AUBURN – The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Auburn University researchers a $300,000 research grant for safety-related analyses of Unmanned Aerial Systems. The project is an interdisciplinary effort of the College of Business, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
Unmanned Aerial Systems are becoming more common in both military and civilian applications. Civil and commercial operations have shown increased interest in UASs because of their versatility and relatively low cost of operation. Because of the expanded use of UASs, plans are underway to integrate them into the National Aerospace System.
AUBURN – What started as an interdisciplinary class at Auburn University has evolved into a business plan that’s landed one of the top nine spots in this year’s Alabama Launchpad Governor’s Business Plan Competition.
Alabama Launchpad is a partnership between the state’s university, business and economic development communities to encourage and support innovation and high-growth entrepreneurship in Alabama. Their annual business plan competition helps start-up companies with seed capital and advice, and is open to ventures affiliated with any of several in-state universities.
AUBURN – Bill Hardgrave, founder and executive director of the Information Technology Research Institute in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, has been named dean of Auburn University’s College of Business, effective August 1.
“Dr. Hardgrave brings to Auburn a tremendously high level of expertise in business and in the constantly emerging technologies that improve product development and distribution,” Auburn Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “As founding director of a center, he has extensive experience in collaborating across academic disciplines and with the business community.”
Hardgrave holds the Edwin and Karlee Bradberry Chair in Information Systems at Arkansas and is the founder and director of the RFID Research Center. His research and publications have focused on software development and radio frequency identification, or RFID, which involves placing a small tag on a product for inventory management, tracking and pricing.
AUBURN – AT&T has given Auburn University’s College of Business $200,000 to support the new Office of Professional and Career Development. AT&T gave the gift through its philanthropic arm, The AT&T Foundation.
The gift will be used for technological equipment and applications such as computers, database subscriptions and computerized assessment tools.
“Support from corporate sponsors such as AT&T allows us to provide a comprehensive program to prepare our students for successful entry and advancement in the workplace,” said Paul Bobrowski, College of Business dean. “Auburn University is committed to addressing the academic needs of business and industry and to improving the student learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.”
AUBURN – A full weekend of activities will begin on Thursday for the annual aviation management reunion in the Auburn University College of Business.
Jack Pelton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cessna Aircraft Company, will address students and faculty at a public forum on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in room 125 of the Lowder Business Building. Pelton is the 2009 Aviation Management Advisory Board Distinguished Visitor.
AUBURN – A newly released Forbes.com special report has ranked Auburn University’s MBA program 29th among the nation’s public institutions and 64th overall. The ranking measures the best five-year “return on investment” for MBA graduates of the class of 2004.
For this year’s survey, Forbes sent out 17,000 questionnaires to graduates of master of business administration programs around the world. To determine the five-year MBA gain, Forbes compared their earnings in their first five years out of business school to costs such as tuition, required fees and foregone compensation.