AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Charles D. and Lisa Q. Miller of Birmingham have donated $1 million to the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University to create a new endowed faculty chair. The philanthropic gift will provide funding to maintain a top faculty member with experience and expertise in engineering and business practices, enabling the college to offer a relevant business foundation to its engineering students.
“I am pleased about what this gift will create for Auburn’s engineering students,” said Charlie. “It will provide them with a solid understanding of business principles and enable them to stand out among their peers in the engineering and business world.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will have a new residency in veterinary reproductive medicine for companion animals funded through a charitable gift from the American Kennel Club and the Theriogenology Foundation.
Auburn is one of three veterinary medical programs in the U.S. – and the only one in the South – to receive funding, which will enhance Auburn’s national reputation in theriogenology, or reproductive medicine, in both large and small animal medicine. The other recipients are the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California Davis.
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.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is expanding its research, education, workforce development and economic development in the growing cyber security field. As one of the strategic initiatives supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, cyber continues to be a focus for Auburn University.
Government officials report that cyber espionage ranks among the top threats to the U.S.
“Cyber concerns range from disabling the electrical grid to hacking into financial institutions to stealing intellectual property,” said retired Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The II-VI Foundation will sponsor a three-year Cooperative Research Initiative between Auburn University, Rutgers University and Purdue University. With up to $1 million in funding, the initiative to study advanced power electronics is coordinated by John Williams, Auburn University professor emeritus of physics.
Williams has maintained longtime collaborations with Sarit Dhar, who is the primary Auburn investigator on the project, Leonard Feldman at Rutgers University and James Cooper at Purdue University. Those relationships, along with Williams’ experience and knowledge, made the collaboration possible.
The project is “SiO2/4H-SiC Interface -Optimization for Next Generation Power MOSFETs.” The initiative will support efforts in the realm of advanced power electronics development and, specifically, oxide semiconductor interface passivation studies for silicon carbide devices.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Emily Reaves Leischuck, a woman known for her nearly 40 years of love for and dedication to Auburn University, died Friday in Auburn.
A graveside service in Auburn’s Town Creek Cemetery will be held Tuesday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m. A reception at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center will follow the service.
Leischuck earned a master’s degree from Auburn University’s College of Education and served for nine years in student affairs programs, where she was Panhellenic adviser and assistant to Dean of Women Katherine Cater. For the 13 years that followed, she served as assistant to university presidents Wilford Bailey, James Martin and William Muse and the Board of Trustees, retiring in 1995 with emeritus status.