Monthly archives: November, 2014

Gifts that keep on giving

Distinguished Auburn Engineering alumni Michael DeMaioribus and wife Leta have joined Charles Gavin III and wife Carol Ann in making generous gifts to bring the College of Engineering to the next level of excellence. Thanks to an endowed faculty chair established by Charles and Carol Ann, the Gavins will assist in retaining the talented faculty…




Into the lab: Aerospace Engineering

Anwar Ahmed, professor of aerospace engineering, is using an optical diagnostics technique that was modified to accommodate multiple laser beams to measure the optical path length and convective velocities in high speed flows that are dominated by eddy rotation in addition to translation. The four-beam Malley probe was developed with support from Kirtland Air Force…




Into the lab: Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Biosystems Engineering has renovated the courtyard adjacent to the department’s main classroom building to serve as a multi-purpose research and recreational area for students and faculty. The Corley Courtyard retrofit, supported in part by a grant from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, provides two landscaped areas that are designed for ecological…




Into the lab: Chemical Engineering

James Radich, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is researching the interfaces between different nanomaterials. Technologies rarely use only one type of material, and understanding the interaction between nanomaterial interface, especially relating to sustainable energy systems, is the core focus of Radich’s research. Semiconductor nanomaterials capture sunlight and can convert it to electricity or chemical fuels….




Into the lab: Civil Engineering

J. Brian Anderson, associate professor of civil engineering, is collaborating with the Alabama Department of Transportation for the next three years to investigate solutions to remediate swelling clays found under roads in western Alabama while keeping the routes open. Shrinking and swelling soils, sometimes called expansive soils, are typically the result of the presence of…




Into the lab: Computer Science and Software Engineering

Alvin Lim, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, is developing a mobile system that will provide accurate GPS positioning and navigational information for mobile devices in environments that currently disrupt data transfer, such as indoors, urban canyons and under tree canopies. Other positioning systems require sophisticated hardware that is not cost-effective, or use…




Into the lab: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shumin Wang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a $407,000 National Institutes of Health grant todevelop a new technique that will combine transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to facilitate the treatment of neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy. As the principal investigator,…




Fly me to the moon

5…4…3…2…1, liftoff! This famous countdown was echoed by high school students from around the country as part of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) rocket launch and internship program which took place in Colorado in July. Brandon Reeves, senior in aerospace engineering, and Jeff Thompson, technician in polymer and fiber engineering, helped educate students on rocketry…




Best of the best

Chemical engineering faculty members Robert Ashurst, Elizabeth Lipke and Jin Wang were selected from among educators nationwide to attend the 2014 Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in Irvine, Calif. The two-and-a-half day event hosted faculty members from around the country to discuss innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines. The goal of the…




More than a tweet

For Chris Moody, ’90 electrical engineering and vice president of data strategy for Twitter, analyzing 500 million tweets every day is just another day on the job. Moody resides in Boulder, Colo., and previously served as chief executive officer of Gnip, one of the earliest social data providers. Gnip tracks every tweet delivered as part…