Category: From the Dean

From the Dean

Over a year ago, everything changed. COVID-19 had spread through the United States, virtually shutting down life as we know it. But it could not stop the Auburn spirit.



From the Dean

It’s hard to believe that we are more than nine months into alternate operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while 2020 has presented more challenges than we could have ever imagined, I could not be more proud of how resilient our students, faculty and staff have been through it all.



Dean’s Message, Spring 2020

I hope this message finds you well during these unprecedented times.



From the Dean

It’s hard to believe the fall semester has already come to a close, but the latter half of 2019 has been an exciting time for Auburn Engineering. In July, our country celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest accomplishments in human history — landing on the moon. In this issue, we tell the…



From the Dean

At the end of each semester, I have the distinct honor of addressing and shaking hands with each of our amazing graduates during the engineering commencement ceremony. This spring’s event was no exception. During the ceremony, two particular graduates caught my attention with their awe-inspiring stories. Sam Cerio, our superstar gymnast who earned SEC Co-Scholar…



From the Dean

I enjoy writing these columns in Auburn Engineering because it gives me the opportunity to bring our readers up to date on our academics, our research, our people and our building program, and the bold new direction we’re taking. I am going to do something a little different this time, which is to keep my…




From the dean: Spring 2018

It’s amazing to look back on the past year as we begin the summer semester. We continue to reach new milestones in the growth of the quality of our programs, our faculty, our students and our facilities. We just dedicated the pavilion area to Broun Hall, the result of a generous gift by Dorothy Davidson…



From the dean: Fall 2017

Not long after I became dean I found a friend in Melissa Herkt, a 1977 civil engineering graduate who has a track record of accomplishment that has literally taken her around the world. I am happy to say she finally landed in Auburn, and has translated her energy and business acumen into a strong relationship…



From the dean: Spring 2017

As I walked down the Ginn Concourse and through the Carroll Commons early this morning, I enjoyed chatting with students and faculty about their upcoming final exams and their plans and aspirations for the summer term. It was hard for me to believe that the spring semester had already approached its close here in the…




From the dean: Fall 2016

Each academic year welcomes many new faces to campus, as thousands of freshmen descend upon the Plains. But here at the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, we’ve added even more new faces this year as we’ve welcomed dozens of new faculty members to our team. These talented researchers, scholars and instructors represent the most significant…