Monthly archives: November, 2016

No place like home

It’s taken nearly 20 years, but Erich Weishaupt has found his way back home. Weishaupt, ’97 electrical engineering, is the owner of The Ruby Slipper Café, and in June 2016 he opened his sixth location with a restaurant in Orange Beach. But his journey back to Sweet Home Alabama has been an unconventional one for…




Winning formula

When the final scores came in at Formula West in Lincoln, Nebraska, this summer, feelings ran high on Auburn’s travel team – it was our first overall win in two decades of racing in what is arguably the Society of Automotive Engineers most challenging student contest. Auburn had come close before, finishing second, third, fourth and…




May the diploma be with you

Auburn alumnus and director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Todd May was the guest speaker at Auburn University’s summer graduation ceremonies. May, ’90 materials engineering, joined NASA in 1991 and was appointed to his current position with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in February. He was named the Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2012 and…




Showing off

Graduate students from across the college presented their research at the 2016 Graduate Engineering Research Showcase, an annual event sponsored by the Council of Engineering Graduate Students that consists of poster presentations which highlight the work of Auburn Engineering graduate students. The event promotes scholarship, professionalism and interdisciplinary research. The showcase featured 142 graduate students…




GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!!

The university announced Sept. 1 that it has reached its $1 billion goal as part of Because This is Auburn – A Campaign for Auburn University. The campaign, publicly launched in April 2015, will propel the university forward through a renewed commitment to students, a continued promise to the state and a shared responsibility to…




Problems in paradise

Auburn University civil engineering professor Prabhakar Clement continues to study effects of the 2010 BP oil spill. On a trip to the Gulf Coast in May, he collected tar balls found lining the beaches for testing. More than one pound of tar balls were picked up along a small stretch of beach at Fort Morgan….




Not your average K-9 sniffer

Gopikrishna Deshpande, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, took part in a study on using zinc nanoparticles to enhance dogs’ sense of smell. He said this could help improve security at airports and public spaces. “Even though dogs have very good olfactory capabilities, they can miss detection of explosives, which are intentionally concealed to…




Commitment and dedication

The college recently dedicated two areas, thanks to the generosity of two prominent alumni. The Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management was rededicated, rebranded and relocated to 3341 Shelby Center following a generous gift from Walter, ’55 engineering physics. Established in 1989, the center is home to the business-engineering-technology minor, which is a joint program…




NCAT adds four

The National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University has named Adriana Vargas-Nordcbeck, Fabricio Leiva-Villacorta, Fan Gu and Fan Yin to its research team. Auburn alumna Vargas-Nordcbeck and her husband, Leiva-Villacorta, joined NCAT in August as assistant research professors. Vargas-Nordcbeck leads all pavement preservation experiments and pursues new projects related to pavement management and pavement…




Familiar faces in new places

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering welcomed four outstanding individuals to its leadership team over the past several months. Steve Taylor, professor of biosystems engineering, was appointed associate dean for research on July 1. An Auburn faculty member since 1989, Taylor has also served as head of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and director of…