AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Online graduate programs in Auburn University’s College of Education, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and College of Business are listed in the top 10 of the just released U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Online Education Programs rankings.
Auburn’s College of Education ranked second among online graduate education programs, with high scores in student engagement and faculty credentials and training.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY– Three Auburn University faculty members in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and one in the College of Agriculture have been awarded grants totaling more than $600,000 through the Alabama Innovation Fund as part of Accelerate Alabama, the state’s long-term plan to prioritize economic development.
Oladiran Fasina, an agriculture faculty member in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, and engineering faculty members Weikuan Yu in the Department of Computer Science and Software, Bruce Tatarchuk in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Marko Hakovirta, director of the Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering, are among 15 first-round grant recipients chosen as part of Gov. Robert Bentley’s efforts to further prioritize innovation and entrepreneurship in the Education Trust Fund budget.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Dwayne Brown, a 1990 graduate of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been named the assistant vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University.
“Brown brings to the position extensive experience in strategic planning as well as training, development and team building,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs and executive director of the Auburn Alumni Association. “We are fortunate to have someone on our staff with such strong executive management experience. He will be overseeing most of our departments and providing leadership in strategic planning and financial management, as well as working with the board of directors of the Auburn Alumni Association.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A group of nine Auburn University students, their professor and an alumna spent a week earlier this month in the mountains of Bolivia, developing and implementing irrigation systems to make life better for the residents of Quesimpuco.
The remote village lies in a rugged and rocky area and receives very little rain during the South American winter. To help improve crop production, the Auburn team designed two projects: a gravity-fed irrigation system and a hydroponics demonstration unit. Both are aimed at managing the limited amount of water that is available while providing enough to meet demand.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has named the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s nuclear power generation systems program in recognition of support from the Alabama Power Foundation and Southern Nuclear. The program, added last year to teach the next generation of plant engineers for the nuclear power generation industry, has been named the Alabama Power Nuclear Power Generation Systems program.
The program’s 17-hour minor curriculum offers 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 in five multidisciplinary courses that provide an overview of nuclear power generation system capabilities.
AUBURN – Chris Roberts, department chair and the George E. and Dorothy Stafford Uthlaut Professor of Chemical Engineering in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has been named dean of the college effective July 1.
Roberts succeeds Larry Benefield, who is retiring after 33 years at Auburn and who has served as dean of the college since 1998.
“Dr. Roberts has an outstanding record of achievement in teaching and research and has demonstrated exceptional leadership as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering,” said Auburn Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Boosinger. “I am confident that he has the ability to significantly advance the college’s mission and I look forward to working with him in the coming years.”