Into the lab: Aerospace Engineering

Anwar Ahmed, professor of aerospace engineering, is using an optical diagnostics technique that was modified to accommodate multiple laser beams to measure the optical path length and convective velocities in high speed flows that are dominated by eddy rotation in addition to translation. The four-beam Malley probe was developed with support from Kirtland Air Force…




Into the lab: Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Biosystems Engineering has renovated the courtyard adjacent to the department’s main classroom building to serve as a multi-purpose research and recreational area for students and faculty. The Corley Courtyard retrofit, supported in part by a grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, provides two landscaped areas that are designed for ecological…




Into the lab: Chemical Engineering

James Radich, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is researching the interfaces between different nanomaterials. Technologies rarely use only one type of material, and understanding the interaction between nanomaterial interface, especially relating to sustainable energy systems, is the core focus of Radich’s research. Semiconductor nanomaterials capture sunlight and can convert it to electricity or chemical fuels….




Into the lab: Civil Engineering

J. Brian Anderson, associate professor of civil engineering, is collaborating with the Alabama Department of Transportation for the next three years to investigate solutions to remediate swelling clays found under roads in western Alabama while keeping the routes open. Shrinking and swelling soils, sometimes called expansive soils, are typically the result of the presence of…




Into the lab: Computer Science and Software Engineering

Alvin Lim, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, is developing a mobile system that will provide accurate GPS positioning and navigational information for mobile devices in environments that currently disrupt data transfer, such as indoors, urban canyons and under tree canopies. Other positioning systems require sophisticated hardware that is not cost-effective, or use…




Into the lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shumin Wang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a $407,000 National Institutes of Health grant todevelop a new technique that will combine transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to facilitate the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy. As the principal investigator,…




Into the lab: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and low back pain are among the single largest category of workplace injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and account for nearly 30 percent of all workers’ compensation costs. To advance research in the reduction of workplace-related injuries and the development of occupational safety…




Into the lab: Mechanical Engineering

Robert Jackson, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the tribology and lubrication science minor, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $245,781 to improve the performance and reliability of electrical connectors. The project is in collaboration with Columbia University and Tyco Electronics. Electrical connectors are crucial in any electronic and power…




Into the lab: Polymer and Fiber Engineering

Ed Davis, faculty member in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, has received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how controlled release methods can be used to improve understanding of how mercury exposure affects brain development. Davis is collaborating with Chris Newland, faculty member in the Department of Psychology….




Into the Lab: Aerospace Engineering

Joseph Majdalani, Auburn Alumni Engineering Council endowed professor and chair of aerospace engineering, and Joshua Batterson, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, are studying the oscillatory behavior and vibratory response, known as combustion instability, of chemical rockets, gas turbines and large combustors. These researchers are investigating the behavior of resonant combustion modes and acoustic instabilities which…