AUBURN Spring/Summer 2010
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
unners push off the line and head down Magnolia Avenue during the first ever Auburn Engineering Short Circuit 5k race hosted by the collegeâ€™s student organizations in February. Proceeds from the race, which followed a 3.1 mile course throughout campus, benefited the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Auburnâ€™s EWB chapter plans to visit Quesimpuco, Bolivia, in August to begin work on infrastructure projects that will improve the daily lives of its people.
Auburn Engineering Spring/Summer 2010 Volume 20, Issue 1 Office of the Dean Larry Benefield, dean Bob Karcher, assistant dean of student services Oliver Kingsley, associate dean for special projects Nels Madsen, associate dean for assessment Joe Morgan, associate dean for academics Ralph Zee, associate dean for research
Contents From the Dean
Office of Engineering Communications and Marketing Jim Killian, director
Itâ€™s my job
Destination: A Global Education
Into the Lab
Learning in Community
A Tiger of a Collector
Five minutes with . . .
Hall of Fame
Beth Smith, editor Contributors Cheryl Cobb Sally Credille Cassity Hughes Photography Andrew Cox, Jeff Etheridge Melissa Humble, Jim Killian Katherine Haon, graphic designer Office of Engineering Development Veronica Chesnut, interim director Dan Bush, associate director Heather Crozier, assistant director Ron Evans, associate director Dara Hosey, associate director Experience Auburn Engineering magazine online at www.eng.auburn.edu/magazine Auburn Engineering is published twice yearly by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Please send news items, suggestions and comments to: Engineering Communications and Marketing c/o Editor 1320 Shelby Center Auburn, AL 36849 334.844.2308 334.844.0176 fax email@example.com
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From the Dean As engineers, we are often recognized for our ability to make a positive impact on those around us by creating or improving technologies that make our lives better. There are almost too many examples that come to mind, ranging from the clean water in your kitchen to the cell phone in your hand. At the same time, engineers don’t always seem to be recognized for making a difference in people’s lives on a one-on-one basis. This is something I hear in the hallways, on the road and even through the reader surveys that we’ve included in recent copies of Auburn Engineering. My own experience indicates that nothing could be further from the truth. This issue of our magazine profiles the work that Justin Marshall of the Department of Civil Engineering has undertaken to relieve some of the pain and suffering that is present in Haiti. He was on site and working immediately following the earthquake that destroyed nearly all of the island’s infrastructure; and he remains committed to helping Haiti — and other earthquake sites — through his research and education efforts. Our students look for ways to help as well. In the last issue of Auburn Engineering, we reported on the founding of an Auburn University student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, whose vision is to help some of the more than 1.4 billion people in the developing world who live below the poverty line. The Auburn chapter will send a delegation of students to Quesimpuco, Bolivia, this summer for an initial needs assessment, with the goal of helping this small mountain village improve its housing, sanitation, clean water and transportation. A 5k fun run — the Engineering Short Circuit — organized by our Cupola Engineering Ambassadors, a student service group affiliated with the dean’s office, raised more than $2,000 to help defray trip expenses (see our inside cover for a photo of the inaugural race start). Closer to home, the College of Engineering is leveraging Kid Check, a cooperative effort that joins students and faculty in computer science and software engineering with those in the School of Nursing to conduct children’s health screenings in medically underserved communities. We described this innovative program, which seeks to secure patient information digitally through the use of portable wireless devices and create an instantly accessible and secure database, in the previous issue of our magazine. These are just a few examples of the many projects that the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is involved in that are making a difference. You will read about others in this edition that include our faculty, staff and students. At the same time, I know that many of our alumni are working in ways that make a difference — if you want to share these kinds of projects with your fellow alums, please let us know about them.
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Picking up the pieces by Sally Credille
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hen civil engineering faculty member Justin Marshall arrived in Haiti on Jan. 26,
14 days after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook the capital city of Port-au-Prince, it was the first time he had set foot on the tiny island. Though it had been two weeks since the quake — now considered the sixth deadliest earthquake in recorded history — Haitian citizens were still without electricity, water or secure shelter; and they remained fearful of powerful aftershocks. Marshall was there to evaluate the earthquake’s damage and assess the stability of affected structures in and around the port city. The devastation was unlike anything he had ever seen, even having spent a year deployed with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Clearly, there was plenty of
Photo by Steve Baldridge
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As soon as they could, Marshall’s Haiti group went to work. The team included engineers and experts from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Washington, Georgia Tech and Baldridge and Associates of Honolulu. The U.S. Southern Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilitated the team’s assignments to report on the stability of structures, many of which were linked to local United Nations efforts. Marshall’s group reported findings on the structural stability of more than 50 buildings and bridges in Port-au-Prince and outlying port areas, including barracks for peacekeepers, hospitals, motor pools and schools — some for American families at the U.S. embassy. By entering and examining structures previously marked by search and rescue crews, Marshall and the team recorded areas near the epicenter with a 62 percent collapse rate of buildings whose main structural elements were affected. Eighty-five percent of these structures were reported as too damaged to repair. From the outside, they looked like what Marshall calls “a stack of pancakes on top of each other.” And each day presented a new fear — aftershocks — which are common after an earthquake of such magnitude. There were 52 of them measuring 4.5 magnitude or greater in the two weeks following the initial quake. One of the team’s missions was to install equipment to monitor aftershocks resulting from the earthquake. “Most of the people were living in tents,” said Marshall. “They were too scared to stay in any of the buildings because of aftershocks. People were just too afraid to go inside.”
A Better Way of Building In third world countries like Haiti, most residential homes are built by their owners, with little knowledge of construction techniques necessary for seismic resistance and minimal access to quality building materials. But that’s not the only thing that’s different about construction outside of the U.S. “They’ll leave rebar sticking out at the top of the house so that they can go back, when their family expands or they have more money, and complete it later,” said Marshall. “They just build up.” That’s why Marshall is also bringing building materials used in Haiti and other third world countries to the U.S. and Auburn to explore their properties. They’re testing the materials’ strength and the quality of the brick, rebar and ties to develop new, simple, effective and affordable building materials. “They’re knocking mortar off bricks and building right back the same way it was before,” he said. “Better techniques and better materials could substantially improve the stability of their homes.” Along with groups like Confined Masonry Network, Marshall and others are developing concrete and masonry products that can be used to build cost-effective structures that are safe in earthquake zones. However, even with better products, citizens need information on safer building practices; and one of the major challenges is translating these educational materials for those who actually construct the buildings.
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“Some of these groups are working on translating technical information into basic drawings so that a builder with no background in construction can have guidelines to build a safer home on his own,” Marshall adds.
Back in Auburn Marshall worked with several civil engineering graduate students, including Emily Dunham, Tom Hadzor, Dustin Sadler, Brian Rhett, Haitham Eletrabi, Taylor Rawlinson and Daniel Mundie, to use visual tools like Google Earth to view satellite images of locations around the world — from global to street level — and analyze grids of land in Haiti. By examining before and after images of the earthquake’s destruction, they can often determine if a structure has completely collapsed or merely suffered severe damage. “A lot of the buildings out there, unfortunately, looked demolished,” said Sadler. These efforts, organized by the World Bank and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, involved structural engineers, scientists and geographic information systems experts from across the globe. By establishing the Global Earth Observation Catastrophe Assessment Network, volunteers were able to conduct two phases of preliminary damage assessment from the aerial images. The results are already being used by World Bank planners for critical reconstruction and recovery planning. This is the first use of these technologies for earthquake recovery efforts. “Much of the damage from the Haitian earthquake could have been prevented with proper building codes and construction practices,” adds Rawlinson, whose graduate research focuses on the response of various structural systems to earthquakes. “Seeing the devastation serves as extra motivation to improve structural design that can better withstand earthquakes.” According to an announcement by the World Bank in January, just two days after Marshall’s arrival, volunteers had already identified more than 13,000 buildings as either totally destroyed or heavily damaged. This data, along with information on the size of the structures prior to the quake, is helping to assess the loss and devastation, as well as the needs for rebuilding the area — the most important part of assisting people there long term. “I think the biggest thing I was able to get out of helping with this initiative is that, while I may not be part of a typical rescue organization, I was able to use the skills I am developing in a way to not only help others, but in this case, to further the relief efforts immediately after the earthquake,” said Dunham. With iconic structures like Haiti’s national palace, ministry of health building and judicial palace destroyed, the Haitian people have a long road ahead, brick by brick, to recovering their country’s structural stability. With experts like Justin Marshall and his civil engineering graduate students, they are not alone.
Photos by Justin Marshall
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happenings And the Winner is … Keeping Diseases Grounded Illnesses and airplanes are a risky combination. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), last year in the United States, approximately 688 million passengers shared seats, tray tables and other contact points within aircraft cabins. With recent outbreaks of SARS, H1N1 and other communicable diseases, the transmission of pathogens in confined spaces is a growing concern for travelers and flight crews. A team of Auburn researchers is studying how various microorganisms survive in the air inside planes and on frequently touched surfaces, as well as the actual risk of contracting a communicable disease during air travel. Materials engineering faculty member Tony Overfelt and James Barbaree of biological sciences have received a $300,000 grant from the FAA to conduct this work. Administered by the Airliner Cabin Environment Research Program of the FAA’s National Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Research in the Intermodal Transport Environment (RITE), the project is geared toward better understanding how pathogens are transmitted within airline cabins and how developing technologies can more rapidly detect harmful microorganisms. Kirby Farrington, an Auburn microbiologist, is assisting with study methodology based on his experience with pharmaceutical clean rooms and risk-based approaches to contamination control. Auburn will also partner with the Harvard School of Public Health, Purdue University and Kansas State University to integrate research findings that enable industry leaders to ensure the safety of their crews and to calm public concerns related to disease transmission.
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Computer science and software engineering freshman Brian Agalsoff was recently awarded $10,000 by Muse Games for a computer game he developed called Dream Trip, originally named Ballin. With a focus on delivering unique 3D, multiplayer games right to your web browser, Muse created the Indie Development Challenge and invited contestants to enter their simple, no-art-necessary prototypes of unique games created with Unity software. The company liked the way Agalsoff combined familiar concepts in new and inventive ways, provided simple core mechanics for easy use and displayed graphics dramatically with striking effects, commenting that he “really personifies the indie developer ...” With the competition in the bag, Agalsoff will work with Muse developers to complete and release Dream Trip to the public. Be on the lookout for Agalsoff’s finished game coming soon and play the Dream Trip prototype at musegames.com/community/immunitychallenge.
Industry + Research A new partnership Auburn University is establishing a new presence in Huntsville through a research center that will partner with federal agencies and industry to advance national and homeland security, as well as space exploration. Rodney Robertson, a 1980 electrical engineering graduate and director of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command’s technical center, will lead the new center. Robertson has worked in federal science and engineering leadership positions for nearly 30 years, more than 20 of them in the Huntsville area. The new center, which opens July 1, will pair Auburn researchers in defense, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, biotechnology and information technology with government agencies and industry in north Alabama that are seeking expertise in those areas. It will also allow Auburn to tap into the more than $5.8 billion in research funds that flow each year into the 52 government offices at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal. Auburn will pursue research opportunities with the Space and Missile Defense Command, Missile Defense Agency, Missile and Space Intelligence Center, NASA and other federal agencies, according to John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research.
According to military statistics, nearly 70 percent of all casualties in the Iraqi conflict have been caused by roadside bombs. In Afghanistan alone, the number of deaths attributed to an improvised explosive device (IED) doubled to 176 in 2008 — and these numbers are increasing at a rapid pace. To combat these dangers, polymer and fiber engineering faculty member Gwynedd Thomas is part of a team developing new vehicle armor that provides military personnel greater protection against IED roadside bombs. Testing has shown that the group’s prototypes are able to absorb blast waves better than the standard rolled hardened steel that U.S. military vehicles currently use. Thomas and colleague David Walrath of the University of Wyoming’s Department of Mechanical Engineering are working with Kennon Products, Inc. of Sheridan, Wyo., a manufacturer of protective equipment and coverings for aviation and military applications. Their extensive work with lightweight ballistic protection and composite materials is proving vital to the development of new designs that better withstand the blasts from these bombs.
Braving the Roadside Blast
“The designs that we are developing for explosion and ballistic protection will offer new and innovative solutions for all of our military services and will provide an increased degree of safety for our American men and women in combat,” said Thomas.
Roar Heard ’Round the Country Auburn’s Tigernomics team took home second and third place prizes in an annual nationwide student ergonomics design competition sponsored by Auburn Engineers, a consulting firm not affiliated with Auburn University. Industrial and systems engineering student team members Sean Salvas, Sura Toptanci, Angela Setera, Celal Gungor and Brad Townson each received a $200 prize. Tigernomics was among six finalists that qualified by completing all aspects of the design competition held between Sept. 7 and Nov. 10. The team’s adviser is industrial and systems engineering faculty member Richard Sesek.
Joseph Shanahan, computer science and software engineering senior, recently received the $10,000 Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, offered through a partnership between Google and Lime, an organization that focuses on opportunities and employment for people with disabilities. The scholarships are awarded based on candidates’ strong academic backgrounds, leadership experience and passion for computer science. In summer 2009, Shanahan received the National Science Foundation AccessComputing internship to work with faculty member Daniela Marghitu on K-12 outreach programs.
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A Better Process for an Old Favorite The Highway Research Center, based in the Department of Civil Engineering, was recently awarded funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a project on alternative fuels for cement processing. The $1.4 million grant will fund research on the use of alternative fuels to produce Portland cement, the most widely used manufactured material in the construction industry. Fuel costs and environmental concerns have encouraged the cement industry to explore alternatives to the use of conventional fossil fuels while continuing to produce high-quality cement, decreasing the use of nonrenewable fuels and minimizing the impact on the environment. Anton Schindler, civil engineering faculty member and director of the center, will serve as the principal investigator of the project. He will be assisted by Ralph Zee, associate dean of research for the College of Engineering, chemical engineering faculty member Steve Duke, mechanical engineering faculty member Tom Burch, and agronomy and soils faculty member David Bransby. The team is joined by Lafarge North America, which will conduct full-scale trial burns at its Calera, Ala., plant. For more on the Highway Research Center, please visit eng.auburn.edu/research/centers/highway
FORE This fall, the Department of Civil Engineering will host two golf tournaments, one in Birmingham and the other in Atlanta, to benefit the department and its students. The 14th Annual Auburn University Civil Engineering Scholarship Endowment Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Aug. 5, at Ballantrae Golf Club in Pelham, Ala. The tournament will be a four-person team scramble. Advance registration is required. For more information or to be added to the registration mailing list, contact Scott Sheumaker, Brasfield & Gorrie, at AUCEGolfTournament@ BrasfieldGorrie.com or 205.328.4000. For Atlanta-area alumni and friends, an August or early September tournament is in the works. For information on participating, contact Scott Ayers, American Cast Iron Pipe Company, at email@example.com or 770.354.9311.
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Testing the Waters During spring break, 900 civil engineering students attended the 2010 Southeast Regional American Society of Civil Engineering Student Chapter Conference. The conference, hosted by Auburn, gave students the opportunity to put their engineering skills to the test and prove once and for all that concrete can indeed float. In addition to meetings and technical presentations, the conference included the concrete canoe competition, as well as steel bridge, geotechnical and transportation, in which Auburn placed first. Events were scattered across three days and nine venues, including West Point Lake, where the concrete canoe competition was held. The lineup included Shanghai University in China and the University of Puerto Rico, in addition to 23 Southeastern schools. The Auburn team performed well, finishing sixth overall.
ChE Doctoral Student Awards Auburn University recently recognized chemical engineering doctoral students Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil and Kendall Hurst for academic excellence. Chemmangattuvalappil was selected as one of four graduate students to receive the prestigious Harry Merriwether Fellowship, which was created through a gift from an anonymous donor in honor of 1943 graduate Harry Merriwether. Chemmangattuvalappil conducts research with Mario Eden, a Mary and John H. Sanders associate professor in chemical engineering, marking the third year that a student from Eden’s research group has been selected for the fellowship. Hurst was named one of Auburn’s Distinguished Outstanding Doctoral Students for 2009-2010. He works under the direction of Christopher Roberts, Uthlaut professor and chemical engineering department chair, and Robert Ashurst, assistant professor in chemical engineering. The Winning Formula Chris Nau, a junior in mechanical engineering and member of Auburn’s Formula SAE team, earned first place at the SAE Alabama Section Student Presentation Competition in March in Tuscaloosa. Nau received a $400 prize for his presentation, “Salisbury Style, High Bias Ratio Differentials for Formula SAE Vehicles,” and was selected by an industry judging panel from Baja SAE and Formula SAE teams from Auburn, University of Alabama and University of Alabama-Birmingham.
