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LEADING THE WAY
Reloading Research Jim Weyhenmeyer (left), who was named vice president for Auburn Research in March, recently stopped by the college and toured some of the engineering laboratories. Weyhenmeyer met with students and faculty, learning about several research projects being conducted in the college, including in the Auburn University Biomechanical Engineering (AUBE) Laboratory. Welcome to Auburn!
From the Dean At the end of each semester, I have the distinct honor of addressing and shaking hands with each of our amazing graduates during the engineering commencement ceremony. This spring’s event was no exception. During the ceremony, two particular graduates caught my attention with their awe-inspiring stories. Sam Cerio, our superstar gymnast who earned SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year honors for her sport, walked across the stage with the assistance of crutches and leg braces less than a month from a career-ending injury that caught the nation’s attention. Her grit and determination was never more evident, and her ear-to-ear smile showed it. The aerospace engineering graduate will now take her talents to Charleston, S.C., where she has accepted a position with Boeing. Anna Wilson, who has defied the odds and overcome challenge after challenge for nearly her entire life, also crossed the stage at graduation. You may remember Anna from our Spring 2016 magazine, where she graced the cover along with her loving mother, Carla. As a young child, Anna was accidentally shot in the head, leaving her with quadriplegia. Since that day, her mother has been by her side and ensured she had the great life she deserves. Despite the injury, nothing has held Anna back. She ziplines, she scuba dives, she does it all. And now, she’s an Auburn engineer with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering who plans to pursue a graduate degree and work in the health care industry focusing on lean engineering. She is truly “a spirit that is not afraid.” These are just a couple of the inspiring leaders of tomorrow. In this issue of Auburn Engineering magazine, you will also read about many more of our leaders both within the college and beyond. Pioneers such as Sam Ginn, whose generosity 20 years ago charted our upward trajectory and continues today through his gifts to kick off our Top 20 Initiative. Another leader, Joe Forehand, served as our inaugural Engineering Executive in Residence, sharing the many lessons he learned along the way to becoming chairman and CEO of Accenture, a Fortune 500 company. You’ll also read about our dynamic faculty and students who are conducting leading research in areas such as cybersecurity, transportation and structural engineering, in addition to our outstanding initiatives and programs to promote diversity and inclusion within the college. It’s these amazing engineers who are changing the world for the better, and it’s an exciting time to be a part of it as Auburn Engineering continues to advance our state, region, country and world. War Eagle!
Christopher B. Roberts
Spring 2019 Volume 29, Issue 1 DEAN Christopher B. Roberts DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING Jim Killian EDITOR Austin Phillips CONTRIBUTORS Chris Anthony Christine Hall Jeremy Henderson Sylvia Masango Eduardo Medina
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Happenings A snapshot of some recent accomplishments in and around the college
Leading the way Auburn Engineering has taken the lead on the forefront of many areas thanks to dynamic students, faculty and distinguished alumni
On the Attack Auburn University has positioned itself as the new national leader in cybersecurity research and professional preparedness
Dynamic Diversity Dedicated programs and initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion are thriving at Auburn
Farms, Fuel and the Future Biosystems Engineering celebrates a century of success
Meaning Business Joe Forehand and his wife, Gayle, recently served as the inaugural Executives in Residence
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Leader of the Pack The college’s namesake, Samuel Ginn, has taken another step to propel Auburn Engineering into the Top 20 colleges in the nation
Building for Tomorrow The college is constructing a new state-of-the-art $22 million Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory
GRAPHIC DESIGN Danny Doyle
PHOTOGRAPHY Alex Camerlengo Jim Killian Marcus Kluttz
Message from Christopher B. Roberts, dean of
It’s My Job Rose-Gaëlle Belinga, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in software engineering in 2009 and 2012, respectively, is charting a path at Morgan Stanley in New York City
5 Minutes With Frank Cilluffo, director of the McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, is an internationally recognized expert who is helping put policy to practice
From the Faculty David Roueche, assistant professor of civil engineering, details lessons he learned following the March 3 Lee County tornado
Faculty Highlights Our dynamic faculty exemplifies excellence and innovation through cutting-edge research, instruction and outreach
The Award Goes to . . . The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted three alumni and one friend of the college, while the Auburn Alumni Association awarded two alumni with the university’s highest honors
Cupola Report A list of Keystone, Ginn and Eagles donors, and those with planned gifts, endowments and annual scholarships
My Back Pages After nearly 45 years with the university, including 35 in engineering, Communications and Marketing Director Jim Killian is retiring in July eng.auburn.edu
NASA awards $5.2 million contract In April, NASA awarded a $5.2 million contract to the college’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence (NCAME) to develop additive manufacturing processes and techniques for improving the performance of liquid rocket engines. The threeyear contract is the latest expansion of a longstanding public-private partnership between Auburn and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The research and development covered under the new contract is part of NASA’s Rapid Analysis and Manufacturing Propulsion Technology (RAMPT) project, which focuses on evolving light-weight, large-scale novel and additive manufacturing techniques for the development and manufacturing of regeneratively-cooled thrust chamber assemblies for liquid rocket engines.
Additive manufacturing’s new destination Nearly 250 additive manufacturing professionals from Canada to Singapore descended on Auburn in March for the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence’s first-ever workshop to address the growing need for additive manufacturing quality and reliability in major industries such as aerospace, defense, medical and automotive. Thanks to Auburn University’s decisive investments, including its $18 million renovation of the Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory, the state has quickly become an international hub for the cutting-edge technology.
Leading manufacturing innovation America Makes, a national leader in additive manufacturing innovation, awarded ASTM International’s Additive Manufacturing Nima Shamsaei Center of Excellence $1.2 million on the strength of a project team proposal submitted by NCAME Director Nima Shamsaei. The $1.2 million investment will specifically help fill the gap in best practices for materials handling and utilization of selective laser melting (SLM) that has led to high variability in critical parts, challenges in qualifying parts and high post-processing costs. Shamsaei, an associate of mechanical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, is the overall principal investigator on the ASTM International project team.
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SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year Recent aerospace engineering graduate Sam Cerio, a member of the Auburn gymnastics team, was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year for gymnastics. Cerio, a Huntersville, N.C., product, owned a 3.48 gradepoint average and earned SEC Academic Honor Roll recognition each year on campus. In addition, she made the Dean’s List and was a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society – Chi Alpha Sigma. Sam Cerio
As an athlete, Cerio was the team’s top bars worker since she stepped on campus. This season, she competed on bars in every meet with eight meets in the floor lineup On bars, Cerio has recorded three scores of 9.9 on bars with a career-best 9.925 at Kentucky in January. She is among the nation’s best with a 9.890 national qualifying score.
A culture of safety Growing up in a mining town in the West African nation of Ghana, Emmanuel Winful would often hear of miners returning from their pursuit of precious metals with injuries and even unexplained illnesses. He didn’t know it then, but unsafe mining practices and exposure to harmful chemicals in the mines were major factors for these maladies. In a culture steeped in spiritualism, many injuries and illnesses were often attributed to superstitious beliefs, such as being cursed or having bad juju. Despite these cultural attitudes, Winful was interested in the science behind these incidents and ways to prevent them.
That formative experience sparked his interest in occupational safety, leading him down a path to become the first safety manager for Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. One aspect of Winful’s work will be to safeguard against the types of incidents that have occurred at other research universities. Injuries and deaths have been reported recently at universities in California, Texas and Connecticut due to improper safety with chemicals and research equipment. Winful works in tandem with Auburn University Risk Management and Safety as well as Campus Safety and Security. He has also established an Engineering Safely Council to identify, review and implement programs to address safety, health, security and emergency preparedness issues.
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New technological leader Jason Cuneo, a Huntsville-based cybersecurity specialist, has joined Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering as chief technologist of the Auburn Cyber Research Center. Working closely with Auburn University’s Huntsville Research Center, Cuneo provides subject matter expertise to AUHRC customers while also helping the Auburn Cyber Research Center work with industry to develop cyberfocused internship and job opportunities for current and graduating students.
Cuneo is currently earning his doctorate from Auburn’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and says that this experience, as well as working with the AUHRC and its customers, made him aware of the many activities Auburn has in the cyber field.
Digital bounty hunter Nirmit Patel won’t call himself a bounty hunter. That’s too cheesy, he said. But he will accept his role in helping make Facebook safer – through bounty hunting, of course. Patel, a master’s student in computer science and software engineering, recently received a reward from Facebook after catching a bug in Messenger’s software. The online giant began its Bug Bounty Program in 2011. More than 100 million people could have been affected by the bug, based on the number of downloads in Google Play. Patel decided to donate half of his bounty to a charity in India that helps visually impaired people. Patel’s motto is to help people whenever possible; software engineering, he said, is helping him achieve this. “If there is a problem, I have the ability to put it in code, and find a solution,” Patel said. “I think there’s so much we can solve through this.”
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Auburn Engineering up to 12th in U.S. News online program rankings Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering continues its ascent as one of the nation’s premier engineering institutions, ranking No. 12 in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Engineering Programs. Auburn moved up three spots from No. 15 in the 2018 rankings. Auburn’s online computer science and software engineering program also moved up 11 spots to No. 20 in the 2019 Best Online Information Technology Programs. Auburn Engineering Online and Continuing Education offers 12 degrees entirely online, as well as five graduate certificates.
Major League hackers More than 200 students from around the country convened at Auburn University in February to take part in AuburnHacks, the university’s first studentled technology competition. Known as an “invention marathon,” a hackathon is a weekend-long competition where students attempt to solve a challenge by building and sharing their technological creations. Auburn is partnering with Major League Hacking for the first time to bring out the best and brightest students, not just from Auburn University but from other universities all over the United States. Jeriel Ng, a senior in computer science and coorganizer of AuburnHacks, first became interested in hackathons after attending MinneHack in Minneapolis with a few friends, including coorganizers Taric Jain and Sai Dasika. After experiencing the atmosphere and fast-paced competition, they were hooked.
Regions names McCrary as new chairman In December, Charles McCrary was named the new chairman of the board of Regions Financial Corp. and Regions Bank. McCrary, ’73 mechanical engineering, is the former president and CEO of the Alabama Power Co. He headed Alabama Power from 2001-14, part of a 40-year career with the company and its parent, Southern Company. He served as Regions’ lead independent director since 2014. He also served on the board of directors of AmSouth Bancorporation, a predecessor to Regions, from 2001-06. McCrary is a current at-large member of the university’s board of trustees and a member of the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. He is also the namesake of the university’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security.
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Gates Cambridge Scholarship finalist
An Auburn University senior and a recent graduate were named finalists for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to possibly pursue post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
Senior Mina Narayanan and 2017 graduate Josiah Brown were two of 90 students nationwide — out of an applicant pool of nearly 1,000 — invited to interview. Narayanan is a software engineering major from Auburn who is also minoring in political science. Her research seeks to develop automated systems that can identify malicious authors hiding behind multiple social media accounts. Brown, from Ashland City, Tennessee, graduated in 2017 and is an AmeriCorps architectural fellow in Lakeside, Montana, where he is part of a team assisting in the design and overseeing construction of a community center.
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Auburn University international alumna and Fulbright scholar Basima Abdulrahman, who recently founded Iraq’s first sustainable architecture consultancy, co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The meeting theme was “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Abdulrahman — one of six young leaders from the World Economic Forum’s network of Global Shapers — was among fellow co-chairs as the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, and CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella. Abdulrahman shared her input on how to best build
a global architectural landscape that lifts billions of people out of poverty in a clean, green way. Abdulrahman graduated from Auburn in 2014 with her master’s degree in civil engineering. While a student at Auburn, Abdulrahman developed a passion for sustainable building and a rich knowledge of engineering and has since founded her own company, KESK — which means “green” in Kurdish. KESK is Iraq’s first sustainable architecture consultancy.
7 communications and marketing awards Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering brought home seven awards in February for excellence in communications and marketing. The Office of Engineering Communications and Marketing won five awards in the Education Digital Marketing Awards and two awards in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District III awards program.
College of Engineering launches podcast The Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Office of Communications and Marketing has launched its first-ever podcast. “#GINNing” — pronounced hashtag GINNing — aims to throw a conversational spotlight on the cutting-edge research and success stories coming out of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. So far, guests have included David Roueche, assistant professor of civil engineering; Mike Ogles, Auburn director of NASA programs; Cole Blackstock, electrical engineering graduate and member of the Tigers’ Final Four men’s basketball team; Frank Cilluffo, director of the McCrary Institute for Cyber and Infrastructure Security; Natalie Palmquist, senior in civil engineering; Emmanuel Winful, the college’s safety manager; Michael Zabala, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Sam Cerio, aerospace graduate and SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year for gymnastics; Katelyn Jenkins, senior in mechanical engineering; Michael Hamilton, director of the Alabama Micro/Nano Science and Technology Center and professor of electrical engineering; Tom Devall, director of auto manufacturing initiatives; Walt Woltosz, ’69 and ’77 aerospace engineering; and Charles Gavin, ’59 textile management. “#GINNing” is available on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and Buzzsprout by searching #GINNing.
Asteroid exploration Masatoshi Hirabayashi, assistant professor in aerospace engineering, is part of two on-going Masatoshi Hirabayashi asteroid exploration missions — OSIRISREx, a NASA asteroid sample-return mission, and Hayabusa2, a Japanese asteroid sample-return mission. Hirabayashi investigates the geophysical features of these target asteroids. OSIRIS-REx focuses on the collection of information about asteroid Bennu to gain a better understanding about the history of life and the solar system. The objectives of the study are to collect organic materials and conduct a detailed analysis of the samples from Bennu, a carbonaceous near-Earth asteroid. Other objectives also include mapping and investigating the mineralogical, geological and geophysical processes and the orbital evolution of this asteroid. Hirabayashi is a collaborator of the Radio Science team on OSIRIS-REx.
Auburn named as an American Concrete Institute Excellent University Auburn University has been named as one of only 25 American Concrete Institute Excellent Universities for 2018. This is the fourth year in a row Auburn has received the top honor. The ACI award for university student activities was initiated to recognize universities that have participated in ACI-related programs. The award also identifies institutions across the globe that qualify for excellent status, based on points received for their participation in ACI-related activities, events and programs.
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Excellence and achievement The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering held its annual Spring Awards Ceremony in April, presenting 30 student awards, 19 faculty awards and 10 alumni awards, in addition to honoring 48 faculty members who hold named professorships and chairs. “These Auburn engineers have demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, academics and their careers,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. “Having successful students, faculty and alumni is one barometer of an institution’s quality, and these award recipients demonstrate why Auburn Engineering is becoming one of the nation’s top engineering colleges.” THIS YEAR’S WINNER’S ARE: Frank Vandegrift Co-op Award Andrea Walker, Computer Engineering Fred and Mary Lou Birdsong Study Abroad Scholarships Jessica Collier, Mechanical Engineering Isabel Perry, Mechanical Engineering 100+ Women Strong Undergraduate Leadership Awards Alysa Gauci, Biosystems Engineering Katelyn Jenkins, Mechanical Engineering 100+ Women Strong Graduate Leadership Awards Connor Lusk, Industrial and Systems Engineering Tharikaa Ramesh Kumar, Aerospace Engineering 100+ Women Strong Study Abroad Awards Jessica Collier, Mechanical Engineering Morgan Price, Mechanical Engineering 100+ Women Strong Graduate Student Fellowship Morgan Ellis, Chemical Engineering Beijia Zhang, Civil Engineering Alley Family Graduate Student Leadership Fellowship Michael Minkler, Chemical Engineering
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Engineering Student Organization Awards Society of Women Engineers, Most Outstanding Engineering Student Organization Theme Park Engineering Group, Most Improved Engineering Student Organization Outstanding Student Awards Omkar Satish Mulekar, Aerospace Engineering Adam Behr, Biosystems Engineering Tyler Compher, Chemical Engineering Natalie Palmquist, Civil Engineering Jack Mullins, Computer Science Joseph Adams, Electrical and Computer Engineering Justin Aufderheide, Industrial and Systems Engineering Helen Steeve, Materials Engineering Sean Herrera, Mechanical Engineering Hunter Friday, Software Engineering Evan McCarthy, Wireless Engineering Samuel Ginn Outstanding Student Award Sean Herrera, Mechanical Engineering Jeff and Linda Stone Leadership Awards Bailey Sullivan, Industrial and Systems Engineering James Harris, Materials Engineering Ben Ratliff, Mechanical Engineering Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award Student Sean Herrera, Mechanical Engineering Faculty Michael Zabala, Mechanical Engineering
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Outstanding Faculty Awards Vrishank Raghav, Aerospace Engineering Jonathan Davis, Biosystems Engineering Jeffrey Horne, Chemical Engineering Molly Hughes, Civil Engineering Debswapna Bhattacharya, Computer Science and Software Engineering Victor Nelson, Electrical and Computer Engineering Richard Sesek, Industrial and Systems Engineering Bart Prorok, Materials Engineering Michael Zabala, Mechanical Engineering Fred H. Pumphrey Teaching Award Michael Zabala, Mechanical Engineering William F. Walker Teaching Awards Merit Asha-Dee Celestine, Aerospace Engineering Michael Zabala, Mechanical Engineering Superior Rick Williams, Mechanical Engineering 100+ Women Strong Leadership In Diversity Faculty/Staff Award Daniela Marghitu, Computer Science and Software Engineering
Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Research Awards For Excellence Junior Award Yi Wang, Biosystems Engineering Senior Awards Sushil Adhikari, Biosystems Engineering Xiao Qin, Computer Science and Software Engineering Nima Shamsaei, Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Alumni Awards Leslie F. Kenne, Aerospace Engineering Glenn Morgan, Biosystems Engineering Linda DuCharme, Chemical Engineering Max Mobley, Civil Engineering Jhilmil Jain, Computer Science and Software Engineering David Mobley, Electrical and Computer Engineering Lester H. Killebrew, Industrial and Systems Engineering Mihai Irimia-Vladu, Materials Engineering James G. Bagley, Mechanical Engineering Christopher Timpson, Polymer and Fiber Engineering
Honoring a legacy Friends, family and colleagues gathered in February to celebrate the career of Don Watson, research engineer and training manager, and his induction into the NCAT Wall of Honor. Watson came to NCAT in 2001 after a 32-year career with the Georgia Department of Transportation. He served as principal investigator on a diverse list of projects and his practical research will have a lasting impact of the quality of asphalt pavements for years to come. During his time as training manager, Watson grew NCAT’s reputation worldwide through training groups from South Korea, Russia, Mexico and Nigeria, as well as traveling to instruct ongoing training programs in Puerto Rico and Qatar.
Don Watson and Dean Christopher Roberts
“Don Watson is a man of true character,” said NCAT Director Randy West. “It will be impossible to replace his 49 years of experience in the industry, but the biggest void that he’ll leave is the daily influence that he has on the NCAT family.”
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We have liftoff A pair of Auburn aerospace engineering professors has been awarded a grant by NASA as part of the Transformational Tools and Technologies (TTT) project of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). Imon Chakraborty and Roy Hartfield Imon Chakraborty, assistant professor, and Roy Hartfield, the Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor, were awarded the three-year, $540,000 grant as a collaborative effort between Auburn University and Research in Flight to help develop a framework that allows stability and control characteristics of advanced and novel aircraft concepts to be studied in greater detail earlier in the design process.
The road to scholarships Auburn University civil engineering students Daniel Lowell and Nicole Reed were selected to receive the 2018 Barton S. Mitchell Memorial Asphalt Industry Scholarship. This annual scholarship is aimed to support full time undergraduate students studying engineering with special interest in those wishing to pursue a career in civil engineering. Lowell and Reed have each completed three semesters as a part-time laboratory technicians at NCAT through Auburn’s cooperative education (co-op) program and recently participated in the asphalt mix design competition sponsored by CRH Americas Materials Inc. Co-op students at NCAT help to improve the overall quality of results coming from the laboratory and Test Track and typically move on to careers in the asphalt pavement industry after graduation.
Representatives from the Team Redstone Additive Manufacturing Integrated Product Team (IPT) with Auburn Engineering faculty and administrators.
