Auburn

Faculty Highlights: Spring 2019

David Bevly the Bill and Lana McNair Professor of mechanical engineering, and Scott Martin, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering, were awarded $1.7 million in funding from 10 sponsors since October for their research in the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory.


Saad Biaz professor of computer science and software engineering, and Richard Chapman, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, were awarded a $270,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support their Research Experience for Undergraduates program on smart unmanned aerial vehicles.


Imon Chakraborty, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Roy Hartfield, the Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor of aerospace engineering, were awarded a $540,000 grant from NASA for their research on stability and control characteristics of advanced and novel aircraft.


Pengyu Chen, assistant professor of materials engineering, was awarded a $120,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in collaboration with UES Inc. to develop a wearable dosimetry badge to detect tricresyl phosphates, engine lubricants that can contaminate the air in plane cabins.


Jeff Fergus, associate dean for assessment and graduate studies and professor of materials engineering, was honored with one of Auburn University’s 2019 Spirit of Sustainability Awards.


Ujjwal Guin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a $287,854 grant from the U.S. Air Force/Air Force Materiel Command for his research on detecting recycling integrated circuits using digital signatures.


Pradeep Lall, the John and Anne MacFarlane Professor of mechanical engineering, was presented with the NextFlex Fellow Award from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute. He also received the Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award from Auburn University’s Research and Economic Development Advisory Board. Lall was also awarded a $150,000 grant for research on flexible hybrid electronics device encapsulation and overmold.


Jeff LaMondia, associate professor of transportation engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was honored with one of Auburn University’s 2019 Spirit of Sustainability Awards.


Edmon Perkins, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research’s Young Investigators Program.


Carolina Rodezno, associate research professor in the National Center for Asphalt Technology, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Wisconsin Highway Research Program for her research on recycled asphalt binders.


Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor of industrial and systems engineering with a joint appointment in computer science and software engineering, was selected as a keynote speaker for the 2019 INFORMS International Conference in Cancun, Mexico, June 9-12.


Puneet Srivastava, the Butler-Cunningham Eminent Scholar of biosystems engineering, was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He was also named a fellow of the Alabama Academy of Sciences.


David Timm, the Brasfield & Gorrie Professor of pavements and materials engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded the 2019 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award by the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society.


Xinyu Zhang, associate professor of chemical engineering, and his research group had two papers from 2018 place in the top 1% of highly cited papers by Web of Science.


Huaguo Zhou, professor of civil engineering, and Rod Turochy, the James Madison Hunnicutt Professor in traffic engineering, were awarded a $600,000 project from the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program for their research on wrong-way driving crashes.