Monthly archives: October, 2011

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…



It’s my job: Susana Santamaria

Susana Santamaria, a ’98 and ’03 civil engineering graduate, optimizes public transportation, working with GPS and travel demand forecasting software to implement intelligent transport systems that help us get from A to Z. Susana Santamaria ’98, ’03 civil engineering Senior transport consultant and associate Diadro Consulting Madrid, Spain Typical day . . . working with geographic information systems…



Congratulations are in order

Each year, the college recognizes the achievements of our faculty, students and alumni by hosting a spring awards ceremony. This year’s ceremony and reception were held in the auditorium at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on April 15. This exceptional group of individuals represents the best in engineering scholarship and practice. See the…



Sweet design

Cliff Welch, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, has turned drawing into a lucrative hobby. He submitted a winning drawing to Marzetti for the specialty food company’s caramel apple dip packaging design competition earlier this year. Welch designed a caramel wave that splashes over the company’s logo with apple slices floating in the dip. His concept…



From “Nerds” with love

Our story featured on the spring cover of Auburn Engineering, “Nerds in Engineering: Not on this Campus,” struck a chord (pun intended) with many of our readers, and some wrote to us to share their own stories. Paul S. Green, ’61 chemical engineering, told of his days in the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (API) marching band….



Man vs. machine

Bill Richardson, who graduated from Auburn in 1969 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, spent 26 years working for International Paper (IP) at a time when computer-control innovation was on the rise. Richardson and a team of co-workers, including Auburn engineering alums John Botts (’64 and ’66 mechanical engineering) and Wayne Dobson (’69 electrical…



Mark your calendar… start your engine

The college will host the 2012 Baja SAE Auburn competition April 19-22 at the National Center for Asphalt Technology test site in neighboring Opelika. Competition events include a design report and evaluation, acceleration, suspension, maneuverability, a hill climb and an endurance race. Auburn hosted the event in 2009 and 2006. This year’s race will feature…



Five more minutes with Rose-Gaelle Belinga

We spent five minutes with Rose-Gaëlle Belinga, graduate student in computer science and software engineering, for our spring/ summer 2010 issue, and followed up with her recently about her 10-week summer internship with financial advising giant Morgan Stanley in New York City. Belinga served as a technology analyst, helping to develop a Blackberry application for…



Breathe deeply

Auburn’s Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to study and develop advanced air filters for fuel cell systems. To remove airborne contaminants, fuel cell filters must operate efficiently while allowing air to pass through them with a minimal drop in pressure. We take our…



From the Dean: Fall/Winter 2012

As regular readers of this publication know, we have provided an overview of the college’s history in the past few issues, tracing the evolution of our programs from modest beginnings in the 1870s to where we stand today. In this fourth and final installment, we will cover a period of shrinking budgets that coincided with…