Arsenal allies Representatives from the Team Redstone Additive Manufacturing Integrated Product Team (IPT) visited Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, or NCAME, in March to tour the center’s additive manufacturing facilities and continue discussions on current and future collaborations with Auburn. Based at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, the Team Redstone Additive Manufacturing IPT is managed by the U.S. Army and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Both organizations have cited Auburn University as a strategic partner in additive manufacturing initiatives. The Team Redstone Additive Manufacturing IPT was established in 2014 to increase knowledge and collaboration in additive manufacturing. The team’s membership consists of 38 organizations including government, academia and industry. Auburn University has been a member since 2017.
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Daniel Lowell and Nicole Reed
Finding nano “Finding Nemo” might have been on the big screen several years ago, but recently the film’s main character appeared on a much smaller stage — under a $500,000 JSM-7000F scanning electron microscope at Auburn University. While researching methods that might one day lead to a full charge of your cell phone in two seconds, Armin VahidMohammadi, a doctoral student in materials engineering, found a likeness to the animated clownfish 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair. The pop culture characters VahidMohammadi regularly spies in nanomaterials called Mxenes are well known on a growing competition circuit cultivated by aesthetically minded materials engineers who regularly interpret aspects of their research as works of art. His find of “Nemo” — named “Nano Nemo on the Water” — earned him a grand prize in an annual Scanning Electron Microscope image contest by the Japanese company JEOL, a global supplier of electron microscopes.
In 2016, VahidMohammadi’s incredible “Nano Lord Voldemort,” conjured from MXene particles, placed first out of nearly 200 submissions in the Materials Research Society’s semi-annual Science as Art competition. Two years later, he won first again with a turtle he spotted in clouds of vanadium carbide, which wowed attendees at the 2018 Fall MRS Meeting and Exhibit in Boston. The Science as Art competition, which began in 2005, is open to the nearly 15,000 society members across the globe. Only two have won first place more than once. The only student? Auburn’s VahidMohammadi.
New challenges, new major
Pavani Ankireddy, a master’s student in computer science and software engineering, was recently announced as one of three winners of the Alabama Technology Foundation Scholarship. Ankireddy is a project Pavani Ankireddy manager and data analyst at Auburn University’s RFID Lab. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from India’s Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham before beginning her career as a software engineer at Infosys in 2014.
The goal of the Biological and Agricultural Technology Management (BATM or “BATMAN”) is to produce graduates that use technology to solve problems.
Ankireddy began her graduate studies at Auburn in 2017, working under the direction of Wei-Shinn (Jeff) Ku, professor of computer science and software engineering. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in data and analytics.
BATM graduates are practical problem solvers because of their hands-on training and their broad background in science, technology and management. With the world population projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, graduates from technology management majors such as BATM will manage the complex technologies in agricultural and biological production and manufacturing systems that will provide the needed healthy food, clean water and affordable energy in a healthy environment for citizens.
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Leading the Way Auburn Engineering has taken the lead on the forefront of many areas, including transportation, structural engineering and cybersecurity, thanks to dynamic students, faculty and distinguished alumni, such as Samuel Ginn, the collegeâ€™s namesake, and Joe Forehand, former Accenture chairman and CEO.
Leader of the Pack BY JIM KILLIAN
In 2001, then Dean Larry Benefield set out on a course to dramatically improve the engineering educational programs at Auburn University. Samuel Ginn, â€™59 industrial engineering, answered the call by donating $25 million and putting the college on an upward trajectory that continues to this day. Ginn was later recognized for pioneering the development of the wireless communication industry, and the university named the College of Engineering in his honor. Ginn has continued his generosity and commitment, as he is the largest donor in college history and the second-largest donor in university history with gifts of more than $50 million. As chair of the collegeâ€™s Strategic Leadership Team, he recently kicked off the collegeâ€™s Top 20 Initiative with a leadership gift of $5 million and a $10 million bequest. As a result, members of the Strategic Leadership Team have since donated an additional $20 million to this initiative. We recently caught up with Ginn in the California home he shares with his wife, Ann, to discuss his illustrious career, his unwavering dedication to the university he loves and his vision for the future of Auburn Engineering.
JK: You almost didn’t make it to Auburn as a student. Tell me about that. SG: My high school principal, John J. Nash, was a tough, serious man with not much of a sense of humor. When I told him I wanted to attend Auburn and pursue engineering, his response was ‘You’ll be wasting your dad’s money and end up back here in Anniston pumping gas in six months.’ He then refused to sign my application to Auburn until the third time I approached him. I never had a chance to tell him, but I would have liked to have communicated to him that while I didn’t find myself back in Anniston pumping gas, I did serve on the Chevron board of directors for more than 20 years. JK: What comes to mind now when you think back on your time at Auburn, or as it was then known, Alabama Polytechnic Institute? SG: Auburn was truly a small village in the 1950s. It was quiet. You could hear the train rolling through town every night. The student body was about 8,000 strong. It was friendly and open. Many of my classes were in the shop buildings. Football was big, we won a national title in 1957 and I treasure all the pep rallies, bonfires and celebrations. Men outnumbered women 4 to 1, which made it tough to get a date. Course grading was tough. The emphasis on academics
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was strong. It made an average student, like me, work hard. There was a strong expectation at Auburn to behave properly and never embarrass the university. The late ’50s was a wonderful time and place. It was also a time where I had to sign up for ROTC. When I went to the armory to enroll, I just wanted to get out of there as fast as possible, so I got in the shortest line, which happened to be the Army Signal Corps. It’s interesting that that decision dramatically impacted the rest of my life. You never know when an impulsive decision will change the direction of your life. JK: Do you believe, then, that you were given a solid academic base? SG: Of course, I think that Auburn gave me what I needed to be competitive in the marketplace. Coming out of high school, I had a lot of catching up to do, but it was more than academics. Auburn academics are grounded in the Auburn Creed. The Auburn Creed is framed and hung in front of my workspace. I see it every day. Those values are always close to my heart and I think it is an excellent guidepost on how I have tried to live my life. Beyond academics, Auburn prepared me for life. JK: You did a tour with the U.S. Army Signal Corps after being commissioned by the Auburn ROTC, and then went to work for AT&T. Tell me about your first job.
SG: My first job was as a maintenance supervisor for broadband services at AT&T. It was a central switching facility serving the Birmingham region. I was given the responsibility of supervising a crew of 13 union members. What do you do when you’re supervising people twice your age who are clearly technically gifted in their jobs? In retrospect, this turned out to be a clear test of my management skills in a tough environment. I decided to position myself as a student willing to learn. I asked the union steward to be my chief instructor. He actually appreciated my honesty and simple truth that I was not prepared, and he took me under his wing. On my third day as a supervisor, we experienced a total failure, losing every communication link west of Birmingham. Red lights were blinking, loud noises were coming from all parts of the office. This was a serious situation. Isolating a city or community causes a red alert within AT&T. I called the team together and told them ‘If you will take charge, I will do everything to support you.’ The union steward took charge of the restoration, and things went very well from there. I thanked the team profusely, and AT&T signaled to me that I had done a good job. I’m not sure they understood how it happened. From that point on, I cemented my relationship with my crew. JK: You had a long and rewarding career with AT&T and Pacific Telesis, and
Ginn in his 1950 Plymouth Deluxe, the same kind of car he drove while as a student at Auburn. He purchased this vehicle about 10 years ago off eBay and has since restored it.
then came the government mandated breakup of the system. Where did you go from there, and how soon did you move into wireless communications? SG: It was certainly a traumatic time for me and many others, because the whole way we did business was upended, but that turned out to be a good thing. It made us think very differently. As you may know, I ended up as the CEO of Pacific Telesis, but I could already see the potential of wireless. In 1984, we set up some cellular sites at the Olympics in Los Angeles and invited people to make calls to whomever they wanted just to test how people would use the system. Most people were amazed that you could talk without wires. We also got a clue at the Olympic games how it would change the workplace, because we became very popular
with the event crews. Working the games, we discovered that workers at the venue sites needed constant communication. Multiple times people asked me, ‘Can I borrow your phone?’ This confirmed that this was an exceptional service and all of society would benefit. That conclusion was the foundation for us becoming very aggressive and entering the wireless market.
billion in capital. Vodafone acquired AirTouch for $65 billion five years later, creating a value of $1 billion per month for our shareholders over that time period. AirTouch turned out to be the largest cellular system in the world. AirTouch properties are more than half of what is now Verizon in the U.S. and more than half of what is Vodafone in Europe and Asia.
JK: In the next five years, you recommended to your board to spin off the wireless division into a separate company.
JK: You said, however, that you got a glimpse of the possibilities when you matriculated at Stanford’s Sloan School in 1968.
SG: We ended up spinning our cellular group off as a separate company entirely to get away from the regulatory structures within the system, and I went from being in charge of 80,000 employees to one of 450. People thought I was crazy, but with the creation of AirTouch we went public with an IPO of $10
SG: Auburn gave me all of the basics, but at Stanford I learned how to run a business — all the basics, accounting, how to read an income statement and a balance sheet. We studied companies that were immensely successful and those that failed. We tried to apply those lessons in real life.
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Stanford, in some ways, was a completely different experience from Auburn Engineering, but for me when you combine the technical background of Auburn with Stanford’s business school focus on management and enterprise, it was a great combination for me. JK: Tell me about how you decided you would support Auburn Engineering. SG: When former Dean Larry Benefield approached me, he wanted to increase the stature of the College of Engineering, and move up in the rankings by growing research, the quality of the faculty, quality of the students and to encourage other alumni to help build the program. Larry was willing to commit to targets of improvement, which you don’t always find in the academic environment. In any event, I was impressed by that. Dean Chris Roberts is much the same – he wants to move us a dozen or so slots into the Top 20 in engineering programs in the country. He has put a leadership team together to make it happen. I and a lot of other alumni are in strong support of Dean Roberts taking on this significant challenge. I believe Auburn Engineering has the leadership to make it happen.
our kids and grandkids. Last year, we took them to Normandy, France, to pay respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War II. We follow Auburn sports year-round. We were so excited about the amazing Final Four run. Two years ago, we even hosted the Auburn golf team for a tour of Pebble Beach and I joined them for a round of golf at Cypress Point Club. Those kids were good! I have not quite retired. Six years ago, I was founding director of a company called Ondot, a Silicon Valley start-up company. We are essentially a software firm and we help banks transition to the digital environment. Our software is in more than 4,000 banks worldwide. Our future looks extremely bright. I also serve as an overseer of the Hoover Institution at Stanford and on the five-star Eisenhower Hospital Board of Directors in Rancho Mirage, California. Both offer me tremendous stimulation, keep me current and their issues challenge me greatly. So, as I think about my daily activities, it seems like every day is fully occupied, and for the most part, I enjoy every part of it. Life is good.
JK: Sam, you’ve been out of Auburn for 60 years. At 82, what occupies your time?
JK: As we look back, you’ve been honored in many ways. The state of Alabama has honored you a number of times and so has the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame. Tell us about it.
SG: I am a gym rat. I try to stay healthy. My wife, Ann, and I enjoy
SG: The state of Alabama, Auburn Engineering and many outside the
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state have honored me in a number of ways. I find it humbling. I was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, the Alabama Business Hall of Fame and the National Wireless Hall of Fame, of which there are only 62 inductees. I’ve had my share of awards, but there’s another Auburn Engineering alumnus who’s a member of the Wireless Half of Fame and I would like to acknowledge him. Ed Reynolds was a close friend who I worked with at FirstNet and a 1970 electrical engineering graduate who was battling cancer. When he found out he was being inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame and decided to make the trip to Los Angeles, I made the trip to meet him, as well. When his name was announced, we were concerned he wouldn’t make it to the podium. He got up from the table, slowly made his way and gave a wonderful acceptance speech as hundreds of wireless blue bloods watched in awe. The people in this room started the wireless revolution, and it was a stunning to watch. The audience understood the courage being exhibited in him. His comments were wonderful and I thought to myself, ‘This is Auburn grit.’ I mentioned the Auburn Creed earlier in this interview, and it’s only fitting that I close it by acknowledging Ed Reynolds, who was truly the embodiment of the Auburn Creed and did a wonderful job of representing us in Los Angeles that night. I am so proud of him and miss my dear friend.
As the namesake of the college, Ginnâ€™s influence and impact is felt throughout the engineering campus.
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Building for Tomorrow BY AUSTIN PHILLIPS
The $22 million Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory will be located near the intersection of Shug Jordan Parkway and West Samford Avenue by Auburn University Facilities Management.
uburn University is taking another giant step as the Southeast’s leader in structural engineering research and instruction through the construction of a $22 million Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory. “For years, we’ve had an excellent structural testing lab that’s part of the Harbert Engineering Center. But, over time, we’ve kind of outgrown that lab,” said Steve Taylor, associate dean for research in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “We’ve come to the point that we needed to replace it, based on the campus around it, the surroundings that have grown
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around it and to give our students and faculty the capability to move farther and test much larger components.” The 41,500-square-foot facility will include a high bay laboratory with specially engineered floors and walls capable of handling extreme structural testing loads; a 4,700-cubic-foot geotechnical test chamber; a concrete materials research and testing laboratory; a wind testing facility; and faculty and graduate student spaces. “One of the great aspects of the lab is there will be so many things close together on one small research campus,” said Robbie Barnes, associate professor of civil
engineering. “The capacity of the building will be much larger in terms of loads we can apply and the size of the structures we can apply loads to. We can look at multi-story frames, the interaction between foundations and the structures above, and we’ll be able to load structures faster.” The geotechnical test chamber is a unique feature — one of the few across the nation included in a university laboratory. “We’re going to be able to conduct geotechnical tests that we have only been able to do in the field up until now on things like foundations, anchorages and towers,” said J. Brian Anderson, associate professor Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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The 41,500-square-foot facility will include a high bay laboratory with specially engineered floors and walls capable of handling extreme structural testing loads; a geotechnical test chamber; a concrete materials research and testing laboratory; and a wind testing facility.
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The complex will also include an adjoining building for faculty and graduate student spaces.
of civil engineering. “It is a very exciting opportunity.” In addition, the wind testing facility will allow replication of the dynamic wind loads induced by hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme wind events on large-scale specimens. “One thing we’ll able to do in this much larger and more modern facility is really look at trying to decrease the impact of natural hazards, keep natural hazards from becoming natural disasters, increasing the lifespan of our structures, increasing the life safety of our structures and decreasing costs to taxpayers,” Barnes said. The laboratory will be located near Auburn University Facilities Management offices and the intersection of Shug Jordan Parkway and West Samford Avenue. “Auburn is at the forefront of
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engineering education, and by providing our students opportunities for experiential learning, we’re ensuring our graduates emerge as industry leaders,” said Auburn University President Steven Leath. “This outstanding facility enables our researchers to deliver innovative solutions to pressing industry demands — something Auburn does best.” The construction of the new facility will allow the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to repurpose the current structural laboratory space
in the Harbert Engineering Center for other academic and research programs. “When you combine the strong floor and strong wall with the geotechnical testing capability and all the other materials testing capabilities, we think this will be one of the best laboratories in the country — if not the best,” Taylor said. “If I’m a civil engineering student who wants to be a structural engineer, this is going to be one of the best places to go to school in the nation.” Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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ALABAMA’S TRANSPORTATION LEADER FOR MORE THAN 60 YEARS For the 62nd year, the Department of Civil Engineering organized and developed the Annual Alabama Transportation Conference. The conference, which took place in Montgomery in February, welcomed nearly 1,000 federal and state highway personnel, road building contractors, general contractors, heavy construction contractors, utility contractors, county and city engineers, consulting engineers, construction material vendors, researchers, professional society representatives and university faculty members. The annual event provides an opportunity for these individuals to share innovative advances in transportation planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance. “For more than six decades, Auburn University has been proud to work alongside our state and federal transportation agencies and professional associations to create this annual conference,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. “This is a must-attend event each year for those in the transportation, highway, construction, design and associated industries, and we’re excited for the innovative and game-changing ideas that grow from this annual gathering of the best and brightest minds from across the state.”
Gov. Kay Ivey served as the keynote speaker for the event.
Transportation” delivered by Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Auburn alumnus Perry Hand, ’69 civil engineering and Volkert chairman of the board, also delivered a presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities: Setting the Stage for Transportation Investment.” Steve Taylor, associate dean for research, presided over the luncheon and introduced Gov. Kay Ivey. The afternoon concurrent technical sessions focused on roadway design, asphalt technologies, construction, highway safety, pavement preservation and bridges. Faculty members who presented during these sessions included Jeff LaMondia, associate professor; Ben Bowers, assistant professor; Buzz Powell, assistant director of Auburn’s National Center for Asphalt Technology; Adriana Vargas, NCAT assistant research professor; J. Brian Anderson, associate professor; and Justin Marshall, associate professor.
Technical sessions and sit-down luncheons are provided to create a forum for the exchange of ideas between transportation engineering and construction professions. The conference also includes trade exhibits available to enhance learning and provide additional networking opportunities for all participants.
The conference also featured concurrent technical sessions on environmental and sustainability issues, city and county engineering, geotechnical innovations, concrete, multimodel transportation and roadway safety maintenance. Faculty and graduate students members who presented during these sessions included Wesley Donald, postdoctoral research fellow, and Schindler.
Anton Schindler, the Mountain Spirit Professor of civil engineering and director of the Auburn University Highway Research Center, welcomed guests to the event, followed by a presentation titled “The State of Play: How State DOTs Are Transforming
Rod Turochy, the James Madison Hunnicutt Professor of civil engineering and director of the Alabama Transportation Assistance Program, presided over the final luncheon, with Transportation Director John Cooper closing out the conference.
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On the Attack BY AUSTIN PHILLIPS
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Auburn faculty and students have a valuable resource in the Lt. Gen. Ronald Lee Burgess Jr. Cyber Research Laboratory, which is named in honor of the university’s chief operating officer. Burgess is a 38-year Army veteran who spent much of his career in military intelligence, including 15 years in the Department of Defense and three years as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
uburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are taking the lead as an institution on the forefront of cybersecurity research and professional preparedness in the industry.
enables Auburn to attract nationally recognized faculty who are at the forefront of emerging technological issues, while leveraging existing university resources and personnel to broaden the institute’s impact and to spur policy formation, economic development, business expansion and job creation.
on numerous occasions, serving as a subject matter expert on policies related to cyber threats, counterterrorism, security and deterrence, weapons proliferation, organized crime, intelligence and threat assessments, emergency management, and border and transportation security.
Interdisciplinary research and collaboration through the Charles D. McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, the Auburn Cyber Research Center and the Lt. Gen. Ronald Lee Burgess Cyber Laboratory has positioned the university as a leader in improving the nation’s vulnerabilities in these areas.
Frank J. Cilluffo elevated Auburn’s cyber efforts when he joined the university in 2018 as director of the McCrary Institute.
Similarly, he works with U.S. allies and organizations such as NATO and Europol. He has presented at a number of bi-lateral and multilateral summits on cybersecurity and counterterrorism, including the U.N. Security Council.
The McCrary Institute was founded in 2015 with a focus on research and advanced technologies to improve the security and operations of the country’s infrastructure while valuing natural resources and conservation. This institute
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Cilluffo is a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, and he’s routinely called upon to advise senior officials in the executive branch, U.S. Armed Services, and state and local governments on an array of matters related to national and homeland security strategy and policy. In addition to briefing congressional committees and their staffs, he has publicly testified before Congress
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Cilluffo was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security. There, he was involved in a wide range of homeland security and counterterrorism strategies, policy initiatives and served as a principal advisor to Director Tom Ridge, directing the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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Complementary to the McCrary Institute, the Auburn Cyber Research Center is integrating cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods of protecting the nation’s cybersecurity.
