Development update

Uncompromising Excellence

Auburn Engineering prides itself on a commitment to recruiting and maintaining the nation’s top faculty members. With that commitment comes an effort to recognize the exceptional merit of faculty members who have demonstrated achievement in educating tomorrow’s engineers and conducting leading research.

As part of a university-wide initiative to create additional endowments for faculty support, a number of our alumni and friends have established named professorships, one of the highest honors bestowed on a faculty member. Auburn Engineering faculty were recognized at a campus-wide ceremony in October, and include:

Tony Overfelt, William B. and Elizabeth Reed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jeffrey Smith, Joe W. Forehand Jr. Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Hari Narayanan, computer science and software engineering, John H. and Gail Watson Professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Wesley Zech, Brasfield & Gorrie Associate Professor of Construction Engineering and Management

David Timm, Brasfield & Gorrie Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering

MAJOR minor

Auburn University has received a gift from the Alabama Power Foundation and Southern Nuclear Operating Company to name the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s 17-hour nuclear power generation systems minor. The new minor, added earlier this year to teach the next generation of plant engineers for the nuclear power generation industry, has been named the Alabama Power Foundation Nuclear Power Generation Systems minor.

The minor curriculum offers students a hands-on opportunity to understand the industry’s licensing, engineering and basic construction requirements, processes and techniques. Power plant models, nuclear power integration into the national electrical grid and common reactor plant operations are also featured in five multidisciplinary courses that provide an overview of nuclear power generation system capabilities. Students will participate in structured programs at today’s nuclear power generating facilities and network with industry experts while conducting site visits. They will also have the opportunity to earn practical experience through internship and co-op positions with leading nuclear power generation organizations.

“The nuclear field is growing, and Alabama Power is pleased to provide the opportunity for students of Auburn University to study nuclear engineering,” said Charles McCrary, President and CEO of Alabama Power. “The curriculum will provide skills and training for the next generation of nuclear engineers.”

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