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 – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is adding a 15-hour tribology and lubrication science minor to its curriculum this fall – the first of its kind. The minor will prepare students from various engineering and science programs for careers that require a background in tribology, the study of friction, wear and lubrication.
Tribology has a range of applications, including engines, manufacturing, power generation, human joint replacement and oil product chemistry.
Students will gain an understanding of common mechanical systems and applications that rely heavily on satisfactory tribological performance, said Robert Jackson, director of the minor and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. They will get an inside look at the industry through tours of local manufacturing facilities and guest lectures from field experts and will gain hands-on experience with industry standard devices and equipment through laboratory sections and research.
AUBURN – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will add a 17-hour nuclear power generation systems minor to its curriculum this fall to prepare the next generation of plant engineers for the nuclear power generation industry.
The program will offer students a hands-on opportunity to understand the industry’s licensing, engineering and basic construction requirements, processes and techniques. Power plant models, nuclear power integration into the national electrical grid and common reactor plant operations are also featured.