“Frank is one of the world’s preeminent experts on cybersecurity and homeland security, and we are excited to have someone of his caliber leading such an important endeavor,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. “The McCrary Institute has allowed Auburn University to build on the track record of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Cyber Research Center and emerge as a national leader in cybersecurity research. “Having Frank spearhead this effort only bolsters our commitment in this vital area,” he added. “His leadership record is second to none, and his innovation and professionalism in the cybersecurity community is broadly recognized.” Cilluffo then joined George Washington University in 2003, establishing the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) as a prominent nonpartisan think and do tank dedicated to building bridges between theory and practice to advance U.S. security. He served as an associate vice president, leading a number of national security and cybersecurity policy and research initiatives. He directed the CCHS and, with the School of Business, launched the
Auburn is one of only 20 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations designated by the National Security Agency.
university’s World Executive MBA in Cybersecurity program. The CCHS, based out of Washington, D.C., now operates under the umbrella of Auburn University and the McCrary Institute, and it drives the policy component of the institute’s work. This year, the CCHS hosted the annual State of Homeland Security Address with then Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. In addition to Cilluffo’s leadership, the McCrary Institute announced the 12 members of its advisory board, including former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency Adm. Michael S. Rogers and former director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr.
“I am honored and humbled to serve on the McCrary Institute’s Advisory Board alongside some of the preeminent minds in cyber, infrastructure and homeland security,” Rogers said. “Auburn University has positioned itself as national leader in these key areas and, as an alumnus, I look forward to working closely with the Auburn Family and with these distinguished leaders in their fields as we aim to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing issues.” With the addition of these experts, Cilluffo believes Auburn is poised to make major advancements in cyber policy and security for years to come. “Auburn is at the forefront of cyber and critical infrastructure security policy, research and education,” Cilluffo said. “With the formation
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McCrary Institute Board Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess – Chairman Retired Director, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Operating Officer, Auburn University Adm. Michael S. Rogers Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command Former Director, National Security Agency Charles D. McCrary Retired Chairman of the Board, Alabama Power Co. Chairman of the Board, Regions Financial Corp. Christopher B. Roberts Dean, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Auburn University Leslee Belluchie Founder and Co-Managing Member FedCap Partners LLC Janaki R.R. Alavalapati Dean, School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences Auburn University
Michael A. DeMaioribus DeMaioribus Technologies LLC President Pro Tempore, Auburn University Board of Trustees Larry Fillmer Executive Director, Auburn Research Technology Foundation and the Auburn University Research Office of External Engagement and Support Jim Heilbron Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer Alabama Power Co. J. Richard Knop Founder and Co-Managing Member FedCap Partners LLC Zeke Smith Executive Vice President, External Affairs Alabama Power Co.
Dorothy Davidson CEO, Davidson Technologies
of this advisory board, we now draw upon some of the best and brightest leading experts from across government, industry and academia. “This highly distinguished group includes practitioners from government and the energy and financial services sectors, as well as top technologists and scholars. It is a real privilege for the institute to be the beneficiary of their insights and expertise moving forward,” he said. The institute also has a valuable resource in the state-of-the-art Burgess Laboratory and through its namesake, who currently serves as the university’s chief operating
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officer. Burgess, a 38-year Army veteran who spent much of his career in military intelligence, including 15 years in the Department of Defense and three years as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, first joined the university in 2012 as senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs and military affairs. “I speak all over the nation, all the time, about the threat to this country in terms of where we find ourselves, especially in the cyber domain. Auburn is at the forefront, not only in research, but in producing the undergraduates and graduate students that have the capability and capacity in this area.
It’s a good thing, from a national security standpoint, that we try to bring all of that together,” Burgess said. “I’ve seen firsthand the value of what an Auburn engineer brings to the table — their ability, their understanding, their desire to dive deeper on a topic, it makes a difference for this country every day,” he added. Complementary to the McCrary Institute, the Auburn Cyber Research Center is integrating cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods of protecting the nation’s cybersecurity.
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Features some of the best and brightest move on as the next generation of cyber leaders.
In addition to Cilluffo, Auburn’s cyber research efforts are spearheaded by some of the most dynamic faculty and students in the nation, including (L-R) Sadaira Packer, Demarcus Campbell, Gerry Dozier, Dallan Healey, Dean Hendrix, Alex Lewin, David Umphress, Alexicia Richardson and Mina Narayanan.
David Umphress, the COLSA Corp. Cyber Security and Information Assurance Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the director of the center, was awarded a $4.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation in 2017 to help address a shortage of public sector cyber security professionals. The award is part of NSF’s CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program that provides students with scholarships and stipends in a cybersecurity field in return for service to a government agency after graduation. Gerry Dozier, the Charles D. McCrary Eminent Chair Professor of computer science and software engineering, is also one of the top researchers in the fight to safeguard the nation’s cyber systems and critical infrastructure. With more than $27 million in sponsored research, his work in critical infrastructure protection is on the front lines of cyber defense,
addressing public and private sector cyber threats that jeopardize national security. Dozier brings decades of research and teaching experience in artificial intelligence, evolutionary computation and identity science to this vastly important area. After more than 10 years away from Auburn, he returned to the Auburn Engineering faculty in 2017. “We have the support of the college, the upper administration, the Auburn Cyber Research and last, but not least, we have great faculty, staff and students,” Dozier said. These faculty members are not only producing innovative solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues, but they’re also preparing the future of the cyber front. Dean Hendrix, associate chair, associate professor and director of undergraduate programs for the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, has been helping to grow the program for the past 20 years, and he’s seen
One of those graduates, Matthew Rogers, ’18 software engineering, was named as a Rhodes Scholar in 2017, becoming only the fifth Auburn student in university history to be awarded the prestigious scholarship. As an undergraduate research fellow, Rogers worked with IBM on a Trusted Platform Module, or TPM, crypto-processor to create secure exchanges of information. He worked three summers as an undergraduate research intern at the Huntsville-based Dynetics Inc., where he helped develop malware analysis tools. He has given numerous presentations on malware analysis at professional conferences and is a co-author for several internal reports. He has appeared on the CBS “Sunday Morning News” as well as National Public Radio’s “All Tech Considered.” As a result of Auburn’s cyber efforts and as one of only 20 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations designated by the National Security Agency, the university hosted the 2018 SEC Academic Conference “Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility.” The conference explored computer and communication technology; the economic and physical systems that are controlled by technology; and the policies and laws that govern and protect information stored, transmitted and processed with technology.
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Dynamic Diversity BY CHRIS ANTHONY and JEREMY HENDERSON
Easy Choice If you get Kevin Nixon talking about the best decision he made during college, it’s hard to get him to stop. “I wanted to go into the best engineering program I could find, but I didn’t even know about the Academic Excellence Program (AEP) until after I applied to Auburn,” Nixon said. “Had I known about it, it would have made my college choice even easier.” Nixon graduated with a chemical engineering degree from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 2018. Without AEP? He’s not sure he would have. “At AEP, there are facilitators who are tutors and who are also there to provide any mentorship or help,” he said. “I had upperclassmen helping me with chemistry, physics, calculus and any math or science course I needed help in. There was always an upperclassman who could lend assistance.” Academic Excellence Program Director Cordelia Brown nods. “One of the big things that comes to mind with Kevin was how he took advantage of every opportunity we provided,” Brown said. “But he was also willing to give
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Kevin Nixon, ’18 chemical engineering, credits his success at Auburn to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program.
his time to help others because he saw how valuable it was to him.” AEP started in 1996. Brown has been director since 2015. “AEP focuses on enhancing the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students through a learning community, collaborative groups, interactive learning labs and professional development opportunities”—that’s the updated wording for the program’s latest invitation to attend the upcoming Camp War Eagle AEP breakout sessions. She and AEP program coordinator Eric Hall are starting to send the invitations out to prospective students and high school admissions offices. They
have plenty of other recruitment tools. Campus tours, student ambassadors... “But that’s how Kevin found out about us,” Brown said. “At one of the breakout sessions.” It was a pleasant surprise, Nixon said. “Not many schools even have programs like that,” he said. “It feels like family. It feels like a home away from home. It’s that home atmosphere that gets the students to talk about anything, especially to Dr. Brown. Students can go in there to talk about life in general, and she’s always there
Features to listen and provide advice if requested.” Brown’s go-to advice? Get involved. Brown regularly urges new AEP members to sign up for the Success Strategies Course and learn about campus resources that can ease the transition from high school, to attend the Sunday tutorial and professional development sessions, to join the Learning Community, which this year has 83 students. “We try to get students to see that this is a larger university and a larger college of engineering, and that you’re going to have to be able to work through lots and lots of problem sets and think critically,” Brown said. “It’s not easy, but at the same time, there are others who are going through the same thing, who are going to the same classes and having to study for the same tests.” For Nixon, AEP’s approach to collaboration was the driving force that not only got him to graduation, but inspired his impressive résumé. In addition to serving as programs chair and vice president for the National Society of Black Engineers, he was an AEP ambassador, administrator and peer instructor. “When someone doesn’t completely feel comfortable at home, it is hard to fight through those stresses,” he said. “I just wanted them to make sure that they knew that they could come to me at any time.”
Jakita Thomas (right) knows firsthand just how underrepresented women of color are in the computing discipline. Her research on the subject aims to break down the barriers these women face.
Closing the Gap Jakita Thomas’ passion for research on diversity in computing is rooted in her own experiences in the field. After attending a 2015 conference for women in computing, Thomas and some of her fellow computer scientists left feeling that the conference did not address their unique challenges as black women in the field. To add to their disappointment, not one black woman spoke on the main stage during the conference and a male speaker made a remark many considered sexist. “That added an extra layer of frustration for us,” said Thomas, the Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Associate Professor of computer science and software engineering at Auburn University. “It was a perfect storm of things. The conference was supposed to be designed to engage women in computing, but we left feeling like our needs weren’t being met.” When the group of scholars approached the conference leadership with their concerns, they were asked: Why are your experiences so different from those of white women? What makes them unique? These two questions led Thomas and her colleagues on a new path of research to chronicle the experiences of black women in computing and shine a light on the institutional barriers that sometimes prevent them from entering or continuing in the field. In 2017, only 3 percent of bachelor’s degrees in computer science were awarded to AfricanAmerican women in the United States.
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Since embarking on this research thrust, Thomas and her fellow scholars have begun to fill the gap in research literature, collecting and analyzing a series of digital narratives focused on the intersectional experiences of black women in computing. With another group of colleagues, Thomas also started a Black Women in Computing Conference, which morphed into a computer science education and workforce development organization called blackcomputeHER. One of the first tasks was addressing the lack of literature on black women in computing. Similarly, research on the experiences of Latina women and Native American women was also lacking. “There was no literature that centers these groups that are typically marginalized within computing to begin to understand and unpack how their experiences are different and unique,” Thomas said. Thomas began exploring research literature on intersectionality and critical race theory – two frameworks more traditionally related to the social sciences – and began applying that to her research on black women in computing. After recording digital narratives from black women in computing, Thomas and her fellow researchers worked
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to independently code their responses to include them in a data set. Their paper, “Speaking Truth to Power: Exploring the Intersectional Experiences of Black Women in Computing,” found that these women experienced discrimination, unrealistic expectations from others, isolation, sexism and racism, but despite these obstacles, they stayed committed to the computing discipline These women continued in the field by remaining true to their personal and professional goals, having effective mentors and inspiration from their fathers, according to the study. Thomas suspects that low representation of women of color in computing is because many people are not willing to deal with the institutional hurdles they would have to face. “Computing is viewed as a meritocracy, but that is not true,” Thomas said. “This research is about shining a light on these structures so that we can begin to dismantle them and level the playing field. “And it’s also about providing examples for young women of color so they don’t have any preconceived notions about what a computer scientist should look like,” she added.
outreach initiatives. Her work with the Women in Engineering Camp, Science Olympiad, summer NanoDays, BEST Robotics and E-Day was more than enough to earn her 2016’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach, Auburn University’s highest honor for faculty whose outreach efforts inspire significant community engagement. She’s also made a habit of national recognition for research both in nanotechnology and materials engineering.
She’s received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Young Investigator Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Uncle Sam’s most prestigious “thank you” to young career scholars. Her latest accomplishment? Winning a $342,502 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the factors influencing the attitudes of minority youth
Virginia Davis (center), alumni professor in Chemical Engineering, recently won a $342,502 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the factors influencing the attitudes of minority youth in underserved communities toward science and engineering.
in underserved communities toward science and engineering, something she plans to do using an unconventional approach. “We’re going to focus mostly on the community aspects of STEM,” she said, “not the technological aspects.” Accordingly, Davis has partnered with Alabama STEM Education (ASE), a non-profit organization based in Bessemer, Alabama that aims to spark early interest in STEM by engaging local elementary, middle and high school students through activities in hands-on teaching environments. “We’re looking to see how involving community-minded kids in a STEM camp that focuses in
part on making an impact in your community affects how they view STEM,” Davis said. “The goal isn’t to make them all engineers, but if they want to be politicians or community activists, the goal is to help them see how STEM can also affect their communities.” Daniela Marghitu, a faculty member in Auburn’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Department, and one of Davis’ co-principal investigators on the project, serves as an ASE cochairman. Other co-principal investigators include Auburn assistant materials professor Edward Davis and Joni Lakin, an associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology.
“We just want to understand how a more community-focused offering vs. a more traditional STEM offering affects the professional identity development and career aspirations of those students,” Davis said. Davis says the study’s target demographic represents one of the largest untapped sources of future engineers in the south. “Auburn does a lot outreach in nearby communities like Loachapoka and Notasulga, which is great,” Davis said. “But I think this will show that we are reaching out across the state. From our perspective as a land-grant university, helping people see their career options and helping build up communities is pretty important.” Auburn Engineering | 41
Farms, Fuel and the Future BY JEREMY HENDERSON
Paul Turnquist (bottom left) served as department head of agricultural engineering from 1977-98. His vision for the department culminated in 2000, when agricultural engineering officially rebranded as the Department of Biosystems Engineering.
aul Turnquist was in the 15th year of his 21-year tenure as head of Auburn University’s agricultural engineering department in 1992. Things were good. They had been good for a while. Some of the faculty’s recent research into alternative energy production via solar power and even animal waste was downright groundbreaking, the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory started by the department in 1933 regularly received national press, and his decision to transfer the department’s undergrads from the College of Agriculture to the
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College of Engineering was still paying dividends. He’d seen the need for affiliation with the College of Engineering from his first day on the job in 1977. He finally pulled it off in 1985. It enhanced the curriculum and strengthened the department, just as he’d imagined. Still, he wasn’t satisfied. He wanted it stronger. More students. More involvement. More perspectives. After all, it was the ’90s. Things were changing. They just weren’t changing fast enough for Turnquist. “I was looking at SAT scores and student interests,” Turnquist said. “When you looked at female
students, there was a high interest in biology, but a lower interest in engineering.” That’s when it hit him. “It seemed to me,” he said, “that to attract women into the department you’d need to develop a program that had those biological components.” And to develop a name that accurately reflected them. “In 2000, agricultural engineering made a generational change in deciding to change its name,” Turnquist said. “Our faculty were coming up with complex names, but I came to the conclusion Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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that we should call it biosystems engineering. Short, sweet — biosystems.”
on resiliency and sustainability, making sure life in the Big Easy can continue after the next Katrina.
Turnquist’s campaign for change was reported in a 1998 issue of Progressive Farmer. Despite similar rebrandings happening across higher education at the time — many universities now refer to agricultural engineering as biosystems engineering — the news initially didn’t sit well with some, and not just locally.
“I kind of always answer that biosystems is a mixture of mechanical, chemical and civil engineering with a focus on natural and biological systems,” Helm said. “I always end up translating that to biosystems uses engineering methods and problem solving to mimic, alter and improve natural systems to help us in our day-to-day lives.”
“The word ‘agriculture’ is unfortunately perceived by most of the public as being very narrow,” Turnquist told the magazine. The Victoria (Texas) Advocate’s editorial board responded to the article by accusing Turnquist of playing “name games” that debased the American farmer’s way of life. “Do they (Auburn) think the food they eat is manufactured?” the paper asked. “Don’t they know farms and greenhouses provide the raw material retailed as fresh or processed food? That’s agriculture.” Of course, Turnquist knew that. He wasn’t renouncing agriculture. He simply wanted to apply to the world at large the energies the department had previously spent almost exclusively on the farm. He ignored the naysayers. Two years later, the Corley Building, home to biosystems, had new signs. “Changing the department’s name didn’t come easy,” said Turnquist,
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers presented a plaque celebrating the Department of Agricultural Engineering’s contributions to rural electrification in the South during the biosystems centennial celebration in April.
who retired in 1998, “but it got done.” And it worked. Enrollment increased. Diversity increased. The decision’s only drawback? All the questions graduates get asked. Type “biosystems” into the search field on Dictionary.com and you’ll get “no result.” Ask a biosystems graduate to define it, and you’ll get that smile. “If I had a dime for every time I’ve been asked what biosystems is,” Rachel Helm said laughing. Helm graduated from Auburn biosystems in the spring of 2017. She now works in New Orleans as a water and natural resources engineer for Stantec. She focuses
Of course, you could have said the same thing when the department was officially organized in 1919. Most of the researchers from the land-grant schools who attended the 1926 Southern Rural Electrification Conference in Montgomery, the first of its kind, went home green with envy. The possibility of boosting farm production via the miracle of electricity was still purely theoretical in every state in the union — every state but one. Alabama had already been at it for two years thanks to the research and resources of Auburn’s new agricultural engineering department and its partnership with Alabama Power. The headlines that ran across the region in January 1924 said it all: “API JOINS POWER COMPANY IN PLAN TO ELECTRIFY FARMS, WILL PUT ALABAMA IN FRONT.” “This program was the first
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Rachel Howell and Alysa Gauci, both ’19 biosystems engineering, measure water quality in an algae trough.
cooperative electrification development agreement between an agricultural engineering department and an electric power company and provided a $24,000 grant to support the work,” reads the plaque celebrating the historic achievement that the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers dedicated during the department’s centennial celebration in April. That program lasted more than 50 years and helped hundreds of thousands of farmers across the state and beyond. The name may have changed, but the 100-year story of Auburn Biosystems has stayed essentially the
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same throughout its phenomenal first century. “Rural electrification was huge in the development of agriculture in the south and in Alabama, and agricultural engineering played a big part in that,” said Perry Oakes, Alabama’s former state conservation engineer for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Oakes earned his undergraduate degree in biosystems engineering from Auburn in 1978 and his master’s degree in 1982. Proud as he is of the department’s early accomplishments, Oakes is also quick to point out its more modern success stories.
Ever wonder why Alabama tops poultry production lists? The Auburn biosystems engineers who spent years developing better environmental controls for chicken houses don’t. “The National Poultry Technology Center was created at Auburn, and a lot of that effort was centered in the biosystems engineering department,” Oakes said. The department also initiated cooperative programs with the Forestry Department and the USDA Forest Service to enhance the repertoire of forest machine systems and minimize their environmental footprint. Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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Kelly Goneke, ’18 biosystems engineering, using geospatial equipment for surveying.
“But in more recent times, the focus on bioenergy has been big,” said Oakes.
Fasina, current head of Auburn’s biosystems engineering department.
Where it once took energy to places no one thought it could go, Auburn’s biosystems engineering department now helps produce energy from places no one knew it existed: trees, grasses, algae and any other resource the department’s Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts has been able to tap since opening in 2007.
“However, the methods that we will use to provide these life essentials for the projected 9-10 billion people in the world by 2050 will be substantially different from those of the last 100 years. I feel confident in the ability of this department and Auburn University to meet these challenges and to be a leader in providing engineering-based sustainable solutions.”
“All of us want safe and plentiful food to eat, pure water to drink, reliable energy sources, and a safe and healthy environment in which we want to live,” said Oladiran
In other words, what the agricultural engineering department once did primarily for farmers, the biosystems engineering department is doing for the population as a
whole — and with students and alumni who more accurately reflect that population. The current percentage of female students enrolled in the College of Engineering stands at around 20%. But walk into the Corley Building, and approximately 40% of the engineers you’ll see will be women. Thank goodness for Turnquist’s “name games.” You can hear the pride in his voice. “The department is rapidly growing,” Turnquist said, “and that information clearly suggests to me that we have assembled an excellent faculty and that they’re heading in the right direction.”
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Meaning Business BY AUSTIN PHILLIPS
Joe Forehand, â€™71 industrial engineering and former Accenture CEO and chairman, and his wife, Gayle, â€™70 business administration, served as the executives in residence during the six-week program in early 2019.
