Tag: new faculty

53 Game-changers: Asha-Dee Celestine

Asha-Dee Celestine, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, likes to think three-dimensionally. With a research interest in advancing additive manufacturing and 3-D printing to create new multifunctional materials, she sees the opportunity to use these materials not only in the aerospace community, but for medical and nanotechnology applications. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering…




53 Game-changers: Brendan Higgins

Have you ever looked at algae growing in a pond and wondered if it can fuel your car? Probably not. But this is a serious question for Brendan Higgins, assistant professor of biosystems engineering. Higgins is part of Auburn University’s team of researchers studying scalable energy conversion science and technology. He joined the university in…




53 Game-changers: Carlos Carrero

Carlos Carrero, assistant professor in chemical engineering, has been around the world and back again. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of the Andes in Venezuela and earned his doctoral degree in natural science from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany. Following completion of his doctorate, Carrero moved to…




53 Game-changers: Frances O’Donnell

Frances O’Donnell, assistant professor in civil engineering, is considered an expert on the world’s most abundant natural resource – water. Her research centers on ecohydrology, or the relationships between vegetation and the water cycle. Her passion developed while she was earning her bachelor’s in biology from Harvard University. “The beauty of what I study is…




53 Game-changers: Ujjwal Guinn

Counterfeiters, beware. Ujjwal Guin has you in his sights. No, he’s not a member of the Secret Service, which is responsible for investigating counterfeit currency. He’s an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and the focus of his research is how to detect counterfeit integrated circuits and prevent them from being used in electronic…




53 Game-changers: Greg Harris

For Greg Harris, the Auburn Engineering experience has come full circle. A 1981 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, Harris returned in 2016 as an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and director of the Southern Alliance for Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing. During the past 35 years, he has put his engineering talents…




53 Game-changers: Michael Zabala

After earning his bachelor’s degree at Auburn in mechanical engineering 10 short years ago, and going on to earn both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, Zabala has returned to his roots and research passion: biomechanics of movement. His specific research focus is on musculoskeletal function and disease for the purposes of injury…