A To p S c h o l a r David Harris, a junior in chemical engineering, has been chosen as a 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. The scholarship, awarded to only about 300 students nationwide, is widely considered the nation’s most prestigious award for undergraduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Students in the Spotlight
Harris specializes in biomedical applications of chemical engineering and his goal is to use polymer engineering to make a safer and more effective drug-eluting stent. A graduate of Spain Park High School in Hoover and a member of Auburn’s Honors College, Harris’ research has been guided by Mark Byrne, a Mary and John Sanders associate professor in chemical engineering and director of the Biomedical Devices and Drug Delivery Labs at Auburn University. Harris was also awarded a 2010 Susan Stacy Entrenkin Yates Scholastic Achievement Award from the Auburn chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. This award, established by pharmacy graduate S. Blake Yates ‘33, is presented each year to outstanding juniors who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, activities and character.
Be (more) Prepared A Statesman Indeed Associate Dean for Special Projects Oliver D. Kingsley, Jr. has been recognized with two significant honors this year. He received the Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award, given in recognition of statesmanlike contributions by the organizations representing the businesses and professionals involved in commercial nuclear technologies. Kingsley was also awarded an honorary doctorate at Auburn University’s fall graduation in honor of his revolutionary work on the operation of U.S. nuclear power plants and his numerous contributions to the civilian field of nuclear energy. “I have been blessed to receive numerous awards over the course of my career, but the honorary doctorate is possibly the most significant,” Kingsley said. An Auburn alumnus and member of the National Academy of Engineering, Kingsley’s focus is on attracting other members of the National Academies to the Auburn faculty, in accordance with the university’s strategic goals.
Learning wilderness skills and tying the perfect knot are not the only ways Boy Scouts can earn their prized merit badges these days. At Auburn, scouts have the opportunity to attend Merit Badge University (MBU) to earn badges in a higher education setting. The weekend event is hosted each year by Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, a coed fraternity that was founded on principles from the Boy Scouts of America. MBU enables scouts to visit a college town, access academic resources and take merit badge courses that are often taught by university faculty. Scouts can choose from more than 30 courses ranging from art to engineering to soil and water conservation. This year, civil engineering senior and Alpha Phi Omega member Mark Nugent organized Auburn’s MBU. Nugent joined the fraternity in 2007 as a way to give back to the community, and his involvement with MBU allows him to interact with scouts who participate in the program. For more information about MBU or Alpha Phi Omega, please visit aphio-delta.org.
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It’s my job
Interviewed by Jim Killian Victor Rundquist ’05 Wireless, ’06 MS Electrical Research and Development Engineer Southwire Continuous Rod Division/Southwire Carrollton, Ga. Typical day . . . Prototyping and testing new concepts —
Southwire is a diversified manufacturer that participates in a wide variety of markets. We are always searching the horizon for new technologies . . . my part is to help concept and test as we move to design and manufacturing.
Current projects . . . I am part of three patent
applications in the works right now — one in infrared and two in proprietary technologies that are being developed. Some of the research leading to them has been published in industry trade journals. A big deal for us! Early on . . . I’ve always wanted a job in R&D, because it’s
Are YOU smarter than a freshman? Question:
The Friday after Thanksgiving, shopaholic Mona heads to Eagle Mall to do her Christmas shopping. It is raining, and in her haste to
in my nature to see how things work. Even before I was an undergraduate, I had an interest in prototyping, although I wouldn’t have known to call it that then.
find a parking space she forgets to
My Auburn Engineering . . . My education was very hands-on, and I am grateful for that. My job requires a familiarity with the tools and techniques that allow me to prototype in the lab, an essential part of what I do. Some engineers come in who can work that calculator, but don’t know what end of a wrench to hold. At the same time, I learned analytics and the kind of creative thinking needed to break new ground.
Geek moment . . . I’m not a geek, ha ha. Well, maybe I am
are on, how long does Mona have to
. . . but you would have to ask my wife Amber — who, by the way, is also an Auburn engineer.
turn off her lights. She has an older car and the lights will not turn off
Mona’s car battery is rated at 12-volt, 70 amp-hours, each head light is rated at 80 watts and each tail light is rated at 40 watts. If all of these lamps shop before her battery is dead as a door nail?
Turning point . . . I was the exec chair of the Cupola
Two head lights draw 160 watts, two tail lights draw 80 watts and, therefore, the total power dissipation is 240 watts. DC power in watts = (voltage in volts) (current in amperes). Hence, 240 watts/12 volts = 20 amperes. Then, 70 amp-hours = (20 amperes) (time in hours). Therefore, time = 3.5 hours.
Wentworth taught me the ins and outs of radio frequency theory — concepts I use daily at work. I also learned as much working in the dean's office as I did in class — it was just part of a total Auburn experience that has made me an Auburn person.
Career basics . . . professors like Lloyd Riggs and Stu
Mona has three and a half hours to shop.
Engineering Ambassadors my senior year . . . it really was a turning point. I learned to do more than keep my head in the books, I learned soft skills, how to interact with people, and how to get things done in the real world.
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Destination: A global education
by Cassity Hughes
As opportunities in international education and business increase, Auburn Engineering is leaving its footprint around the globe. One of those opportunities is the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a full-year work-study cultural exchange program in Germany designed for college students and recent graduates. Each year, the 75 program participants experience everyday life, education and professional training in Germany through classroom instruction at a German university and five months in an internship related to the participant’s desired field. They also live with a host family, joining in family activities and daily household responsibilities. The CBYX was created in 1983 by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to North America. Young people who participate learn the importance of common values, mutual acceptance and lasting international relationships. Mark Keske is one of four Auburn Engineering students who have participated in the program. During his senior year as a mechanical engineering student, he studied German at the Carl Duisburg Centrum in Saarbrücken and took mechanical engineering courses at the Universität Stuttgart. He interned with Bosch in the gasoline systems department, developing new software applications. Keske is just one example of Auburn Engineering students who are taking advantage of opportunities to live and study abroad. “What did I enjoy about my time in Germany? Simply everything,” he said. “The traveling, the cultural experiences and above all, the people.” Keske is now back in Auburn completing his senior project and plans to graduate this year. We have included some posts from Keske’s blog that he kept during his time in Germany.
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Engineering in a New Language
I am very excited to have this opportunity to live and work in Germany and to experience its way of life. During my second co-op work tour, I decided to study abroad. I was in Washington D.C. when I met Nick Conrad, global programs director for Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, who just happened to be in Baltimore for a national study abroad conference.
Even my classes are enjoyable. I’m living on campus at the Universität Stuttgart in Vaihingen with five roommates, four German engineering students and one from Panama. I’m taking three classes, System Dynamics and Control Engineering auf Deutsch, Turbochargers auf English with a real English professor and another German language class in the Stadtmitte. I am able to understand the general idea in the systems class.
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Through Nick, I met Will Maier, assistant program officer for the CBYX. It turns out that going to Baltimore might be the most important educational decision I ever made.
Extended Family September 10, 2008
While in Saarbrücken, I have grown very close to my host family. I hit the jackpot when it comes to placements. Since I first arrived in August, I have felt at home in many different ways. We eat dinner together every night, and we often do things together on the weekends.
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I was fortunate to participate in the host family’s Weinlese, the vintage process of picking grapes and creating the finished product. We started at the break of dawn in the crisp Uhlbach air ... we picked grapes, talked and joked all day ... had lunch in the middle of an open section and ate butter pretzels and bread with delicious cheese and lunch meat. We also drank tea and wine from the earlier harvests.
Halfway There March 8, 2009
January was the official half-way point of the CBYX. We had a week mid-year seminar in Bonn in which we gave group presentations covering aspects from Germany’s history in the European Union to Germany’s viewpoint on the environment. It was an opportunity to learn and to see all of my friends from Saarbrücken again.
On the Job April 10, 2009
A Cultural Exchange October 17, 2008
The host family and I went to the Völklinger Hütte in Saarbrücken, an iron and steel plant that has been named an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. We had the opportunity to see the machines up close. In the exhibition gallery you can experiment with magnetism and create your own processing line. All of the elements (fire, wind, water, etc.) were displayed throughout different rooms — my favorite was the fire room where a fire tornado was created using the natural gases given off in the steel making process. Eight of us from language school took off for Heidelberg. This was the first time for most of us to travel without our host families. We visited the Heidelberg Schloss and we saw the Großes Fass, an extremely large wine barrel capable of holding over 58,000 gallons. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. We ordered our lunch and dinner in only Deutsch. It was great to be able to read the menus and know what most everything on the card said.
I am working in the diesel gasoline systems department of Bosch in Schwieberdingen, Germany. I develop new software applications within MATLAB that ease the analysis of emissions inspections. We deal primarily with Volkswagen and VW-related motors. I receive my tasks from co-workers who have work-related problems with number crunching or data analysis, and after I develop a bug-free solution to their need, the MATLAB application is sent to the execution department. This department turns the .m file into an .exe so the program can be run outside of MATLAB. I have enjoyed applying what I learned at Auburn University to real life. I have also assisted in the conditioning of test vehicles before emission measurements and conducted real time measurements while driving on the miniature test track. In one test, I was allowed to tag along as we did some sample collection on ... the Autobahn! I have been extremely fortunate with my entire set up at Bosch. Read more about Keske’s experiences at americacoop.blogspot.com Auburn Engineering 15
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A research project by Auburn University and Ford Motor Company shows that global positioning system (GPS) satellites that can “talk” to cars could help prevent serious accidents. Auburn’s GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, directed by mechanical engineering faculty member David Bevly, received a three-year, $120,000 grant from Ford in 2008 as part of the company’s University Research Program. The research team is investigating combining GPS and inertial measurement data to provide precise information on vehicle motion. This data could be used to improve performance of a vehicle’s electronic stability control system, a computerized technology that improves the safety of a vehicle by detecting and minimizing skids. The project is part of Ford Motor Company’s $4 million investment in university research programs in 2009, including 16 safety projects. “A satellite orbiting the earth could someday prevent an auto accident,” said Gerhard Schmidt,
Ford’s chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering. “We applaud the Auburn team for these advancements and look forward to working together on the next phase of this research, including developing prototype vehicles.” The researchers have found potential for a GPS satellite to act as an early warning system that detects when a vehicle is about to lose control. It can then communicate with the vehicle’s stability control systems and other safety systems to prevent a rollover or other serious accident. The project’s breakthroughs include developing algorithms combining data from sensors in Ford vehicles with data from GPS receivers. This has led to predictive models that can calculate a vehicle’s roll angle, sideslip and velocity under various driving conditions. “Stability control is one of the most important safety technologies of this decade,” said Jeff Rupp, manager with Ford Active Safety Systems Engineering. “Ford is committed to safety leadership, and research partnerships like this help us achieve success.” Auburn Engineering 17
Into the Lab Aerospace In the humid heat of south Florida, the citrus psyllid — a tiny pest — is feasting on oranges by the acre, causing citrus crop farmers big trouble. Aerospace engineering faculty member Andy Shelton, along with chemical engineering faculty member Ron Neuman and a University of Florida entomologist with the Citrus Research and Education Center, are studying a citrus psyllid repellent called dimethyl disulfide, which is found naturally in onions, cabbage and garlic. And it’s stinky stuff. With Neuman’s expertise in physical chemistry and chemical analysis and Shelton’s computational fluid dynamic simulation and deployment analysis, the team is developing a mixture, as well as a dispenser, to deliver the repellent at the right time and location in the orange groves with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. So the little psyllid can live another day, somewhere else. Adult Asian citrus psyllid
Biosystems Water availability is greatly influenced by climate. During the past decade, the Southeast has experienced several severe droughts, which have caused losses in agricultural productivity and increased wildfires, water use restrictions and conflicts among different water users and states. The ocean-atmosphere phenomenon that has the greatest influence on drought and flood in the Southeast is known as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Through two externally-funded projects, biosystems engineering faculty member Puneet Srivastava and his colleagues are using ENSO information generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to develop methods for addressing both drought and flood in the Southeast. In the first project, Srivastava and Latif Kalin, a faculty member in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, as well as collaborators from
the University of Florida, University of Georgia, NOAA Climate Prediction Center and California State University, are working on a NOAA-funded project to reduce drought risks for small- to midsize municipalities in the Southeast. The overall goal is to develop a water deficit index for municipal water managers and help them better plan for drought. Once fully developed, the index has potential to become part of NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. In a separate project funded by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, Srivastava, Kalin and Charlene LeBlue, a faculty member in Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, are developing methods to reduce flood risks in the coastal areas of Alabama.
Chemical The human heart beats almost 75 times per minute or more than four million beats per year. In chemical engineering faculty member Elizabeth Lipke’s lab, hearts that have lost their rhythm are getting a jump start. Lipke is using induced-pluripotent stem cells to grow heart tissue that responds to electrical pulses, just like a beating heart. By engineering polymers that guide these cells to become specialized heart cells called cardiomyocytes, Lipke’s
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team can form new engineered cardiac tissues that respond in the same way as existing heart tissue. These new tissues can also be used outside of the body to test pharmaceuticals and their potential to produce dangerous side effects such as cardiac arrhythmias. For a grandmother who suffered a heart attack or a child with a genetic hole in his heart, Lipke’s work with engineered cardiac tissue is offering unhealthy hearts the chance to heal.
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Into the Lab Civil Faculty member David Timm and graduate student Kendra Peters-Davis recently published a report entitled “Recalibration of the Asphalt Layer Coefficient,” which establishes that today’s asphalt layer designs are structurally stronger than layers used during the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Road Tests of 1958-1960. Their test track study recalibrating the structural coefficient of asphalt layers is allowing the Alabama Department of Transportation to decrease its hot-mix asphalt pavement thickness by nearly 19 percent and enabling the DOT to meet structural requirements with no loss in structural integrity. The Alabama DOT has implemented the new pavement program in its 2010 budget, stretching the state’s resurfacing budget farther than last year to pave more roads, lanes and miles, which translates to almost $20 million a year in savings.
Timm and Peters-Davis’ report was featured in the January/ February 2010 issue of Hot Mix Asphalt Technology and can be read at nxtbook.com/ nxtbooks/naylor/NAPS0110/index.php#/30
Computer Science and Software Saad Biaz, Wei-Shinn Ku and Xiao Qin, CSSE faculty members, recently received more than $323,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for continuing the university’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site on mobile and pervasive computing. “Hosting an REU site brings more attention and recognition to the university and its programs,” said Biaz. “We have a history of undergraduate research at Auburn and in the College of Engineering.”
For its first six years, the computer science and software engineering REU site was operated by Biaz and department chair Kai Chang. Since the department hosted its first REU in mobile and pervasive computing in 2003, CSSE has received almost $1 million in support of the program. This REU site will help develop a diverse group of undergraduate participants from fouryear institutions and community colleges that have had a limited opportunity to engage in research activities.
Electrical and Computer Faculty members Foster Dai, Charles Stroud and Victor Nelson have been named principal investigators for a project recently awarded $642,000 by BAE Systems, Inc. The team will be working on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Self-HEALing mixed-signal Integrated Circuits (HEALICs) program with the Built-in Self-Test (BIST) technology they have developed. The BIST project utilizes a built-in direct digital synthesizer as the test pattern generator that can generate various test waveforms, such as chirp, ramp, step frequency, two-tone frequencies, sweep frequencies, minimum shift keying, phase modulation, amplitude
modulation, quadrature amplitude modulation and other hybrid modulations. The BIST scheme utilizes a multiplier followed by an accumulator as the output response analyzer. The multiplier extracts the spectrum information at the desired frequency without using fast Fourier transforms and the accumulator picks up the direct current component by averaging the multiplier output. This allows for analog circuitry functionality tests, such as frequency response, gain, cut-off frequency, signal-to-noise ratio and linearity measurement. The patent for this technology was issued in September 2008.
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Industrial and Systems As a visiting faculty member at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Auburnâ€™s Jorge Valenzuela is working with scientists at the research Center for Energy, Environmental and Economic Systems Analysis (CEEESA) on modeling the economics of wind energy generation. To provide effective price signals for the development of wind energy, Valenzuela is developing a probabilistic model to evaluate the effects of high penetration of wind energy on electricity prices and estimate wind-farm revenues from wind power generation. Wind energy is considered one of the cleanest renewable energy sources that can compete economically with conventional fuel sources for electric power generation. Wind energy produces no greenhouse gases, has no effect on climate change and produces little environmental impact. Understanding economic impacts of wind energy on electricity markets is important due to the increasing penetration of wind power in the generation mix of power systems. Government tax incentives and wind turbines have made wind energy technology economically attractive to electric power utilities. However, due to the intermittency of the wind, planning and operating a wind farm is challenging. The uncertain behavior of wind obligates systems operators to keep conventional generating units running to meet the actual demand for electricity.
Wind farms show potential as a clean and renewable energy source.
