Monthly archives: May, 2017

Faculty highlights: Spring 2017

Bryan Chin, Breeden professor and chair of the materials engineering program, and Jeffrey Fergus, associate dean for program assessment and graduate studies and professor of materials engineering, were named fellows of the Electrochemical Society, the leading professional organization for electrochemical and solid-state science researchers.       Malcolm Crocker, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, was…




Graduate student standouts

A record nine Auburn engineers received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation in 2017. The purpose of the fellowship program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. Each fellowship consists of three years of financial support accessible over a five-year period. For…




If you build it, they will come

With a share of the largest gift in the university’s history, the college is constructing a state-of-the-art, comprehensive student achievement center thanks to the generosity of John and Rosemary Brown, both 1957 graduates. Construction of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center is made possible thanks to a $30 million gift from the Browns, part of…




Printing the future

Throw out the old rules of manufacturing. Additive manufacturing – more commonly known as 3-D printing – is changing the game, thanks in part to the Auburn Engineering researchers making it happen. Although 3-D printing has been around for decades, technological advancements have led to new interest in this technology throughout the industry. Manufacturers now…




Look ma, no hands!

The Auburn University Formula SAE team is going where no other racing team has gone: autonomous driving. In August, members of the Formula driverless team will travel to Hockenheim, Germany, to compete in the first Formula Student Driverless competition class. Auburn’s Formula SAE team was one of only 15 teams selected, and is the only…




Just incredible

Radio show, biochemistry class, prepare for SGA Senate meeting, lunch meeting with SGA president, thermodynamics class, lead Senate meeting, complete homework. It’s just a typical day in the life of Justin Smith. Smith, a junior in chemical engineering and newly elected SGA vice president, could use another hour, or 12, in the day. Between a…




Finishing strong

Through the generous support of alumni, corporate partners and friends, the college has raised more than $221.1 million as it closes in on the end of Because This is Auburn – A Campaign for Auburn University. The campaign, which ends in December, has brought in record donations for the university, totaling more than $1.09 billion…




53 Game-changers: Asha-Dee Celestine

Asha-Dee Celestine, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, likes to think three-dimensionally. With a research interest in advancing additive manufacturing and 3-D printing to create new multifunctional materials, she sees the opportunity to use these materials not only in the aerospace community, but for medical and nanotechnology applications. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering…




Take a ride on the Lo-No bus

The Federal Transit Administration has awarded Auburn University $1.5 million to test and assess components used in low or no-emission public transit buses. Auburn was one of only two universities selected for competitive funding in the federal Low and No-Emission Component Assessment Program, also known as LoNo-CAP. Auburn and Ohio State University will compete for…




53 Game-changers: Brendan Higgins

Have you ever looked at algae growing in a pond and wondered if it can fuel your car? Probably not. But this is a serious question for Brendan Higgins, assistant professor of biosystems engineering. Higgins is part of Auburn University’s team of researchers studying scalable energy conversion science and technology. He joined the university in…