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During his time on campus, Forehand said he most enjoyed meeting with the students such as Ashley Yarbrough, graduate student in industrial and systems engineering, saying “it’s been an encouragement for me to see how much better they are prepared today than I ever imagined they would be.”
t’s been nearly 50 years since Joe Forehand last attended a higher education class, but the 71-year-old decided this year that it was time to go back to school. Just not in the way you would think.
of engineering. “Their commitment and steadfast dedication to both colleges, and the university as a whole, is inspiring and we hope our students and faculty reaped the rewards of having such distinguished alumni on campus for the duration of the program.”
Early this year, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the Harbert College of Business partnered in a joint Executive in Residence program with the goal of integrating distinguished alumni and executives into the colleges. Forehand, ’71 industrial engineering and former Accenture CEO and chairman, and his wife, Gayle, ’70 business administration, served as the executives in residence during the six-week program from Jan. 28-March 8.
During their time on campus, the Forehands worked with each college as guest lecturers and speakers; led roundtable lunches with students; hosted critical feedback roundtables with faculty and staff; led seminars on women in engineering and business, branding and marketing; worked with the collaborative Business-Engineering-Technology (BET) program the colleges share; met regularly with student organizations; and hosted office hours.
“Joe and Gayle brought a wealth of experience, knowledge, energy and passion to campus, and we were excited to welcome them as our first executives in residence,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean
“This allowed us to give back to Auburn, in some way. For all we’ve gotten from Auburn, this was very important to us,” Joe said. “I’ve gotten as much out of this program as I’ve given. Any alum that wants to give
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The Forehands worked with each college as guest lecturers and speakers; hosted roundtable lunches with students; hosted critical feedback roundtables with faculty and staff; kept office hours; and met with many other student groups and organizations.
back, feels they have something to contribute and wants to help shape the future of Auburn students as they enter the workforce, it’s a tremendous opportunity. It’s a gift to be able to experience it.” The Forehands also delivered a presentation titled “What you need to know to be a leader” for engineering’s Ginn Leadership Seminar. “Not having been around students in quite a while, it’s been an encouragement for me to see how much better they are prepared today than I ever imagined they would be,” Joe said. “I have great hope for this generation of students. They’ve given serious thought to what life is after Auburn and they’re doing things to prepare themselves for that reality.” Following his time at Auburn, Joe earned a master’s degree in industrial management from Purdue University in 1972, and then was awarded an honorary doctorate in management by the institution. He served
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in the U.S. Army before beginning a 34-year career with Accenture, where he served as CEO from 19992004 and as the company’s chairman from 2001-06. In 2001, Joe led Accenture in its rebranding and IPO, one of the largest in U.S. history. During his term as CEO, Accenture grew from $9.6 billion in revenue and 66,000 employees to $13.7 billion in revenue and 103,000 employees. Joe is a former chair of the Auburn Industrial Engineering Alumni Advisory Committee. He was previously named Alumni of the Year by Auburn’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and also received the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council’s Distinguished Engineer Award in 1999. Joe was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2002, and he has served eight years on the Auburn University Foundation Board, including four years as chairman of the investment committee. Gayle worked as a staff accountant at Purdue Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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University, chief accountant at Emory University and assistant controller at Emory University Clinic. “Joe and Gayle embody the spirit of Auburn. They believe in work, hard work. And they always give back,” said Annette L. Ranft, dean of the Harbert College of Business. “We are so appreciative of the Forehands’ time and their willingness to share their wealth of knowledge with our students, faculty and staff. As executives in residence, they inspire the next generation of Auburn graduates and prepare them to become the global business leaders of tomorrow.” The Forehands are members of the College of Engineering’s Strategic Leadership Team, in addition to philanthropic memberships in the university’s 1856 and Petrie societies, as well as engineering’s Ginn Society. Joe previously established the Forehand/ Accenture Distinguished Professor, held by Alice Smith, and the Forehand Professor, held by Jeff Smith, while Gayle’s benevolence directly reaches the classrooms
at Lowder Hall, where Supply Chain Management Professor Beth Davis-Sramek holds the Gayle Parks Forehand Professorship. They support 14 scholarships throughout the College of Engineering, and they served as co-chairs during Auburn’s $1.2 billion Because This is Auburn campaign. “There are so many pockets of excellence, so many things hidden behind these walls, and I’ve only scratched the surface. How do we take all of these pockets of excellence and be able to showcase Auburn as a leader in this country in this whole new economy and emerging technologies?” Joe asked. But with the current leadership, thriving collaboration and cutting-edge innovation, Joe knows Auburn is on the cusp of breaking out on the national stage. “My goal and wish is to see Auburn on its best day every day,” Joe said.
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It’s My Job BY CHRIS ANTHONY
Rose-Gaëlle Belinga ’09 and ’12 Software Engineering Technology Associate, Morgan Stanley Getting started in software engineering... I have been passionate about technology since early childhood in Yaoundé, Cameroon, as it opens the door to various opportunities to give back to the community. Even though I was not introduced to computers until much later in life, one of my professors noticed my proficiency and mentored me toward a computingrelated major, and eventually software engineering. Choosing Auburn... My undergraduate studies started in the dual-degree program at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts and had to transfer to an engineering school to complete my studies. After receiving several offers from top schools, I visited each campus and immediately fell in love with Auburn University — not only because of its top academic rankings, but also for the myriad of extracurricular opportunities available. This is one of the best decisions of my life to date.
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In fact, I loved Auburn so much that I stayed for my master’s degree in software engineering as well. A day in the life... This is a trick question: no two days are alike! At Morgan Stanley, I work in the Mobile Engineering team and also lead several projects in augmented reality as part of our Global Technology Innovation Program. Furthermore, I am involved in various tech philanthropy endeavors throughout the New York City metro area, through which we teach computer science in under-served areas with colleagues from several companies. Most days are therefore a combination of tech innovation, design, development, testing, production support, mentorship and volunteering. How Auburn prepared me... The problem solving and collaboration skills learned through the software engineering curriculum at Auburn have prepared me to tackle my daily activities. Most importantly, I learned “how to learn” and this has not only helped me build technical expertise, but also continuously grow on the personal side.
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A two-time Auburn Engineering graduate, Rose-Gaëlle Belinga is putting her talents as a software engineer to good use at Morgan Stanley.
Career aspirations... I am passionate about technology, the arts and making the world a better place; therefore, tech philanthropy is my longterm goal. I am grateful to have an amazing work environment and management team who support this dream and provide me the necessary resources to succeed. Giving back to Auburn... The guidance and financial contributions of Auburn’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Advisory Council played a significant role while I was a student, which is why I did not hesitate to give back when the college asked. Among many things, the CSSE Business Advisory Council assists with mentorship, scholarship endowment, recruiting, career development and, of course, curriculum review. In addition to that, my personal focus as the council’s chair is to ensure that Auburn University continues to provide a wonderful environment where underrepresented students can succeed. Encouraging the next generation of women in computing... I love being a mentor as part of
the 100+ Women Strong program! Moreover, I have had the opportunity to provide career development guidance and look forward to continuing to do so, through both the Academic Excellence Program sessions and panels with the Association for Computing Machinery student organization. Outside Auburn, I am quite involved with AnitaB. org as a scholar, interviewer, scholarship reviewer, and tech proposal coach as a domain expert, particularly for the annual Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing. As a member of both the Women TechMakers community, I enjoy coaching and connecting women technologists early in their career with resources and role models in academia, industry, as well as government agencies. Finally, as a member of the F.I.R.E. community — Financial Independence Retire Early — I am a avid advocate for financial literacy, especially for women, because once we manage our personal finances well, we can focus on what brings value to our lives as well as how we can bring value to the world: personal growth, quality time with loved ones, giving back to the community, entrepreneurship, geo-arbitrage, and endless more opportunities!
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5 Minutes With Frank Cilluffo
BY AUSTIN PHILLIPS
Frank Cilluffo, director of the McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, joined the university in 2018, bringing with him the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security as the institute’s policy driver in Washington, D.C. Cilluffo is an internationally recognized cyber and homeland security expert, and he feels Auburn has positioned itself as the new national leader in cyber research and professional preparedness. AP: Frank, just tell me a little about yourself and some of your background. FC: I’ve had the privilege to work inside government, addressing some of the country’s greatest challenges, working for President George W. Bush on some of our counterterrorism and homeland security issues, but I’ve always been a bit of a think-tanker and also stood up a major institute at George Washington University. I ran an MBA program with a focus on cybersecurity there, and recently came to Auburn where I have the opportunity to marry up theory with practice or policy with technology to hit some of the most complicated and complex issues our country’s facing, and tried to bring the best and the brightest from both the theoretical world and together with a very practical world with those that are addressing real problems, addressing real issues, many of whom reside here at Auburn University. AP: So you answered the “why Auburn?” question, but why now? What made the timing right? FC: You know, universities have an opportunity, and dare I say even a responsibility, to educate the next generation, the next work force to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our country, and 56 | Auburn Engineering
cybersecurity would be at the very top of that list. Not only within the College of Engineering, but within the university as a whole. Technology changes human nature and remains consistent, and when you start thinking about cybersecurity issues, by definition, they’re interdisciplinary. They require people with different skillsets and different forms of expertise to marry that up to address the common challenges that face us all. So, the technological component is critical — it’s key — and I think Auburn can play a significant role in making things happen in this environment. They already have; I think we can exacerbate and enhance some of those capabilities even further. But it’s also bringing together the soft sciences, the behavioral sciences, economists. So, ultimately, I think universities have an opportunity, a responsibility, to arm the next generation and the workforce of tomorrow to tackle these issues. AP: Can you talk about some of the imminent threats that are facing our nation today that Auburn is positioned to be on the forefront of ? FC: When you think about cybersecurity, people tend to think of computer screens, but the reality is that cybersecurity is integrated in everything we do, both as a society and from a national security standpoint. So, when you think about the greatest cyber threats Visit Auburn Engineering online at
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5 Minutes With facing the United States right now, it’s largely going to be nation states: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Historically, in the past year, we have seen major crises from each of these actors. Was it a China problem? Was it a cyber problem? Is it a Russia problem? Is it a cyber problem? Reality is, it’s both. And blending that expertise is becoming more and more important. Our nation’s critical infrastructure, the most important infrastructure, the lifeline sectors such as the electric power, telecommunication, financial services, transportation, our defense industrial base — these are all vulnerable to cyber sorts of attacks and what we need to do now is enhance our posture to be able to prevent where possible, mitigate when the inevitable occurs, minimize the consequences and build resiliency into our society should bad incidents occur. The reality is cyber is not new, but the way countries are engaging, the way they’re integrating it into their warfighting strategy and doctrine, that is new and the United States needs to be prepared for not tomorrow’s threat, this is here now and ultimately to enhance our security as much as we can. AP: You touched on nation states, but criminal actors are also a huge threat to the private sector. You’ve mentioned that not only does the private sector need a seat at the cybersecurity table, but they should almost be at the head at the table. Let’s talk about how that affects ordinary companies, their websites, whether it’s an insurance company or whether it’s your grocery store, and how the private sector is at the forefront. FC: Absolutely. Firstly, just to put a fine point on the threat, not all hacks are the same, not all hackers are the same. Intentions vary, capabilities vary and if you were to look at the threat spectrum, at the top of the list is nation states, followed by criminal enterprises, followed by foreign terrorist organizations, followed by special interest groups that have an ax to grind regardless of what that ax may be. The threat comes in various shapes, sizes and forms, but ultimately we tend to think of this and what makes cyber different to traditional national security challenges in that the private sector is on the frontlines of this war. Not even the biggest companies went into business thinking they
had to defend themselves against foreign intelligence services. That’s precisely what’s happening today. We’ve got to be able to get to the point where we can address the gaps and the shortfalls between government and private sector and make sure that the private sector is armed with the tools, armed with the intelligence, armed with the information and has the workforce that can handle some of these issues. And I think Auburn can actually provide many of the students that will be engaging in these frontline challenges going forward. I think that when we think traditionally of national security issues, this is a national and economic challenge, and not only is the private sector on the frontlines, they ought to be driving policy to the extent going forward. Historically, it was government lead, private sector follow. Not so with cybersecurity. In many cases it should be private sector lead and everyone else follow. I think that is something we were still in the early stages of getting to that point, but when you look at where the financial sectors are, where the energy companies are, they’re at a pretty high level of capability. But 99% of America is run by smalland medium-sized businesses, and I think we have a responsibility to make sure those businesses are armed with the tools, armed with the expertise to provide better security for themselves, for their clients and for their shareholders.
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From the Faculty
ollowing the violent impact of the EF4 tornado that struck Beauregard, Alabama, on March 3, we are all too familiar with the devastation these storms can cause. Cars are left mangled and crushed. Homes are lofted and wrapped around snapped tree trunks, or seemingly disintegrated altogether.
Structural Integrity BY DAVID ROUECHE
Tragically, 23 people lost their lives in the storm, each while sheltering in a home. As a wind engineer, I have spent many days in the field after the Beauregard tornado, and other similar events, using forensic on-site investigations, drones and other equipment to study the effects of tornadoes, how different buildings perform and how we can increase survivability in these extreme events. As I do so, I frequently face questions of hopelessness â€” is there really anything that can be done to withstand an EF4 tornado? Is there any value in studying building performance during such extreme events? Time and time again I have been told there is not, but with each detailed assessment my research team collects more evidence to the contrary. In the Beauregard tornado, my research team has observed a number of successful case studies, in both manufactured homes and sitebuilt homes, that have the potential to advance our understanding of tornadoes and reduce both economic impacts and loss of life. For example, my team studied a manufactured home off of Lee
From the Faculty County Road 38 that was literally surrounded by tossed manufactured homes, several of which caused fatalities. This particular home sustained extensive damage â€” including a number of broken windows, missing roof shingles and was partially shifted off of its foundation â€“ but any occupants would have been able to survive without major injury. While the home may have to be demolished and a new home installed, I would argue that its performance was a resounding success, having provided a safe place of refuge, at an affordable cost, during an extreme weather event that far exceeded design conditions. Several other similar successes were observed, in both site-built and manufactured homes, as long as we accept that what defines success and failure is different in these extreme situations, and should be interpreted relative to what performance we desire during such rare, extreme events. With current technology, it is not feasible to construct a home that sustains no damage during an EF4 tornado but is also affordable by the vast majority of the population. However, can we provide evidence that a properly constructed and installed home with a continuous vertical and lateral load path should be able to protect life safety even in an EF4 tornado, and limit structural damage in the outer limits of an EF4, or the direct impacts of an EF2 tornado? If so, then we must get to work at proving these concepts and communicating that information to communities in need.
The March 3 tornado in the Beauregard area was classified as an EF4. The tornado packed peak winds over 166 mph, was more than one-half mile wide and was on the ground for nearly 70 miles.
The storm killed 23 people and injured nearly 100, making it the deadliest tornado in the country since 2013.
Our next steps in the research is building out the layers of data required to properly contextualize the observed damage, accounting for the many complex factors at play such as the location and orientation of the buildings within the tornado path, the surrounding terrain and topography, the regulations in place at time of construction and/or installation, the structure of the tornado vortex and even the transient upperlevel parent storm dynamics. These steps are critical to having any confidence in the lessons we learn from this event. The field deployments immediately after the tornado were just the beginning.
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We are continuing to analyze this data, experimentally test samples collected from the field deployments, develop numerical models from the data and hope to soon be able to conduct fullscale testing in the new Advanced Structural Testing Laboratory. As we continue the research, we are actively involved in the community as it rebuilds, participating in outreach sessions to do our part to educate and engage our communities to be safer from future events. David Roueche is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering.
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Faculty Highlights David Bevly, the Bill and Lana McNair Professor of mechanical engineering, and Scott Martin, assistant research professor of mechanical engineering, were awarded $1.7 million in funding from 10 sponsors since October for their research in the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory. Saad Biaz, professor of computer science and software engineering, and Richard Chapman, associate professor of computer science and software engineering, were awarded a $270,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support their Research Experience for Undergraduates program on smart unmanned aerial vehicles. Imon Chakraborty, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, and Roy Hartfield, the Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor
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of aerospace engineering, were awarded a $540,000 grant from NASA for their research on stability and control characteristics of advanced and novel aircraft. Pengyu Chen, assistant professor of materials engineering, was awarded a $120,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory in collaboration with UES Inc. to develop a wearable dosimetry badge to detect tricresyl phosphates, engine lubricants that can contaminate the air in plane cabins. Jeff Fergus, associate dean for assessment and graduate studies and professor of materials engineering, was honored with one of Auburn University’s 2019 Spirit of Sustainability Awards. Ujjwal Guin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a $287,854 grant from the U.S. Air Force/Air Force Materiel Command for his research
on detecting recycling integrated circuits using digital signatures. Pradeep Lall, the John and Anne MacFarlane Professor of mechanical engineering, was presented with the NextFlex Fellow Award from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute. He also received the Advancement of Research and Scholarship Achievement Award from Auburn University’s Research and Economic Development Advisory Board. Lall was also awarded a $150,000 grant for research on flexible hybrid electronics device encapsulation and overmold. Jeff LaMondia, associate professor of transportation engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was honored with one of Auburn University’s 2019 Spirit of Sustainability Awards. Edmon Perkins, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research’s Young Investigators Program.
Carolina Rodezno, associate research professor in the National Center for Asphalt Technology, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Wisconsin Highway Research Program for her research on recycled asphalt binders. Alice Smith, the Joe W. Forehand/ Accenture Distinguished Professor of industrial and systems engineering with a joint appointment in computer science and software engineering, was selected as a keynote speaker for the 2019 INFORMS International Conference in Cancun, Mexico, June 9-12. Puneet Srivastava, the ButlerCunningham Eminent Scholar of biosystems engineering, was named a fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He was also named a fellow of the Alabama Academy of Sciences.
David Timm, the Brasfield & Gorrie Professor of pavements and materials engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded the 2019 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award by the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society. Xinyu Zhang, associate professor of chemical engineering, and his research group had two papers from 2018 place in the top 1% of highly cited papers by Web of Science. Huaguo Zhou, professor of civil engineering, and Rod Turochy, the James Madison Hunnicutt Professor in traffic engineering, were awarded a $600,000 project from the Transportation Research Boardâ€™s National Cooperative Highway Research Program for their research on wrong-way driving crashes.
PROMOTIONS AND TENURE Mark Adams was promoted to associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and awarded tenure. David Blersch was promoted to associate professor of biosystems engineering and awarded tenure. Gopikrishna Deshpande was promoted to professor of electrical and computer engineering. Michael Hamilton was promoted to professor of electrical and computer engineering. Carolina Rodezno was promoted to associate research professor at the National Center for Asphalt Technology. Cheryl Seals was promoted to professor of computer science and software engineering. Nima Shamsaei, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded tenure. Rick Williams was promoted to senior lecturer of mechanical engineering.
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Class of 2019 inductees include (L-R) Zeke Smith, Carl Register, Norm Tew and Davidson Technologies President Joe Green, representing Dorothy Davidson.
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he State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame inducted eight individuals, including three Auburn alumni and one long-time donor, and honored a project during a ceremony at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge. This year’s inductees include Dorothy Davidson, CEO of Davidson Technologies, benefactor of the Broun Hall Davidson Pavilion and widow of Julian Davidson, ’50 electrical engineering; Carl Register, ’63 industrial management and president of CARCO Mineral Resources; Zeke Smith, ’82 industrial engineering and vice president of external affairs at Alabama Power; and Norm Tew, ’82 and ’84 electrical engineering and vice president and general manager for the missile weapons system division for Boeing
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Defense, Space and Security. Other inductees include Lowell Christy, ’71 civil engineering from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; Stephen Cook ’90 aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota; Tanya Fratto, ’83 electrical engineering from the University of South Alabama; and Jonathan Sharpe, ’84 chemical engineering from the University of Alabama. The I-22/ Corridor X project was recognized in the project category. Dorothy Davidson began her career as a research mathematician with the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, and in 1965 she transitioned to systems engineering, working for several U.S. and German companies in Europe. She returned to the U.S. after 17 years abroad and consulted for companies that interfaced with NATO.
