Standard of excellence

From left, Chris Roberts, dean of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University President Steven Leath, Alabama Sen. Tom Whatley, Alabama Rep. Joe Lovvorn, NCAT Director Randy West and Ron Sines, chairman of the NCAT board of directors.

Auburn University’s National Center for Asphalt Technology was recognized in July with resolutions from the Alabama Legislature commending the institution’s 30 years of service to the state. Sen. Tom Whatley and Rep. Joe Lovvorn, both of Auburn, sponsored the resolutions and presented the documents during NCAT’s Board of Directors summer meeting held at its facility in Auburn Technology Park South.

NCAT regularly brings in millions of dollars of sponsored research projects to Auburn University each year and has an annual economic impact of more than $125 million on Alabama.

Auburn’s civil engineering curriculum was also recognized for its nearly 150 years of improving the state’s transportation network through education, research and outreach.