Polymer and Fiber Students in the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering (PFE) are conducting a senior design project in cooperation with GKN Aerospace in Tallassee, Ala., one of the leading multinational companies in aerospace manufacturing. Four PFE student teams are working with GKN engineers on a two-semester capstone project to improve manufacturing and production of polymer composite parts produced by the company. This past fall, students learned how to identify, characterize, approach and solve
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engineering problems, while also visiting GKN to become familiar with the work environment and identify areas for improvement in the company. Students made a presentation to GKN engineers and faculty in the department on results of their activities and their plan of work for the spring semester. They will write a report and make a final presentation of their findings and proposed improvements at the end of the spring semester.
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Maria Auad, assistant professor in polymer and fiber engineering, received a renewal grant from 3M for $15,000. The grant recognizes outstanding new faculty for the quality and pertinence of research, and is intended to help faculty achieve tenure, remain in teaching and conduct research. The award is unrestricted and can be used for any purpose in basic research. This marks Auad’s second year to receive the grant. Sanjeev Baskiyar, associate professor in computer science and software engineering, received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) award for more than $160,000 which will fund research related to innovative microarchitectures for high-speed and lowpower computing. DARPA is the central research and development organization for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Sushil Bhavnani, professor in mechanical engineering, recently received the Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In his 23 years at Auburn, Bhavnani has helped introduce an interdisciplinary teaming course to teach students skills in interpersonal relationships, crisis management and objectivity in response to engineering accreditation guidelines that emphasize the importance of teaching undergraduate engineering students to work collaboratively.
Mark Byrne, Mary and John H. Sanders professor of chemical engineering, received the inaugural Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship. The award recognizes faculty who have taken extraordinary measures to mentor undergraduate students in research and scholarship. Byrne was selected by a five-member committee of faculty and students. He has been an Auburn faculty member for six years and has mentored more than 20 undergraduate researchers.
Yehia El Mogahzy, professor in polymer and fiber engineering, recently published the book Engineering Textiles: Integrating the Design and Manufacture of Textile Products, which serves as a guide to textile product design and development for engineers, textile technologists, fiber scientists, and researchers developing traditional and new generation textile products. The book discusses several
approaches to the fiber-to-fabric engineering of various textile products. Chapters cover key topics such as structure, characteristics and the design of textiles.
Jeffrey Fergus, professor in materials engineering, has been named as a top author of four major article listings. One article, “Recent Developments in Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries,” was the top listing for material science and chemistry, and the number two listing in the energy category on Elsevier’s list of Top 25 Hottest Articles. The article was also featured in the Journal of Power Sources, which provides an interdisciplinary forum on the science, technology and commercialization of primary and secondary batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors and photoelectrochemical cells. Elsevier is the world’s leading publisher of science and health information, serving more than 30 million scientists, students and health professionals worldwide.
Molly Hughes, instructor in civil engineering, received the 2010 Chi Epsilon Southern District Excellence in Teaching Award. Hughes was nominated by the Auburn Chi Epsilon chapter, whose members attended the Chi Epsilon national conclave to support Hughes and take home their own awards. The Southern District includes coastal states from South Carolina to Louisiana. Xiao Qin, assistant professor in computer science and software engineering, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for more than $149,000 for his research on developing OoSec, a middleware framework for courses on computer security. The program allows teachers to help students learn the rapid development of critical security software and is the first educational material of its kind designed to teach real-world computing system security to undergraduate students. Lu Ann Sims, academic adviser and instructor in industrial and systems engineering, was recently elected as the Southeast region vice president for the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), joining eleven other regional vice presidents who support IIE chapters in the U.S. and Canada. During her twoyear term, she will provide support for
Faculty Highlights chapter and region leaders, and work to foster strong relationships between the chapters, regions and IIE members. The Southeast region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.
Robert Thomas, professor in industrial and systems engineering, was selected to serve on the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Research Committee, which supports research to advance the prevention of injury and illness. The committee is responsible for developing, selecting, evaluating and promoting proposals that address key safety and health issues, while maintaining a program for soliciting research grants, evaluating research topics and recommending research projects to trustees. Jorge Valenzuela, associate professor in industrial and systems engineering, has joined the editorial board of Energy Systems: Optimization, Modeling, Simulation and Economic Aspect, the newest publication from Springer, an international publisher in science, technology and medicine, for optimization and modeling professionals worldwide. The journal will focus on economic approaches to energy systemsrelated topics, including power systems optimization, unit commitment, power generation, power trading, electricity risk management, competition in electricity markets, bidding strategies and market power issues.
Jin Wang, Redd assistant professor in chemical engineering, was awarded a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her research on coculture systems that create cellulosic biomass, the most abundant and inexpensive renewable feedstock used to produce ethanol for biofuels. Wang will optimize the fermentation of a glucose and xylose mixture using the cocultures S. cerevisiae and P. stipitis, and develop a mathematical model to describe the dynamic interactions between the two strains.
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Hackers Beware by Cheryl Cobb
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ou’re checking out at the store after a marathon shop and swipe your credit card, only to find out that the system won’t take it. The same thing is happening to others across the nation. A rash of bad credit? No. You are the victim of a cybercrime caused by a hacker who launched a virus that overwhelmed the credit card company’s computer systems — effectively shutting down commerce.
tracking the bad guys requires slogging through miles of logs, which are increasingly being tampered with by the same people the good guys are trying to track. Prosecution is a rarity. We want to change that.”
Another Level of Protection
Wu and Irwin’s solution is elegant in its enhancements to Around the world, criminals are hunched over keyboards trying to network architecture and its methods and processes that defend gain access to critical information including bank records, national information infrastructure. It also provides real-time forensics and security data and the controls for key infrastructure systems such is designed to be used with existing infrastructure and protective as water, sewer and power. These mechanisms, including commonly hackers, including cyberterrorists, used systems such as Microsoft are getting more and more Active Directory. Its design is Wu and Irwin’s solution uses an innovative sophisticated — and increasingly scalable and can accommodate access control list along with a novel spacedifficult to track. In a recent small and large networks. time-evolving authentication scheme that survey by virus and intrusion includes users, processes, parent processes, protection company McAfee, The solution works to prevent applications and behaviors, as well as more than 800 chief information the bad guys from tapping into officers estimated data losses of access lists, PINs, passwords and guarded information and resources. This $4.6 billion and cleanup costs of other key data they need to break systems-oriented methodology uses what $600 million. Globally, damage into computer systems. It utilizes the duo calls security agents to proactively estimates for these losses are paradigm-busting algorithms to acquire and guard logs, and reconstruct close to $1 trillion. Ninety detect and monitor attempts to the space-time events of logs. A violation of percent of these attacks were steal key data and does so in a web-based. way that prevents the hackers the access control list triggers an intelligent from knowing that they are processing unit to trace back related However, new technology being monitored. Attacks can be events in real-time to identify the attack, developed by Auburn University preempted while the system is the attacker and the damage, including lost researchers Chwan-Hwa Wu and tracing the instigator of the breach. information, servers, hosts and devices. Dave Irwin of the Department of Electrical and Computer “Our initial tests show that Engineering may soon make it this system provides defense easier to block the breaches and track hackers. “The bad guys against common attacks, such as SQL injection and Cross Site are stepping it up,” explains Wu. “Cybercriminal syndicates, Scripting (XSS), with minimal strain on the system and no delay such as the Russian Business Network (RBN), are becoming more in communications,” says Wu. “These types of attacks currently professional and sophisticated in their approach. The same is true account for more than 80 percent of the web vulnerabilities.” An for the efforts of state-sponsored hackers and terrorist groups.” added benefit is that the system’s efficiency leads to energy and bandwidth savings at all levels — from servers to mobile devices. Recent reports from industry leader Verizon indicated that current security practices aren’t making the grade. The firm’s 2009 Data With a 1,000-node scaled test under their belt and the concept Breach Study reports that 74 percent of breaches came from proven, the team is now looking to establish a collaborative external sources, many capitalizing on user mistakes to install relationship to verify and validate the technology in a real-world malware that is then able to pull critical data from servers and setting. “We are looking forward to the next stage of this project applications. In fact, malware accounts for 90 percent of all and the chance to show off what it can do,” says Irwin. “There records compromised. Seventy percent of the time, the breach were more cyberattacks in 2009 than in the all previous years remained undetected until discovered by third parties. “Current combined and this trend is expected to continue. Complacency systems deliver lots of false alarms,” says Irwin. “Identifying and about web security is no longer an option.”
say what? The computer world has a lingo of its own. Some commonly used terms include:
Cross-site Scripting (XXS):
A type of computer security vulnerability typically found in web applications that enables attackers to alter code on web pages
Access Control Lists: Techniques used to ensure privilege separation for accessing a resource/service according to identity
Malware: Malicious software designed to infiltrate computer systems and masquerade as a part of some useful software
Authentication: Techniques used to ensure that identities are who they say they are
SQL injection: A code injection technique that exploits a security vulnerability occurring in the database layer of an application Auburn Engineering 23
Live and Learn by Cassity Hughes
Remember your first year at Auburn? Youâ€™d chosen a major, picked out your classes and were ready to begin one of the most important journeys of your life. It was likely a daunting experience, especially if you were living away from home for the first time. This transition may have been easier if you were part of an already established community that could introduce you to campus and provide you with friends who understood your situation. While that hasnâ€™t always been an option for students in the past, Auburn is now making it possible by inviting students to join learning communities that help guide them through their freshman year.
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MRI images courtesy of Siemens
Home Away from Home Learning communities are unique opportunities for firstyear students to experience an environment that helps ease the transition to college. Interaction in common academic and social settings allows students to support each other as they develop their identities, explore their values and prepare for future careers. Students also have the option of living together in a residence hall. These living-learning communities further increase the sense of community. These communities, which carry no additional costs, consist of 20-25 students with similar academic interests who are co-enrolled in three core courses, commonly called cohort courses, with a particular theme or interest. They connect students, mentors and professors, increasing retention and academic success. The courses taken in a learning community can be transferred to other majors if students change their career goals. Learning communities benefit not only students but also the university as a whole, according to administrators who see higher net retention rates. Students maintain higher GPAs, levels of intellectual development and satisfaction with their education. They also have greater appreciation for diversity. “Joining a learning community really is where belonging begins at Auburn,” says Ruthanna Payne, academic counselor and learning communities coordinator. “We make sure that our students learn how to access academic resources that will help them navigate their majors and connect to organizations and programs that interest them.”
Engineering Connections A pioneer in learning communities at Auburn, the College of Engineering first introduced the concept in 1973 in response to faculty concerns about student retention. Two living-learning communities were successful for a number of years until the residence halls in which they were housed, including Magnolia Dorm, were torn down. Learning communities resurged at Auburn in 1998 as a pilot program to address university-wide freshmen retention. By fall 1999, there were 50 freshmen in groups
part of a success strategies course, the Women in Engineering learning community explored the different disciplines of engineering. While learning about electrical engineering, students experimented with a $10 computer made from a microprocessor, an LED screen and a 9-volt battery. The group met in Broun Hall and talked with upperclassmen about their projects. Each student programmed a computer using the software provided in the computer labs, and learned how to program a scrolling display or short video scene onto the computers. Says Haley Dean, a freshman in aerospace engineering, “This activity showed me how complex even a small computer can be. Even though I have never considered electrical engineering, the computers made me curious about how more advanced technology worked.” The interaction with advanced students was also beneficial. “The older students who helped gave me valuable insight on a different engineering major at Auburn,” says computer science freshman Jessica Woods. Auburn Engineering 25
from both Liberal Arts and Business. When the new living-learning communities were established in 2009, the College of Engineering was once again at the forefront of offering students this option. Currently, Auburn Engineering has two learning communities—a general engineering community and one designated for female engineering students. The Engineering Learning Community Magnolia Dormitory, also known provides freshmen as “Mag.” the firm grounding in engineering education that has characterized the college since the 1870s. Students, who take classes together, including core chemistry, computing and success strategies, are given a supportive environment with fellow students to help them face the challenges of pre-engineering courses.
Looking Ahead The success of the two engineering learning communities and the university’s focus on promoting these opportunities has led the college to add another community for entering freshmen. The Minority Engineering Learning Community sponsored by Auburn Engineering’s Minority Engineering Program (MEP) will be available in the coming academic year. Students in this community will participate in MEP, take classes together and live in the same residence hall. Since 1997, MEP has been the catalyst for graduating some of the nation’s brightest minority engineering students. Implementing a learning community will enable the program to further its mission to serve minority students and help them shape successful futures in engineering.
“Adjusting to the social aspect of college life is difficult for many minority Auburn’s new Student Village, completed in 2009. students,” says Shirley Scott-Harris, director of the minority engineering program. “The MEP living-learning New this year, the Women in Engineering community offers a community will provide an academic and social network for tight-knit group for female engineering students to bond in the students who are focused on succeeding in engineering.” challenging first year of pre-engineering course work. Before the first day of classes, participants had an opportunity to meet and Also in the coming academic year, the Women in Engineering greet on campus and receive personalized tour routes to their community will become the Women in Science and Engineering classes by upperclassmen. They also met with a representative (WISE) community in collaboration with the College of Sciences from Auburn Abroad, the university’s office of international and Mathematics. In addition to creating a healthy and supportive education, and visited the Baja SAE, Formula SAE and Hovercraft environment for engineering and science majors, this community racing team labs. will provide opportunities for leadership development and longterm personal and professional relationships among students. When Haley Dean, a freshman in aerospace engineering, was looking at her first year of college, she sought out the Women in The College of Engineering will continue to promote learning Engineering community instead of joining a sorority. “I thought communities in order to give students a jump start into collegiate that the learning community would be a great way to meet people life, both academically and socially, as they tackle the challenges and get involved,” she says. “I also knew it would be helpful to that are common to engineering disciplines. These communities live around people who took classes with me. The leaders of our demonstrate Auburn Engineering’s commitment to providing community know that our major is challenging, and they give us meaningful connections for students that will last throughout their plenty of time to study together and on our own.” college experience. After a semester in the learning community, Haley feels a close connection with her colleagues. “The feeling you have walking into a class and seeing familiar faces is wonderful,” she says. “You automatically know you have someone to sit with and compare notes with after class.” Computer science freshman Jessica Woods enjoys living with her classmates, especially when tough tests come around. “The scheduled study groups allow me to ask questions and get insight from my friends, which helps out when I am confused about something we went over in class.”
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side note The first learning community was created in the 1920s by Alexander Meiklejohn at the University of Wisconsin. However, the concept didn’t become popular at most universities until the 60s and 70s. Today, more than 500 educational institutions across the country employ learning communities. A few schools offer specialized communities for non-traditional students and students in recovery. With advances in technology, virtual learning communities have developed at several universities.
Favorite AU item
1957 National Championship license plate
Favorite Auburn Engineering item An elaborate felt patch for a jacket
API decorative plate
Most expensive item
Stained glass Aubie (Actually . . . his degree)
Most cherished item Auburn rugby jersey
A TIGER of a Collector If you are not sure where Shannon Golden, a ’99 civil engineering graduate, went to college, take a look around. This avid collector of all things Auburn has one of the largest arrays of Auburn University memorabilia known to man. He purchased his first item in 2002, and his now extensive collection fills two offices — one at the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) where he works as a concrete engineer and the other at the home he shares with wife Anna, also a ’99 civil engineering graduate, and young son Sully.
His collection is varied and includes many items related to engineering. It ranges from a hand-carved Russian stacking Aubie doll, to sets of drafting tools to pins, patches and pennants. Most items were acquired at flea markets, antique stores and garage sales, as well as through the Internet. Golden began his ALDOT career in 1993 as a co-op student. A top-notch rugby player, he was a member of Auburn’s 1999 SEC Championship rugby team.
Handmade leather Auburn Engineering notepad with 1957 National Championship print on the back
Silver top hat with mirrored lid on the back, possibly a shaving mug . . . but who really knows?
Common then, forgotten now Engineering drafting tool set
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Five minutes with Rose-Gaëlle Belinga At a time when more and more students are making international education an integral component of their college career, Rose-Gaëlle Belinga couldn’t agree more with the concept. She has done what many other international students have over the years — made Auburn University her educational destination. A native of Cameroon on the central western coast of Africa, she speaks in an easy French singsong sugared with the cadence of her Bulu homeland. A 2009 alumna with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and software engineering, she is currently a graduate student who shares her engineering knowledge with the School of Forestry, where she works as an IT tech. She admits to continually rebuilding two ‘old, beat-up’ computers — her desktop, Thunder, and her laptop, Lightning.
AE: Well, first the obvious — when you came to this country, were the cultural differences daunting to you? R-G: I was just 18 when I arrived here, but I came from Yaoundé, which is the largest city in central Africa, and certainly much, much larger than Auburn — and I came from a very large high school, the Lycée Général LeClerc. The language differences surprised me; I was unprepared for the wide range of American accents I first heard in class. I learned British English back home, and the culture that comes with it, even little things like their eleventh floor in a building being our tenth floor here. Or that I broomed a room to clean the floor, instead of sweeping it.
