Faculty Highlights: Fall 2019

Mark Adams, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded $3 million in funding from T2S Solutions for his research toward the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command.


J. Brian Anderson associate professor of geotechnical engineering, was awarded a $222,802 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation for his research on load rating for corrugated metal culverts.


Lauren Beckingham, assistant professor of civil engineering, received an $865,973 Major Research Instrumentation Award from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, for the acquisition of an X-ray Computed Nanotomography system with in situ material testing to advance understanding of natural and engineered materials. She also received a $315,000 grant from NSF for her research on quantifying the evolution of accessible mineral surface areas and pore connectivity for improved simulation of mineral reaction rates.


David Bevly, the Bill and Lana McNair Professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded $1.5 million from seven sponsors for his research in the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory.


Ben Bowers, assistant professor of civil engineering, was awarded a $133,304 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation for his work on structural pavement design.


Christian Brodbeck, research engineer, was awarded $1.5 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration for his “Low and No Emission-Component Assessment Program.”


Natalie Cápiro, assistant professor of civil engineering, was awarded a $347,560 grant for her work on the development and laboratory validation of mathematical modeling tools for prediction of polyfluoroalkyl substances transformation, transport, and retention in aqueous film-forming foam source areas.


Pengyu Chen, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a $1.87 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for his development of optofluidic nanoplasmonic biosensors for next generation point of care immunoassays.


Selen Cremaschi, the B. Redd associate professor of chemical engineering, was awarded $427,360 in funding from Chevron Energy Technology Company for her two research projects on uncertainty optimization in multiphase flow predictions and data analytics for asset integrity monitoring and fault detection due to solids.


Jerry Davis, Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden Professor of industrial and systems engineering, was awarded a $263,435 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, for the Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Program led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Peter He, associate professor of chemical engineering, was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop data-enabled engineering project modules based on real data and applications.


Mark Hoffman, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration for Auburn’s Lono Bus Testing Facility.


Bo Liu, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, and Levent Yilmaz, professor of computer science and software engineering, were awarded a $420,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support their research on trustworthy, explainable and risk-aware AI.


Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, assistant professor of electrical and computer Engineering, and Nima Shamsaei, associate professor of mechanical engineering, were awarded a $399,000 grant from the Advance Manufacturing program of National Science Foundation for their research on additive nanomanufacturing of multifunctional materials and hybrid structures.


Joe Majdalani, the Hugh and Loeda Francis Chair of aerospace engineering, received the J. Leland Atwood Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in conjunction with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. .


Scott Martin, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a $300,000 grant from Parsons for his work on advanced missile PNT technologies, engineering and analysis study.


Andrzej Nowak, Elton and Lois G. Huff Eminent Scholar Chair and department chair of civil engineering, was awarded a $239,713 grant from the California Department of Transportation for his research on the calibration of bridge deck design.


Michael Perez, assistant professor of civil engineering, was awarded a $189,000 grant for his research on uncovering the effects of stereotype threats on Latino students’ success in undergraduate engineering.


Raymond (Buzz) Powell, assistant director of Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology, was awarded a $225,000 grant from Iowa State University for the launch of accelerated performance testing on the 2018 NCAT Pavement Test Track.


Anton Schindler, Mountain Spirit Professor of civil engineering, was elected to be a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, America’s oldest national engineering society representing more than 150,000 members worldwide.


Nima Shamsaei, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded $5.1 million in funding from NASA for his research on rapid analysis and manufacturing propulsion technology.


Daniel Silva, assistant professor of industrial engineering, was awarded a $207,754 grant from Raymond Corporation for his research on real-time rural medicine handling and transport using trucks and drones.


Adit Singh, James B. Davis Professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a $499,439 grant from the National Science Foundation for his research on minimizing system level testing of integrated circuits.


Norm Speakman, professor of aerospace engineering, was recently named the Konrad Dannenberg Educator of the Year by the Greater Huntsville Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Yin Sun, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the best paper award at the IEEE/IFIP WiOpt Conference in 2019 for his work on remote estimation.


Yi Wang, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, was awarded a $500,000 grant from USDA-NIFA to develop a light inducible (or dark-inducible) cell suicide bio-circuits for efficient biocontainment of recombinant microorganisms during practical biotechnology applications in the natural environment. Wang is also the recipient of the 2019 Association of Overseas Chinese Agricultural, Biological, and Food Engineers, or AOCABFE, Early Career Award.


Nam Tran, assistant director of Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology, was awarded a $450,000 grant from Cargill Inc. for research on the optimization of asphalt mixture performance with rejuvenator.


Nick Tsolas, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received a $657,627 Major Instrumentation Award from the National Science Foundation for the development of a non-equilibrium plasma coupled rapid compression machine.


Randy West, director of Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology, was awarded $1.34 million in funding from four sponsors for research on mixtures in asphalt technologies, as well as the performance of airport pavements constructed following state specifications for highway materials.


Promotions

Maria Auad was named the W. Allen and Martha Reed Endowed Professor of chemical engineering.


Nima Shamsaei was named the Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Distinguished Associate Professor of mechanical engineering.


Dongye Zhao was named the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Professor of civil engineering.