In 1981, Dorothy married Julian Davidson, ’50 electrical engineering, and in 1992 they moved to Huntsville. Four years later, the Davidsons co-founded Davidson Technologies, a company providing innovative engineering, technical and management solutions for our nation’s defense and aerospace industries. After Julian’s death in 2013, she stepped in to run Davidson Technologies as the CEO and chair. Her business acumen and engineering background provided a seamless transition. The Davidsons have demonstrated a strong commitment to Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering throughout their careers. Julian and Dorothy have funded scholarships, programs and laboratory support within the college and the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering, and have supported the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art as well. Most recently, Dorothy donated $5 million to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering to renovate Broun Hall — the home of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering — to create the Davidson Pavilion. In addition, their philanthropic memberships have included the Engineering Eagles and Ginn societies, as well as the university’s 1856, Foy and Samford societies. Julian was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2007, making the couple the first husband and wife to both be inducted into the prestigious group. Carl Register, ’63 industrial management, joined Vulcan Materials Co. early in his career and quickly advanced to positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his appointment as Vulcan’s Southern Division president in 1980. After 24 years with Vulcan, Register moved to Texas in 1989 to lead Redland Stone Products Co. as president and CEO. He began his own engineering ventures in the mid-1990s, including CARCO Mineral Resources and Railcar Solutions, which produce the DoorBrute line of rail car door closing products that have garnered several patents. Throughout his career, he has showcased an ability to mesh inventive engineering ideas with an astute business sense that has
brought success to every company he has led. The Register family has created two scholarships benefitting promising Auburn University engineering students from Alabama and Texas. These scholarships have supported numerous engineering students as they gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders in engineering. Register has also been an integral member of Auburn’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Council, an influential group that provides recommendations on how to better tie industry needs into the engineering curriculum. Register and his fellow council members also serve as role models to students and advocate on behalf of the department to industry and political leaders. Zeke Smith, ’82 industrial engineering, is the executive vice president of external affairs for Alabama Power. Smith went on to earn his master’s degree in business administration from Samford University and joined the ranks of Alabama Power in 1982 as assistant engineer, and has spent the past 35 years climbing the corporate ladder to where he is today. Overseeing Alabama Power’s public relations division, charitable giving and governmental and environmental affairs departments, Smith knows the impact each of these units has on the company’s bottom line. Prior to his most recent appointment, Smith was the vice president of financial and
regulatory planning, vice president of regulatory services and director of regulatory planning and pricing. He currently assumes responsibilities over Alabama Power’s largest divisions, which is no easy feat. In fact, he runs the largest external affairs operation of any company in Alabama and each of these divisions plays a major role in the company’s bottom line. Yellowhammer News named him one of “The 50 most powerful and influential people in Alabama” in both 2014 and 2015 because of his widespread influence within the state. Smith is a member of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council and he serves on the advisory council of the Charles D. McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, which focuses on improving the security and operations of the nation’s infrastructure through research and advanced technologies. Norm Tew, ’82 and ’84 electrical engineering, earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn, and currently serves as the vice president and general manager of the Missile and Weapon Systems division of Boeing Defense, Space and Security (BDS), headquartered in Huntsville. In this role, he is responsible for a portfolio of programs that provide strategic and tactical missile and weapon system solutions for the United States and its allies across the globe. Tew’s career has spanned more than 36 years in defensive weapon systems development,
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including system architecture and requirements definition, system and product design, performance evaluation, systems integration, system testing and operational fielding. Prior to his current assignment, Tew served as vice president of Engineering for the Space and Missile Systems division of Boeing Defense, Space and Security. Prior to that, Tew held key leadership positions within the GMD missile defense program, including nine years as its vice president and program director and before that five years as chief engineer. One of the early architects of the U.S. National Missile Defense system, Tew joined the GMD program to take it from
concept to reality, leading the development, integration, testing, initial deployment, and sustainment along with numerous capability expansions. GMD is the United States’ only system capable of providing protection of the entire United States homeland against long-range nuclear ballistic missile attacks. Prior to Boeing, Tew held a variety of leadership positions within Lockheed Martin Corp. in support of both ground-based and spacebased missile defense programs, culminating as director, Systems Engineering, for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program.
The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame was chartered by the governor in 1987 to honor those men, women, corporations and projects associated with the state that have brought credit to the engineering profession. A total of 186 engineers, 44 projects and 32 firms have been recognized by the hall. These inductees span from border to border, across all industries, and personify the impact engineering has played on the economy, quality of life and standard of living for the people of Alabama. The Hall of Fame is overseen by engineering colleges and schools at Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, the University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of South Alabama.
Lifetime of Service
The Auburn Alumni Association recognized five recipients, including a civil engineering alumnus and a chemical engineering alumna, with its highest honors March 2. Jeff Stone ’79 civil engineering and executive vice president of Brasfield & Gorrie, was presented the association’s highest honor — the Lifetime Achievement Award — while Ashley Robinett, ’01 chemical engineering and vice president of Corporate Real Estate for Alabama Power, received the Young Alumni Achievement Award, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn Family age 40 and under. The other Lifetime Achievement Award winners include: Neil Owen Davis, Dick Ingwersen and Thom Gossom.
Engineer Award in 2012 and was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014.
Stone is the past chairman of the Auburn University Foundation, as well as the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in Civil Engineering in 2005, the Distinguished Auburn
He and his wife, Linda, established the Jeff and Linda Stone Leadership Awards, and the couple are members of the university’s 1856 and Foy societies and engineering’s Ginn, Keystone and Eagles societies.
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He has been a significant contributor to Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, previously supporting scholarships in the colleges of Engineering; Architecture, Design and Construction; and Sciences and Mathematics. He has also been a supporter of the Auburn University Marching Band, Department of Athletics, the Gogue Performing Arts Center and the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
Jeff Stone and Ashley Robinett
He is the current chair of the United Way of Central Alabama’s 2019 annual campaign, and is a past chairman of Samford University’s Board of Overseers and a member of the Birmingham Southern College Norton Board. He also currently sits on the boards of Children’s Harbor, Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation and serves as captain of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club of Birmingham. A former president of the Sunrise Rotary Club and a current board member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Birmingham, Stone is also a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama. Robinett joined Southern Company, the parent of Alabama Power, in 2001 as an engineer for the Southern Power wholesale subsidiary. She worked several years in Southern Company’s fuel services organization, managing emission allowance procurement and other strategic environmental issues for the generating fleet. In 2008, she returned to Southern Power to manage its resource planning, risk analysis and business case development functions, including renewable energy. She has served as the assistant to the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Southern Company and to the president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power.
As the vice president of corporate real estate for Alabama Power Company, she is responsible for managing the company’s land holdings in support of business objectives through land management, acquisition and sales. Most recently, she was the area manager for Alabama Power’s Birmingham Division, where she was responsible for business office operations, customer relations, community development and external affairs. In 2018, Robinett was presented with the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council’s Young Alumni Award. She has established scholarships in the colleges of Engineering and Business, and she remains involved with the university through the alumni council and the college’s 100+ Women Strong program — an initiative to recruit, reward and retain female engineering students at Auburn. She is a member of the university’s Foy, Samford and Petrie societies and engineering’s Eagles Society. She is a board member of the American Cancer Society, the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and Children’s Harbor, and is president of the board of directors for Preschool Partners. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and formerly served on the board of directors for the American Cancer Society.
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This edition of Auburn Engineering’s Cupola Report recognizes donors who have contributed to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering during the 2018 calendar year. Our students, faculty and staff remain grateful for the support our alumni and friends provide as we work together to fulfill our commitment to excellence in engineering instruction and research.
The Engineering 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. Our sustaining members continue this commitment for more than five years. These gifts enable Auburn Engineering to take advantage of emerging educational opportunities. Thomas ’94 & Aneda ’95 Anspach Mechanical Engineering Director Engineering The Anspach Effort Inc. Pat ’79 & Elizabeth Batey Mechanical Engineering Senior Machinery Engineer ExxonMobil Leslee Belluchie ’83 Mechanical Engineering Managing Partner FedCap Partners LLC Kit ’73 & Gail ’76 Brendle Industrial Engineering President, Owner Brendle Sprinkler Co. Inc. Jim* ’54 & Betty Carroll Industrial Management Chairman & CEO Carroll Air Systems Inc. Pat ’87 & Cynthia Carroll Aerospace Engineering Entrepreneur Steve Cates ’85 & Lyn Cates Civil Engineering President CK Development
Ed ’56 & Lee Chapman Electrical Engineering Assistant Vice President Network Planning (retired) BellSouth Telecommunications Randy ’85 & Beth Chase Mechanical Engineering Vice President Nashville Machine Co. Inc. Shawn ’82 & Anne ’82 & ’94 Cleary Shawn Electrical Engineering Anne Electrical Engineering Executive Vice President & Chief Integration Officer (retired) NRG Energy Jim ’81 & Anna Cooper Civil Engineering Owner & President Jim Cooper Construction Co. Inc. Joe ’70 & JoAnn ’69 Cowan Electrical Engineering President & CEO Epicor Software Corp. Kevin Cullinan ’09 Chemical Engineering Execution Planning Engineer ExxonMobil
Bill Cutts ’55 Industrial Management President & CEO American Tank & Vessel Inc. Julian Davidson* ’50 Electrical Engineering President, CEO & Owner Davidson Enterprises LLC Buddy* ’59 & Charlotte Davis Electrical Engineering Manager Boeing Mike ’76 & ’77 & Leta DeMaioribus Electrical Engineering Senior Vice President (retired) Dynetics Inc. Joe D. ’70 & Jayne ’71 Edge Electrical Engineering Counsel (retired) Drinker Biddle & Reath Linda Ann Figg ’81 Civil Engineering President & CEO Figg Bridge Cos.
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Warren Fleming* ’43 Aerospace Engineering Owner Warren Fleming Associates
Bob Harris* ’43 Aerospace Engineering Vice President & General Manager GE Services Co. Inc.
Tom* & Bettye Lowe ’49 Civil Engineering President (retired) Lowe Engineers Inc.
Phillip ’81 & Margaret ’81 Forsythe Phillip & Margaret, Mechanical Engineering Owners Forsythe & Long Engineering Inc.
Hank Hayes ’65 Electrical Engineering Executive Vice President (retired) Texas Instruments
John ’72 & Anne ’73 MacFarlane Mechanical Engineering Manager Technology Sales & Licensing (retired) ExxonMobil
Charles Earley Gavin III ’59 Textile Management Founder & Board Chairman MFG Chemical Inc.
John P. Helmick Jr. ’56 Industrial Management Owner Claude Nolan Cadillac Inc.
Michael McCartney ’57 Civil Engineering President McCartney Construction Co. Inc.
Charles Early Gavin IV* ’82 Business President MFG Chemical Inc.
Jim ’81 & Bertha ’80 Hoskins Electrical Engineering CEO & Chairman of Board (retired) Scitor Corp.
Charles McCrary ’73 Mechanical Engineering Chairman of the Board (retired) Alabama Power Co.
Gary ’86 & Carol Elsen ’86 Godfrey Gary, Industrial Engineering Partner/Principal Ernst & Young LLP Carol, Industrial Engineering Senior Vice President, Products and Markets Southwire Inc.
John ’59 & Jo Jones Mechanical Engineering Principal MS Technology Inc.
Jim ’61 & Paula ’65 McMillan Chemical Engineering Washington Representative (retired) Exxon Mobil Foundation
Byron ’70 & Melva Kelley Civil Engineering CEO & Co-owner Wire Road Studios
Joe ’58 & Billie Carole McMillan Chemical Engineering President (retired) ExxonMobil Coal & Minerals
Lester ’68 & Catherine ’69 Killebrew Industrial Engineering Chairman SunSouth
Bill ’68 & Lana McNair Electrical Engineering Vice President Network Operations (retired) BellSouth Telecommunications
Oliver D. Kingsley Jr. ’66 Engineering Physics, Associate Dean Emeritus Auburn University President & COO (retired) Exelon Corp.
Morris Middleton ’61 Electrical Engineering Vice President TeKontrol Inc.
Ralph Godfrey ’64 Electrical Engineering Senior Vice President E-Commerce (retired) 3COM Corp. Chris ’96 & Carmen Golden Mechanical Engineering Senior Vice President Equinor Glenn Guthrie ’62 Industrial Management Owner Birmingham Investment Group Robert ’83 & Margaret ’83 Haack Robert, Electrical Engineering Division Manager for Missile Technology Division Sparta Inc. Margaret, Industrial Engineering Deputy Engineer, MDCDP Program Lead Missile Defense Agency George Hairston III ’67 Industrial Engineering President & CEO (retired) Southern Nuclear Operating Co.
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Push LaGrone Jr.* ’51 Industrial Management Owner Jellico Realty Co. Bill Lee ’81 Mechanical Engineering Governor State of Tennessee Ronald Craig Lipham ’74 Electrical Engineering CEO & President (retired) Utility Consultants Synergetic Inc.
Buzz Miller ’83 Chemical Engineering President & CEO (retired) Southern Co. Services Charlie ’80 & Lisa Miller Civil Engineering Executive Vice President, Global Head of Distribution Harbert Management Corp. David R. Motes ’77 Chemical Engineering ExxonMobil
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Mark Nelms ’80 Electrical Engineering Professor & Chair Electrical & Computer Engineering Samuel Ginn College of Engineering David ’77 & Olivia ’77 Owen David, Electrical Engineering (retired) Olivia, Civil Engineering Vice President Safety Security Health & Environment (retired) ExxonMobil Howard Palmes ’60 Electrical Engineering Vice President Network Operations (retired) BellSouth Telecommunications Earl ’60 & Nancy Parsons Electrical Engineering Executive Director, Secretary, Treasurer Association of Edison Illumination Cos. Dan* ’64 & Nancy ’64 Paul Chemical Engineering General Manager Exxon Shipping Co. Hal ’59 & Peggy Pennington Industrial Management Chairman & CEO (retired) Genesco Inc. Gerald Pouncey Jr. ’82 Chemical Engineering Partner, Head of Environmental Group Morris Manning & Martin LLP Dick* Quina ’48 Mechanical Engineering Vice President Containerboard Division (retired) Smurfitt Paper Co. Tom ’69 & Barbara Ray Electrical Engineering President Ray Engineering Group Inc. William Jasper Reaves ’57 Aviation Management Chairman & CEO (retired) General Motors Asset Management & GM Trust Bank
Bill Reed ’50 Mechanical Engineering President System Controls Inc.
Jimmy ’60 & Zula Stewart Electrical Engineering President Stewart Engineering Inc.
Carl ’63 & Joan Register Industrial Management President Carco Mineral Resources Inc.
Jeff ’79 & Linda ’79 Stone Civil Engineering Chief Operating Officer Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Ed* ’70 & Peggy Reynolds Electrical Engineering President Network Operations (retired) AT&T Wireless
Anthony* ’73 & Patsy ’73 Topazi Electrical Engineering Executive Vice President & COO (retired) Southern Company Services
Richard ’73 & Peggy ’74 Roberts Electrical Engineering Principal Roberts Raheb & Gradler LLC
George ’54 & Dot ’54 Uthlaut Chemical Engineering Senior Vice President Operations (retired) Enron Oil & Gas Co.
Phil Saunders ’74 Electrical Engineering Senior Vice President Operations & Generation Services Southern Company Services
Jeff ’85 & Harriet ’84 Vahle Mechanical Engineering President Disney Signature Experiences Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
George ’59 & Rita Sewell Chemical Engineering Senior Analyst (retired) Exxon Mobil Foundation Al ’47 & Jule* ’99 Smith Mechanical Engineering Partner (retired) Bright Star Group Ltd. Douglas ’12 & Jill Smith President Redwire Zeke ’82 & Darlene Smith Industrial Engineering Vice President External Affairs Alabama Power Co. John ’70 & Melanie ’70 Smyth Chemical Engineering Director (retired) International Paper Paul ’63 & Bena Spina Electrical Engineering Owner & CEO Spina Enterprises
Mark Vanstrum ’79 & ’82 Electrical Engineering Advanced Programs Engineer Harris Corp. Bill ’55 & Rubilyn Ward Mechanical Engineering Regional Manager (retired) GE Southwest Power System Sales Bill ’74 & Becky Warnock Civil Engineering President Medallion Petroleum Lee* ’59 & Nell Wetzel Electrical Engineering Manager Technical Services Electrical Design Southern Company Services Dwight ’62 & Sally* ’62 Wiggins Mechanical Engineering President (retired) Tosco Refining Co. Walt ’69 & Ginger Woltosz Aerospace Engineering Chairman, President & CEO Simulations Plus Inc.
