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It’s My Job: Gus Lott

It’s My Job: Gus Lott

Guss Lott, an ’01 electrical engineering and physics graduate, designs virtual reality systems for insects and rats in order to study their brains – bridging the worlds of neuroscience and engineering. ’01 Electrical Engineering, Physics ’07 Biophysics Ph.D., Cornell University Instrumentation systems engineer Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Farm Campus […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Aerospace

Operating lighter-than-air vehicles (LTAVs) in high altitudes can cause aerodynamic problems from turbulent flow environments that generate gusty and high magnitude winds. Roy Hartfield, faculty member in aerospace engineering, is investigating LTAV aerodynamics and studying their behavior to extend the range of radar, provide higher solar panel efficiencies and allow […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Biosystems

During the past decade, the Southeast has experienced several severe droughts which have resulted in losses in agricultural productivity, water use restrictions, water quality degradation and conflicts among water-use sectors and states. Faculty member Puneet Srivastava and colleagues have received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Chemical

Fuel ethanol is typically made from corn, but chemical engineering faculty member Y.Y. Lee and his team have been working to make ethanol from non-crop raw materials, such as agricultural residues, energy crops such as switch grass and hardwood and waste material that includes pulp mill sludges. While investigating a […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Civil

Auburn civil engineering faculty members Jose Vasconcelos, Prabhakar Clement, Xing Fang, Joel Hayworth, Ahjeong Son and Dongye Zhao are studying the spread of oil-related substances and sediments from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill using physical modeling. The effects of oil contamination on the state of Alabama have been the focus […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Computer Science and Software

Funded by a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, faculty member Weikuan Yu is leading a team to pursue multidisciplinary research on computational climate modeling, computational atomic physics and applied computer science. The team includes faculty member Mitch Pindzola from the Department of Physics, faculty member Hanqin Tian from […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×
Into the Lab: Industrial and Systems

Into the Lab: Industrial and Systems

Lego sculptures have entered our shared cultural experience, whether they are created by your 3-year-old daughter building her first space ship, or a serious artist using millions of pieces to create a one-of-a-kind installation on a grand scale. At Auburn, Lego tiles are being used to design and build a […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Mechanical

Nanostructure-enhanced phase change materials (NePCM) represent a new class of thermal storage substances composed of colloidal dispersions in the nano-size range. Faculty member Jay Khodadadi, Alumni professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is conducting research that focuses on thermal conductivity enhancement of alkanes – commonly called paraffins – by […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

Into the Lab: Polymer and Fiber

Xinyu Zhang, assistant professor in the department, has developed a one-step oxidative templating strategy to prepare large quantities of two-dimensional nanostructures from conducting polymers. Conducting polymers are a group of materials, possessing both metallic and plastic properties, which can also be called organic metals or synthetic metals. Zhang and colleagues […]

by × June 22, 2011 ×

And the award goes to …

In February, two outstanding Auburn Engineering alumni, Bill Cutts and Dick Smith, were inducted into the prestigious State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. William J. (Bill) Cutts, a 1955 industrial management graduate and pioneer in the field of tanks and vessels, is president and CEO of American Tank & […]

by × June 15, 2011 ×