AE: So, how did you get to Auburn? R-G: My father Gilles came to the U.S. as a student at NYU and returned a few days after receiving his master’s to a lovely lady waiting for him . . . my mom, Florine. He liked it, and wanted us to experience the country, especially after Atlanta got into the news in ’96 with the Olympics. My brother ended up going to Georgia State, and my sister to Morris Brown, then Fisk. I ended up, a bit randomly, at Oglethorpe. I was introduced to physics and loved it; and because of it, to computers. When I chose computer science as a major, I looked to Georgia Tech and Florida, and also to Auburn, which has a dual degree program with Oglethorpe. Then, in the fall of ’06, I met Shirley ScottHarris, who directs the minority engineering program at Auburn.
AE: Did you grow up speaking English? R-G: No, our high school was a public school, so it was taught in French. My dad would declare “English only” days at home, but the next words out of his mouth would be in French. My mom would try “Bulu only” days too, but she gave up. I brushed up on my English when I got to Atlanta by going to an ESL (English as a second language) class at Georgia State.
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AE: You met Dr. Scott-Harris on campus? R-G: No, I didn’t visit the campus until the spring of 2007, but fell in love with it immediately. At some of the other campuses I visited, people would point you to a building if you asked. When I asked at Auburn, they would stop what they were doing and walk you over there. So I just fell in love. Still so.
AE: But that’s not why you came to Auburn.
AE: Do you have any favorites inside engineering?
R-G: That Auburn je ne sais quoi was a bonus. I came here because I didn’t feel that the areas I wanted to study were as available elsewhere. Ultimately, I would like to influence others with what I learn, and to push into the area of human-computer interaction. More specifically, I am studying areas like multitouch and eye-tracking to improve graphic user interfaces. Does that make sense? It would allow a computer user to interact with intelligent machines intuitively. I am also looking at self-diagnostic computing applications that would take the next step and fix themselves, and at accessibility issues.
R-G: Dr. Umphress, David Umphress. He is a great professor, with great teaching skills. He also listens carefully to students, and by that I don’t just mean the question at hand. He looks beyond that into who you are and what you need, and he follows up. I believe that many others could learn from him.
AE: Does this tie into what you do in forestry? R-G: I applied online for the job, and picked the School of Forestry because it would let me work outside of the College of Engineering, even though I do engineering things. I build and reformat computers, apply virus killers, fix printers, do upgrades, and systems admin jobs. I like the people I work with, Tim Bottenfield and Jeannie McCollum — she’s a cat person, and so am I. You know, when I began there, I was so shy, and Jeannie was a big help in bringing me along and teaching me how to work with people.
AE: And you graduate when? R-G: In the summer of ’11 . . . with a master’s in software engineering. When I got the B.S. from Auburn in ’09, I also received a B.A. from Oglethorpe under the dual degree program. If I go beyond the master’s it would be for a doctorate, because I want to do research and development and it’s what they look for in the field. I would also like to put some work experience into the equation. I think it would be worth it, and a valuable way to move into doctoral work. I feel like I have a lot of options, and I am grateful for that. Auburn has certainly been a great place to be in the middle of my journey.
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graduate, also holds an MBA from Auburn University Montgomery and a master of management from MIT. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Society of MIT Sloan Fellows. McNair began a distinguished 33-year career with BellSouth Telecommunications in 1968 as an engineer and retired in 2001 as vice president for network operations. He was named an officer of BellSouth in 1990, becoming one of its top corporate administrators. His ability to integrate the highly complex technical aspects of the business helped advance BellSouth through profound changes in technology and federally-mandated regulations.
McNair was instrumental in securing BellSouth funding for Auburn’s Minority Engineering Program, and is the former chair of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council, chair of the Engineering Keystone Society Leadership Team and a member of the Engineering Eagles Society. He was named Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2002.
S TAT E O F ALABAMA
Linda A. Figg, a 1981 civil engineering graduate, is president
and CEO of Figg Engineering Group (FIGG), a family of companies recognized internationally for creating world-class bridges by blending engineering with artistry. The FIGG companies have built bridges in 38 states and five countries, and have offices in six states.
With more than 29 years of experience, Figg has led the development of signature bridges that have received 322 design awards. FIGG has pioneered new technologies that are important to the long-term viability of our nation’s infrastructure. She developed the FIGG Bridge Design Charette process and has facilitated more than 200 public workshops on the development of world-class bridges. Her passion for aesthetics, sustainability and responsible construction has led her to focus on improving the quality of life in communities.
Susan N. Story, a 1978 industrial engineering graduate, is president and CEO of Gulf Power, a Southern Company affiliate in Pensacola, Fla. She is the first woman and youngest executive to lead a Southern Company operating company. In her 28-year career as an engineer and business leader, which includes a rapid rise to managing one of the largest power producers in the U.S., Story has served in a number of leadership roles, including executive vice president of Southern Company Engineering and Construction Services, vice president of Southern Company Supply Chain Management and vice president of Real Estate and Corporate Service at Alabama Power Company.
Amos serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and was the Outstanding Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumnus in 2008 and Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2009.
Today, in the private sector, he is in a leadership position at COLSA Corporation where he is helping the firm position itself for the future and ensuring that the Huntsville defense community remains a vibrant contributor to the effectiveness and safety of the nation’s war fighters.
William (Bill) R. McNair, a 1968 electrical engineering
Richard W. Amos, a 1982 industrial engineering graduate, attended Auburn on a ROTC scholarship. During his 25-year career with the U.S. Army, he held assignments of increasing responsibility, culminating with Deputy to the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life-Cycle Management Command. In this capacity, he oversaw a highly complex and diverse organization with a global workforce of more than 11,000 civilian and military employees that ensures aviation and missile system readiness, enables the identification and acquisition of improved systems and ensures the integration of aviation and missile technology for sustainment.
Founded in 1987, the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame honors, preserves and perpetuates the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals, corporations and institutions that bring significant recognition to the state. Notably, four of the eight individual inductees in 2010 were Auburn Engineering alumni. They include:
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Figg received the college’s Engineering Achievement Award in 2006 and was the Outstanding Civil Engineering Alumnus in 2010. She is a member of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and the Engineering Keystone Society.
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At the helm of Gulf Power, Story has pushed for new ways to generate environmentally friendly power that is also affordable. She believes in cultivating strong communities, and is both a determined business leader and talented engineer who spends a great deal of time serving her neighbors in Northwest Florida. She serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and was named Distinguished Auburn Engineer in 2004.
Photos courtesy of Win Britt
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A re c o g n i t i o n o f t h e 2 0 0 9 c o n t r i b u t o r s t o the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
We have made every attempt to accurately reflect donor information. If you notice a discrepancy, please contact Apryl Mullins in the Office of Engineering Development at 1320 Shelby Center, Auburn, AL 36849; 334.844.2578; firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of donors who gave prior to 2009, please see previous issues of the Cupola Report at eng.auburn.edu/cupola report.
is no news to you — most of whom are engineers — that any successful endeavor starts with a vision and quickly proceeds to a plan that will bring it to completion. The success of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is no different. We have embraced a vision to become a top engineering program and we are daily working on our plan to make that happen. The dedication and financial support that many of you have shown are vital components of our ability to succeed. In this issue of the Cupola Report, we recognize and honor our donors who have contributed to the college in 2009. Your gifts help to move Auburn Engineering forward as we create one of the finest engineering education and research programs in the nation. Please note as well, however, that your gifts are combined with those of the many benefactors who have come before you, and these collaborative efforts have brought us to the place we are today. We remain grateful for the commitment of all of those who believe in our potential and the standard of excellence that is the trademark of Auburn Engineering. In terms of our development efforts, this past year was a stellar one for the college. We secured more funds than any other school or college on campus, including the athletics program. We had the largest number of alumni and friends ever to support our fundraising initiatives. We made significant progress toward our vision goal of $153.5 million, ending the year with $149.7 million. And most importantly, we saw great success in our efforts to increase the number of alums, friends and corporate partners who are involved with the college — offering their guidance and expertise. The staff in the Office of Development worked diligently in 2009 to ensure that we not only met our financial goals for the year, but exceeded them. We believe this hard work is synonymous with the reputation of Auburn Engineering and the work that each of you do as Auburn engineers. I’d like to personally thank you for your interest in the College of Engineering and the bright future that lies ahead of us. As we can assist you or answer questions about our vision and our plan to get there, please let us know. In the meantime, we will continue to work together to make Auburn Engineering one of the best engineering programs in the nation.
Interim Director Office of Engineering Development
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Named for the visionary and philanthropic leadership of Samuel L. Ginn, Auburn Engineering’s Ginn Society recognizes alumni and friends whose ongoing support represents a demonstrated commitment to our current and future success. Because many of our donors give over the course of years, the various circles of this society acknowledge the cumulative gifts of our donors of $10,000 or more.
1908 Founders Circle $1,000,000 +
Visionary Circle $5,000,000 +
The loyalty and foresight of these donors reflect their commitment to Auburn Engineering in providing the finest in engineering instruction and research. The generosity of these individuals is critical to moving the college to new heights of excellence.
Dr. Samuel L. Ginn ’59 Mr. & Mrs. Dwight L. Wiggins Jr. ’62
Although the first engineering degree was awarded as early as 1872, the College of Engineering was formally established during the 1908-09 academic year. Since that time, engineers have been honing their skills at Auburn, going on to share their knowledge and innovation with the world around them.
Mr.* & Mrs.* Fred Birdsong ’34 Mr. William A. Boone* ’44 Mr. Dwight T. ’69 & Mrs. Mary Ellen Brown Mr. & Mrs. John W. Brown ’57 Mr.* & Mrs. James D. Caldwell ’29 Dr. Dwight Carlisle Jr. ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Davis ’59 Mr. C. Warren Fleming ’43 Mr.* & Mrs.* William Francis ’27 Mrs. Gwenn Smith Freeman ’73 Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Gavin III ’59 Brig. Gen. & Mrs. Bryghte D. Godbold ’36 Mr. & Mrs. Dame Scott Hamby ’46 Dr. & Mr. John T. Hartley ’51 Mr. & Mrs. William F. Hayes ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Michael D. Holmes ’86 Maj. & Mrs. James M. Hoskins ’81 Mr.* & Mrs.* Elton Z. Huff ’32
Mr. & Mrs. Lavon F. Jordan ’62 Mr.* & Mrs. Ronald D. Kenyon Dr. Oliver D. Kingsley Jr. ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Lowe Jr. ’49 Mr. & Mrs. Raymond E. Loyd ’61 Dr. & Mrs. Michael B. McCartney ’57 Ms. Sheila J. McCartney Mr. James H. McDaniel ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Joe T. McMillan ’58 Mr. & Mrs.* George A. Menendez ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Leonard L. Mitchum Jr. ’51 Dr. & Mrs. J. Tracy O’Rourke Jr. ’56 Mr.* & Mrs.* Harry W. Parmer ’29 Mr. Albert M. Redd Jr. ’59 Mr. & Mrs. A.J. Ronyak Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Spina Jr. ’63 Mrs. Susan Nolen Story ’81 Mr. John C. Totty Jr.* ’51 Mr. & Mrs. George E. Uthlaut ’54 Mr. J. Thomas Walter Jr. ’55 Mr. & Mrs. John H. Watson ’60 Dr. & Mrs. Earle C. Williams ’51 Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Woltosz ’69
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John Jenkins Wilmore, who served Auburn for 55 years, began his career at the A&M College of Alabama, as Auburn was then known, as an assistant in the mechanics laboratory. In 1893, he became the first professor of mechanical engineering and in 1908 was named the first dean of engineering and mines. He also served as chief executive of the institution and chairman of the executive committee.
Scholar Level ($500,000 +)
Ms. Jennie D. Alley Mr. Thomas G. ’60 & Mrs. Janis Avant Mr. Paul C. & Mrs. Marylin Box Dr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Breeden ’57 Mr. Daniel M. Bush ’72 Mr.* & Mrs. William E. Cannady ’42 Mr. & Mrs. James H. Carroll Jr. ’54 Mr. Philip R. Carroll ’82 Mr.* & Mrs. John B. Clopton Jr. ’47 Mr. Wayne J. ’60 & Mrs. Louise Crews Dr. & Mrs. Julian Davidson ’50 Mr.* & Mrs.* James B. Davis ’27 Mr. George R. Dunlap Jr. ’49 Mr. Joe W. Forehand Jr. ’71 Mr. M. Miller Gorrie ’57
Mr. Cotton Hazelrig Mr.* & Mrs. John D. Jones ’47 Mr. Homer C. Lavender Jr. ’66 Mr. Francis T. Payne ’48 & Dr. Sarah H. Edwards Mr. Richard D. ’48 & Mrs. Marjorie* Quina Mr. & Mrs. Edgar L. Reynolds ’70 Mr. James W. Ricks Jr.* ’61 Mr. C. Philip Saunders ’74 Mr. Wilbur C.* and Mrs. Margaret N.* Schaeffner ’46 Mr. Charles E. Sellers ’55 Mr. & Mrs. Danny G. Snow ’62 Mr. Jeffrey I. Stone ’79 Dr.* & Mrs. William F. Walker Mr. James W. Wesson ’73
Fellow Level ($250,000 +) Mr. Clarence C. Adams Jr.* ’57 Dr.* & Mrs.* Cleburne A. Basore ’14 Mr. John P. Brandel* ’57 Mr. George J. Burrus III* ’37 Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Bynum ’75 Mr. Timothy D. Cook ’82 Mr. & Mrs. J. Fenimore Cooper Jr. Dr. Ralph S. Cunningham ’62 Mr. William J. Cutts ’55 Mr. James J. Danaher Jr.* ’35 Mr.* & Mrs.* Edwin L. Davis ’50 Mr.* & Mrs.* Charles E. Doughtie Jr. ’18 Mr. & Mrs. Charles W. Fowler ’47 Mr.* & Mrs. Herman Gauggel III ’37 Dr.* & Mrs.* James W. Goodwin ’27 Mr.* & Mrs. Rodney L. Grandy Jr. ’55 Mr. & Mrs. William M. Gregory ’43 Ms. Brenda A. Hayes* Ms. Melissa Brown Herkt ’77
Mr.* & Mrs.* Edward J. Hugensmith ’25 Mr.* & Mrs. William B. Hunt Jr.’40 Mr. William D. Johnston & Ms. Ronda Stryker Mr. & Mrs. Thomas H. Lowder ’72 Mr. & Mrs.* James T. McMichael ’45 Mr. & Mrs. William R. McNair ’68 Mr. & Mrs. C. Phillip McWane ’80 Mr. & Mrs. John L. Rawls Jr. ’58 Mr. & Mrs. W. Allen Reed ’70 Mr. & Mrs. William B. Reed ’50 Mr. Thomas B. Sellers ’48 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Senkbeil ’71 Mr. Wilbur T. Shinholser* ’17 Dr. & Mrs. R. E. Simpson ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Albert J. Smith Jr. ’47 Mr. James H. Stewart Jr. ’60 Mr. Jon Stryker Ms. Pat Stryker Mr. William J. Ward ’55
Arthur St. Charles Dunstan, Auburn’s second professor of electrical engineering, doubled as superintendent of the power plant and guided the installation of transmission lines and wiring which provided lighting for campus buildings, and subsequently, the town of Auburn. Known for his “nimble mind and keen sense of humor,” he taught at Auburn for nearly 52 years and was considered an authority on every phase of electrical engineering.
