Auburn University receives $50,000 gift from RSC Chemical Solutions for new minor

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s tribology and lubrication science minor, the first of its kind in the nation, recently received a gift from North Carolina-based RSC Chemical Solutions to provide scholarship and programmatic support.

Housed in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, the program provides Auburn students the opportunity to earn a minor in tribology, the multidisciplinary study of contact, friction, wear and lubrication of surfaces. The applications of tribology and lubrication science range widely to include bearings, tires and engines in automobiles; human joint replacement; manufacturing; nanotechnology; oil product chemistry; power generation; hard-drive technology; and electrical contacts.

RSC’s commitment, which totals $50,000, will provide funds to support six scholarships for students majoring in chemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics or chemical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and who also are pursuing a minor in tribology. The gift from RSC also includes an investment in an endowed fund for excellence, which will provide additional funds for faculty, student and operational support.

“RSC Chemical Solutions’ support for the tribology and lubrication science program will be critical to our ability to move the minor to the next level of excellence,” said Chris Roberts, dean of Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “This partnership will ensure that this valuable undergraduate program remains not only the first, but also the finest, in the nation.”

“RSC looks forward to a long and successful relationship with the faculty and students who are associated with the tribology minor program within the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering,” said John Huber, president and CEO of RSC. “It is our pleasure and honor to be a partner with Auburn University.”

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering added the 15-hour tribology minor to its curriculum last fall. Students who participate gain an understanding of common mechanical systems and applications that rely heavily on satisfactory tribological performance. They get an inside look at the industry through tours of local manufacturing facilities and guest lectures from field experts and gain hands-on experience with industry standard devices and equipment through laboratory sections and research.

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