Monthly archives: November, 2014

Classroom legend

Nels Madsen, professor of mechanical engineering, has returned to his roots after more than 10 years serving as associate dean for program assessment and special projects. Madsen was instrumental in leading the college’s national accreditation and compliance efforts. During his service, the College of Engineering achieved full accreditation status and has remained nationally recognized as…




Into the lab: Industrial and Systems Engineering

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and low back pain are among the single largest category of workplace injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and account for nearly 30 percent of all workers’ compensation costs. To advance research in the reduction of workplace-related injuries and the development of occupational safety…




Avoiding a Dickens of a cyber surprise

If Charles Dickens were alive today, he might have purchased “A Tale of Two Cities” at Target as a Christmas gift, renovated his bathroom with vintage plumbing from Home Depot, bid for Victorian memorabilia on eBay and sought investment advice from JPMorgan Chase. In keeping with the vast majority of all adults in the U.S….




Standing out from the pack

Nelda Lee, ’69 aerospace engineering, was named Woman of Distinction by Auburn’s Women’s Resource Center in April. The award was given to an alumna as part of the eighth annual Women’s Leadership Conference with the theme “Ties to the Past, Hope for the Future.” Lee served as an F-15 test program manager for Boeing and…




Movin’ on up

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering 28th among public institutions in the nation in its annual 2015 Best Colleges list, representing a two-spot jump from 2014. In addition, Auburn Engineering’s graduate program was ranked 37th among public institutions, moving up one spot from last year’s ranking.




We want to know…

From Facebook, we asked, what was your favorite Auburn Engineering class? Angela Fannéy: Pop quiz time in Dr. Elton’s Geotech! Beth Wages Johnson: I met my husband in Engineering Economics so that class was special, but my favorite classes were Electromagnetic Field Theory and Logics. Jackie Holliday Hundley: Many years ago, my husband and I took…




Into the lab: Mechanical Engineering

Robert Jackson, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the tribology and lubrication science minor, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $245,781 to improve the performance and reliability of electrical connectors. The project is in collaboration with Columbia University and Tyco Electronics. Electrical connectors are crucial in any electronic and power…




Into the lab: Polymer and Fiber Engineering

Ed Davis, faculty member in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, has received a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how controlled release methods can be used to improve understanding of how mercury exposure affects brain development. Davis is collaborating with Chris Newland, faculty member in the Department of Psychology….




Submarine man

Capt. Doug Gordon, ’91 electrical engineering, show his Auburn pride on the USS North Dakota where he serves as commanding officer of the 377 foot long Virginia-class nuclear submarine. The ship is the newest to be delivered to the Navy and was commissioned on Oct. 25, when it officially joined the naval fleet. It is the…




And the winner is…

In September, the college honored six alumni who have served as outstanding representatives of both Auburn University and the College of Engineering at the annual Auburn Alumni Engineering Council awards banquet. Each of these individuals set themselves apart in the engineering profession, going above and beyond in their field. This year, three recipients were presented…