Scholar Level ($100,000 +)
Mr. Sam B. Alison* ’48 Mr. James Thomas Alley* Mr. Gerald B. Andrews Sr. ’59 Mr. & Mrs. Diaco Aviki ’95 Mr. & Mrs. James O. Ballenger ’59 Dr. Kenneth J. Barr ’47 Mr. William M. Brackney ’58 Mr.* & Mrs. Rodney Bradford ’67 Mr. J. B. Braswell Mr. & Mrs. L. Owen Brown ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Burt Jr. ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Roger J. Campbell ’59 Dr. Tony J. ’84 & Mrs. Tracey H. ’83 Catanzaro Mr. Steven G. Cates ’85 Mr. Wiley M. Cauthen ’62 Mr. J. Edward Chapman Jr. ’56 Mr. Shawn E. ’82 & Mrs. Anne M. ’82 Cleary Mr. Theron O. Collier Jr.* ’62 Dr. Jan N. Davis ’77 Col. Paul Stanton Denison* ’47 Mr. Joseph G. & Mrs. Amy Thomas ’78 Dobbs Mr. Garland H. Duncan III* ’69 Mr. Ronald M. Dykes ’69 Mr.*and Mrs. William C. Edwards ’19 Mr. Phillip A. ’81 & Mrs. Margaret Long ’81 Forsythe Mr. Maury D. Gaston ’82
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred F. Gentle Sr. ’50 Mr. H. Vince Groome III Ms. Louise K. Hall* Mr. William R. Hanlein ’47 Mr.& Mrs.* Robert H. Harris ’43 Mr. & Mrs. Roger R. Hemminghaus ’58 Mr. John S. Henley II ’63 Mr. Elmer C. ’49 & Mrs. Carolyn Hill Mr.* & Mrs.* Cary S. Hooks ’32 Mr. Duke C. Horner ’47 Mr. & Mrs. Clarence H. Hornsby Jr. ’50 Mr. N. Wayne Houston ’56 Dr. Andrew C. Hsu* Mr. & Mrs. James A. Humphrey ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mathias Jager ’56 Mr. Bryan W. ’53 & Mrs. Mary Elizabeth ’56 Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Terry A. Kirkley* ’57 Mr. David M. Kudlak ’86 Dr. Terry E. Lawler ’68 Dr. & Mrs.* Philip W. Lett ’44 Mr. Norman L. Liver Jr.* ’48 Mr. & Mrs. John A. MacFarlane ’72 Mr. & Mrs.* Charles Albert Machemehl Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James J. Mallett ’55 Mr. George Lowry Mallory* ’43 Mr.* & Mrs.* Hoyt A. McClendon* ’49 Dr. & Mrs. Gerald G. McGlamery Jr. ’84
Mr. & Mrs. James D. McMillan ’61 Mr. Jeff T. Meeks ’73 Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Franklin Moon ’71 Mr. & Mrs. M. John Morgan ’71 Mr. Walter F. Morris ’57 Mr. David K. ’77 & Mrs. Olivia Kelley ’77 Owen Mr. Howard E. Palmes ’60 Mr. Donald J. Parke ’82 Mr. & Mrs. David F. Rankin Mr. Lee W. Richards ’88 Mr. & Mrs. Raymond T. Roser ’49 Mr. Robert H. Rountree ’49 Mr. James S. ’57 & Mrs. Margaret Roy Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Saiia ’69 Mr. John H.* ’43 & Mrs. Mary Wilson ’45 Sanders Mr. Edward T. Sauls* Dr. Richard T. Scott Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John M. Sikes ’60 Mr. James M. Sims* ’48 Mr. Howard Strong* Mr. & Mrs. L. Ray Taunton ’56 Mr. Stephen F. Thornton ’63 Mrs. Mary Lou Tolar Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Tomasso Jr. ’49 Col. James S. ’72 & Dr. Suzan Curry ’71 Voss Mr. Harold P. ’49 & Mrs. Wynelle Ward Mr. & Mrs. William E. Warnock Jr. ’74
Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Wellbaum III ’93 Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. West ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Leroy L. Wetzel ’59 Mr.& Mrs. William H. Whitaker Jr. ’55 Mr.* & Mrs.* F. Erskine White* ’34 Mr. George W. Whitmire Sr. ’47 Mr. & Mrs. G. Edmond Williamson II ’67
Fellow Level ($75,000 +) Col. & Mrs. James Boykin ’39 Mr. James L. Cooper Jr. ’81 Mr.* & Mrs. C. Ware Gaston Jr. ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Godfrey ’64 Dr. & Mrs. Elmer B. Harris ’62 Mr.* & Mrs. Alan P. Hudgins’74 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph S. Johnson Jr. ’75 Mr. C. C. “Jack” Lee ’47 Mr. Nimrod W. E. Long ’43 Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Luger ’62 Mr. George L. McGlamery ’86 Mr. John F. Meagher Jr. ’49 Mr. Charles D. Miller ’80 Mr. James B. Odom ’55 Mr.* & Mrs. James M. Smith ’43 Mr. Robert J. Sweeney Jr.* ’48 Mr.* & Mrs. Edwin P. Vaiden Jr. ’51 *deceased
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Erskine Ramsay was a leading engineer in Alabama’s mining industry and held more than 40 patents. President of two coal companies, Ramsay contributed $500,000 to five Alabama colleges, including $100,000 to Auburn — at the time, the largest contribution to a state institution in Alabama. The college awarded Ramsay an engineer of mines degree and inducted the philanthropist as an honorary member of Tau Beta Pi in recognition of his contributions to the college.
Scholar Level ($50,000 +) Mr. Joseph E. Atchison Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Barth III ’71 Mr. Jack W. Boykin ’61 Dr. Brice H. Brackin ’69 Mr. Dan H. Broughton ’63 Mr. Harris D. Bynum ’58 Mr. & Mrs. James M. Chandler III ’84 Mr.* & Mrs. William W. Clark ’42 Mr.* & Mrs. James H. Corbitt ’58 Dr. Daniel W. Duncan ’37 Mr. & Mrs. J Burl Galloway* ’48 Mr. Charles Early Gavin IV ’82 Mr. & Mrs. Robert O. Haack Jr. ’83 Mr. & Mrs. W. George Hairston III ’67 Mr. & Mrs. James H. Ham III ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Frank A. Hamner ’88 Mr. John P. Helmick Jr. ’56 Mr.* & Mrs.* John K. Hodnette Mr.* & Mrs. Charles B. Hopkins Jr. ’43 Mr. C. Fletcher Horn ’40 Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Imsand ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Richard I. Kearley Jr. ’49 Mr. T. Keith King Sr. ’58 Mr. Minga C. LaGrone Jr. ’51 Mr. William F. Land ’49 Mr. & Mrs. Edwin L. Lewis ’72 Mr. Ronald C. Lipham ’74 Mr. Fred W. Mace ’57 Mr. Steven John Marcereau ’65 Dr. William Gaston Martin* 1907 Mr. & Mrs. Jesse D. May ’85 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. “Buzz” Miller ’83 Mr. & Mrs. William B. Millis ’60 Mr.* & Mrs. Leonard A. Morgan ’53 Mr. David R. Motes ’77 Mr. Daniel J. Paul Jr. ’64 & Mrs. Nancy Moses Paul ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Chris J. Peterson ’71 Dr. & Mrs. Michael S. Pindzola Mr. Thomas L. ’69 & Mrs. Barbara Ray Mr. E. Todd Sharley Jr. ’65 Mr. Grady L. Smith ’42 Mr. Ladell M. Smith* ’39 Mr. Mark D. Vanstrum ’79 Mr. J. Ernest Warren ’65 Mr. R. Conner Warren ’67 Mr. & Mrs. D. Dale York ’76
Fellow Level ($25,000 +) Gen. Jimmie V. Adams ’57 Mr. Robert B. Allan ’42 Mr. John P. ’76 & Mrs. Cynthia M. ’76 Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Larry D. Benefield ’66 Dr. J Temple Black Mr. Edward T. Blackmon ’93 Dr. Dwight S. Bond ’56 Mr. & Mrs. Russell F. Boren ’54 Dr. David B. Bradley ’65 Mr. & Mrs. John R. Bray ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Felix C. Brendle Jr. ’73 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Burson ’58 Mr. Otis William Bynum* ’30 Mr.* & Mrs. Marshal S. Caley ’33 Mr. Russell Lee Carbine ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Edward Carmon ’88 Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin F. Carr Jr. ’60 Mr. & Mrs. J. Mark Chambers Jr. ’72 Mr. N. Pat ’70 & Mrs. Veronica Smith ’70 Chesnut Mr. Jing-Yau Chung Ms. Trudy Craft-Austin Dr. Malcolm J. Crocker Brig. Gen. & Mrs. Robert L. Davis ’74 Mr.* & Mrs.* Wallace Lamar Dawkins ’48 Mr. Donald E. Dennis ’54 Mr. Stanley G. DeShazo ’57 Mr. J. Andrew Douglas* ’17 Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Lee Drake Jr. ’77 Mr. & Mrs. Lewis H. Eberdt Jr. ’54 Mr. & Mrs. Joe D. Edge ’70 Mr. Yndalecio J. Elizondo ’47 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Etheridge Mr. Edwin W. Evans ’60 Mr. Jim W. Evans ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Flowers Jr. ’66 Capt. Gordon L. Flynn ’57 Mr. Richard L. ’49 & Mrs. Jeanne E. Franklin Capt. & Mrs. Davis R. Gamble Jr. ’74 Mr. John W. Gibbs ’72 Mr. Vernon W. Gibson Jr. ’57 Mr. Gary R. Godfrey ’86 Mr. William H. Goodyear* ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson L. Grant Jr. ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Stanley L. Graves ’67 Mr. Walter W. Griffin ’47 Mr. & Mrs. Glenn H. Guthrie ’62 Dr.* & Mrs.* David R. Hart ’51 Mr. & Mrs. Lamar T. Hawkins ’63 Ms. Karen Hayes ’81 Mr. & Mrs. Dennis S. Hill ’79 Mr. E. Erskine Hopkins ’46
Mr. James Hunnicutt ’50 Mr. & Mrs. Carver G. Kennedy ’52 Mr. Ted Landers ’71 Mr. William B. Lee ’81 Mr. Lum M. Loo ’78 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Luttrell Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Manson ’58 Mr. Charles D. McCrary ’73 Mr. Milton E. McGregor ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Miller ’72 Mr. Seth H. Mitchell Jr. ’48 Mr. & Mrs. Max A. Mobley ’72 Mr. Charles N. Moody ’63 Mr. & Mrs.* F. Brooks Moore ’48 Mr. Larry J. Morgan ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Mullins ’99 Dr. Robert Mark Nelms ’80 Mr. & Mrs. William K. Newman ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Earl B. Parsons Jr. ’60 Mr. J. Norman Pease II ’55 Mr. James L. Peeler ’58 Mr. & Mrs. T. Wesley Phinney Jr. ’66 Mr. Ben M. Radcliff* ’46 Mr. Henry Frederick Rainey ’42 Mr. & Mrs. William L. Rainey ’66 Mrs. Marsha H. Reardon ’73 Mr. Mack Allen Riley ’50 Mr. Ray Albert Robinson ’55 Mr. Walter H. Rudder* ’28 Mr. Yetta G. Samford Jr. ’45 Mr. Thomas Saunders Sr. ’62 Mr. & Mrs. David Scarborough ’65 Mr. David C. Sjolund ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas W. Smith Mr. Randy L. Smith ’76 Mr. William J. Smith ’67 Mr. Larry E. Speaks* ’62 Mr. & Mrs. William V. Swan* ’35 Mr. John A. Taylor ’53 Dr. Mrinal Thakur Mr.* & Mrs.* Jerry J. Thomley ’59 Mr. M. Larry Tuggle Sr. ’57 Mr. & Mrs. William J. Turner Jr. ’57 Mr. John W. Turrentine ’69 Mr. Wayman E. Vanderford ’44 Mr. & Mrs. Gary W. Vaughan ’01 Mr. W. Karl Vollberg ’73 Mr. Leonard H. White Jr. ’43 Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Williams III ’56 Mr. Richard D. Williams III ’51 Mr. Trent E. Williams ’03
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Member $ 10,000 +
The dedication of Ginn Society members testifies to the importance of private support and reflects the commitment of those who believe in the vast potential of Auburn Engineering. Their record of giving has enabled the college to build a strong foundation for prosperity and growth.
Mr. James T. Adkison Jr. ’71 Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Aiken Jr. ’73 Mr. William Albritton Jr. ’62 Ms. Leola S. Alexander* Mr. Rafael E. Alfonso ’73 Mr.* & Mrs. Jack K. Allison ’56 Mr. J. Gregory Anderson ’88 Mr. Pete L. Anderson ’75 Mr. Donald E. Arnett* ’64 Mr. & Mrs. William H. Arnold Jr. ’55 Mr. Bill B. Baker Jr. ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Fred N. Beason ’54 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher T. Bell ’83 Mr. Philip A. Birdsong* Mr. William R. Black ’58 Mr. Benjamin C. Blake Sr.* ’31 Mr. William G. Blakney Mr. Leonard D. Braswell ’48 Mr. Stanley E. Bryant ’70 Lt. Col. Adolphus G. Bunkley Jr.* ’33 Dr. David Gilbert Burks ’72 Mr. Harry M. Burns* ’40 Mr. James B. Burrows Jr. ’84 Mr. Donald R. Bush ’63 Mr.* & Mrs. Thomas William Caine ’54 Mr. & Mrs. J. Travis Capps Jr. ’94 Mr. Charles H. Carlan ’60 Mr. & Mrs. David E. Carnahan Mr. A Don Carpenter ’62 Mr. John H. Cassidy ’67 Mr. Frank M. Cater ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Robert B. Cater Jr. ’47 Mr. & Mrs. John W. Chambliss ’73 Mr. Clarence J. Chappell III ’59 Mr. Richard I. Chenoweth ’72 Mr. Charles T. Clark Dr.* & Mrs. Charles A. Cockrell’49 Mr. Bradley T. Cox Jr. ’47 Mr. Harry G. Craft Jr. ’64 Mr. Calvin Cutshaw Mr. Arthur C. Daughtry ’51 Mr. Walter R. Day Jr. ’53 Dr. William B. Day ’65 Mr. Elliott L. Dean Jr. ’60 Lt. Col. Robert W. Dees* ’40 Dr. & Mrs. Harry L. Deffebach Jr. ’63 Mr. Joseph M. Dennis* ’37 Mr. Byron A. Dickman* ’43 Mr. Wesley W. Diehl ’79 Mr. David E. Dixon ’76 Mr. Leiland M. Duke Jr. ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Wendell H. Duke ’73 Dr. Todd W. Dunnavant ’78 Mr. Timothy J. Dwyer ’85 Mr. H. Arthur Edge Jr. ’59 Mr. H. Wendell Ellis ’67 Mr.* & Mrs.* Robert F. Ellis Jr. ’43 Mr. J. Wayne Evans ’54
Mr. & Mrs. James R. Evans ’55 Mr. Joseph M. Farley Mr. Arthur H. Feagin* ’32 Mr. Philip G. Fraher ’88 Mr. Dan M. Friel ’40 Mr. & Mrs. C. Eugene Fuller III ’67 Mr. Sibbley P. Gauntt ’54 Mr. John E. Gipson ’83 Mr. James J. Goodwin ’58 Mr. Tommy W. Gordon ’52 Mr. Paul W. Green* ’49 Dr. Neil S. Grigg ’65 Mrs. Linda Vanstrum Griggs ’75 Mr. Bill M. Guthrie ’57 Lt. Gen. Robert Hails ’47 Mr. Roger C. Hamel Jr.* ’40 Mr. Johnnie M. Hamilton ’68 Dr. Andrew P. Hanson ’93 Mrs. Elizabeth S. Hanson Mr. Leon L. Hardin ’70 Mr. Daniel B. Harrison* ’57 Mr. Richard A. Harrison Jr. ’73 Mr. Albert E. Hay ’67 Mr.* & Mrs. Charles S. Henagan Jr. ’48 Mr. Dennis W. Henderson ’76 Mr. Tommy G. Hendrick ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Higgins ’70 Mr. Joseph L. Holliday ’80 Mrs. Dorothy Tarpley Holmes* Mr. Martial A. Honnell Mr. Benny Hsu Mr. & Mrs. T. Preston Huddleston Jr. ’57 Mr.* & Mrs. William T. Huddleston ’59 Mr. Brian H. Hunt ’90 Dr. Jack Hutchinson ’48 Mr.* & Mrs.* Benjamin W. Hutson ’34 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ray Ingram ’87 Dr. & Mrs. J. David Irwin ’61 Rear Adm. Tim M. Jenkins ’62 Mr. C. Travis Johnson ’65 Mr. Larry T. Johnson Mr. Wylie P. Johnson ’41 Mr. Joe C. Jones Sr.* ’43 Mr. & Mrs. John K. Jones ’59 Mr. S. Alfred Jones ’48 Dr. Bill Josephson ’89 Mr. Jon W. Kilgore ’65 Mr. Henry Killingsworth Jr.* ’19 Mr. James A. King* ’41 Mr. William F. Koenig* ’50 Ms. Catherine M. Kolar Mr. Thomas D. Lampkin ’75 Mr. P. Donald Lanier Mr. Thomas W. Lawrence Jr. ’63 Mr. Dan J. Lawson* ’35 Mr. Terry K. League ’66 Mr. Steven M. Lee ’73 Mr. Paul M. Lefstead ’56
Mr. Joe B. Leonard Jr. ’67 Mr. James B. Littlefield ’85 Mr. William A. Lovell Jr. ’79 Mr. Charles R. Lowman ’49 Mr. Dwain G. Luce* ’38 Mr.* & Mrs. James F. Luquire ’45 Mr. John T. Lutz ’42 Mr. Wayne Mackey Mr. Gary C. Martin ’57 Mr. Norman R. McAnnally ’49 Lt. Gen. Forrest S. McCartney ’52 Mr. J. Timothy McCartney ’80 Mr. Jim W. McGaha ’66 Mr. & Mrs.* Gerald G. McGlamery Sr. ’59 Lt. Randall K. McMahan ’89 Mr. & Mrs. D. L. Merrill Jr. ’65 Mr. Charles A. Miller Jr.* ’40 Mr. Royce E. Mitchell ’59 Mr. Lewe B. Mizelle Jr. ’49 Mr. William L. Moench Jr. ’76 Mr. & Mrs. Gordon B. Mohler ’64 Mr. Lawrence Montgomery Jr. ’49 Mr. W. David Morgan Jr. ’64 Mr. Kenneth L. Nall ’53 Mr. David S. Neel ’58 Mr. Paul L. New Sr. ’70 Mr. Kenwood C. Nichols ’61 Mr. Steve P. Osburne ’65 Mr. Charles L. Palmer* ’54 Mr. William R. Parish ’54 Mr. Woojin Park Mr. & Mrs. John S. Parke ’55 Mr. Bruce R. Paton Jr. Mr. Hunter A. Payne Mr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Pehler Jr. ’77 Mr. Caleb W. Pipes ’58 Mr. Jack B. Porterfield III ’75 Mr. Gerald L. Pouncey Jr. ’82 Mr. Robert L. Prince ’69 Mr. Joel N. Pugh ’61 Mr. Patrick J. Quick ’94 Mr. John P. Raispis ’83 Mr. & Mrs. Ellie Ray ’58 Mr. Sigmund M. Redelsheimer ’51 Mr. & Mrs. Fred H. Rhinehardt ’54 Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. Richardson ’57 Mr. John C. Robertson ’73 Mr. Johnnie V. Robertson ’57 Mr. Scott R. Robertson Mr. David A. Roell ’81 Mr. Abram E. Roop* ’39 Mr.* & Mrs. Axel Roth’59 Mr. & Mrs. William W. Rowell ’78 Mr. George W. Royer* ’33 Mr. Matthew & Mrs. Linda Patterson ’82 Ryan Mr. Sid Sanders ’62 Mr. Thomas J.* & Judge Irene Feagin Scott* Mr. M. Dow Sellers ’41
Mr. Robert E. Sellers ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Dean Sessamen ’46 Mr. George M. Sewell ’59 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Sharpless ’05 Mr. Ernest M. Simpson Jr.* ’50 Mr. David Slovensky ’71 Mr. Barrett B. Smith ’68 Capt. H. Coleman Smith ’84 Mr. Jerry F. Smith ’64 Mr. John A. Smyth Jr. ’70 Mr. Warren S. Sockwell ’43 Mr. Don L. Sollie ’74 Mr. Cecil C. Spear Jr. ’57 Mr. Zachary B. ’99 & Dr. Jennifer Paton ’99 Stacey Mr. Joseph Stanfield Jr. ’67 & Mrs. Nancy W. Payne Stanfield ’64 Mr. James L. Starr ’71 Mr. Everett W. Strange Jr. ’52 Mr. Thomas W. Stubbs* ’44 Mr. Mason Studdard ’38 Mr. William H. Summerlin ’72 Mrs. Laura Harrison Taylor ’81 Mr. M. Fred Terrell Jr. ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Jerry F. Thomas ’63 Dr. Robert E. Thomas Jr. Ms. Josephine W. Thompson* Col. LeRoy Thompson Jr.* ’36 Mr. William E. Thornley* ’40 Mrs. Jennifer Chin Tillman ’89 Mr. Montgomery V. Truss* ’47 Mr. Thomas H. Tuberville Dr. Yonhua Tzeng Mr. Dewitt Uptagrafft ’72 Mr. John Edward Vick ’62 Mr. James W. Waitzman Sr. ’44 Mr. R. C. Wakefield ’49 Mr. Paul B. Ward* ’33 Mr. Robert M. Waters ’71 Mr. Joseph D. Weatherford ’71 Mr.* & Mrs. John M. Weigle ’68 Dr. Randy C. West ’87 Mr. Lewis P. White* ’48 Mr. Wendell W. Whiteside ’63 Lt. Col. Ralph C. Wilkinson ’57 Mr. Cecil R. Williams ’50 Mr. & Dr. Edward T. Williams ’49 Mr.* & Mrs. Henry C. Willis ’48 Mr. Charles L. Wilson ’59 Mr. Joseph W. Wilson ’50 Mr. David E. Wingard* ’55 Mr. Gary E. Woodham ’62 Mr.* & Mrs. Maurice B. Wynn Jr. ’48 Mr. Robert Harrison Wynne Jr. ’68 Mr. Philip S. Zettler ’61
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The college's Keystone Society consists of alumni and friends who recognize the importance of private support in our ongoing success. These members have risen to the challenge of moving the college boldly into the future by making the highest commitment to annual giving — $50,000 or more — to the college's unrestricted fund over a five-year period. These gifts enable Auburn Engineering to take advantage of emerging educational opportunities.
