Monthly archives: December, 2015

Faculty highlights- fall 2015

David Bevly has been named the inaugural Bill and Lana McNair distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, where he has been a faculty member since 2001. Saad Biaz, professor of computer science and software engineering, has been awarded a grant of $320,000 for three years from the National Science Foundation to continue his NSF and Department…




Taking the lead

Auburn University has been selected to lead a national manufacturing effort on harsh environment electronics as part of a U.S. Department of Defense led flexible hybrid electronics institute. In August, at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced a cooperative agreement to the research consortium FlexTech Alliance to establish and manage…




The face on the video board

Auburn Engineering student Lucas Tribble gained instant fame during Auburn’s home football game against Mississippi State on Sept. 26, when he became the focal point on Jordan-Hare Stadium’s new 200-foot-wide video scoreboard. With a deadpan stare into the camera, Tribble held up one hand and extended his index finger – an emotionless “number one.” He…




From the dean- Fall 2015

I am overjoyed to be able to share with you that, though it has only been half a year since the university’s Because This Is Auburn $1 billion campaign went into its public phase, the College of Engineering has already reached its initial goal of $200 million. This support, both pledged and in hand, will…




In memoriam

The Auburn Engineering family lost one of its dedicated members of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and a gracious benefactor of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Thomas Lowe Jr., a 1949 civil engineering graduate, was elected to the council in 1974, and was a member of the college’s Eagles, Ginn and Keystone societies, as…




Series champion

Robby Foley, a sophomore in mechanical engineering, can make a claim that few college students can: winning not just a car race, but a race series – the 2015 Battery Tender MX-5 Cup Skip Barber Mazdaspeed Pro Challenge. The series, which competes on tracks throughout North America, came with a Mazda development driver contract for…




Being centered

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has established a new interdisciplinary Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites. The center will focus on research, graduate education and collaborative outreach opportunities to advance economic growth in Alabama and the Southeast. With more than 20 years of experience in polymer research, Maria Auad, associate professor of chemical engineering,…




Paving away

After a successful reconstruction this summer, the National Center for Asphalt Technology has begun its sixth cycle of accelerated pavement testing. Major focus areas of the three-year cycle include pavement preservation and pavement recycling, as well as structural, surface and material studies. The first phase of the research cycle consists of constructing test sections on…




Conference credit

More than 125 professional engineers, 60 of whom were Auburn alumni, attended the 13th Annual Elements of Mechanical Engineering Conference hosted by Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Held Oct. 4-5 in Opelika, Alabama, the conference provided a forum for interaction among practicing engineers, Auburn alumni and faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Additionally,…




Electrifying performance

Auburn Engineering alumna Sara Kouroupis is the nation’s top electrical engineering student. A 2015 electrical engineering graduate and Ellicott City, Maryland, native, Kouroupis was named the winner of the Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ international honor society, Eta…