Monthly archives: November, 2012

War Eagle Kitty

Fictional folk hero Paul Bunyan had his big blue ox, Babe. A very real Auburn engineer and artist, James Dean Thomas (who later dropped Thomas from his name), electrical engineering ‘82 and a native of Fort Payne, Ala., has his little blue cat, Pete. Since 1999, Dean, a former engineer at Georgia Power turned artist,…




Run, Riddle, Run

Auburn engineer David Riddle, aerospace engineering ‘04 and ‘07 and Madison, Ala., native, is fast. Really fast. Riddle is a lead engineer at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, but he is also a competitive distance runner, competing in marathons and running ultra-distance races, those longer than a traditional 26.2 mile marathon. His personal best marathon time…




Show us what you got

Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering hosted the Engineering Graduate Research Showcase on Thursday, Sept. 13, and featured a graduate student poster showcase and competition in the Shelby Center Grand Foyer, as well as remarks by Engineering Dean Christopher Roberts and opportunities to network with faculty and students. Courtney Ober, chemical engineering graduate student…




Extreme rebating

Extreme couponing is so last year — extreme rebating has transformed engineering student Jonathan Hood’s budget. Hood, a doctoral student in computer science and software engineering, used his engineering know-how to opt out of student loans and instead invested in items that come with mail-in rebates to pay for his tuition. He has earned 337…




Faculty Highlights – Fall/Winter 2013

From the desk of . . . Sabit Adanur, faculty member in polymer and fiber engineering, gave a talk on higher education in the United States and participated in a panel discussion as part of a workshop at Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 6. The workshop, “Restructuring of Higher Education: Opportunities and Solutions,”…




Going Global: To Bolivia and Back

Editor’s Note: When Jim Killian, who directs communications and marketing for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, was invited to join a media team covering students traveling to Bolivia, he was not sure what to expect — just that it wouldn’t be a conventional assignment. A group of eight engineering students (and one in zoology)…




It’s my job: Diane Hickey-Davis

Diane Hickey-Davis, referred to by friends as “Dr. Diamond,” incorporates thin film diamond for global semiconductor companies. Pictured here in front of a Class 1000 clean room, she is holding a patterned diamond-on-silicon wafer designed for advanced computing. With a passion for conveying her love of engineering and science to others, she also leads demonstrations…




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…




A little help from your friends

The college’s Office of Engineering Student Services now offers free individual and group tutoring sessions to all engineering students, including all pre-engineering subjects in math and science, as well as sophomore-level supporting courses in engineering. Individual tutoring sessions are made by appointment and are held in specially designated rooms throughout the Shelby Center. No appointment…




Red Rocket

A Russian missile has found a new home at Auburn University. The Department of Aerospace Engineering is the proud owner of a piece of military history, a Russian SA-2 Guideline Surface-to-Air Missile donated by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center to support Auburn’s academic programs in electrical, mechanical and aerospace engineering. The…