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Ginn Society Mr. Joseph W. Ackerman ’60 Gen. Jimmie V. Adams ’57 Mr. James T. ’71 & Mrs. Dianne Booker ’71 Adkison Jr. Mr. Robert S. ’73 & Mrs. Patricia P. ’74 Aicklen Mr. & Mrs. Charles S. Aiken Jr. ’73 Ms. Jennie D. Alley Ms. Barbara Allison Mr. Pete L. Anderson ’75 Mr. John P. ’76 & Ms. Cynthia M. ’76 Anderson Mr. Gerald B. Andrews Sr. ’59 Mr. Thomas Denny ’94 & Mrs. Aneda Chandler ’95 Anspach Mr. Stephen T. ’96 & Mrs. Kathleen M. ’96 Armstrong Mr. Timothy M. ’94 & Mrs. Margaret Arnold Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Avant ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Diaco Aviki ’95 Mr. Manucher Azmudeh ’60 Mr. Charles Frederick Bach ’58 Mr. & Mrs. James G. Bagley Jr. ’83 Mr. & Mrs. James O. Ballenger ’59 Mrs. Wanda Barnes Dr. Kenneth J. Barr ’47 Mrs. Agnes B. Barrett Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Barth III ’71 Mr. & Mrs. M. Patrick Batey ’79 Mr. Ben Beasley ’65 Mrs. Virginia H. Beck ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher T. Bell ’83 Mrs. Leslee H. Belluchie ’93 & Mr. Rick Knopp Dr. & Mrs. Larry D. Benefield ’66 Mr. Charles William Berry Jr. ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Bickert ’82 Dr. & Mrs.* William Y. Bishop ’68 Mr. Allan H. ’75 & Mrs. Nancy P. ’73 Bissinger Dr. J Temple Black* Mr. Robert W. Bledsoe ’10 Dr. Richard & Dr. Denise B. ’80 Boehm
Mr. & Mrs. Russell F. Boren ’54 Ms. Mildred Diane Boss ’72 Mr. Calvin Cutshaw & Dr. Mary Boudreaux Mr. Charles Judson Bowers ’69 Mr. Paul C.* & Ms. Marilyn Box Mr. William R. ’90 & Mrs. Pamela Owens ’92 Boyd Mr. & Mrs. R. Joseph Brackin ’80 Mr.* & Mrs. Rodney Bradford ’67 Dr. David B. Bradley ’65 Mr. J. B. Braswell Mr. & Mrs.* John R. Bray ’57 Dr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Breeden ’57 Mr. Felix C. ’73 & Mrs. Gail W. ’76 Brendle Jr. Mr. Dan H. Broughton ’63 Mr. Dwight T. ’69 & Ms. Mary Ellen Brown Mr. John W. ’57 & Mrs. Rosemary Kopel ’57 Brown Mr. & Mrs. L. Owen Brown ’64 Mr. & Mrs. David C. Brubaker ’71 Mr. Thomas D. ’58 & Mrs. Frances W. ’58 Burson Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Burt Jr. ’58 Dr. Gisela Büschle-Diller Mr. Daniel M. Bush ’72 Mr. Harris D. Bynum ’58 Mr. Robert F. Bynum ’75 Mr. Patrick L. Byrne ’71 Mr.* & Mrs. James D. Caldwell ’29 Mr. & Mrs. Roger J. Campbell ’59 Mr.* & Mrs. William E. Cannady Mr. J. Travis Capps Jr. ’94 & Mr. Lee Anthony Mr. John Phillip Caraway ’92 Mr. Russell L. ’83 & Mrs. Anna C. ’83 Carbine Mr. & Mrs. Donald E. Carmon ’88 Mr. Benjamin F. ’60 & Mrs. Nancy B. ’63 Carr Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Thomas Carroll ’87 Mr.* & Mrs. James H. Carroll Jr. ’54 Dr. Tony J. ’84 & Ms. Tracey H. ’83 Catanzaro Mr. Steven G. Cates ’85 Mr. & Mrs. * Wiley M. Cauthen ’62 Mr. & Mrs. * Peter M. Chamberlin ’81 Mr. J. Mark ’72 & Mrs. Elizabeth M. ’76 Chambers Jr. Ms. Katherine Leigh Champion ’11 Mr. & Mrs. James M. Chandler III ’84 Mr. J. Edward Chapman Jr. ’56 Mr. Clarance J. Chappell III ’59 Mr. Randall C. ’85 & Mrs. Beth R. Chase Mr. Jing-Yau Chung Mr. Shawn E. ’82 & Ms. Anne M. ’82 Cleary
Dr. Prabhakar ’93 & Mrs. Sabina W. ’92 Clement Mr. John Barnard Clopton Jr. & Mrs.* John M. Clopton ’47 Mr.* & Mrs. John B. Clopton Mr. Terry J. ’76 & Dr. Jo Anne ’75 Coggins Mr. Timothy D. Cook ’82 Mr. Eldridge J. & Mrs. Rhonda H.* ’80 Cook Mr. & Mrs. James L. Cooper Jr. ’81 Ms. Lisa Ann Copeland ’85 Mr.* & Mrs. James H. Corbitt ’58 Ms. Mary F. Cordato Mr. & Mrs. Bradley William Corson ’83 Mr. Samuel S. Coursen Jr. ’73 Mr. Joseph L. ’70 & Mrs. JoAnn ’69 Cowan Ms. Trudy Craft-Austin Mrs. Barbara Ann Adkins Crane Mr. & Mrs. Wayne J. Crews ’60 Dr. Malcolm J. Crocker Mr. Daniel & Mrs. Ragan W. ’98 Crowell Mr. Kevin T. Cullinan ’09 Dr. Ralph S. ’62 & Mrs. Deborah Cunningham Mr. Malcolm A. Cutchins Jr. ’79 Mr. William J. Cutts ’55 Dr.* & Mrs. Julian Davidson ’50 Mr.* & Mrs. Charles E. Davis ’59 Dr. Jan N. Davis ’77 Brig. Gen & Mrs. Robert L. Davis ’74 Mr. & Mrs. Walter Day Jr. ’53 Dr. & Mrs. Harry L. Deffebach Jr. ’63 Mr. Michael A. ’76 & Mrs. Leta DeMaioribus Mr. Donald E. Dennis ’54 Mr. Stanley G. DeShazo ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Derek Dwaine Dictson Mr. Joseph G. & Mrs. Amy Thomas ’78 Dobbs Mr. & Mrs. R. Bruce Donnellan ’76 Mr. Alan & Mrs. Carol H. ’84 Dorn Mr. William G. Dorriety ’84 Mr. Christopher R. ’89 & Mrs. Barrett J. ’86 Dozier Mr. Melvin Lee ’77 & Mrs. Diane R. ’77 Drake Jr. Mrs. Linda D. DuCharme ’86 Mr. & Mrs. Wendell H. Duke ’73 Mr. George R. Dunlap Jr. ’49 Mr. Timothy J. Dwyer ’85 Mr. Ronald M. ’69 & Mrs. Anne Dykes Mr. Lewis H. ’54 & Mrs. Annette B. ’53 Eberdt Jr. Dr. Mario R. Eden Mr. Joe D. ’70 & Mrs. Jayne W. ’71 Edge Mr. C. Houston ’77 & Mrs. Mary E. ’77 Elkins Mr. & Mrs. H. Wendell Ellis ’67
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Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Etheridge Mr. Edwin W. Evans ’60 Mr. & Mrs. James R. Evans ’55 Mr. Jim W. Evans ’67 Mr. Norman S. ’59 & Mrs. Judith J.* ’58 Faris Jr. Ms. Ada Nicole Faulk ’96 Mr. Steven Scott Fendley ’91 Ms. Ann Marie Ferretti ’75 Mrs. Linda Ann Figg ’81 Mr. Paul R. ’66 & Mrs. Barbara M. ’68 Flowers Jr. Mr. John N. Floyd Jr. ’85 Mr. Stanley F. Folker Jr. ’68 Mr. Joe W. ’71 & Mrs. Gayle P. ’70 Forehand Jr. Mr. Phillip A. ’81 & Mrs. Margaret Long ’81 Forsythe Capt. & Mrs. Michael V. Forte ’82 Mr. Phillip ’88 & Mrs. Kimberly W. ’88 Fraher Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Franklin ’49 Mrs. Gwenn Smith Freeman ’73 Mr. Christian G. Gackstatter ’84 CAPT & Mrs. Davis R. Gamble Jr. ’74 Mr. Maury D. Gaston ’82 Mr. Charles E. Gavin III ’59 Mrs. Evelyn Geisler Mr. & Mrs. John W. Gibbs ’72 Dr. G. Edward Gibson Jr. & Mrs. * G. D. Gibson ’80 Dr. Samuel L. Ginn ’59 Mr. Michael V. Ginn Mr. Gary R. ’86 & Mrs. Carol Elsen ’86 Godfrey Mr. & Mrs. Ralph B. Godfrey ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher L. Golden ’96 Mr. M. Miller Gorrie ’57 Mr. & Mrs. M. James Gorrie II ’84 Dr. Griffin K. Gothard ’88 & Dr. Katina Kodadek-Gothard ’97 Mr.* & Mrs. Jefferson L. Grant Jr. ’69 Mr. Stanley L. ’67 & Mrs. Patsy H. ’70 Graves Mr. David M. ’95 & Mrs. Susan B. ’92 Gray Mr. Gary W. ’69 & Mrs. Jo Evelyn Gray Mr. Ruskin Clegg Green ’91 Mr. Walter W. Griffin ’47 Mrs. Linda Vanstrum Griggs ’75 Mr. H. Vince Groome III Mr. Mark A. ’94 & Mrs. Leah S. ’93 Gulley Mr. Toby Eugene Gurley ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Glenn H. Guthrie Mrs. Jean Guthrie Mr. Robert O. ’83 & Mrs. Margaret F. ’83 Haack Mr. Keith Shellie Hagler ’98
Mr. & Mrs. W. George Hairston III ’67 Mr. & Mrs. James H. Ham III ’66 Mr. J. Robert Hamill ’70 Mrs. Susan Owens Hamilton ’73 Mr. David A. Hamilton ’67 Mr. Johnnie Marvin Hamilton ’68 Mr. Frank A. ’88 & Mrs. Lauren F. ’90 Hamner Mr. William R. Hanlein ’47 Dr. Andrew P. Hanson ’93 Mr. & Mrs. John L. Hardiman ’75 Mr. George C. ’76 & Mrs. Marsha Q. ’76 Hardison Jr. Mr & Mrs. Oscar C. Harper IV ’89 Dr. & Mrs. Elmer B. Harris ’62 Mr. Lamar T. ’63 & Mrs. Elaine T. ’62 Hawkins Mr. Lawrence Allen Hawkins ’81 Mr. Albert E. Hay ’67 Ms. Karen Hayes ’81 Mr. & Mrs. William F. Hayes ’65 Mr. Cotton Hazelrig Mr. Jim P. ’94 & Mrs. Markell A. ’96 Heilbron Mr. John P. Helmick Jr. ’56 Mr. & Mrs. Roger R. Hemminghaus ’58 Dr. A. Stuart Hendon ’89 Mr. John S. Henley II ’63 Mrs. Melissa Brown Herkt ’77 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Higgins ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Price Hightower III ’88 Mr. Dennis S. ’79 & Mrs. Ann R. ’77 Hill Mr. Michael D. ’86 & Mrs. Stephanie Jo Holmes Dr. & Mrs. James S. Hood ’84 Mr. E. Erskine Hopkins ’46 Mr. & Mrs. Steven D. Horne ’71 Mr. Duke C. Horner ’47 Mr.* & Mrs. Clarence H. Hornsby Jr ’50 Maj. James M. ’81 & Bertha T. ’80 Hoskins Ms. Barbara Alison Howell ’83 Mr.* & Mrs. Alan P. Hudgins ’74 Mr. James G. Hughes Sr. ’56 Mr. James A. ’70 & Michele A. ’71 Humphrey Ms. Kristin L. Hunnicutt Ms. Susan Hunnicutt ’79 Brian H. ’90 & Dr. Judy J. Hunt Mr. & Mrs. Bruce E. Imsand ’74 Mr. Charles M. ’56 & Rosemary S. ’57 Jager Mr. William Russell James ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Carl M. Jeffcoat ’60 Mr. Charles William Jenkins ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph S. Johnson Jr. ’75 Mr. & Mrs. C. Travis Johnson ’65
Col. Scott ’75 & Mrs. Penny ’74 Johnson Mr.* & Mrs. John D. Jones ’47 Mr. & Mrs. John K. Jones ’59 Dr. & Mrs. Peter D. Jones Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Dale Jones ’06 Mr. Robert R. ’63 & Mrs. Donna V. Keith Jr. ’66 Mr. & Mrs. Byron R. Kelley ’70 Mr. Kenneth Kelly ’90 Col. Randolph H. ’76 & Mrs. Leigh P. ’77 Kelly Gen. Leslie Farr Kenne ’70 Mr. Carver ’52 & Mrs. Martha ’54 Kennedy Mr.* & Mrs. Ronald D. Kenyon Mrs. Laura Clenney Kezar ’08 Mr. Lester Killebrew Sr. ’68 Mr & Mrs. T. Keith King Sr. ’58 Mr. Oliver D. Kingsley Jr. ’66 Mrs. Mary M. Kirkland ’94 Mr.* & Mrs. Mina Propst Kirkley ’54 Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Kyle Knight ’00 Mrs. & Mrs. * Mary M. Kramer ’93 Mr. David M. Kudlak ’86 Mr. Frederick D. Kuester ’73 Mr. William F. Land ’49 Mr. Ted Landers ’71 Mr. Harald F. ’57 & Mrs.* Betty C. ’54 Lassen Mr. Homer C. Lavender Jr. ’66 Dr. & Mrs. Terry E. Lawler ’68 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Leach Mr. C. C. “Jack” Lee ’47 Mr. J. Stewart Lee ’83 & Ms. Dorothy D. Pappas ’80 Ms. Nelda K. Lee ’69 Gov. William Byron Lee ’81 Mr. Edwin L. ’72 & Mrs. Becky S. ’72 Lewis Mr. Ronald C. Lipham ’74 Mr. Stephen M. Livingston ’10 Mr. Rodney M. Long ’76 Mr. Lum M. Loo ’78 Ms. Jenny Loveland Mr. William A. Lovell Jr. ’79 Mr.* & Mrs. Thomas M. Lowe Jr Mr. Raymond E. ’61 & Mrs. Eleanor H.* ’58 Loyd Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Luger ’62 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth R. Luttrell Mr. Fred W. Mace ’57 Mr. John A. ’72 & Mrs. Anne W. ’73 MacFarlane Mr. & Mrs. Charles A. Machemehl Jr. Ms. M. Jane Major ’74 Mr. & Mrs. James J. Mallett ’55 Capt. & Mrs. Robert A. Malseed ’77 *deceased
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Mr. & Mrs. Harry A. Manson ’58 Mr. Steven J. Marcereau ’65 Mr. Salvador M. ’91 & Mrs. Paula R. ’92 Marino Lt. Cmdr. Clifton C. ’74 & Mrs. Mary R. ’74 Martin Jr. Mr. Gary C. Martin ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Garrett Martz ’84 Mr. J. Clint Maxwell Jr. ’75 Mr. & Mrs. Jesse D. May ’85 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick C. Mays ’85 Ms. Forrest Worthy McCartney Dr. & Mrs. Michael B. McCartney ’57 Ms. Sheila J. McCartney Dr. T. Dwayne McCay ’68 & Dr. Mary Helen McCay Ms. Julia Zekoll McClure ’68 Mr. Charles D. McCrary ’73 Mr. James H. McDaniel ’68 Dr. Donald McDonald ’52 Mr. & Mrs. Albert F. McFadden Jr. ’81 Mr. George L. McGlamery ’86 Dr. & Mrs. Gerald G. McGlamery Jr. ’84 Mr. Paul Alan McIntyre ’92 Mr. James D. ’61 & Mrs. Paula S. ’65 McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Joe T. McMillan ’58 Mr. & Mrs. William R. McNair ’68 Mr. & Mrs. C. Phillip McWane ’80 Mr. John F. Meagher Jr. ’49 Mr. Jeff T. Meeks ’73 Mr. & Mrs. E. Martin Melton ’62 Mr. & Mrs. George A. Menendez ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Peter H. Meyers ’59 Mr. Morris G. Middleton ’61 Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Miller ’80 Mr. Joseph A. “Buzz” ’83 & Mrs. Donna J. ’84 Miller Mr. & Mrs. Stephen R. Miller ’72 Mr.* & Mrs. William B. Millis ’60 Mrs. Katherine Maughan Mims ’81 Mr. & Mrs. Max A. Mobley ’72 Mr. & Mrs. William L. Moench Jr. ’76 Dr. Larry S. Monroe ’79 & Mrs. Cynthia C. Green ’79 Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence V. Montgomery, III Mr. Charles N. Moody ’63 Mr. Chris A. Moody ’90 & Mrs. Sarah K. Ahn Mr. Phillip F.* ’73 & Mrs. Jane H. ’73 Moon Mr. F. Brooks Moore ’48 Mrs. Mary Manson Moore ’83 Dr. Joe M. Morgan
Mr. & Mrs. Larry J. Morgan ’68 Mr. & Mrs. M. John Morgan ’71 Mr. David A. ’96 & Mrs. Grace B. ’95 Morris Mr. David R. Motes ’77 Mr. Kevin ’99 & Mrs. Apryl T. ’97 Mullins Mr. & Mrs. Charles Munden Jr. ’77 Mr. Kenneth H. ’87 & Mrs. Cindy Kilgo Murphy Mr. & Mrs. Scott B. Murray ’69 Mr. & Mrs. Michael L. Neighbors ’76 Dr. Robert Mark Nelms ’80 Mr. Wayne B. Nelson III ’76 Mr. & Mrs. William K. Newman ’69 Mr. Huan D. Nguyen ’87 Mr. Charles G. Nicely ’72 Mrs. Nicole Wright Nichols ’00 Mr. Jack Dempsey Noah ’59 Mr. Darren G. Norris ’82 Mr. William B. Norton ’75 Mr. Mark W. Norton ’13 Mr. James B. Odom ’55 Dr.* & Mrs. J. Tracy O’Rourke Mr. Steve P. Osburne ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Wynton M. Overstreet ’59 Mr. David K. ’77 & Olivia Kelley ’77 Owen Mr. Howard E. Palmes ’60 Mr. Donald J. Parke ’82 Mr. John S. ’55 & Mrs. Constance G. ’55 Parke Mr. Jerry D. Parker Jr. ’79 Mr. Robert A. ’84 & Mrs. Susan Southerland ’84 Parker Mr. & Mrs. Earl B. Parsons Jr. ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Kevin A. Partridge ’87 Mr.* & Mrs. Daniel J. Paul Jr. ’64 Mr. & Mrs. Hunter A. Payne Mr. Frederick A. ’77 & Mrs. Rebecca C. ’81 Pehler Jr. Mr. Hal N. ’59 & Mrs. Peggy S. Pennington Mr. Chris J. ’71 & Mrs. Janice P. ’74 Peterson Mr. William W. ’89 & Mrs. Kathryn K. ’91 Petit Mr. Douglas E. ’84 & Mrs. Tracy C. ’84 Phillpott Dr. & Mrs. Michael S. Pindzola Mr. Lonnie H. Pope Sr. Mr. Jack B. Porterfield III ’75 Mr. Gerald L. Pouncey Jr. ’82 Mr. & Mrs. William R. Powell ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Prince ’69 Mr. John David ’90 & Mrs. Lisa Christmas ’88 Prunkl Dr. Polapragada K. Raju Mr. & Mrs. David F. Rankin
Mrs. Denise Sandlin Raper ’92 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Leonard Ray ’69 Mr. James Lee Rayburn ’67 Mr. Albert M. Redd Jr. ’59 Mr. W. Allen ’70 & Mrs. Martha R. ’69 Reed Mr. & Mrs. William B. Reed ’50 Mr. Emmett F. Reeder ’62 Mr & Mrs. Carl A. Register ’63 Mrs. Jean M. Register Ms. Mary Nell Reid ’91 Mr.* & Mrs. Edgar L. Reynolds ’70 Mr. & Mrs. Harry G. Rice ’77 Mr. Lee W. Richards ’88 Mr. & Mrs. Roy A. Richardson ’57 Mr. & Mrs. Christopher J. Riley ’02 Dr. Joyce R. ’59 & Mr. Kenneth W. ’59 Ringer Mr. Richard Y. ’73 & Mrs. Peggy F. ’74 Roberts Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Brian Roberts Mr. Jeffery Ryan ’01 & Mrs. Ashley Nunn ’01 Robinett Mr. Kenneth W. ’81 & Mrs. Cathy M. ’81 Roebuck Mr. & Mrs. A.J. Ronyak Mrs. Karen Harris Rowell ’79 Mr. & Mrs. William J. Rowell ’69 Mr. & Mrs. James S. Roy ’57 Mr. Kenneth B. ’50 & Mrs. Nan C. ’53 Roy Jr. Mrs. Charlotte A. Rutherford ’77 Mrs. Linda Patterson Ryan ’82 Mr. Joseph A. ’69 & Mrs. Mary G. ’69 Saiia Mr. William A. Samuel ’75 Ms. Regenia Rena Sanders ’95 Mr. Sid Sanders ’62 Mr. Charles Philip Saunders ’74 Mr. Thomas Saunders Sr. ’62 Mr. C. David ’65 & Mrs. Murriel W. ’65 Scarborough Mr. Wilbur C.* & Ms. Margaret N. ’46 Schaeffner Mr. Gary L. ’78 & Mrs. Susan Nelson ’79 Schatz Dr. Richard T. Scott Jr. Mr. Donald R. ’84 & Mrs. Alice J. ’85 Searcy Mr. L. Dupuy Sears Mr. Tim & Mrs. Lori Lynne ’90 Self Ms. Carol R. Sellers ’01 Mr. & Mrs. Thomas D. Senkbeil ’71 Mr. George M. Sewell ’59 Mr. E. Todd Sharley Jr. ’65 Mr. Charles A. Shaw ’86 Dr. Mark Dewey Shelley II ’93
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Dr. C. Herbert ’75 & Mrs. Alisa W. ’75 Shivers Mr. & Mrs. William D. Shultz ’95 Mr. & Mrs. John M. Sikes ’60 Dr. & Mrs. R.E. Simpson ’58 Mrs. Margaret Sizemore Ms. Janine M. Slick Mr. David Slovensky ’71 Mr. Kenneth L. Smith Jr. ’78 Mr. Albert J. ’47 & Mrs. Julia C. * ’99 Smith Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth A. Smith ’81 Mr. Stephen C. ’86 & Mrs. Jody A. ’88 Smith Mr. Stephen L. ’75 & Mrs. Judith R. ’74 Smith Mr. William J. ’67 & Mrs. Susan C. ’70 Smith Mr. & Mrs. Douglas W. Smith ’12 Mr. Zeke Walter L. Smith ’82 Mr. Jerard Taggart Smith ’97 Mr. Gerald W. ’61 & Mrs. Joyce C. ’61 Smith Mr. Randy L. Smith ’76 Mr. * & Mrs. James M. Smith ’43 Mr. Timothy S. ’91 & Mrs. Sheila Ransone ’91 Smith Mr. Barrett B. Smith ’68 Mrs. Doris Irwin Smith ’83 Mr. John A. ’70 & Mrs. Melanie W. ’70 Smyth Mr. & Mrs. Danny G. Snow ’62 Mr. Don L. Sollie ’74 Dr. Ryan A. ’09 & Mrs. Holly H. ’03 Sothen Mr. Mark A. Spencer ’00 Dr. & Dr. William A. Spencer Mr. & Mrs. Paul J. Spina Jr. ’63 Mr. & Mrs. Reggie Allen Spivey ’87 Mr. Michael G. ’89 & Mrs. Kimberly B. ’89 Spoor Mr. Joseph Stanfield Jr. ’67 & Mrs. Nancy W. Payne Stanfield ’64 Mrs. Jacqueline Guthrie Steele ’78 Mr. & Mrs. James J. Stevenson Jr. ’71 Mr. & Mrs. James H. Stewart Jr. ’60 Mr. John Monro Stickney ’64 Dr. Linda J. ’79 & Mr. Jeffrey L. ’79 Stone Mrs. Susan Nolen Story ’81
Mrs. Gwen B. Strickland Mr. Thomas D. ’65 & Marianne M. ’65 Stringfellow Mr. & Mrs. Charles C. Stringfellow ’50 Mr. William D. Johnston & Ms. Ronda Stryker Mr. Jon Stryker Ms. Pat Stryker Mr. John W. Sublett Jr. ’79 Mr. David Carriell Sulkis ’79 Dr. Thomas F. ’52 & Mrs. Donna K. ’57 Talbot Mr. George Harold Talley II ’91 Mr. L. Ray Taunton ’56 Mr. John A. Taylor ’53 Dr. Sherry Pittman Taylor Mr. & Mrs. Robertson Winn Taylor ’85 Dr. Mrinal Thakur Mr. K-Rob ’01 & Mrs. Marcia ’01 Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Jerry F. Thomas ’63 Dr. & Mrs. Jason Bryon Thompson ’93 Mr. Stephen F. Thornton ’63 Mrs. Mary Lou Tolar Mr. Anthony J.* ’73 & Mrs. Patricia C. ’73 Topazi Ms. Karen Louise Trapane ’82 Mr. Daniel Andrew Traynor ’78 Mr. Bolton W. ’08 & Mr. Lindsay I. ’09 Tucker Mr. Terry Lee Tucker ’98 Mr. M. Larry Tuggle Sr. ’57 Mrs. Laura Crowe Turley ’87 Mr. William J. ’57 & Mrs. Jane ’57 Turner Jr. Mr. Dwight J. Turner ’79 Mr. John W. ’69 & Mrs. Jane H. ’68 ’69 Turrentine Mr. George E. ’54 & Mrs. Dorothy S. ’54 Uthlaut Mr. Jeffrey N. ’85 & Mrs. Harriet W. ’84 Vahle Mr.* & Mrs. Edwin P. Vaiden Jr. ’51 Mr. Mark D. Vanstrum ’79 Mr. Michael J. ’78 & Mrs. Janet W. ’78 Varagona Mr. Gary W. ’01 & Mrs. Summer ’01 Vaughan Dr. Robert L. Vecellio Mr. & Mrs. W. Carl Voigt III ’87
Mr. W. Karl Vollberg ’73 Col. James S. ’72 & Dr. Suzan Curry ’71 Voss Mr. Ira C. Waddey Jr. ’65 Mr. James D. Wadsworth ’72 Mr. Joe W. Waid Jr. ’70 Dr.* & Mrs. William F. Walker Mr. J. Thomas ’55 & Mrs. Jean H. ’57 Walter Mr. William J. Ward ’55 Mr. & Mrs.* Harold P. Ward ’49 Mr. & Mrs. William E. Warnock Jr. ’74 Mr. J. Ernest Warren ’65 Mr. R. Conner Warren ’67 Mr. Robert M. ’71 & Mrs. Linda B. ’70 Waters Mr. & Mrs. John H. Watson ’60 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. Weatherford ’71 Dr. Glenn D. Weathers ’65 Mr. & Mrs. Erich Jarvis Weishaupt ’97 Mr. Robert W. ’93 & Mrs. Christine J. ’93 Wellbaum III Mr. James W. Wesson ’73 Mr. Gary ’74 & Mrs. Kathy ’76 West Mr.* & Mrs. Leroy L. Wetzel ’59 Mr. William H. ’55 & Mrs. Margaret R. ’56 Whitaker Jr. Mr. Dwight L. Wiggins Jr. ’62 Lt. Col. Ralph C. Wilkinson ’57 Mr. Daniel I. Wilkowsky ’70 Mr. Trent E. Williams ’03 Dr.* & Mrs. Earle C. Williams ’51 Mr. Richard D. Williams III ’51 Mr & Mrs. George Edmond Williamson II ’67 Mr. & Mrs. Clyde E. Wills Jr. ’68 Mr. Brock M. ’09 & Mrs. Laura D. ’09 Wilson Mr. Donald G. Wilson ’58 Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Woltosz ’69 Mr. & Mrs. William B. Womack ’75 Mr. & Mrs. Norman E. Wood ’72 Mr. & Mrs. Terrell H. Yon III ’83 Mr. & Mrs. D. Dale York ’76 Dr. Gretchen Michele Yost ’87
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1947 Mr. Walter Wanzel Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Creighton Lee Mr. Albert James Smith Jr. 1948 Mr. F. Brooks Moore Mr. Wilmer Handy Reed III 1949 Mr. William Hitchcock Cole Mr. John F. Meagher Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lewe Mizelle Jr. 1950 Mr. James C. Cole Mr. John M. McKenzie Mr. J. C. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. William Burch Reed Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chester Stringfellow 1952 Dr. Marguerite Kinney Handlin and Mr. Harry Carl Handlin Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Fletcher Talbot 1953 Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Almond Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Day Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Albert Taylor 1954 Mr. and Mrs. Russell Boren Mr. Harold Thomas Dodson Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Eberdt Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Sibbley P. Gauntt Mr. Tom C. Law Mr. and Mrs. George Egbert Uthlaut 1955 Mr. William J. Cutts Mr. James R. Evans
