Tag: engineering

Into the Lab: Polymer and fiber engineering

David J. Branscomb, ’12 doctoral graduate in polymer and fiber engineering, recently won the “Best and Brightest” student poster competition at the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s Composites 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla. Branscomb’s poster, “Design Process for Open Architecture Composites,” describes his research exploring a process to design and manufacture a high strength-to-weight composite truss…




Into the Lab: Aerospace

Brian Thurow, W. Allen and Martha Reed associate professor in aerospace engineering, is working to adapt a camera technology called a plenoptic camera, or light-field camera, to study new methods for 3D velocity measurements in turbulent flows. Plenoptic cameras use a microlens array placed near an image sensor to record both the position and angle…




Into the Lab: Chemical

Allan David, John W. Brown assistant professor in chemical engineering, is conducting research in “smart nanomaterials,” nanoparticles and nanocomposites that respond to changes in their environment. While David will explore a wide array of applications for “smart nanomaterials,” his primary focus will be biomedicine. One project, for example, will utilize multimodal imaging agents to improve…




Into the Lab: Industrial and systems

Industrial and systems engineering faculty members Jerry Davis, Rich Sesek and Sean Gallagher have been awarded two grants totaling $1.5 million from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to support occupational safety and ergonomics and occupational injury prevention graduate programs in the department. “We are very pleased that our peer-reviewed proposals have…




Run, Riddle, Run

Auburn engineer David Riddle, aerospace engineering ‘04 and ‘07 and Madison, Ala., native, is fast. Really fast. Riddle is a lead engineer at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, but he is also a competitive distance runner, competing in marathons and running ultra-distance races, those longer than a traditional 26.2 mile marathon. His personal best marathon time…




It’s my job: Diane Hickey-Davis

Diane Hickey-Davis, referred to by friends as “Dr. Diamond,” incorporates thin film diamond for global semiconductor companies. Pictured here in front of a Class 1000 clean room, she is holding a patterned diamond-on-silicon wafer designed for advanced computing. With a passion for conveying her love of engineering and science to others, she also leads demonstrations…




5 Minutes With… Christopher B. Roberts

Growing up in the small town of St. Genevieve, Mo., Chris Roberts was surrounded by music — more importantly, by musical instruments. His father owned a music store and it was where Roberts hung out after school. His favorite part was fiddling around with the instruments, a pastime that would largely influence his career choice…




A little help from your friends

The college’s Office of Engineering Student Services now offers free individual and group tutoring sessions to all engineering students, including all pre-engineering subjects in math and science, as well as sophomore-level supporting courses in engineering. Individual tutoring sessions are made by appointment and are held in specially designated rooms throughout the Shelby Center. No appointment…




Climbing the ranks

It’s that time again, and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has increased in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings to 30th among public universities offering doctoral programs in engineering and 53rd overall. “These rankings are among the highest in the history of the College of Engineering … they are a testament to…




Bright, Brighter, Fulbright

Alice E. Smith, faculty member in Auburn University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, in the spring. Smith, whose research and teaching involves modeling and optimizing complex systems, will instruct a series of courses on adaptive optimization and…