Jim and Anna Cooper Civil Engineering, 1981 President Jim Cooper Construction Company, Inc.
“I support Auburn Engineering because this is where I learned perseverance and commitment. These traits became the foundation for my work ethic as an employee and eventually as a business owner. I love Auburn University and believe engineering is the way to success. The future is exciting and I want Auburn students to seize the moment and influence the world in positive way.”
Phillip and Margaret Forsythe Phillip, Mechanical Engineering, 1981 Margaret, Mechanical Engineering, 1981 Owners, Forsythe & Long Engineering, Inc.
“We met in the College of Engineering as students and were married in 1981. As alumni, we are both delighted to donate unrestricted funds to help support new ideas and new directions within the college.”
Charles E. Gavin IV Business, 1982 President MFG Chemical, Inc.
“Auburn has always been a very special place for me. It was there that I learned the skill set needed to be successful in life. It is an honor to be able to give back. As president and owner of a specialty chemical company, I see the demand and need for quality engineers that can be competitive on a global playing field.”
Jack Helmick Industrial Management, 1956 Owner Claude Nolan Cadillac, Inc.
“Auburn set me on an interesting and successful path, and I achieved success because of my education. It is appropriate that I give the same opportunity to others.”
Tom and Bettye Lowe Civil Engineering, 1949 President (retired) Lowe Engineers, Inc.
“When Dean Benefield discussed the needs of the College of Engineering with us, including the goal to bring the best and brightest to Auburn University, we were convinced that we could help through a Keystone gift. All top institutions must raise funds to compete at the national level. We know that Auburn can excel in this arena.”
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Charles D. Miller Civil Engineering, 1980 Executive Vice President and CFO Harbert Management Corporation
“I joined the Keystone Society in an effort to raise the bar and help make Auburn one of the premier engineering schools in the country. The Keystone Society will help provide the resources to compete for the brightest and most talented high school graduates, and to continue to build worldclass facilities.”
Dan and Nancy Paul Chemical Engineering, 1964 General Manager Exxon Shipping Company
“When a fellow Exxon employee and Auburn graduate shared with me the needs of our College of Engineering, I realized that I had an efficient way of supporting the college with my company matching program. I am pleased to give back to Auburn Engineering through the Keystone Society to meet the college’s most pressing needs.”
George and Rita Sewell Chemical Engineering, 1959 Senior Analyst (retired) ExxonMobil
“We want to support the continued progress of Auburn University toward excellence in all its programs.”
James H. Stewart Jr. Electrical Engineering, 1960 Owner, Stewart Engineering, Inc.
“I know that unrestricted Keystone monies are important to the college. I give because I owe for all that Auburn has done for me and for the privilege of helping the university.”
Lee and Nell Wetzel Electrical Engineering, 1959 Manager (retired), Technical Services, Electrical Design Southern Company Services
“Auburn’s College of Engineering gave me the educational background to compete and succeed in industry. The success of any academic program is directly traceable to its leadership, and Dean Benefield and his predecessors have been responsible for the foresight, planning, and implementation that have made the college what it is today. We are fortunate to have leadership that has set the goal of being one of the best engineering programs in the nation. Giving unrestricted funds that are available to our dean to reach the college’s goals is an obvious solution in supporting this effort.”
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Steve Cates ’85 Civil Engineering Partner Cates-Kottas Development LLC Ed and Lee Chapman ’56 Electrical Engineering Assistant VP, Network Planning (retired) BellSouth Telecommunications Bill Cutts ’55 Industrial Management President and CEO American Tank & Vessel Inc. Julian Davidson ’50 Electrical Engineering President, CEO and Owner Davidson Enterprises LLC Buddy and Charlotte Davis ’59 Electrical Engineering Manager (retired) Boeing Warren Fleming ’43 Aerospace Engineering Owner (retired) Warren Fleming Associates Charles Gavin ’59 Textile Management Founder and Chairman of Board MFG Chemical Ralph Godfrey ’64 Electrical Engineering Senior VP (retired), E-Commerce 3COM Corporation Glenn Guthrie ’62 Industrial Management Financial Advisor Birmingham Investment Group George Hairston ’67 Industrial Engineering President and CEO (retired) Southern Nuclear Operating Co. Bob Harris ’43 Aerospace Engineering VP and General Manager (retired) GE Services Co. Inc. Hank Hayes ’65 Electrical Engineering Executive Vice President (retired) Texas Instruments
Jim ’81 and Bert ’80 Hoskins Electrical Engineering CEO and Chairman of Board Scitor Corporation Keith King ’58 Civil Engineering Chairman, President and CEO Volkert & Associates Inc.
Howard Palmes ’60 Electrical Engineering VP (retired), Network Operations BellSouth Telecommunications
Oliver Kingsley ’66 Engineering Physics Associate Dean Auburn University President and COO (retired) Exelon Corporation
Allen and Martha Reed ’70 Aviation Management Chairman and CEO (retired) General Motors Asset Management and GM Trust Bank
Push LaGrone ’51 Industrial Management Owner Jellico Realty Company Ron Lipham ’74 Electrical Engineering President UC Synergetic Inc. John MacFarlane ’72 Mechanical Engineering Manager, Technology Sales and Licensing ExxonMobil Mike McCartney ’57 Civil Engineering President McCartney Construction Company Inc. Charles McCrary ’73 Mechanical Engineering President and CEO Alabama Power Company Jim McMillan ’61 Chemical Engineering Washington Representative (retired) ExxonMobil Joe and Billie Carole McMillan ’58 Chemical Engineering President (retired) ExxonMobil Coal & Minerals Bill McNair ’68 Electrical Engineering VP (retired), Network Operations BellSouth Telecommunications Olivia Owen ’77 Civil Engineering Manager, Global Security ExxonMobil
Tom and Barbara Ray ’69 Electrical Engineering President Ray Engineering Group Inc.
Bill Reed ’50 Mechanical Engineering President System Controls Inc. Phil Saunders ’74 Electrical Engineering Senior VP, Operations & Generations Services Southern Company Al ’47 and Jule ’99 Smith Mechanical Engineering Partner (retired) Bright Star Group Ltd. Paul and Bena Spina ’63 Electrical Engineering Owner and CEO Spina Enterprises Jeff Stone ’79 Civil Engineering Regional President Brasfield & Gorrie Inc. George ’54 and Dot ’54 Uthlaut Chemical Engineering Senior VP (retired), Operations Enron Oil and Gas Company Bill Ward ’55 Mechanical Engineering Regional Manager (retired) GE Southwest Power System Sales Dwight ’62 and Sally ’62 Wiggins Mechanical Engineering President (retired) Tosco Refining Company Walt and Ginger Woltosz ’69 Aerospace Engineering Chairman, President and CEO Simulations Plus Inc.
Bold indicates sustaining member
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The Engineering Eagles Society consists of loyal supporters who make gifts of $1,000 or more each year to Auburn Engineering and its academic units. These gifts provide vital resources for creating and enhancing programs in which our faculty and students thrive. This society recognizes those whose gifts elevate Auburn Engineering to new heights and help continue our tradition of excellence. 1939 Col. James Boykin Dr. Arthur Wiggins Cooper 1940 Mr. C. Fletcher Horn 1941 Mr. Morgan W. Bunch Mr. M. Dow Sellers 1942 Mr. Robert Bruce Allan Mr.* & Mrs. William E. Cannady Mr. & Mrs. John T. Lutz Mr. & Mrs. Henry Frederick Rainey Mr. Grady Lawrence Smith 1943 Mr. Robert F. Ellis Jr.* Mr. C. Warren Fleming Mr. Robert Harding Harris Mr. Nimrod W. E. Long Lt. Col. Walter Buel Patton Mr. & Mrs. James Madison Smith Mr. Warren Stephen Sockwell Mr. Leonard H. White Jr. Mr. William H. Lyons Jr. 1944 Mr. Wayman Erskine Vanderford Mr. James W. Waitzman Sr. 1946 Mr. E. Erskine Hopkins Mr. & Mrs. Dean Sessamen 1947 Mr. Robert B. Cater Jr. Mr. Bradley T. Cox Jr.
Mr. Yndalecio J. Elizondo
Mr. Walter Wanzel Griffin Mr. & Mrs. Creighton C. Lee Mrs. Margaret P. Luquire Mr. & Mrs. Harry C. Mickleboro Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Albert James Smith Jr.
1948 Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Dean Braswell
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard L. Mitchum Jr. Dr. Earle Carter Williams
Dr. Jack Hutchinson Mr. & Mrs. Lionel L. Levy Jr. Mr. Seth H. Mitchell Jr. Mr. F. Brooks Moore Mr. Richard Davison Quina
1952 Mr. Sylvester W. Brock Jr. Mr. & Dr. Harry Carl Handlin Mr. & Mrs. Carver Gager Kennedy
Mr. William R. Davidson Sr.
1949 Mr. Martin L. Beck Jr. Mr. William Hitchcock Cole Mr. Thomas O. Davidson Mr. Richard L. Franklin
Mr. Joseph E. Haley Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Carlton Hill Mr. & Mrs. Richard I. Kearley Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas M. Lowe Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Lowman Mr. & Mrs. Norman Ray McAnnally Mr. John F. Meagher Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Lewe B. Mizelle Jr. Mr. Lawrence Montgomery Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Raymond T. Roser Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Tomasso Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Harold P. Ward Mr. & Mrs. Edward Thomas Williams 1950 Mr. Carroll L. Carter Mr. & Mrs. Tillman G. Crane Mr. Fred A. Duran Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Alfred F. Gentle Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Clarence H. Hornsby Jr. Mr. James Hunnicutt Mr. John M. McKenzie Mr. Mervin L. Norton Mr. & Mrs. W. Allen Reed Mr. William Burch Reed Mr. Mack Allen Riley Mr. & Mrs. Myron Jackson Sasser Mr. Charles C. Stringfellow Mr. Joseph W. Wilson 1951 Mr. Arthur C. Daughtry Dr. John Thomas Hartley Mr. Harvey Ray Houston Mr. Push LaGrone Jr.
