Monthly archives: November, 2012

Into the Lab: Aerospace

Brian Thurow, W. Allen and Martha Reed associate professor in aerospace engineering, is working to adapt a camera technology called a plenoptic camera, or light-field camera, to study new methods for 3D velocity measurements in turbulent flows. Plenoptic cameras use a microlens array placed near an image sensor to record both the position and angle…




Into the Lab: Biosystems

Biosystems engineering faculty members Steve Taylor, Tim McDonald, Oladiran Fasina, John Fulton and Sushil Adhikari are collaborating with forestry and wildlife science faculty members Tom Gallagher, Mathew Smidt and Brian Via, as well as Auburn forest engineering alumni Frank Corley, president of Corley Land Services, and Johnny Boyd, forest engineer at Tigercat, to develop a…




Into the Lab: Chemical

Allan David, John W. Brown assistant professor in chemical engineering, is conducting research in “smart nanomaterials,” nanoparticles and nanocomposites that respond to changes in their environment. While David will explore a wide array of applications for “smart nanomaterials,” his primary focus will be biomedicine. One project, for example, will utilize multimodal imaging agents to improve…




Into the Lab: Civil

Ahjeong Son, assistant professor in environmental engineering, is developing a miniaturized, transportable pathogen detection tool that is the size of a briefcase for in-situ monitoring of Alabama’s water resources. Her detection technique is based on the use of both fluorescent and magnetic nanoparticles which will be specifically assembled together only in the presence of the…




Into the Lab: Computer Science and Software

Saad Biaz, faculty member in computer science and software engineering, hosted Auburn’s 10th Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on smart unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this summer. An REU is an 8-10 week summer program funded by the National Science Foundation to introduce undergraduate students to research and encourage them to pursue graduate studies. Auburn’s REU…




Into the Lab: Electrical and Computer

Electrical and computer engineering faculty member Shumin Wang is looking deep — he is researching the use of 7 Tesla (T) MRI scanners for deep-brain imaging. Wang is investigating a new phased array transceiver technique that combines safe, anatomy-specific radio frequency transmission and low-noise multi-channel signal reception in a single device to produce improved visuals…




Into the Lab: Mechanical

Hareesh Tippur, McWane professor in mechanical engineering, has been awarded a three year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a full-field digital stress gradient sensor that can optically measure small angular deflections of light rays to one thousandth of a degree in transparent structural materials that are subjected to mechanical loads. Tippur’s new…




Into the Lab: Industrial and systems

Industrial and systems engineering faculty members Jerry Davis, Rich Sesek and Sean Gallagher have been awarded two grants totaling $1.5 million from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to support occupational safety and ergonomics and occupational injury prevention graduate programs in the department. “We are very pleased that our peer-reviewed proposals have…




Into the Lab: Polymer and fiber

Maria Auad, associate professor in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, will lead an institute on environmentally-friendly materials. She has been awarded a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant to organize and direct the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute, a jointly supported initiative between the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation to foster collaborations…




From the Dean: Fall/Winter 2013

I am pleased to have recently begun my tenure as dean of engineering following the retirement of Larry Benefield. Dr. Benefield did a truly outstanding job in his 14 years as dean, most notably as a visionary leader who transformed the face of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Our college advanced in numerous capacities…