Monthly archives: June, 2013

Beyond Borders: One chemical engineer’s journey from the sugar cane factories of Sudan to an award-winning lab in Qatar

Don’t ask Engineering Dean Chris Roberts about Auburn graduate students unless you’re ready for a deeply devoted reply about the quality of research they conduct, the innovation and expertise they bring to campus, and their numerous contributions to the changing global economy as alumni. You really shouldn’t ask him about Nimir Elbashir, one of his early doctoral…




Payton’s Place

It’s tucked into a corner of Wiggins Mechanical Engineering Hall, but it’s far from small. It serves every department in the College of Engineering, and has even seen students from Auburn’s art department. Known to students as the DML, it is more formally named the Design and Manufacturing Laboratory. To faculty member Lewis Payton, who…




Hovering Tigers take on the Tide

Hovercrafts are still a figment of imagination to many, a vehicle that only exists in movies or in high-tech laboratories. In reality, hovercrafts have been around for more than 50 years, and few know that Auburn University has been building and racing them for a full decade. They are nothing like Hollywood models, and according…




Hall of Fame

In its 25th year, the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame honors the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, corporations, institutions and projects that bring significant recognition to the state. In February, seven new individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame – five of whom are Auburn Engineering alumni who have served as…



It’s my job: Charlie Ping

Few professions are so overtly competitive as auto racing – the cameras follow the leaders and it’s all about winning. Finding a spot on a good team or support organization is just as hard in the small fraternity of race engineers who fly from track to track during the season. Like most of his colleagues,…




Heart of the matter

Elizabeth Lipke, faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has received a five-year, $400,000 grant through the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Faculty Early CAREER Development Program for her research designing engineered cardiac tissue and developing cardiac regeneration techniques. “Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States each year for…




On call

Auburn Engineering alumnus Samuel Ginn, ‘59 industrial management and namesake of the college, has been appointed to lead a 15-member board of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). As the board’s chairman, Ginn guides development of the new broadband network, which enables first responders and public safety officials to communicate within and across jurisdictions. “The…




Athlete to Academic

John Cochran, department head of aerospace engineering, was presented the 2012 Walter Gilbert Award from Auburn Athletics in October at Jordan-Hare Stadium prior to the Tiger’s game against Texas A&M. The Gilbert Award is presented annually in memory of the Tigers’ three-time All-America center Walter Gilbert, who later became vice president of Texaco’s European oil…




Ready, set, launch

Xinyu Zhang, faculty member in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, is working with a team to develop stronger composite materials using carbon nanotubes, such as more durable wind turbine blades. Zhang’s team, which includes Adam Ficken, a recent graduate of Auburn’s MBA program and former intern in Auburn’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT),…




Eww, the Oobleck

Auburn Engineering recently hosted 60 third graders from the Chambers County accelerated and gifted program. After a tour of the engineering facilities, the students created oobleck, the gooey green substance that falls from the sky in Dr. Seuss’ book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. A mixture of cornstarch, water and green food coloring, oobleck is a…