Monthly archives: May, 2018

Hari Narayanan: Kerala, India

Hari Narayanan smiles as he recounts the vibrant green coconut trees sprawling bountifully throughout Kerala, India, in his childhood. “The English translation of Kerala is ‘land of the coconut tree,’ so my memories involve eating coconuts and playing near the trees in warm weather,” Narayanan said. Oak trees, however, encompassed his view after visiting a…



Natalie Palmquist: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Natalie Palmquist has lived all over the world. Born in York, Pennsylvania, Palmquist moved to Skopje, Macedonia, at age 2, then to Istanbul at age 6 and finally settled in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at 14. She had never heard of Auburn University until her senior year of high school. While participating in a Distinguished Young…



Mario Eden: Genner, Denmark

While studying at the Technical University in Denmark, Mario Eden was intrigued by the writings and research of a faculty member nearly 4,700 miles away at Auburn. So, as part of the doctoral requirements in Denmark, Eden made the trek to Auburn to learn from former professor Mahmoud El-Halwagi for a nine-month term, and then…



Zhiyuan Chen: Hangzhou, China

Enchanting reverbs from a guzheng instrument, and the rustling waves of Hangzhou, China, orchestrate memories for Zhiyuan Chen, but Southern tranquility is attuning her to peace and quiet at Auburn. “I like the quiet environment because I can focus more on myself and what I want to do,” Chen said. A freshman majoring in electrical…



Jason Clark: Berkeley, California

For Jason Clark, navigating downtown Auburn is a breeze compared to his time as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, where a 20-minute drive to campus could turn into two-hour gridlock in the Bay Area’s infamous traffic. Having joined Auburn University as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer…



John Udochi: Lagos, Nigeria

Mechanical engineering student John Udochi hails from Lagos, Nigeria, the most populous city of Africa’s largest nation. Settling into Auburn in 2013 marked a major turning point in his life. He’d learned of Auburn as a high school senior after his mom visited the campus, returning with photos of Samford Hall and Jordan-Hare Stadium and…



Blake Melnick: Opelika, Alabama

Aerospace engineering lecturer Blake Melnick grew up in Opelika, with Auburn practically in his backyard. When he enrolled at the University of Alabama, it may have surprised some folks. But the UA engineering program and campus impressed him, and living three hours away from home was ideal. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering…



Bringing the classroom to you

For students across the globe, earning an Auburn Engineering education has never been easier than right at your fingertips. Students who have earned an undergraduate degree and are ready to continue their academic journey at their own convenience should consider Auburn Engineering Online and Continuing Education. The graduate online program is ranked 15th in the…



The award goes to . . .

The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted six individuals, including four Auburn alumni, and honored a project during a February ceremony at the Westin Huntsville. This year’s inductees include Perry Hand, ’69 Auburn University civil engineering, Volkert CEO and chairman of the board; Larry Monroe, ’79 Auburn University chemical engineering, retired Southern Company…



Lifetime of service

From left, Dean Christopher B. Roberts, Keith King, Charles Gavin, and Auburn University President Steven Leath   In March, the Auburn Alumni Association awarded four recipients, including two engineering alumni, with its highest honor – the Lifetime Achievement Award. Charles E. Gavin III ’59, a graduate in textile management, spent many of his industry years…