AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Online graduate programs in Auburn University’s College of Education, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and Samuel Ginn College of Engineering are listed among the top programs nationally in the just released U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Programs rankings.
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 – Two faculty members from Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering have been selected to participate in fall symposiums sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering, or NAE. Steve Duke, associate dean for academics and alumni associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the NAE’s fifth annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium on Oct. 27-30 in Irvine, Calif.
Duke is one of 73 educators from around the nation chosen to attend the National Academy of Engineering symposium, which brings innovative educators together to learn from research and share ideas and best practice in education through sustained dialogue. Participants return to their institution with a charter that can be used to promote education improvement.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Power Nuclear Power Generation Systems Program within Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received more than $190,000 in scholarship funding from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The funding will provide 15 academic scholarships for students enrolled in the minor. Designed to attract engineering students from all disciplines to the minor, and ultimately to the nuclear industry, the scholarships provide an award of $4,500 annually for a two-year period.
“The NRC’s scholarship support of this minor is a significant boost for students who desire to be a part of the nuclear power generation industry,” said Bill Goodwin, program director. “It’s not about making nuclear engineers; it’s about equipping Auburn engineering students with the tools and skill set to succeed in the nuclear power generation industry. The NRC’s funding will make this vision a reality for a number of Auburn students.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Andrzej “Andy” Nowak, distinguished professor of civil engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named department chair of Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering. He succeeds Michael Stallings, who is returning to the civil engineering faculty after 11 years of service as department head.
“I am honored to be appointed department chair,” said Nowak. “Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering has a solid program that includes a dedicated faculty, bright students and modern facilities, all of which constitute an environment that fosters academic excellence and exciting research opportunities. I look forward to working with these talented faculty members to enhance the outstanding reputation the department already maintains.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Steve R. Duke has been named associate dean for academics in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, effective June 15, announced by Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. Duke serves as undergraduate program chair and Alumni Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
In his new role, Duke will be responsible for overseeing the college’s academic programs, ensuring the quality of the engineering curricula and providing counsel to faculty, staff and students on a variety of academic issues.