Mr. and Mrs. James Burton Odom Mr. and Mrs. John Parke Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Walter Jr. 1956 Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Chapman Jr. Mr. Walter L. Hannum Mr. John P. Helmick Jr. Mr. James G. Hughes Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mathias Jager Dr. Donald Jacob Spring Mr. Donald M. Taff Sr. 1957 Gen. and Mrs. Jimmie Adams Mr. and Mrs. John Wilford Brown Mr. and Mrs. Magnus Miller Gorrie Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Griffith Mr. and Mrs. T. Preston Huddleston Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Key Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mace Dr. and Mrs. Michael B. McCartney Mr. and Mrs. William Jasper Reaves Mr. and Mrs. Roy Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Spear Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Michael Larry Tuggle, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. William Jefferson Turner Jr. Mr. Harry W. Watkins Jr. LTC and Mrs. Ralph C. Wilkinson 1958 Mr. Charles Frederick Bach Mr. and Mrs. William Brackney* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burson Mr. and Mrs. Henry Burt Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Terry Christopher Mr. Ralph E. James Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keith King, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Manson Mr. and Mrs. Joe McMillan Mr. Jimmy R. Pemberton Mr. William B. Sessions
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1962 Mr. and Mrs. David Nelson Brown Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Sanford Cunningham Mr. Bobby Joe Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Wayne Kemp Mr. and Mrs. Nance Lovvorn Mr. Joel W. Marsh Mr. Sid Sanders Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Al Saunders Sr. Mr. Johnnie D. Stewart Mr. Benny H. Walker Mr. Russell L. Weaver Mr. Dwight L. Wiggins Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Woodham 1963 Mr. and Mrs. Dan Broughton Mr. Donald Ray Bush Dr. and Mrs. Harry L. Deffebach Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Travis Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. John Steele Henley II Mr. and Mrs. Robert Keith Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lawrence Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moody Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Register Mr. Terry D. Summerville Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Franklin Thomas 1964 Mr. Gene E. Brett Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. Craft Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Godfrey Mr. and Mrs. Jackson L. Hulsey LCDR and Mrs. William M. Mayo Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne B. Owens Mr. Joe W. Ruffer Mr. and Mrs. John Monro Stickney 1965 Mr. Ben Beasley Dr. David B. Bradley Mr. and Mrs. Charles Travis Johnson Mr. J. Wayne Maxey Mr. and Mrs. Desmond D. L. Merrill Jr. Mr. W. Russell Newton Mr. and Mrs. Steve Osburne Mr. and Mrs. David Scarborough Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stringfellow Mr. Arthur Tonsmeire III Mr. and Mrs. Ira C. Waddey Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Glenn D. Weathers
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Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Granade Mr. William Russell James and Mrs. Brenda M. Tanner Dr. and Mrs. Pierce Johnson Jr. Ms. Nelda K. Lee Mr. and Mrs. Scott B. Murray Mr. and Mrs. William Newman Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lyons Prince Mr. and Mrs. David Rach Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Saiia Mr. James K. Smith III Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Fred Terrell Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Turner Wade Mr. Edgar G. Waggoner Mr. and Mrs. Walter Stanley Woltosz 1970 Mr. and Mrs. Kerry E. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Beasley Mr. and Mrs. Joe Edge Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gibbs Mr. J. Robert Hamill Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hardin Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Farrell Higgins Mr. and Mrs. James Humphrey Mr. and Mrs. Walter Blakely Jeffcoat Gen. Leslie Farr Kenne Mr. Sidney S. Keywood Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Leon F. McGinnis Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George Aristides Menendez Mr. and Mrs. C. Glenn Owen Jr. Mr.* and Mrs. Edgar L. Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. John Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. John Hilary Sligh Mr. and Mrs. John Albert Smyth Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Dubourg Thibaut 1971 Mr. and Mrs. James T. Adkison Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barth III Mr. and Mrs. William Scott Brown Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Drummonds Mr. and Mrs. Earl Richard Foust Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Horne Mr. David A. Kelley Mr. and Mrs. M. John Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Senkbeil Mr. David Slovensky Mr. and Mrs. James Lewis Starr Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan Waters Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Weatherford *deceased
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Cupola Report 1972 Mr. Daniel M. Bush Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Davis Maj. Dale A. Kiel Mr. and Mrs. John Andrew MacFarlane Mr. and Mrs. Max Mobley Mr. Charles G. Nicely Dr. and Mrs. H. Vincent Poor Dr. John H. Russell Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Sharp Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Uptagrafft Col. James S. Voss and Dr. Suzan C. Voss 1973 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stephen Aicklen Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Aiken Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Felix Brendle Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Wendell Chambliss Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Harris Duke Mr. William Eugene Friel II and Ms. Mary Johnson Morris Mr. George William Gallops Jr. Mr. Woodrow E. Garmon Mrs. Susan Owens Hamilton Mr. Robert Waite Hardie Mr. Frederick D. Kuester Mr. and Mrs. Charles Douglas McCrary Mr. and Mrs. Richard Young Roberts Mr. and Mrs. John Charles Singley Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Spurlock Mr. Rodney Chapman Steffens Mr. and Mrs. Michael Franklin Templeton Mr. and Mrs. William Alexander Tomb Mr. Walter Karl Vollberg Capt. and Mrs. William S. Weeks Mr. James Wade Wesson 1974 Mr. and Mrs. Ray Allen Dimit Mr. and Mrs. Michael R. Fosdick CAPT and Mrs. Davis R. Gamble Jr. Mr. and Mrs. David Glenn Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Craig Lipham Mr. Charles Philip Saunders Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Joseph Steele Mr. and Mrs. William Warnock Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gary West 1975 Mr. Pete L. Anderson Mrs. Linda Vanstrum Griggs
Mr. James Monroe Holley IV Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Johnson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lampkin Mr. and Mrs. William B. Norton Mr. William S. Pace Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Porterfield III Mr. and Mrs. William A. Samuel Dr. and Mrs. Charles Herbert Shivers Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Linwood Smith Mr. William B. Womack 1976 Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson Mrs. Emilie Joly Cantrell Dr. Jo Anne Hamrick Coggins and Mr. Terry James Coggins Mr. and Mrs. Michael Arthur DeMaioribus Mr. Paul Stephen Fontenot Mr. and Mrs. George C. Hardison Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Lon Long Mr. Michael Alexander McKown Mr. and Mrs. William Lynn Moench Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Michael Louis Neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Nelson III 1977 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allison Dr. N. Jan Davis and Mr. Schuyler H. Richardson Mr. and Mrs. C. Houston Elkins Jr. Ms. Melissa Herkt Capt. and Mrs. Robert Allen Malseed Mr. David R. Motes Mr. and Mrs. David Kenneth Owen Mr. and Mrs. Harry Glen Rice Ms. Charlotte A. Rutherford 1978 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dobbs Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Latham Mr. and Mrs. Lum Loo Mr. and Mrs. James Paul Martin Mr. and Mrs. Richard Miller Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Monroe Mr. Henry W. Poellnitz III Dr. and Mrs. Walter Harmon Rutledge Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lee Schatz Mr. Kenneth L. Smith Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Albert Sumrall Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Andrew Traynor Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Varagona
1979 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Patrick Batey Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Bishop Jr. LCDR and Mrs. Michael Scott French Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Steve Hill Mr. and Mrs. William Adrian Lovell Jr. Mr. and Mrs. J. Kevin Mims Dr. Larry Scot Monroe and Ms. Cynthia Coker Green Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Darington Parker Jr. Mrs. Karen Harris Rowell Dr. Linda Johnson Stone and Mr. Jeffrey Ira Stone Mr. Dwight J. Turner Mr. Mark David Vanstrum 1980 Mr. Robert Joseph Brackin and Mrs. Roberta Marcantonio Mr. and Mrs.* Eldridge J. Cook Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank V. Couch III Mr. and Mrs. Tom Russell Dehart Mr. Jonathan David Driggers Dr. and Mrs. G. Edward Gibson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Timothy McCartney Dr. Robert Mark Nelms Mr. and Mrs. James Oscar Neyman III Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Roberts Mr. George Russell Walton 1981 Mr. David W. Brooks III Mr. James Ronald Carbine Mr. and Mrs. James Stephen Carmichael Mr. and Mrs. James Lawrence Cooper Jr. Mr. Jerry Glenn Dooley Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Ellison Jr. Ms. Melanie Ann Graff Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Daniel Higginbotham Mr. and Mrs. Henry John Kravec Mr. and Mrs. Albert Franklin McFadden Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy John Morales Mr. and Mrs. Fred F. Newman III Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Grant Rains Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth William Robuck Mr. and Mrs. Michael Arthur Rowland Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Abner Smith Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Story Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Keith Swinson
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1982 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ray Allen Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Bickert Mr. David Andrew Brooks Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Edward Cleary Mr. Timothy Donald Cook Capt. and Mrs. Michael Victor Forte Mr. Maury D. Gaston Mr. and Mrs. David Michael Gloski Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alan Jackson Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Scott Kitterman Mr. Mark Anthony Kolasinski Mr. Karl Richard Nichol Mr. Donald James Parke Mr. Patrick Eugene Pride Mr. William Allen Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Zeke Walter L. Smith Maj. and Mrs. Richard Thomas Staples Mr. and Mrs. Norman Edward Tew Mr. and Mrs. John Carlton Todd Ms. Karen Louise Trapane Mr. Scott Alan Yost 1983 Mr. and Mrs. James Gwin Bagley Jr. Ms. Beverly Houston Banister Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Thomas Bell Ms. Leslee Belluchie and Mr. Rick Knop Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lee Carbine Mr. and Mrs. Bradley William Corson Mr. Perry Allen Greathouse Mr. and Mrs. Robert Otto Haack Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Alex Luttrell III Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Austin Miller Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Moore Mr. and Mrs. William R. Summers Jr. 1984 Mr. and Mrs. William Gregory Dorriety Dr. and Mrs. John Lebron Evans Mr. and Mrs. Christian G. Gackstatter Mr. and Mrs. Magnus James Gorrie II Mr. Kenneth C. Horne Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Howard Dr. Ying-Hsin Andrew Liou Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Garris McGlamery Jr. Dr. Eddrice M. McMullan Mr. and Mrs. Mark Steven Miller Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Moody Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen Parker
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Edward Phillpott Mr. and Mrs. Donald Reuben Searcy Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Aldridge Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Jeffrey Wood 1985 Mr. and Mrs. Steven Glenn Cates Mr. and Mrs. Randall Clark Chase Ms. Lisa Ann Copeland Mr. and Mrs. Miles McCord Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Evans Downey Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy John Dwyer Mr. and Mrs. John Newell Floyd Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bryan Garrett Mr. and Mrs. Rainer Lukoschek Mr. and Mrs. David Gregory Milstead Mr. and Mrs. Robert William Mueller Mr. and Mrs. Guy Edwin O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. James Mason Orrison Mr. John Anthony Patton Sr. Mrs. Lynn A. Paul CDR Norman Daniel Stiegler Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Bryan Stone II Mr. and Mrs. Robertson Will Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hill Yokley 1986 Mr. Bruce William Evans Mr. and Mrs. Mark Douglas Feagin Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ross Godfrey CDR Robert Stanley Gregory Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dale Holmes Mr. David McCoy Kudlak and Ms. Trisha Perkins Mr. and Mrs. James Martindale Mr. and Mrs. George Lee McGlamery Mrs. Susan Adair Melians Mr. and Mrs. David Draper Newton Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Oliver II Mr. Trace Duane Parish Mr. and Mrs. Randall Alan Pinkston Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robert Sewell Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Scott Smith Mr. and Mrs. Martin John Stapp Mr. and Mrs. James Perrin Tamblyn Jr. 1987 Lt. Col. (Retired) and Mrs. John Michael Askew Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Thomas Carroll Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cowles Mrs. Gwen S. Frazier
Mr. David L. McDonald Mr. and Mrs. David Emory Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Howell Murphy Mr. Huan D. Nguyen Mr. Michael Joseph O’Connor Mr. and Mrs. Clark Parker Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Andrew Partridge Mr. Philip Carroll Pelfrey Mr. and Mrs. J. Glen Sanders III Mr. and Mrs. Steven Edward Speaks Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Allen Spivey Mr. and Mrs. George Phillip Turley Mr. and Mrs. William Carl Voigt III Dr. and Mrs. Randy Clark West Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Williams Dr. Gretchen Yost and Mr. Norman Doggett 1988 Mr. and Mrs. J. Gregory Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Donald Edward Carmon Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Mark Crumbly Mr. Mark Henry Donovan Mr. Lynwood H. Hamilton Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Price Hightower III Mr. Robert Colvin Lynn Ms. Christy Stacey Ogletree Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hayward Pearce Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Porterfield Mr. Stephen Kemper Reaves Mrs. Veronica Carole Sherard 1989 CDR and Mrs. Bobby C. Bolt Dr. Raymond Anthony Cocco and Dr. Susan Ann Somers Mr. and Mrs. Anthony D. Conetta Mr. Michael Harley Crowder Ms. Ann Rebecca Guthrie Dr. Alton Stuart Hendon and Dr. Gerri Hendon Ms. Jill Davis Hill Mr. and Mrs. Edward Charles Long Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Ray Owings Mr. and Mrs. William Wright Petit Mr. and Mrs. Mark John Rist Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lewell Smith Mr. and Mrs. Michael George Spoor
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Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lance Kitchens Mr. Kevin Michael McClain Dr. and Mrs. Mark Dewey Shelley II Dr. and Mrs. Jason Bryon Thompson 1994 Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Denny Anspach Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Michael Arnold Mr. James S. Campbell Jr. Mr. J. Travis Capps Jr. and Mr. Lee Anthony Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Franklin Childs Dr. and Mrs. John Marshall Croushorn Mr. and Mrs. James Palmer Heilbron Mr. Herbie Neeley Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kirkland Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Joel Kramer Mr. Christian Paul Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Scott Randall Todd Mrs. Roxann Foster Walsh 1995 Mr. and Mrs. Diaco Aviki Ms. Regenia Rena Sanders Mr. and Mrs. William Dean Shultz Mrs. Brenda Jenkins Smith Mr. and Mrs. Garris David Wilcox 1996 Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Tate Armstrong Dr. Valeta Carol Chancey Ms. Ada Nicole Faulk Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Golden Ms. Rachel Moss Dr. Jing Shen Mr. and Mrs. John Raymond Smith Mr. and Mrs. Casey Haynes Waid 1997 Dr. Fa Dai and Mrs. Wenjia Pu Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Allen Russell Mr. and Mrs. Jerard Taggart Smith Mr. and Mrs. Erich Jarvis Weishaupt 1998 Mr. Keith Shellie Hagler Mr. Tyce Frederick Hudson Mr. Stuart Blakely Jeffcoat Mr. and Mrs. Ashley David Koby Mr. Michael Lynn Morris Dr. Lisa Bradshaw Warren and Mr. Marvin Key Warren III
1999 Mr. Jeffrey Scott Ackel Mr. Antonio D. Benford Mr. Eric M. Cerny Dr. Fuhu Chen Mr. and Mrs. Sean Patrick Flinn Mr. Martin Ogugua Obiozor Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Thomas Ramage Mrs. Kara L. Strickland 2000 Mr. and Mrs. Christopher L. Bentley Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Mark Carmichael Mr. Michael Anthony Di Ruscio Mr. Brian Lee Faulk Mr. and Mrs. Michael Goad Mr. Shane Goodwin Mr. and Mrs. Jean Ronald Guerrier Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Kyle Knight Mr. Jason Max Lee Ms. Casey W. Robinson Mr. Mark A. Spencer Mr. and Mrs. Merle Andrew Stein Mr. and Mrs. David Charles Stejskal Mr. and Mrs. Andre Jarvis Williams Mrs. Nicole Williams 2001 Dr. Wen-Chiang Huang Ms. Marie Craig Knight Mr. and Mrs. David E. McClure Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Neal Myrick Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Ryan Robinett Dr. Melinda Rixey Sava and Mr. Treavor Marc Sava Mr. Ryan Michael Schulz Ms. Carol Richelle Sellers Dr. Bryan Joseph Wells 2002 Mr. Cory Ryan Evans Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kenneth Godwin Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Guy Hamilton Jr. Mr. and Ms. Yanhui Huang Mr. and Mrs. Jason Darryl McFarland Mr. and Mrs. Christopher James Riley Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Stephen Woodie Mrs. Emily Johnson Zieman
