Monthly archives: December, 2018

Inspire. Innovate. Transform.

Auburn University is on the move with a drive to inspire, innovate and transform in its community, the state of Alabama and throughout the nation and world. We are doing so by elevating research that offers real-world solutions, taking student leadership to new heights, expanding our role as a partnership university and broadening our commitment…



From the Dean

I enjoy writing these columns in Auburn Engineering because it gives me the opportunity to bring our readers up to date on our academics, our research, our people and our building program, and the bold new direction we’re taking. I am going to do something a little different this time, which is to keep my…




Frank Cilluffo named McCrary Institute Director

Auburn University has taken another step forward as a leader on the national stage of cybersecurity with the naming of globally renowned cyber expert Frank Cilluffo to direct Auburn’s Charles D. McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security. Cilluffo is a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory…




Auburn Engineer, Tennessee Governor

Bill Lee, ’81 mechanical engineering, will be sworn in as Tennessee’s 50th governor in January. The Republican businessman defeated former Nashville mayor Karl Dean by 20 points in the Volunteer State’s November 2018 election, receiving 59 percent of the vote to Dean’s 39 percent. The political outsider made a name for himself during the primary…




Three honored for innovation

Three Auburn Engineering faculty members were recognized for their research endeavors and mentorship in November at Auburn University’s annual faculty awards ceremony. The awards honor some of the institution’s most innovative teachers, researchers and scholars for their unique and distinguished contributions to advancing the university’s mission to inspire, innovate and transform in the community and…




Accepting the challenge

Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has been approved as a participating institution of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program. In 2008, the NAE identified 14 grand challenges for engineering in the 21st century. Solving these problems is key to enhancing sustainability, health, security and the joy of living for the…




On the Rhodes again

Natalie Palmquist, a senior in civil engineering from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, was named as a finalist for the 2019 Rhodes Scholarship, which allows recipients to pursue graduate studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Only 32 U.S. students are chosen for the annual scholarship. The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has produced…




Master of Engineering Management ranks 5th in nation

The Master of Engineering Management was ranked No. 5 among the Top 50 Online Master’s Degrees in Engineering Management in the country, according to BestCollegeReviews.org. The Master of Engineering Management, housed in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management, offers students working in an engineering discipline the…




Auburn leads $2 million DOE project maximizing fuel economy

Auburn University researchers are leading a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy project with the potential to improve fuel efficiency and economy. The project, led by principal investigator and assistant professor of biosystems engineering Yi Wang, will create a bio-based fuel additive that can be blended with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas…




Honoring a legacy

David Dixon, ’76 civil engineering and member of The Dixon Foundation board of directors, has been selected by the Civil Engineering Advisory Board as its first emeritus member. After graduating from Auburn, Dixon earned his master’s in the same discipline from Stanford University in 1977, and then went to work for Brasfield & Gorrie. During…