Monthly archives: June, 2012

From the Dean: Spring/Summer 2012

We are all engineers, hence numbers are an important part of what we do. When becoming dean of engineering at Auburn, an assessment was made of where the College of Engineering was, and where it should be going. Numbers played an important part. Now, more than a decade later, it is time to pause and…



It’s my job: Dan O’Leary

Dan O’Leary, a ’92 mechanical engineering graduate, has always embraced his inner geek. He is a founder of n-Space, an independent game development company that has worked on top-selling entertainment properties such as the Call of Duty Modern Warfare series and Heroes of Ruin for Nintendo DS. Dan O’Leary ’92 mechanical engineering CEO, n-Space Orlando,…



Faculty Highlights – Spring/Summer 2012

  Sabit Adanur, faculty member in polymer and fiber engineering, recently gave the commencement speech at Marmara University’s College of Engineering graduation ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey. He was invited to speak by M. Zafer Gul, the university’s president. With a student population of 60,000 and 3,000 faculty members, Marmara is one of the largest universities…



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…



Super Scanner

The university’s 7 Tesla MRI scanner arrived for installation at the Auburn MRI Research Center in February. It is one of two actively shielded whole-body 7T MRI scanners in the Southeast, and one of only 30 7T scanners worldwide. The unit will be used solely for research, providing dynamic images of how the brain functions….



May the Best Car Win

Auburn Engineering hosted more than 1,000 college students from around the globe April 20-22 for Baja SAE Auburn 2012. Teams went head-to-head with their off-road vehicles on a specially designed course at Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology, competing in design and technical inspection, as well as acceleration, land maneuverability, hill climb and a four-hour…



Bridges of Distinction

Linda Figg, a 1981 civil engineering graduate and president and CEO of FIGG Bridge Engineers, was recognized as a Woman of Distinction by Auburn’s Women’s Resource Center this February for her many professional and civic accomplishments. Figg has established new bridge technologies that are invaluable to the long-term viability of our nation’s infrastructure and has…



Father of the Airbag

Thanks to George F. Kirchoff, a 1955 engineering physics graduate, we can drive easy. Kirchoff worked for 35 years — with Thiokol Inc., Morton International and Autoliy Inc. — to develop a successful airbag, and he has the patents to show for it. He didn’t invent the airbag, per se, but he did perfect it,…



National Geographic Daily News

Auburn Engineering received national visibility when faculty members Prabhakar Clement and Joel Hayworth in the Department of Civil Engineering were featured in National Geographic daily news to discuss finding traces of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the sands of Orange Beach, Ala., as recently as February. The researchers have been investigating the effects of…



They Came from Auburn

A new book chronicling the history of Auburn University’s College of Engineering is slated for release this summer. They Came from Auburn: A History of Engineering in the New South spans the period from 1857 to the present. “It will be the definitive history of Auburn’s College of Engineering,” says author Art Slotkin, ‘68 aerospace…