Mr. Charles Benson Mathews
Lt. Gen. & Mrs. Forrest S. McCartney Mr. Everett W. Strange Jr. 1953 Mr. & Mrs. Walter R. Day Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Bryan W. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Leonard A. Morgan Mr. James Daniel Tatum Mr. & Mrs. John Albert Taylor 1954 Mr. & Mrs. Fred N. Beason Mr. Russell F. Boren Mr. & Mrs. James Harrison Carroll Jr. Mr. Donald Eugene Dennis Mr. & Mrs. Lewis H. Eberdt Jr. Mr. Sibbley P. Gauntt Mrs. Mina Propst Kirkley
Dr. & Mrs. James Guy Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Jerry D. Parker Mr. & Mrs. Fred H. Rhinehardt Mr. & Mrs. George Egbert Uthlaut 1955 Mr. William J. Cutts Mr. James R. Evans
Mr. William M. Lee
Dr. James L. Lowry Mr. & Mrs. James J. Mallett Mr. & Mrs. James Burton Odom Mr. John S. Parke
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Albert Robinson
Mr. Charles E. Sellers Mr. John Thomas Walter Jr. Mr. William J. Ward 1956 Mr. & Mrs. J. Edward Chapman Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Walter L. Hannum Mr. John P. Helmick Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James G. Hughes Sr. *deceased
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Mr. & Mrs. Edwin E. Ives Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mathias Jager Dr. & Mrs. James Tracy O’Rourke Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Donald Jacob Spring Mr. Vernon H. White Mr. & Mrs. Edward F. Williams III
Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth W. Ray Mr. Albert Miles Redd Jr. Mr. & Dr. Kenneth W. Ringer Mr. & Mrs. George M. Sewell
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Moody Mr. & Mrs. Paul Joseph Spina Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Franklin Thomas Mr. Wendell W. Whiteside
Mr. & Mrs. Leroy L. Wetzel
1964 Mr. & Mrs. L. Owen Brown Mr. & Mrs. Harry G. Craft Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Godfrey Mr. & Mrs. Gordon B. Mohler
Mr. J Frank Travis
1957 Gen. Jimmie V. Adams
1960 Mr. & Mrs.Thomas Glenn Avant
Mr. & Mrs. John Wilford Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Carlan Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin F. Carr Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Elliott L. Dean Jr. Dr. & Mrs. George John Dezenberg Mr. & Mrs. Edwin William Evans Judge & Mrs. Albert O. Howard Jr. Mr. & Mrs. William B. Millis Mr. & Mrs. Howard E. Palmes Mr. Earl B. Parsons Jr. Mr. Gordon Ross Mr. & Mrs. James H. Stewart Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Holman Watson
Dr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Breeden Mr. William S. Clark Capt. Gordon L. Flynn
Mr. Vernon W. Gibson Jr. Mr. M. Miller Gorrie Mr. Bill M. Guthrie Mr. & Mrs. T. Preston Huddleston Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Fred W. Mace Mr. Gary Clements Martin Dr. & Mrs. Michael B. McCartney Mr. Walter F. Morris Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. Richardson Mr. James S. Roy Mr. & Mrs. Cecil C. Spear Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Larry Tuggle Mr. & Mrs. William J. Turner Jr. Mr. Harry W. Watkins Jr. Lt. Col. & Mrs. Ralph C. Wilkinson 1958 Mr. Charles Frederick Bach Mr. William M. Brackney Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Burson
Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Burt Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. James Hugh Corbitt
Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Collier Goode Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. George Edward Gullatt Mr. & Mrs. Roger R. Hemminghaus Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Keith King Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Manson Mr. & Mrs. Joe T. McMillan Mr. James L. Murrell Mr. & Mrs. David S. Neel Mr. & Mrs. Ellie Ray Dr. & Mrs. R. E. Simpson Mr. Robert Clyde Smith 1959 Mr. & Mrs. Gerald B. Andrews Sr. Mr. & Mrs. James O’Neal Ballenger Mr. & Mrs. Roger J. Campbell Mr. & Mrs. Clarence J. Chappell III Mr. & Mrs. Charles Edward Davis Mr. L. Ray Davis Mr. & Mrs. Harry Arthur Edge Jr. Mr. Norman S. Faris Jr.
Mr. Charles Earley Gavin III Dr. Samuel L. Ginn Mr. & Mrs. George H. Godwin Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Holifield III
Mr. John Kenneth Jones Mr. Gerald G. McGlamery Sr. Mr. Royce Everett Mitchell Mr. Wynton Rex Overstreet
Dr. & Mrs. William E. Biles
Mr. & Mrs. Clyde H. Wood
1961 Mr. & Mrs. Joe A. Akin Jr. Mr. Leiland M. Duke Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Dave Irwin Mr. Raymond Elliott Loyd Mr. Donald W. Lynn
Mr. & Mrs. James D. McMillan Mr. Alton B. Overstreet Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Earl Price Sr. Mr. Joel N. Pugh Mr. Hugh Ed Turner Mr. & Mrs. Philip S. Zettler 1962 Mr. William Albritton Jr. Mr. David Nelson Brown Mr. & Mrs. Wiley Mitchell Cauthen
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel J. Paul Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Joe W. Ruffer Mr. Jerry Franklin Smith 1965 Dr. David B. Bradley Mr. & Dr. Larry M. Curtis Mr. & Mrs. William F. Hayes Mr. J. Wayne Maxey
Mr. & Mrs. D. L. Merrill Jr. Mr. Penn E. Mullowney Jr. Mr. W. Russell Newton Mr. Steve P. Osburne Mr. & Mrs. David Scarborough Mr. & Mrs. E. Todd Sharley Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Stringfellow Mr. J. Ernest Warren 1966 Mr. John Boswell Allen Dr. & Mrs. Larry Benefield Dr. & Mrs. John E. Cochran Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Paul R. Flowers Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James H. Ham III Mr. & Mrs. Oliver D. Kingsley Jr. Mrs. Pauline Miller Martin
Mr. Jim W. McGaha Mr. & Mrs. J. Kirk Newell III Mr. Roger J. Radar Mr. Mac Douglas Waldrup Jr.
Dr. Eldridge Ruthven Collins Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Ralph S. Cunningham
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Harold Guthrie Dr. & Mrs. Elmer Beseler Harris Rear. Adm. Tim McCall Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. Lavon F. Jordan Mr. Donald R. Luger Mr. & Mrs. Jack Taylor Parker Mr. Sid Sanders Mr. Thomas Saunders Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Danny Gerald Snow Mr. John E. Vick Mr. & Mrs. Dwight L. Wiggins Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Gary E. Woodham Mr. Charles E. Woodrow III
Mr. John H. Cassidy Mr. H. Wendell Ellis Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Fuller III Mr. & Mrs. Stanley L. Graves Mr. William George Hairston III Mr. Albert E. Hay Mr. & Mrs. George V. Jones
1963 Mr. & Mrs. Richard E. Cannon Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Clark Evans Mr. & Mrs. Lamar Travis Hawkins
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin F. Hendricks
Mr. John Steele Henley II Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Lawrence Jr.
Mr. Harold Deason Callaway Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Bernard Leonard Jr.
Mr. James Lee Rayburn Mr. David C. Sjolund Mr. & Mrs. William James Smith Mr. Patrick C. Stacker
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Stanfield Jr. Mr. R. Conner Warren Mr. & Mrs. George Edmond Williamson II 1968 Mr. William C. Claunch Mr. Johnnie M. Hamilton Mr. C Gary Harrington
Mr. & Mrs. Oliver H. Heely Jr. Auburn Engineering 41
Dr. Terry Edwin Lawler Mr. James H. McDaniel Mr. & Mrs. William R. McNair Mr. Allen C. Rice Mr. Arthur Lewis Slotkin Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harrison Wynne Jr.
Mr. George Aristides Menendez Mr. C. Glenn Owen Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Edgar L. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. John Albert Smyth Jr.
1969 Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Truman Brown Mr. John L. Carr Jr. Mrs. Peggy King Cerny Mr. Ronald M. Dykes Mr. Ronald L. Ellis Mr. & Mrs. Jefferson Grant Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Gary W. Gray
Mr. & Mrs. William P. Anderson III Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Barth III Mr. William Scott Brown Mr. Joe W. Forehand Jr. Mr. Earl Richard Foust
1971 Mr. James T. Adkison Jr.
Mrs. Virginia Smith Glass
Mr. David A. Kelley Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Franklin Moon Mr. & Mrs. M. John Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Joseph Peterson Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Senkbeil Capt. & Mrs. William E. Skinner Mr. David Slovensky Mr. James Larry Smith Mr. & Mrs. James Lewis Starr Mr. Robert Morgan Waters Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Weatherford
Mr. W. Russell James
Mr. Douglas Paul Marshall Mr. & Mrs. William K. Newman Mr. Robert Lyons Prince Mr. & Mrs. David I. Rach Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Leonard Ray Mr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Saiia Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Fred Terrell Jr. Mrs. Lucy Hargrove Weigle Mr. & Mrs. Walter Stanley Woltosz
1972 Mr. & Mrs. Glen D. Atwell Mr. Daniel M. Bush Mr. & Mrs. Joe Mark Chambers Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Richard I. Chenoweth Mrs. Barbara Baker Davis Mr. & Mrs. James Allen Dowdy Jr. Mr. John William Gibbs Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Lamar Lewis Mr. & Mrs. John Andrew MacFarlane Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Max A. Mobley
1970 Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm N. Beasley Mr. & Mrs. Stanley E. Bryant Mrs. Veronica Chesnut Mr. & Mrs. Joe D. Edge Dr. Martin C. Glover Mr. & Mrs. Tommy G. Hendrick Mr. Thomas Farrell Higgins Mr. & Mrs. James A. Humphrey Mr. W. Blake Jeffcoat Mr. John David Johnson
Dr. & Mrs. H. Vincent Poor Mr. Andrew J. Sharp Jr. Mr. Dewitt Uptagrafft Col. & Mrs. James S. Voss Mr. & Mrs. Larry Russell White Mr. & Mrs. R. Duke Woodson 1973 Mr. Charles S. Aiken Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Rafael E. Alfonso Mr. & Mrs. Felix C. Brendle Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John Wendell Chambliss Mr. & Mrs. Wendell Harris Duke Mr. William Eugen Friel II
Mr. Robert Waite Hardie
Mr. Frederick D. Kuester
Mr. Charles Douglas McCrary Mrs. Marsha H. Reardon Mr. & Mrs. Richard Young Roberts Mr. John Crawford Robertson Mr. Oliver William Stuardi Sr.
Mr. Walter Karl Vollberg Mr. James Wade Wesson 1974 Mr. Phillip E. Alexander Brig. Gen. & Mrs. Robert L. Davis Mr. Ray A. Dimit Capt. & Mrs. Davis R. Gamble Jr. Mr. Bruce Edward Imsand Mr. Ronald Craig Lipham Mr. Charles Philip Saunders Mr. Don L. Sollie Mr. Roger L. Sollie Mr. William E. Warnock Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Gary L. West
Engineering Eagles Society Recognition Levels Associate Eagles
$500+ in Annual Giving To make giving a part of their future, we invite recent alums to become associate members of the Eagles Society with a gift of $500, which may include a company match. Associate Eagles can remain at this level until they pass the 10-year graduation mark.
$1,000+ in Annual Giving
$5,000+ in Annual Giving
Eagles Society Membership
Gifts that qualify a donor as an annual member of the Engineering Eagles Society include the following:
Our Executive Eagles take a leadership role in their support of Auburn Engineering. Their contributions help:
The consistency and commitment demonstrated by our Dean’s Circle members have propelled our college boldly into the future.
• Annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more to the College of Engineering, including corporate matching gifts
• I ncrease our ability to attract world-class faculty
• Combined annual gifts totaling $1,000 or more given by a couple
• S upport capital projects including state-of-the-art renovations and the construction of the new Shelby Center for Engineering Technology
The dean hosts members of the circle annually for a luncheon and briefing where they discuss educational trends, the college’s vision for the future and strategic plans to achieve that vision.
• A $1,000 pledge of support by December 31 of the current fiscal year 42 Auburn Engineering
•P rovide scholarships for our deserving students
For more information, contact David Mattox at 334.844.1278 or email@example.com.
1975 Mr. Pete L. Anderson
Mr. Ben Bozeman Barrow Jr.
Mr. Robert Flournoy Bynum Mr. & Mrs. James V. Doyle Mrs. Linda Vanstrum Griggs Mr. Ronald Ugee Harris Mr. James Monroe Holley IV Mr. & Mrs. Joseph S. Johnson Jr. Mr. & Mrs. John H. Klingelhoeffer Mr. Thomas D. Lampkin Mr. & Mrs. William Tom Nabors Mr. William S. Pace Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jack B. Porterfield III
Mr. & Mrs. David Alexander Pride
Mr. William B. Womack Mr. Gary A. Wynn
1976 Mrs. Cynthia M. Anderson Mr. John P. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jeffrey Benton Mr. & Mrs. Terry James Coggins Mr. Michael Arthur DeMaioribus Mr. & Mrs. Dennis W. Henderson Mr. Rodney Lon Long Mr. Michael Alexander McKown Mr. William Lynn Moench Jr. Mr. Wayne B. Nelson III Mr. Kenneth A. Powell Mr. Randy Leon Smith Mr. & Mrs. Duane Dale York 1977 Mr. & Mrs. Morgan Ronnie Cantrell
Mr. L. David Compton Dr. Jan Davis Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Lee Drake Jr. Mr. & Mrs. C. Houston Elkins Jr. Mr. Thomas Gordy Germany Mr. Robert D. Hendrix II Mrs. Melissa Brown Herkt Mr. David R. Motes
Mr. & Mrs. Charles G. Munden Jr.
Mr. David K. Owen Mrs. Olivia Kelley Owen
1979 Mr. Michael Patrick Batey Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Bishop Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Wilkerson Diehl Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Steve Hill Mr. William A. Lovell Jr.
Dr. Lewis Nathaniel Payton
Mrs. Karen Harris Rowell Mr. & Dr. Jeffrey Ira Stone Mr. & Mrs. David Carriell Sulkis Mr. Mark D. Vanstrum Mr. Ralph Edward Wheeler 1980 Mr. & Mrs. Robert Joseph Brackin Mr. & Mrs. William S. Bunch III Mr. Thomas E. Hester
Mr. Joseph Lamar Holliday Mrs. Larke Lanier Mr. John Timothy McCartney Mrs. Laura Ledyard McCartney
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Phillip McWane
Mr. Charles Donald Miller Dr. Robert Mark Nelms Mr. Russell K. Sandlin
Mr. G. Nolan Sparks Jr. Mr. Charles Chris Spraggins
Mr. George Russell Walton
1981 Mr. Douglas Alan Barnett
Mr. Stephen Joseph Bethay Mr. David W. Brooks III
Mr. & Mrs. James L. Cooper Jr. Mrs. Margaret Long Forsythe Mr. Phillip Alan Forsythe Ms. Karen Hayes Mr. & Mrs. Patrick D. Higginbotham Maj. & Mrs. James M. Hoskins Mr. William Byron Lee Mr. Fred F. Newman III Mr. & Mrs. Michael Arthur Rowland Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Abner Smith Dr. & Mrs. James Michael Stallings
1983 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher T. Bell Mr. & Mrs. Russell Lee Carbine Mr. John Emory Gipson Mrs. Margaret Fuller Haack Mr. Robert Otto Haack Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Austin Miller Mr. & Mrs. John Paul Raispis 1984 Mr. James B. Burrows Jr.
Dr. & Mrs. Tony J. Catanzaro
Mr. & Mrs. James M. Chandler III Mr. Vincent Russell Costanza
Mr. Kenneth C. Horne Mrs. Ann McCamy Johnson Dr. & Mrs. Gerald G. McGlamery Jr. Mr. Douglas E. Phillpott Mrs. Tracy Phillpott Mrs. Betty Ann Ryberg
1985 Mr. Kenneth Wayne Cater Mr. Steven Glenn Cates
Mr. & Mrs. Randall C. Chase
Mr. Timothy John Dwyer Mr. & Mrs. John Newell Floyd Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Duane May Mr. Robert William Mueller Mr. Benjamin Edwin Robuck Mr. & Mrs. William B. Stone Mr. Michael Darrell Tucker Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey N. Vahle
1986 Mr. Bruce William Evans
Mr. Gary Ross Godfrey
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dale Holmes
Mrs. Dara Hosey Mr. David McCoy Kudlak Mr. George Lee McGlamery Mr. Clinton Christopher McGraw III Mr. Trace Duane Parish Dr. Jeffrey Scott Smith
Mr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Pehler Jr.
