AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the University Senate Departmental Award for Excellence in Education. The award, totaling $30,000 over three years, was administered on behalf of the Office of the Provost through the university’s Biggio Center and the University Senate Teaching Effectiveness Committee.
“This award for excellence in education provides a structure to foster and sustain a university-wide culture of teaching excellence,” said Donald Mulvaney, chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee. “Not only does it recognize departments that are engaged in sustained efforts to promote teaching excellence, it is envisioned that the award will have a long-lasting impact as it nourishes collegiality, collaboration and the development of an academic community that values and prioritizes exemplary teaching and learning.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – With automotive industries expanding across the South, Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is working with educational and industry partners to consider establishing a research center focused on advanced vehicle manufacturing.
The new Southern Alliance for Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing would be a National Science Foundation center with industry-driven, multidisciplinary research conducted by university faculty and students.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY — Auburn University will soon be home to one of the world’s leading research centers in the area of radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology.
In June, the RFID Research Center will move from the University of Arkansas to Auburn University, opening the door for research collaborations initially involving the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Human Sciences.
Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 2005, the RFID Research Center has been at the epicenter of research in RFID, earning national and international recognition for its work. When it opens in June as the RFID Lab at Auburn University, it will be reunited with its founder and former director, Harbert College of Business Dean and Wells Fargo Professor Bill Hardgrave.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received a $10.55 million philanthropic investment from Walter S. “Walt” and Virginia E. “Ginger” Woltosz to support its students’ educational needs and faculty’s research efforts, while bolstering the technical advances of its research facilities. Their charitable gift is the second largest in the college’s history. In recognition of their support, the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to name engineering’s central research facility in the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology as the Woltosz Engineering Research Laboratory.
Walt Woltosz earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 and a master’s degree in 1977 in aerospace engineering from Auburn and also holds a master’s in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is chairman and CEO of Simulations Plus, a company he founded in 1996 that is a leading developer of simulation and modeling software for drug discovery and development in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Simulations Plus products are used by more than 200 pharmaceutical firms, including the world’s Top 25, helping to analyze new products and saving millions of dollars in research and development costs.
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 – An Auburn University researcher teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to study how brain networks shape an individual’s religious belief, finding that brain interactions were different between religious and non-religious subjects.
Gopikrishna Deshpande, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the NIH researchers recently published their results in the journal, “Brain Connectivity.”