Monthly archives: May, 2015

Shooting for the moon

A two-semester senior design project has concluded with six mechanical engineering students seeing stars. Constructed with nearly 20 hand-machined parts, seniors Mike Ciuzio, Dylan Gouletas, Chris Hewitt, Zach Karamallakis, Michael Keyser and Maggie Murphy have built a Newtonian reflecting telescope. The device will allow star gazers to not only view astronomical objects, but also photograph…




Are you smarter than a freshman?

Problem Statement: At the Boston Marathon, the runners’ finish times are adjusted based on a formula that accounts for their position on the starting line. At our own Auburn Engineering Cupola Short Circuit 5k, finishing times are currently unadjusted for time delays and path diversion at the start line. Using engineering judgment, how could race…




Patents a plenty

Bruce Tatarchuk, director of Auburn’s Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing Center and professor of chemical engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his significant contributions to patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology and societal impact. The 17-member selection committee inducted 170 national nominees in 2014. Tatarchuk’s knowledge of microfibrous materials…




From the dean: Spring 2015

If you have not visited our engineering campus recently, let me tell you what an exciting place it is to be right now. We have attracted a world class faculty which has elevated our instruction and research programs to new levels of achievement, and therefore, we continue to attract the best and brightest incoming freshmen….




We asked. You answered

Perhaps known as the greatest week for all engineers, Feb. 22–28 marked National Engineers Week and the College of Engineering got in on the celebration. Each day that week, the college posted various questions on our social media sites relating to engineering and time spent on campus as an Auburn Engineering student. We received responses…




For love of the game

From hitting the ball, to hitting the books, Auburn University baseball and softball players from the College of Engineering are learning to juggle the roles of both student and athlete. From waking up in the morning to train for their sport, to catching those much-needed nightly z’s after spending hours studying and completing engineering homework,…




NanoDays 2015 brings small science to big stage

On April 1, approximately 100 second- through 10th-graders attended the annual NanoDays event at the Agricultural Heritage Park. Hosted by the Auburn Council of Engineering Graduate Students, participants had the opportunity to be part of hands-on experiments at the nano-scale level, including creating a carbon nanotype from a baloon and hula-hoop and illustrating how an…




Scholarship smarties

Christy Pickering and Connor Dobson, seniors in chemical engineering, were named 2015 national Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program. Pickering, as seen on page 25, is a Huntsville, Alabama, native, and performs research with Rusty Arnold, associate professor in the Harrison School of Pharmacy. Her research investigates a different…




Collaborating for the common good

Calling chemical engineering senior Christy Pickering a renaissance woman may be an understatement. From sun up to sun down, Pickering can be found around campus playing the clarinet in the Auburn University Marching Band, leading the Biomedical Engineering Society as its vice president and serving as a tutor as part of the Study Partners program….




International engineer

Katherine Windham, a junior double majoring in chemical engineering and German, has been selected for the German Academic Exchange Service Research Internship in Science and Engineering (DAAD-RISE) undergraduate research fellowship this summer. Windham was one of 300 students selected from more than 2,000 applicants across the nation to conduct undergraduate research as part of the…