Tag: civil engineering

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…




All-American doctor

Gregg Carr, ’85 civil engineering, and former Auburn defensive back Buddy McClinton, ’70 business administration, are two candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 Class. Carr, a first-team All-American linebacker in 1984, had 453 tackles during his Auburn career, which ranks second in team history. A 2008 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame inductee…




Game, set, match

An Auburn inventor and a team of entrepreneurs are marketing a product that will be good news to tennis players with backaches the world over. Tennibot is the brainchild of Haitham Eletrabi, who earned his doctorate in civil engineering and an MBA at Auburn. Tennibot is being billed as the world’s first robotic tennis ball…




Strength in numbers

Growing up in Zagreb, Croatia, Marta Miletić had an affinity for numbers at an early age. Matter of fact, it runs in the family. Miletić, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, is the daughter of a math teacher, and the sister of an engineer. “I have been surrounded with numbers all of my…




5 minutes with Linda Figg

Linda Figg, ’81 civil engineering, knows how to bridge the gap. As president and chief executive officer of FIGG Bridge Group, Figg has a keen eye for the design and construction of the structural marvels. From an early age, Figg always knew she wanted to combine her love of nature with math and science to…




American ninja

Deon Graham has earned his nickname “The Destroyer” through his physical prowess displayed on “American Ninja Warrior.” Graham, ’09 civil engineering, was one of the contestants featured this season on the action-packed show that quickly became a fixture among households across the nation. Graham stood out from among the 50,000 individuals auditioning for the show…




Constructing a giant

Mike Stallings’ steel design class – CE 4650 – was packed to capacity on an early Wednesday morning this fall. The reason: Jared Kime, who designed the structural components of Auburn’s new 200-foot stadium scoreboard, was there to talk about the process, and the back story on what it took to build college football’s largest…




Into the Lab: Civil

Civil engineering professor James Davidson and his students are currently using advanced modeling and simulation techniques to analytically characterize the blast resistance of a new construction form – foam insulated concrete sandwich panels – so that building design methodologies and criteria can be developed. Davidson began working in the area of protective structures and security…




Into the Lab: Civil

Faculty member Jose Vasconcelos is studying and characterizing the motion of entrapped air pockets in storm water collection systems to prevent sewer and tunnel overflow. Damaging surges and geysers during heavy rainfalls have led to investigations aimed at identifying the causes of these problems. Vasconcelos and researchers at the University of Michigan, Ryerson University and…




Hotel Impossible, possible

Orlando “Tito” Carlo, ’01 civil engineering, appeared on the December 2012 season premiere of the Travel Channel’s hit series “Hotel Impossible,” a show known for revamping struggling hotels. Carlo, who was working for his family-owned company, Orlando Carlo Inc., in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, at the time, served as a contractor to transform Caribe Playa Beach…