Category: 5 Minutes With

Frank Cilluffo poses on the campus of Auburn University.

5 Minutes with Frank Cilluffo

Frank Cilluffo has helped position Auburn as the new national leader in cyber research.



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…



5 minutes with Ashley Gann

Ashley Gann, ’05 aerospace engineering, is a wife, mother, meteorologist and Mrs. Alabama International 2017. Gann knew at the age of 12 that she wanted to forecast the weather and as the morning meteorologist for CBS 42 in Birmingham, she hopes to inspire the next generation of scientists by proving that all engineers aren’t created…




5 minutes with Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is the associate dean of research in the College of Engineering. He previously served as the head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida and went on to obtain his doctorate, also in agricultural engineering, from Texas A&M….




5 minutes with Linda Figg

Linda Figg, ’81 civil engineering, knows how to bridge the gap. As president and chief executive officer of FIGG Bridge Group, Figg has a keen eye for the design and construction of the structural marvels. From an early age, Figg always knew she wanted to combine her love of nature with math and science to…




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…




5 minutes with Grady Cox

Grady Cox served successful terms as dean of the School of Engineering from 1969-72, and again from 1979-80, when the college began to evolve into what it is today. He also spent several years in Auburn’s central administration as executive vice president. Cox reflects on his time at the university, and shares what life is…




5 minutes with Melinda Sava

A wife, a mother of three boys all under the age of 6, and an Auburn engineer who became a doctor – whew! How does she do it all? Melinda Sava, a 2001 chemical engineering honors college graduate, says she’s still trying to figure it out and owes much of her maternal and professional successes…




5 minutes with Kevin Cullinan

  He thought he’d attend college at another school – not Auburn. He thought he’d pursue another career – not engineering. Thanks to Auburn University’s cooperative education (co-op) program, Kevin Cullinan is an ’09 chemical engineering graduate who is enjoying life in Japan as an ExxonMobil execution planning engineer. He is giving back to his…