Monthly archives: December, 2015

Enhancing education

Dorothy Davidson, chair and CEO of Huntsville’s Davidson Technologies, has made a $5 million gift to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to renovate portions of Broun Hall, the home of electrical engineering. Her gift honors her late husband, Julian Davidson, a 1950 Auburn electrical engineering graduate and defense industry pioneer. “Julian would agree that…




Student success

In October, Auburn faculty, staff and alumni filled the Shelby Center courtyards, engaged by the outstanding work conducted by students from all engineering disciplines. More than 150 graduate students presented their innovative research – from software forensics to biomass fuel production to curing agents for epoxy resin – during the Graduate Engineering Research Showcase. Hosted…




Back to Bolivia

Three years ago I was asked to accompany a group of students to report on their efforts to bring sustainable engineering to a remote village in the Altiplano of the Bolivian Andes. The village, Quesimpuco, was selected in part because of its remote location and the desire by Auburn students to bring its residents a…




Celebrating commitment

Thanks to a generous gift to establish the Diaco and Angela Aviki Endowed Fund for Excellence in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the atrium in Ross Hall has been named the Aviki Family Atrium. This fund will benefit the educational needs of students, the research efforts of faculty and the technological advancements of engineering facilities….




American ninja

Deon Graham has earned his nickname “The Destroyer” through his physical prowess displayed on “American Ninja Warrior.” Graham, ’09 civil engineering, was one of the contestants featured this season on the action-packed show that quickly became a fixture among households across the nation. Graham stood out from among the 50,000 individuals auditioning for the show…




It’s my job: Mary Robbins

Mary Robbins, ‘09 and ’12 civil engineering Assistant Research Professor National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University Auburn, Alabama Typical day . . . ranges from analyzing data, working on a report and documenting findings of an experiment, to being on-site to see the construction of pavement test sections, teaching a class, working with…



And the winner is . . .

The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council honored six alumni at its annual awards banquet held Oct. 2. These individuals have served as outstanding ambassadors of Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and have made distinct contributions to the engineering profession. This year, five recipients were presented with the Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award and…




5 minutes with Grady Cox

Grady Cox served successful terms as dean of the School of Engineering from 1969-72, and again from 1979-80, when the college began to evolve into what it is today. He also spent several years in Auburn’s central administration as executive vice president. Cox reflects on his time at the university, and shares what life is…




Looking toward the future

The way John and Rosemary Brown decided to attend Auburn almost seems whimsical, although it really wasn’t. They were both students at Freed-Hardeman University (at that time a junior college) in Henderson, Tennessee – a small, private institution where enrollment even now is just under 2,000. John and Rosemary both applied to Auburn sight unseen….




Constructing a giant

Mike Stallings’ steel design class – CE 4650 – was packed to capacity on an early Wednesday morning this fall. The reason: Jared Kime, who designed the structural components of Auburn’s new 200-foot stadium scoreboard, was there to talk about the process, and the back story on what it took to build college football’s largest…