Monthly archives: June, 2016

5 minutes with Todd May

  A veteran NASA program manager, Todd May was named director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in February of this year. As one of the space agency’s largest field installations, the center employs some 6,000 workers in various capacities. May also served as manager of the Space Launch System for a…




And the winner is…

The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame honors the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, corporations, institutions and projects that bring significant recognition to the state. The 2016 induction ceremony was held in February in Mobile where five individuals were inducted, including four Auburn Engineering alumni who have served as extraordinary representatives of the college. Frazier…




Super six

Several recent engineering graduates have been named National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. Connor Dobson, Christy Pickering and Sean Bitner, all ’16 chemical engineering; Ben Spearman, ’14 chemical engineering; Hannah Masten, ’15 electrical engineering; and Christopher Maurice, ’16 mechanical engineering, were each named to the prestigious NSF graduate fellowship program. Each fellowship includes $30,000 annually…




Read all about it

If you’ve read the recently released biography titled “Lorendo” about beloved and long-time assistant football coach Gene Lorendo, you’ll notice the author’s name also has a familiar ring to it. The book was written by Ken Ringer, ’59 industrial management, and it chronicles the life of Lorendo, including his service with the U.S. Coast Guard…




Triple threat

Joshua Passantino, a triple major pursing degrees in biosystems engineering, chemical engineering and Spanish, has been nominated for the prestigious Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship for Excellence in National Environmental Policy. The Udall scholarship was established to provide scholarships to outstanding students who demonstrate leadership, public service and a commitment to environmental issues….




Gridlock parking

Parking on the Auburn University campus is no easy feat, as students will tell you. Jonathan Philip and Alex Wakefield, both seniors in mechanical engineering, have developed a solution that could alleviate those parking headaches in the future. Philip and Wakefield created Parking Grid Technologies, an app that gathers information and connects it to drivers…




Faster than a speeding bullet . . . more powerful than a locomotive

It’s 2016 and no one has discovered time travel yet, but Samuel Ginn College of Engineering students may have us traveling 760 miles per hour in the near future. Entrepreneur Elon Musk, known for his success with PayPal, Tesla Motors and most recently SpaceX, held an open competition in January for university students and engineering…




A degree worth having

The college’s commitment to online learning has been acknowledged once again by U.S. News & World Report in its 2016 Best Online Programs rankings. The College of Engineering has been listed among the nation’s finest, ranking 27th among online graduate engineering programs. The college’s graduate information technology program, housed in the Department of Computer Science…




Aeronautics all-star

John Edward Ingram, ’73 aerospace engineering, was the recipient of the 2015 Lincoln Award given by the Aircraft Structural Integrity Program. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions toward the structural integrity and safety of aircraft throughout their career. It was established in 1996 to honor John (Jack) Lincoln, who is widely regarded…




Building toward the future

An intense programmatic phase is underway as the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is in the beginning stages of two major renovations and a highly anticipated addition to the campus. Thanks to an $8 million transformational gift from 1959 textile management alumnus Charles E. Gavin III and his wife, Carol Ann, the former Textile Building…