Monthly archives: June, 2011

CAREER path

Civil engineering faculty member Ahjeong Son has been recognized with the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early CAREER Development Program award and a grant of more than $430,000, a recognition that speaks directly to the far-reaching impact and contribution of her work in environmental science and engineering. Her research focuses on biosensors and gene quantification techniques…



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,…



Faculty Highlights – Spring/Summer 2011

Bob Ashurst, associate professor in chemical engineering, is partnering with Integrated Surface Technologies to make superhydrophobic coatings affordable and durable for consumer applications, such as a waterproof coating called Repellix for cellular phones, laptop computers and other electronic devices that could be damaged by rain, accidental drops in water or spills. His project is the…



Nerds in Engineering? Not on this Campus

The stereotype of engineering students as bookworms who spend all of their time in labs or studying has been inaccurate for years. Today, at Auburn, it has never been farther from the truth.  Our students are involved in a variety of other activities throughout campus, often accepting leadership roles in the organizations to which they…



Product Lifecycle Management: Siemens software benefits students

Auburn Engineering students now have access to product lifecycle management (PLM) technology which has previously been out of reach for the academic community. This opportunity is made possible through an in-kind grant from the Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in Product Lifecycle Management, or GO PLM program. The software grant, with a commercial value of…



Extreme Electronics

Electronics . . . we love them. In our cars, appliances and communications devices, these complex systems provide comfort, safety and entertainment. Increasingly, they are also being asked to do all of this and more under some very tough environmental conditions. Enter CAVE3, also known as Auburn University’s Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment…



It’s My Job: Gus Lott

Guss Lott, an ’01 electrical engineering and physics graduate, designs virtual reality systems for insects and rats in order to study their brains – bridging the worlds of neuroscience and engineering. ’01 Electrical Engineering, Physics ’07 Biophysics Ph.D., Cornell University Instrumentation systems engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Campus Ashburn, Virginia Typical day ….



Into the Lab: Aerospace

Operating lighter-than-air vehicles (LTAVs) in high altitudes can cause aerodynamic problems from turbulent flow environments that generate gusty and high magnitude winds. Roy Hartfield, faculty member in aerospace engineering, is investigating LTAV aerodynamics and studying their behavior to extend the range of radar, provide higher solar panel efficiencies and allow the removal of ground station…



Into the Lab: Biosystems

During the past decade, the Southeast has experienced several severe droughts which have resulted in losses in agricultural productivity, water use restrictions, water quality degradation and conflicts among water-use sectors and states. Faculty member Puneet Srivastava and colleagues have received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help reduce climate impact in…



Into the Lab: Chemical

Fuel ethanol is typically made from corn, but chemical engineering faculty member Y.Y. Lee and his team have been working to make ethanol from non-crop raw materials, such as agricultural residues, energy crops such as switch grass and hardwood and waste material that includes pulp mill sludges. While investigating a number of different feedstocks, Lee’s…