Monthly archives: June, 2013

Faculty Highlights – Spring/Summer 2013

From the desk of . . . Prathima Agrawal, director of Auburn’s Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center, Alireza Babaei, former post-doctoral fellow in the center, and Bijan Jabbari, professor of electrical and computer engineering at George Mason University, have received the best paper award from the Journal of Communications and Networks for their paper,…




5 Minutes With… Lorenda Ward

Lorenda Ward, ’90 and ’92 aerospace engineering, is a senior investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in Washington, D.C. She investigates aviation crashes and incidents around the globe. Most recently, she traveled to western Japan to assist the Japan Transport Safety Board after an All Nippon Airways-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s alarm system indicated…




Into the Lab: Aerospace

Faculty member Gil Crouse and doctoral student Brian Reitz are developing a method to make aerobatic flight by autonomous aircraft possible. Their research explores the limited flight envelope and simple maneuvers unmanned aircraft are currently able to perform on missions. Today, due to the highly nonlinear nature of aerobatic flight, traditional methods of autopilot design…




Into the Lab: Biosystems

Department head Steven Taylor and faculty member Sushil Adhikari are collaborating with colleagues from North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Tennessee on a $15 million bioenergy project funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The initiative, called the…




Into the Lab: Chemical

Bill Josephson, chemical engineering lecturer, is using a mobile papermaking device designed and built in the department to teach local K-12 students how paper is made. He conducts several workshops a year for fourth-grade students at Wrights Mill Road elementary school in Auburn and 3- to 6-year-olds at the Children’s House, a local Montessori school….




Into the Lab: Civil

Faculty member Jose Vasconcelos is studying and characterizing the motion of entrapped air pockets in storm water collection systems to prevent sewer and tunnel overflow. Damaging surges and geysers during heavy rainfalls have led to investigations aimed at identifying the causes of these problems. Vasconcelos and researchers at the University of Michigan, Ryerson University and…




Into the Lab: Computer Science and Software

Computer science and software engineering faculty member David Umphress and graduate students Matthew Hardwick and Matthew Swann are developing mobile software for teaching middle-school children physical science. The team is using a suite of educational programs called FutureLab as its inspiration, which was written by Auburn Engineering alum Walt Woltosz, ‘77 aerospace engineering, and his…




Into the Lab: Electrical and Computer

Electrical and computer engineering seniors working in faculty member Lloyd Riggs’ mine detection lab are constructing a senior design project with major real-world objectives — an Autonomous Nautical Radiation Assessment Vessel, or ANRAV, that can be used for tracking radiation spills in the ocean and other bodies of water. Powered by solar energy, the autonomous…




Into the Lab: Industrial and systems

Working under the direction of faculty member Richard Sesek, Celal Gungor and Ruoliang “Rio” Tang studied the relationship between lower back geometry to a subject’s gross anthropometry, or characteristics such as their height, weight, gender or age. Gungor and Tang studied 3T MRI scans taken at Auburn’s MRI Research Center to better understand these relationships,…




Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project

Two Auburn Engineering graduate students are participating in a different kind of educational experience in Alabama’s correctional facilities. What they have found is that education goes both ways, and that they are learning as much as they are teaching. It was an average Tuesday in Elmore, Ala., when Eliza Banu, mechanical engineering graduate student, arrived…