Mrs. Ellen B. Stewart Mrs. Susan Nolen Story Mr. Stephen Keith Swinson
Mr. & Mrs. Martin John Stap Mrs. Laura Crowe Turley
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Glen Rice
Mr. Jeffrey Mason Young
1982 Mr. Philip Randal Carroll Mrs. Anne M. Cleary Mr. Shawn E. Cleary
1987 Mr. David Allan Carr Mr. Jeffrey Curtis Harris Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ray Ingram Mr. & Mrs. David Emory Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Freeland Odom Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Andrew Partridge Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Stewart Phillips Mr. James O. Roberts
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph G. Dobbs Mr. Robie L. Elms Mr. Joe K. Haggerty
Mr. Lum M. Loo Mr. Richard R. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Henry W. Poellnitz III Mr. William W. Rowell
Mr. Kenneth L. Smith Jr. Mrs. Jacqueline Guthrie Steele
Mrs. Janet W. Varagona Mr. Michael J. Varagona
Mr. Timothy Donald Cook
Mr. Maury D. Gaston Mrs. Gina Victoria Gloski Mr. Bradley S. Kitterman
Mr. William Joseph Knapp Mr. Gerald L. Pouncey Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Ryan
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Lamar Smith Mr. Keith William Starnes
Dr. Randy Clark West
Mr. Daniel Edward Summers
Mr. & Mrs. John Carlton Todd Ms. Karen Louise Trapane Mr. Scott Alan Yost Auburn Engineering 43
1988 Mr. & Mrs. J. Gregory Anderson Mr. James Michael Arnold
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Edward Carmon
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Gordon Fraher Mr. & Mrs. Frank Arthur Hamner Mr. Robert Colvin Lynn Mr. Kelly Glenn Price
Mr. Lee Wiley Richards Mr. Richard Quina Sanchez Mrs. Veronica Carole Sherard
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Connelly Slay
1996 Mr. Jason Ryan Amos
Dr. Chun-Yu Chen Dr. & Mrs. Gerard Albert Davis Ms. Ada Nicole Faulk Mrs. Markell Heilbron Mr. Scott Philip Sheumaker Mr. John Raymond Smith 1997 Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Fournelle Mr. Jerard Taggart Smith
1989 Ms. Ann Rebecca Guthrie
1998 Ms. Heather Vann Crozier Mr. Keith Shellie Hagler
Mr. James Otto Mitchell Mrs. Sarah Johnson Sanchez Mr. & Mrs. Brian Hunt
1999 Mr. George Blanks Mr. & Mrs. Sean Patrick Flinn
1990 Mrs. Elaine Jimmerson Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Kelly
Dr. Jennifer Paton Stacey
Dr. Bill Josephson Mr. Robert Neal McDevitt
Mr. Andy Moore Mr. Dewayne R. Sanders
1991 Mrs. Shirley Frazier Boulware
Mr. Ruskin Clegg Green
Mr. Jeffrey Todd Hicks Mr. Randall Cory Hopkins Mr. John M. McCormick II
Mr. & Mrs. David Troy Veal 1992
2001 Ms. Jacqueline Heather Cole
Mr. Marcus Paul Peters Mr. & Mrs. K-Rob Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Gary William Vaughan
Mrs. Jennifer Rice Tait Mr. Nathan Thomas Vogt
Mr. Frederick Alan Rush
1995 Mr. & Mrs. Diaco Aviki Lt. Cmdr. Yvonne Roberts Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Ramon Lyda 44 Auburn Engineering
2008 Ms. Laura Elizabeth Clenney Mr. Joshua B. Connell
Mrs. Stephani Leach Connell Mr. Brandon L. Eidson Mr. Patrick Clay Mays Mr. Kurt Bradford Smith Ms. Jane Kathleen Spinks
2009 Dr. Shirley Scott-Harris Dr. Prathima Agrawal Dr. Vishwani Deo Agrawal
1993 Mr. Michael Boyd Deavers Mrs. Constance S. Foster Lt. Cmdr. Jerry Dean Foster Dr. Andrew Palmer Hanson Mr. & Mrs. Michael Thomas Hendrick Dr. & Mrs. C. Robert Karcher Mrs. Deana Smith Seigler Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Wellbaum III
Mr. & Mrs. Wesley Shane Mize Mr. Patrick Joseph Quick
Dr. Ran Dai
Ms. Christina Lynn Leach
Mrs. Michele Loving Lamb
2007 Mr. Mustafa Ali
Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin M. Carmichael Mr. Jason Max Lee Dr. Marshall Chandler McLeod Mr. Mark A. Spencer
Mr. & Mrs. James David Noland
Mr. James Palmer Heilbron Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Kramer
2006 Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Dale Jones
Mr. Christopher L. Bentley
Mr. Chris Easterwood
Mr. & Mrs. John Elvin Rogers Mrs. Katherine E. Shafer Mr. & Mrs. William H. Wilson Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Goral
Mr. Kennith Craig Moushegian
1994 Mr. & Mrs. J. Travis Capps Jr. Dr. & Mrs. John Marshall Croushorn
Mrs. Tiffany Bates Ostertag
Mr. Albert William Spratley II Mr. Christopher Stephen Woodie 2003 Mr. Michael LeRoy Foley
Mr. & Mrs. Nathan L. Hanks Mr. Trent Edward Williams 2004 Mr. Syed Asim Ali
Ms. Dianoosh Marlene Aviki
Mr. Wicky H. Black Mr. & Mrs. Paul C. Box Mrs. Shirley A. Bradford Mrs. Barbara F. Caine Mrs. Elizabeth G. Caldwell Mrs. Mary Caley Mr. Richard A. Campbell Mr. Eugene R. Carbine
Dr. Kai-Hsiung Chang Dr. & Mrs. Richard Oliver Chapman Mr. Charles T. Clark
Mrs. Sandra K. Couch Dr. James H. Cross II Mr. Calvin Cutshaw
Mrs. Mary Merritt Dawkins Mrs. Ruth Harris Fleetwood
Dr. & Mrs. Charles H. Goodman Mr. H. Vince Groome III Mrs. Viva M. Hodel
Mrs. Joi Hudgins
Dr. Peter D. Jones Mr. Donald Ray Jordan Sr.
Mr. James L. Killian III Ms. Nancy Klopman
Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Dorris Ms. Jennifer H. Goodman
Ms. Catherine M. Kolar
Mr. Scott L. Jernigan Lt. Timothy Edward Lowery Mr. Charles H. Ping III Mr. James C. Ray III
Mr. & Mrs. Graeme Malloch Mr. Charles Coker Mays
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick L. Hanks Mr. Jamal Holloway
2005 Mr. Justin Paul Allred
Mrs. Kathleen Donovan Hartman Mr. Darrell R. Krueger
Mr. Michael Sean Laane
Mr. Charles Albert Machemehl Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Nels Madsen Dr. & Mrs. Joe M. Morgan Mr. Woojin Park Mr. Hunter Andrew Payne
Mr. & Mrs. William Raymond Pearsall Mrs. Gloria Bunch Roth
Mr. Richard G. Ruff Dr. & Mrs. Peter Schwartz
Mr. & Mrs. Douglas W. Smith Dr. Charles Eugene Stroud Dr. Jeffrey C. Suhling
Mrs. Patricia Swan Dr. Bruce J. Tatarchuk Mr. Anthony L. Terhaar Dr. Mrinal Thakur Dr. & Mrs. Robert E. Thomas Jr. Mrs. Mary Lou Tolar Mrs. Myrna McGuire Walker Ms. Beth Weed Dr. & Mrs. Ralph Hing-Chung Zee Corporations AATCC Foundation Inc. Accenture Foundation Inc. ACPA, Southeast Chapter Agco Corporation Alabama Asphalt Pavement Alabama Concrete Industries Assoc. Alabama Power Foundation Inc. Alabama River Pulp Company Albany International Corporation Albemarle Foundation ALFA Mutual Insurance Company AMEC Kamtech Inc. American Cast Iron Pipe Co. American International Group Inc. AT&T Foundation Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau Austin Maintenance & Construction Inc. B.L. Harbert International Baskerville Donovan Inc. BE&K Engineering Company BellSouth The Boeing Company Boise Paper Handling LLC Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Briggs & Stratton Corporation Buckeye Technologies Inc. Buckman Laboratories Inc. C S Beatty Construction Inc. Capital One Service LLC
CDG Engineers & Associates Cessna Foundation Inc. Chevron Oil Company ChevronTexaco Matching Gift Program Comer Foundation Conoco Phillips Continental Automotive Systems US Inc. Cooper Industries Cranston Print Works Company Deep Foundations Institute DEPCO LLC The Donaldson Foundation Dynetics Inc. Eastman Chemical Company El Paso Corporate Foundation Emerson Tool Company Engent Inc. Engineers of the South & Partners LLC Ergonomic & Work Measurement ExxonMobil Corporation ExxonMobil Foundation ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties Co. FAB TEC Inc. First Commercial Bank First National Bank of Jasper Ford Motor Company Fund Foundry Educational Foundation FPL Group Foundation Inc. Gayco Inc. General Electric Foundation Georgia Pacific Corporation Georgia Power Company GKN Foundation Gulf Power Foundation Inc. Halstead Contractors LLC Harris Foundation Henkel Corporation Hercules Inc. Hess Foundation Inc. HMB Alabama LLC Hoar Construction Inc. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC Instrument Society of America
Eagles set the pace
Auburn Engineering is moving boldly into the future of engineering education. Our rapid and continuing ascent is fueled, in no small part, by the support and generosity of our alumni and friends. Our Engineering Eagles Society recognizes those who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the college or its academic units. These gifts ensure the quality of our programs and provide vital resources that enable Auburn Engineering to pursue its vision of becoming a top engineering program.
Intel Corporation International Paper - Courtland Mill Jim House & Associates Inc. Johnson & Johnson Kemira Chemicals Inc. Krebs Architecture & Engineering Corporation LBYD Inc. Lockheed Martin Corp. Malcolm Pirnie Inc. Martin Sprocket & Gear Inc. Material Handling Industry Corporation Maynard, Cooper & Gale Charitable Foundation MBA Structural Engineers Inc. MeadWestvaco Corporation MetLife Foundation Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc. Milliken Foundation Minnesota Mining Manufacturing Corporation Nalco Company NAPA Research and Education Foundation Inc. Neptune Technology Group Inc. Nike Employee Matching Gift Foundation Norman Sales Company Inc. North Alabama Fabricating Co. Packaging Corporation of America Patrick Michael Couch High Flight Foundation Pearson Education Penta Research Inc. Ready Mix USA Inc. Rheem Water Heating Robins & Morton Rosemount Inc. Russell Medical Center Russo Corporation SAE International SCA Tissue North America LLC Schlumberger Technology Corporation Scitor Corporation Shaw Industries Group Inc. Shell Oil Company Foundation Sigma Thermal Solvay Advanced Polymers Southern Company Southern Company Services Inc. Southern Nuclear Operating Co. Surface Mount Technology Association System Controls Inc. Technical Training Aids Teledyne Continental Motors Inc. Tetra Tech Inc. Texas Instruments Inc. Tractor & Equipment Foundation Verizon Foundation Voith Paper Vulcan Painters Inc. Walter P. Moore & Associates Inc. Weatherford & Associates Inc. Wiregrass Foundation Womack & Associates Zgouvas & Associates
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Endowments Endowments are gifts that provide Auburn Engineering with perpetual income and are essential for the long term security and growth of the college. The Auburn University Foundation invests the principal of the endowed fund and only the allocated income is used to support programs and initiatives designated by the donor. New endowments established in 2009 include: College of Engineering William E. & Lois Cannady Fund for Excellence John H. and Gail P. Watson Professorship Albert M. Redd, Jr. & Susan Warburton Redd Foley High School Endowed Academic Achievement Scholarship W. Allen & Martha Reed Endowed Professorship (2) Richard L. and Jeanne E. Franklin Endowed Fund for Excellence Aerospace Walt & Virginia Woltosz Endowed Professorship Chemical Tracey H. & Tony J. Catanzaro Endowed Professorship Charles E. Gavin III Endowed Professorship Terry A. Kirkley Endowed Scholarship Joe T. & Billie Carole McMillan Endowed Professorship Walt & Virginia Woltosz Endowed Professorship Uthlaut Family Endowed Professorship Civil Denzel Harve Carbine Endowed Scholarship John F. & Agnes N. Meagher, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Electrical and Computer McWane Endowed Professorship A. S. Hodel Endowed Scholarship Industrial and Systems Dr. Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden Endowed Professorship (2) Tim Cook Endowed Professorship Joe W. Forehand Jr. Endowed Professorship Mechanical Henry M. Burt Jr. Endowed Professorship McWane Endowed Professorship (2) Albert J. Smith, Jr. Professorship John and Anne MacFarlane Professorship Multi-Departmental Walt & Virginia Woltosz Endowed Professorship in War Eagle Motorsports NCAT National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation Inc. Endowed Fund for Excellence in Support of the National Center for Asphalt Technology
Planned Gifts Planned gifts are pledged today to benefit the college in the future. These gifts include bequests, life income plans, charitable gift annuities, IRA distributions and gifts of life insurance. Planned gifts enable donors to manage their investments and leave a lasting legacy for Auburn Engineering. New planned gifts in 2009 include: Mr. & Mrs. Nathaniel Pat Chesnut ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dale Holmes ’86 Lt. & Mrs. Randall Keeb McMahan ’89 Mr. & Mrs. David Frederick Rankin Mr. Charles E. Sellers ’55 Mr. David C. Sjolund ’67
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Annual Scholarships Some of Auburn Engineering’s donors choose to establish annual scholarships. These funds, which are given each year, are not maintained by principal or earnings and vary depending upon donor contributions. Annual scholarships given in 2009 include: College of Engineering 3M Undergraduate Scholarship Program Albert J. and Julia Smith Scholarship Redd Foley High School Academic Achievement Scholarship American Cast Iron Pipe Company Engineering Scholars Program Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Scholarship Boeing Aircraft Scholarships Brigadier General Robert and Barbara Davis Scholarship Business Engineering Technology Faculty Annual Merit Scholarship C. E. Gavin III Family Scholarship Carroll T. and Mary Lou Tolar Annual Scholarship Carroll T. Tolar Memorial Scholarship Chuck and Jo Moody Scholarships Danny G. Snow Scholarship Donald and Dianna Carmon Annual Scholarship E. F. Williams Annual Scholarship Engineering Annual Scholarship Foundry Educational Foundation/R. Conner Warren Annual Scholarship Fund Frank & Lauren Hamner Annual Scholarship Jan and Tommy Avant Annual Scholarship Lee and Diane Drake Annual Scholarship McGlamery Engineering Scholarship R. Conner Warren Engineering Scholarship Robert Morgan Waters & Linda Barnes Waters Family Legacy Endowment Plan Annual Scholarship Seeds of Love/Willie T. Grant Annual Scholarship Award Society of Women Engineers Sophomore/Junior Annual Scholarships
Industrial and Systems Stacey Family Annual Scholarship The Comer Foundation Annual Scholarship Tim Cook Annual Leadership Scholarship Mechanical Chevron Texaco Scholarships Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Fund Polymer and Fiber Polymer and Fiber Engineering Scholarship Wireless Ginn Family Foundation Wireless Engineering Annual Scholarship Multi-Departmental Chevron Texaco Oil Key Scholarships John E. and Patti P. Gipson/Penta Research Inc. Annual Scholarship Business Engineering Technology Program Jerry Jackson Thomley and Patsy Woodham Thomley Alabama Power Foundation Legacy Endowment Plan Annual Scholarship Minority Engineering Program Boeing Minority Scholarship D.W. Weatherby Academic Excellence Annual Scholarship Minority Engineering Program Annual Scholarship
Aerospace Chris Couch Aerospace Engineering Scholarship Fred W. Martin Annual Scholarship Marshal S. Caley Scholarship in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Otto Peter “Pete” Cerny Annual Scholarship Chemical Chemical Engineering Scholarship David C. Hart Chemical Engineering Scholarship Hess Scholarship in Chemical Engineering John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Annual Scholarship Civil CDG Engineers & Associates Annual Scholarship Civil Engineering Scholarship HMB Alabama LLC Annual Scholarship Brasfield & Gorrie Scholarship Computer Science and Software CSSE Industrial Advisory Board Annual Scholarship for First Year Undergraduate Students Electrical and Computer Chevron Texaco Scholarships Cleary Family Scholarship Wallace Dawkins Scholarship Fund Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Annual Scholarship Electrical Engineering General Scholarship Jesse D. May and James M. Chandler Annual Scholarship
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Engineering Class Challenge
In 2002, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering began challenging graduating seniors to make a gift signifying their class year — $20.02; for the 2007-2008 school year, they were encouraged to make a gift of $20.08. The Engineering Senior Class Challenge enables students to begin giving back to Auburn Engineering and increases their understanding of the importance of private support. The funds raised as part of the Senior Class Challenge support student activities and projects that create opportunities for future generations of students.
Emir Adanur ‘09 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Carla Marie Jennings ‘09 Chemical Engineering
Shainur Ahsan Civil Engineering
Brandon Johnson Civil Engineering
Sarah Elizabeth Alexander Civil Engineering
John B. Johnson Chemical Engineering
Joshua David Allison ‘09 Wireless Engineering
Mark Lawrence Lipham Jr. Electrical and Computer Engineering
Taylor Randolph Almond ‘09 Wireless Engineering
Dehyrl Harley Middleton Civil Engineering
Richard E. Bates ‘09 Chemical Engineering
William Craven Minor ‘09 Civil Engineering
Thomas Michael Beard ‘09 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Andrew Jonathan Nevins ‘09 Mechanical Engineering
Rose-Gaelle Minko Belinga ‘09 Software Engineering
Siobhan O’Reilly Industrial and Systems Engineering
Rajnesah LaKay Belyeu Software Engineering
Frank Orona Materials Engineering
Prescott Wesley Burden ‘09 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael D. Osborn ‘09 Industrial and Systems Engineering
Daniel B. Coltey ‘09 Aerospace Engineering
Bob Rees Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brian Christopher Dennig ‘09 Aerospace Engineering
Roy Francis Rudolph Jr. ‘09 Wireless Engineering
Oluwaseyi Fadamiro ‘09 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nathan D. Stempel ‘09 Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jeremy R. Gilliland Mechanical Engineering
Jordon Tench Chemical Engineering
Mark Glassford Industrial and Systems Engineering
Andy Todd Chemical Engineering
Pierre-Olivier Gourmelon ‘09 Mechanical Engineering
Allan Westenhofer Mechanical Engineering
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Workers move decking into place on the Dwight L. Wiggins Mechanical Engineering Hall, one of two buildings that comprise Phase II of the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology. The new facilities â€” which also include an advanced research laboratory â€” are expected to be occupied and in use by January 2012.
Auburn Engineering Spring/Summer 2010 Magazine