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2003 Dr. Abby Renee Anderson Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Legrand Hanks Mr. and Mrs. Duriel Ramon Holley Mrs. Sara Anne Hough Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kelley Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCullough Mr. Trent Edward Williams
2009 Mr. Kevin Thomas Cullinan Mr. and Mrs. Brandon Michael Deihl Mrs. Carla Marie Deyo Ms. Shannon Haines Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Sothen Mr. John Alim Usman Mr. and Mrs. Brock McLaren Wilson
2004 Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Samuel Agnew Jr. Ms. Dion Marlene Aviki Dr. and Mrs. Nathan Dorris Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hanks Mr. and Dr. David Baker Riddle Mr. and Mrs. William Trent Taylor
2010 Mr. John Borge Johnson II Ms. Natalie Ann Johnson Mr. Stephen Jager Livingston Mr. and Mrs. Michael Alexander Lusco Mr. Austin E. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lanier Traylor
2005 Ms. Lynn Sinopole Craft Mr. and Mrs. Michael Guffie Mr. and Mrs. David William Hodo Mr. and Mrs. David Austin Mattox Mr. Jonathan Lathram Moore Mr. and Mrs. David A. Musgrove Dr. and Mrs. John Travis Shafer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Grant Sommerville Mr. Mark Alan Whitt
2011 Ms. Erika Latreace Akins Ms. Katherine Leigh Champion Mr. and Mrs. Johannes Williamson Schmal
2006 Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Dale Jones Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Steven Levis Mr. and Mrs. William Clayton McKinnon Mr. and Mrs. James Nickolas Walker 2007 Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Bliss Mr. and Mrs. Brian Joseph Downs Ms. Auburn Elizabeth Hudgins Mr. Charles Andrew Mullins Mr. James Matthew Parsons 2008 Mr. Timothy Gilino Mr. Thomas Jeffrey Hanley Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Sessions Hill Mr. and Mrs. Zachry Kezar Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Clay Mays Mr. and Mrs. John Blair McCracken Mrs. Jenny Elizabeth Slight Ms. Jane Kathleen Spinks Ms. Mallory K. Stanhope
2012 Mr. Udarius Lamon Blair Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Peter Glanton Mr. and Mrs. John Christopher Metcalf 2013 Mr. Stephen Arlow Giles Mr. Will McCartney Mr. Mark W. Norton Dr. Abhijeet Gajanan Phalle 2014 Mr. Jourdan Joseph Beaumont Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cohoon Mr. and Mrs. Cody Tyler Rutowski 2015 Mrs. Allison K. Bittner Mr. James Alexander Gordon Mr. Kerry M. Hendricks Mr. and Mrs. Michael Keyser Mr. Michael Todd Lanier Mr. Christian Trygve Lund Mr. David Jay Shuckerow
2016 Mr. Reid M. Brooks Mr. Samuel Hollis Fordham Dr. Alan M. Hanley Ms. Shannon Leigh McGee 2017 Ms. Kate Duke Mokulis Ms. Sarah Grace Mitchell Mr. Nathaniel P. Nahley 2018 Dr. Charles Brock Birdsong Ms. Madeline M. Bonifay Mr. Colin J. Dorsten Ms. Leigh Michele Higby Mr. Jackson Garrett Lawrence Ms. Katie L. Martin Ms. Jordan Elizabeth Ryle Ms. Savannah J. Smith Mr. William Ryan Yates Friends Mr. Gabriel Dale Aldridge Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Baerlocher Mr. Angus Talbot Baird Mr. Daniel Benedict and Ms. Karin Frament Dr. J Temple Black* Dr. Richard Boehm and Dr. Denise Blanchard Boehm Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Andrew Carroll Mr. Eldridge J. Cook Jr. Mrs. Patricia G. Corbitt Dr. James H. Cross II Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Crowell Dr. Virginia Angelica Davis Mr. and Mrs. Derek Dwaine Dictson Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas Donahue Dr. and Mrs. Steve Richard Duke Dr. Mario R. Eden and Mrs. Leeja Einglett Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Edmondson Mrs. Ruth Harris Fleetwood Mr. and Mrs. William Mark Ford Mr. Mohinder S. Ghuman Mr. Dan Gillispie Mr. Michael V. Ginn Mrs. Jean Guthrie Ms. Kitsy Shelton Haiman Dr. Thomas R. Hanley Mrs. Judy Karen Hendrick
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Cupola Report Mr. and Mrs. Burt Hewitt Mrs. Viva M. Hodel Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Holland Mrs. Lynn Hornsby Mr. Terry Hulet Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Jay Dr. Peter D. Jones and Mrs. Elizabeth Zylla-Jones Dr. and Mrs. James R. Kauten Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Patrick King Dr. Hulya Kirkici Mr. Roger B. Lawton Mr. and Mrs. Michael Leach Mr. Miles B. Leon Mr. Colin McCall Ms. Forrest Worthy McCartney Mr. Andrew McCooey Mr. David McLin Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bryan Mills Mrs. Ila S. Mitchum Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Montgomery III Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Moody Dr. and Mrs. Joe Morgan Mrs. Catherine Novak Dr. Andrzej S. Nowak Ms. Viki Pate Dr. and Mrs. Christopher Brian Roberts Mrs. Jimmie A. Robinson Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Ryan Ms. Kimberly Sachs Dr. Peter Schwartz Ms. Ann H. Shelton Mr. Mark Shelton III Mrs. Margaret Sizemore Mrs. Charles L. Strickland Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Suhling Ms. Betty Moore Summerlin Dr. Sherry Pittman Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Robert E. Thomas Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Townsend Sr. Mr. Howard Tuttle Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Wagner Mrs. Sue Williams Dr. and Mrs. Chwan-Hwa Wu Mrs. Gloria Wynn
Corporations Adobe Systems Inc. Aegis Technologies Group Inc. Alabama Power Co. Alabama River Cellulose LLC Albany International Corp. AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Co. American Tank & Vessel Inc. AstenJohnson Inc. ATK Space Systems Inc. Austin Maint & Construction Inc. Avid Solutions BBVA Compass Bentley Systems Blue Origin LLC Boeing Co. Brasfield & Gorrie LLC Buckman Laboratories Inc. ChemTreat Chevron COLSA Corp. Cummins Inc. Decostar Industries Inc. Dynetics Inc. Epic Ice ExxonMobil Corp. Faurecia Automotive Freedman Seating Co. General Electric Co. Graphic Packaging Gulf Coast TAPPI Harris Corp. Hoar Construction Inc. Hoar Holdings IBM Imerys Institute for STEM Ed & Research Inc. International Paper International Paper - Riverdale Mill International Paper - Pine Hill Jay Industrial Repair Keimyung University Kemira Chemicals Inc. LBYD Inc. Linode Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Mando America Corp. Manufacture Alabama Martinez Construction Services Mathworks Inc. MaxLinear Inc. Nalco Co. Northrop Grumman Corp. Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems Corp. P3 Technologies LLC Packaging Corp. of America PCA DeRidder Mill Pinson Valley Heat Treating Co. Inc. Premier Equipment Inc. Rausch & Pausch LP SAE International Schlumberger Technology Corp. Silicon Integration Initiative Southern Environmental Inc. Southern Nuclear Operating Co. SouthWest Water Co. Sprayroq The Pensmore Foundation Total System Services Inc. Track Tec S.A. Valmet Inc. Vista Engineering & Consulting LLC Wattco Inc. WestRock Wood Yates Constructors
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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. The following were established in 2018: Mr. Ben Beasley ’68 Mr. Patrick Thomas Carroll ’87 Mr. Charles Earley Gavin III ’59 Mrs. Linda Vanstrum Griggs ’75 Mrs. Susan Owens Hamilton ’73 Capt. Robert Allan ’77 & Mrs. Linda Gayle Malseed Dr. T. Dwayne ’68 & Dr. Mary Helen McCay
Mr. Paul Alan ’92 & Mrs. Amy Fortenberry McIntyre Mr. Kenneth H. ’87 & Mrs. Cindy Kilgo Myphy Mr. Charles G. Nicely ’72 Mr. Donald J. Parke ’82 Mr. Gerald L. ’82 & Mrs. Bonnie Pouncey Mr. Kenneth L. Smith Jr. ’78 Dr. Gretchen Michele Yost ’87
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 the allocated income is used to support programs and initiatives designated by the donor. The following were established in 2018: 2018 Chemical Engineering Leave A Legacy Endowed Scholarship Charles Bach Endowed Scholarship Robert and Lisa Bickert Endowed Scholarship Birmingham Area Civil Engineering Golf Tournament Endowed Scholarship Cates Family Endowed Creed Scholarship Thomas Edward Connell Endowed Scholarship Carla Marie Deyo Endowed Scholarship Dictson Family Endowed Scholarship David Dixon Endowed Professorship Linda DuCharme Endowed Scholarship Steven S. Fendley Endowed Scholarship John and Amy Floyd Endowed Scholarship Charles E. Gavin III Endowed Doctoral Fellowship Program G. Edward ‘Edd’ Gibson Jr. Endowed Scholarship Pete and Curry Glanton Endowed Scholarship Graphic Packaging International Endowed Scholarship Russ Green Endowed Scholarship Linda V. Griggs Endowed Professorship Hamill-Shuff Endowed Scholarship Hoar Construction Endowed Scholarship Charles H. and Marian Robinson Howell Endowed Scholarship Brian H. and Judy J. Hunt Endowed Scholarship
W.B. (Blake) and Peggy Jeffcoat Civil Engineering Endowed Scholarship Johnson Bros. Corp. Endowed Civil Engineering Scholarship Sheriff Herbie Johnson Endowed Scholarship General Leslie Kenne Endowed Scholarship Chris Moody and Sarah Ahn Women in Engineering Endowed Scholarship Miles and Eva Motes Endowed Scholarship Overstreet Family Endowed Scholarship Packaging Corp. of America Endowed Scholarship Donald J. Parke Endowed Chair Donald J. Parke Endowed Scholarship Donald J. Parke Endowed Fund for Excellence Mary Gray Peevy Women In Technology Memorial Endowed Scholarship Hal N. Pennington and Peggy S. Pennington Endowed Creed Scholarship Gerald and Bonnie Pouncey Endowed Fund for Excellence Reeves Family Fund for Excellence Rural Electric Power Endowed Scholarship Tim and Sheila Smith Endowed Creed Scholarship John and Priscilla Stickney Endowed Scholarship Mark Allen West Jr. Endowed Scholarship Clyde H. Wood and Dudley W. Cheape Jr. Family Endowed Scholarship James Mead Woodall Endowed Scholarship Yost, Griffin, and Roberts Family Endowed Fund for Excellence
Some of the college’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. College of Engineering 100+ Women Strong Annual Scholarship 100+ Women Strong Helping Hands Annual Scholarship Aicklen Family Annual Scholarship American Cast Iron Pipe Co. Engineering Scholars Program
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American Tank & Vessel Inc. Annual Scholarship Auburn Alumni Engineering Council Scholarship Auburn Research and Development Institute Annual Scholarship Donald and Dianna Carmon Annual Scholarship Chevron Annual Scholarship
Chevron Society of Women Engineers Chevron Texaco Oil Key Scholarships Cook Family Annual Scholarship Dynetics Inc. Annual Scholarship Engineering Annual Scholarship Faris Family Annual Scholarship Foundry Educational Foundation/R. Conner Warren Annual Scholarship Robert Gatewood Memorial Scholarship Charles E. Gavin III Family Annual Scholarship Jagdeep S. Ghuman Annual Scholarship Robert Harper Hamner Memorial Annual Scholarship Hargrove Foundation Annual Scholarship Auburn Hudgins Annual Scholarship Tyce Frederick Hudson Annual Scholarship Hydraulic Engineering Annual Scholarship Michael and Kelly Keyser Annual Scholarship Edward C. Long Annual Scholarship David and Stephanie Mattox Annual Scholarship Frank E. Montgomery III/Alabama Motorcoach Association Annual Scholarship Huan D. Nguyen Annual Scholarship Malcolm W. Orr Jr. Engineering Scholarship Denise S. Raper Annual Scholarship Christopher B. and Tracy Roberts Annual Scholarship Ashley and Ryan Robinett Family Annual Scholarship Robinett Family Annual Scholarship William D. and Joy R. Shultz Annual Scholarship Albert J. and Julia Smith Scholarship Jerry and Beth Thomas Annual Scholarship R. Conner Warren Annual Scholarship E. F. Williams Annual Scholarship Charles and Elizabeth Wilson Annual Scholarship Young Alumni Council Annual Scholarship Academic Excellence Program Harris Corp. Scholarships D. W. Weatherby Academic Excellence Annual Scholarship
Chemical Engineering John W. and Rosemary K. Brown Annual Scholarship Chemical Engineering Class of 1979 Scholarship Karon D. Giles Annual Scholarship Patrick and Rose Marie Hanks Annual Scholarship Civil Engineering Brasfield & Gorrie Scholarship in Civil Engineering Civil Engineering Scholarship Stone Family Annual Scholarship Computer Science and Software Engineering CSSE Industrial Advisory Board Annual Scholarship for First-Year Undergraduate Students Electrical and Computer Engineering Chevron Scholarship in Electrical Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Annual Scholarship Electrial Engineering General Scholarship Schmal Annual Scholarship Industrial and Systems Engineering Comer Foundation Annual Scholarship Industrial and Systems Engineering General Scholarship Magna Annual Scholarship Tim Cook Annual Leadership Scholarship Mechanical Engineering Chevron Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering Materials Engineering Scholarship Mechanical Engineering Scholarships John D. and Lisa Christmas Prunkl Annual Scholarship Nuclear Power Generations Systems Southern Nuclear Operating Co. Annual Scholarship Wireless Engineering Ginn Family Foundation Wireless Engineering Annual Scholarship
Aerospace Engineering Duriel R. Holley Annual Scholarship Business-Engneering-Technology Program Business-Engineering-Technology Faculty Annual Merit Scholarship Jerry Jackson Thomley and Patsy Woodham Thomley/Alabama Power Foundation Legacy Endowment Plan Annual Scholarship
We have made every attempt to accurately reflect donor information. If you notice a discrepancy, please contact Katie Hardy in the Office of Engineering Development at 334.844.5222 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a listing of donors who gave prior to 2018, please see previous issues of the Cupola Report at eng.auburn.edu/magazine.
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My Back Pages BY JIM KILLIAN So, this is something a little different for me — a goodbye note that’s more than a few words long. I am leaving Auburn Engineering at the end of July after more than three decades in a career that has been challenging, rewarding, often joyful, and yes, sometimes very difficult. There’s some stuff I am going to miss and things I won’t remember, so I ask your forgiveness now. If you haven’t been on campus for some time, you will be amazed at the way we look today. We have gone through a series of building and renovation phases that has done a lot to change the face of Auburn Engineering — indeed, the engineering quad has grown into a very collegiate look that is still continuing with the construction of the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center. It stands where the old L-Building was crumbling away, and I still can’t get used to the amazing difference. It’s not hard to be proud of where we stand now. But to me it’s not all about the buildings, it’s about the people behind them. John and Rosemary Brown. Walt and Ginger Woltosz. Charles Gavin and his late wife Carol Ann. Bonnie and Dwight Wiggins. Charlotte and Buddy Davis. It has been my pleasure not only to know them, but to call them my friends. And I can tell you this 82 | Auburn Engineering
— all of them are down to earth Auburn people who are as kind as the day is long. I can say the same for Sam and Ann Ginn, who have been such a pleasure to work with over the years. I’ve been lucky, lucky to know them. I can say the same for my many friends on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. And while there is a danger in naming just a few of the many, I can think of folks like Art Edge, Jim Roy and Charlie Jager who welcomed me into the council years ago, to folks like Amy Dobbs, Bill McNair, Brooks Moore, Dale York, Jeff Stone, Kenneth Kelly and Maury Gaston today. I can’t call everybody out! But I have to mention Melissa Herkt, who accompanied me twice to Bolivia on Engineers Without Borders trips. And I have to mention my friend K-Rob Thomas, who rolls onto the council as I roll off. I have worked for and with three amazing deans over my career: Bill Walker, Larry Benefield and Chris Roberts. Bill changed the way Auburn Engineering did business, building a faculty that focused on research as well as teaching, while quietly insisting on making students his first priority. And our first priority. The same could be said of Larry Benefield, who worked closely with Bill and carried many of his
goals forward while introducing his own brand of leadership. At a time when Auburn Engineering needed a leader who would speak to our needs, our goals and our mission, Larry was a champion who fought tough and fought hard to carry us forward. Chris Roberts continues to build on the record of these amazing leaders, bringing Auburn Engineering to new heights. I have been lucky as well in the people who work most closely with me, including a marketing and communications staff second to none. They include Austin Phillips, who is editing this magazine; Danny Doyle, who joined us not too long ago and is doing a great job on our graphic design; writers Chris Anthony, Christine Hall and Jeremy Henderson; Tyler Patterson, our web manager; producer Marcus Kluttz; and art designer Aileen Manos, a friend who has been with me the longest. There have been others in the past, who married and moved, retired, found new careers, and probably a couple who got mad at me and left. I have been hugely affected by the people around me — the story of Auburn Engineering is the story
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of its people, pure and simple. I can’t name all of the faculty I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with through the years, but I can tell you that Auburn Engineering is nothing, nothing at all, without them and their hard work. I can say the same for the engineering staff I have been involved with over the years — people like Joanne Tolbert, who came to work every day with a plan to make her job better.
bright and energetic leaders whose boundless enthusiasm is already making a difference in our world. I can’t name them all, but I am pleased that the current chair, Sarah Bacon, is already doing a wonderful job of moving the group forward, following on last year’s chair, Emma Owens. Sarah is aided by her executive committee of Cam McLean, Kareem El-Kattan, Kate Kinney, Ryan McGill, Tatum Connell and Zach Wenzel.
It has been my pleasure as well to work with our students down through the years, particularly our Cupola Engineering Ambassadors, who I have served as advisor. If there is anything I will remember about my years at Auburn, it will be working with this group of
There are so many good things happening in Auburn now, that I feel it’s a hard time to leave — so much excitement as we look ahead. I hope I have made a contribution to the face of engineering at Auburn, to the place it is today. I definitely feel that we are on an
upward trajectory, and that we are moving to a higher level as we look ahead. There are so many who have contributed more than me, who have made Auburn what it is today, that I feel humbled by their accomplishments. I am sure that I will revisit many of these friends in the future, whether at a tailgate or some other engineering function. For now, I am looking forward to some more time with my wife, Karen, who has been my greatest supporter over the years. We’re going to travel, do some of things we have always kicked down the road, and who knows what. One thing I will always take with me — my years at Auburn Engineering, and all that they mean to me. It’s been a great ride!
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