Category: 5 Minutes With

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…




5 minutes with Bill Goodwin

There is nothing particularly special about Bill Goodwin’s office on the second floor of the west wing of the Shelby Center. His desk is neat, but not obsessively so. The stuff in his office is also just what you would expect. Some pictures. Bookshelves with the kinds of texts, manuals and miscellany that walks into…




5 Minutes With… Steve Duke

After serving 17 years in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Steve Duke is eagerly embracing his new role as the college’s associate dean for academics. After graduating from Georgia Tech, and working in Texas, Duke moved to Illinois where he earned his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering. He moved south again to chart a…




5 Minutes With… Lorenda Ward

Lorenda Ward, ’90 and ’92 aerospace engineering, is a senior investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C. She investigates aviation crashes and incidents around the globe. Most recently, she traveled to western Japan to assist the Japan Transport Safety Board after an All Nippon Airways-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s alarm system indicated…




5 Minutes With… Christopher B. Roberts

Growing up in the small town of St. Genevieve, Mo., Chris Roberts was surrounded by music — more importantly, by musical instruments. His father owned a music store and it was where Roberts hung out after school. His favorite part was fiddling around with the instruments, a pastime that would largely influence his career choice…




5 Minutes With… Jessica Dewberry

Jessica Dewberry is the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s undergraduate student recruiter, serving the college since July 2011. A 2009 graduate of Auburn University, she is constantly on the go, traveling to college fairs across the region in support of Auburn Engineering. With an engineering degree of her own, Dewberry knows first-hand what it takes…



5 Minutes With… Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan—who arrived on the Auburn campus Sept. 1, 1971 as an assistant professor of civil engineering — retired on August 31 as associate dean of academics in the College of Engineering, a position he has held for the past decade. Now professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lipscomb…



5 Minutes With … Phillip and Margaret Forsythe

In March 1981, Margaret Long was a senior in mechanical engineering – in fact, the only female in the major to graduate that quarter. Phillip Forsythe was also a senior mechanical student. Their paths crossed in January of that year and have remained that way, ultimately leading to the creation of Forsythe and Long Engineering,…