Faculty Highlights: Spring 2020

Vinamra Agrawal

Vinamra Agrawal, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, received a $408,000 National Science Foundation award to investigate the multiscaled response of materials when subjected to shock loading.

David Bevly

David Bevly, the Bill and Lana McNair Professor of mechanical engineering, received $444,000 in total awards for GPS and alternative positioning, navigation and timing research since November. 

Ben Bowers

Benjamin Bowers, assistant professor of pavements and materials engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was elected to be a director-at-large on the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists Board of Directors.

Pengyu Chen

Pengyu Chen, assistant professor of materials engineering, received a $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for leukemia cell mapping and immunotherapy research.

Lorenzo Cremaschi and Selen Cremaschi

Lorenzo Cremaschi, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and Selen Cremaschi, the B. Redd Professor of chemical engineering, were awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Department of Energy for their research on new “refrigerant-free” technology for building humidity control.

James Davidson

James Davidson, the Gottlieb Professor of structural engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, received an $800,000 grant from the Battelle Memorial Institute for structural engineering research. Civil engineering faculty members Brian Anderson, Justin Marshall and David Roueche are co-principal investigators.

George Flowers

George Flowers, professor of mechanical engineering and dean of the Graduate School, received the Glenn Howze Academic Freedom Award from the American Association of University Professors’ Auburn chapter.

Greg Harris

Greg Harris, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, received an Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award from Auburn University’s Graduate Student Council.

Pradeep Lall

Pradeep Lall, the John and Anne MacFarlane Professor of mechanical engineering, received $1 million in total awards for flexible electronics research since January.

Jasmeet Lamba

Jasmeet Lamba, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, was awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to advance understanding of heavy metal transport processes in agricultural fields applied with animal waste.

Shiwen Mao

Shiwen Mao, the Samuel Ginn Endowed Professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his students Chao Yang and Xuyu Wang received a Best Paper Award from the 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference for their work on RFID-based driving fatigue detection. He and his students Xuyu Wang and Lingjun Gao also received a Best Journal Paper Award from the IEEE Communications Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee for their work on deep learning-based indoor localization.

Scott Martin

Scott Martin, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering, received $590,000 in total awards for GPS and alternative positioning, navigation and timing research since November.

Mark Schall

Mark Schall, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, was appointed to the editorial boards of the journal Human Factors and the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.

Anton Schindler

Anton Schindler, the Mountain Spirit Professor of structural engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was named vice chair of the ACI Foundation’s Scholarship Council.

Alice Smith

Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor of industrial and systems engineering with a joint appointment in computer science and software engineering, is editor of a new book, “Women in Industrial and Systems Engineering.”

Yin Sun

Yin Sun, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, along with three co-authors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published a new book titled “Age of Information: A New Metric for Information Freshness.”

Bruce Tatarchuk

Bruce Tatarchuk, the Charles E. Gavin III Professor of chemical engineering, received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Navy for research on high-power battery systems.

Jakita Thomas

Jakita Thomas, the Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Associate Professor of computer science and software engineering, is co-editor of a Forum for Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Interactions magazine called “Intersectionality in HCI” (human-computer interaction). She is also the co-editor of a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Computing Education titled “Situating the Intersectional Experiences of Black Girls and Women in Computing and Technology​.”

Brian Thurow and Mike Hamilton

Brian Thurow, the W. Allen and Martha Reed Professor and chair of the Department  of Aerospace Engineering, and Michael Hamilton, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a $585,775 grant from the U.S. Air Force for a project titled “Miniature Imaging Systems for Embedded Internal Flow Field Measurements in High-Speed Ground Test Facilities.”

Randy West

Randy West, director of the National Center for Asphalt Technology, received an $800,000 grant from the National Academy of Sciences for a project researching pavement performance.

Levent Yilmaz

Levent Yilmaz, professor of computer science and software engineering, was named a fellow of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International.