AUBURN – Auburn President Jay Gogue and university officials met Wednesday with Huntsville business and community leaders and also toured Redstone Arsenal for a first-hand view of national security research activities and needs.
The university’s new Huntsville Research Center is already working closely with area industry and federal agencies, including plans to develop cyber security technologies designed to protect U.S. soldiers and information systems on the battlefield.
AUBURN – Auburn University is launching a research center in Huntsville that will partner with federal agencies and industry to advance national and homeland security, as well as space exploration.
The new center, opening July 1, will match Auburn scientists in defense, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, life sciences, biotechnology and information technology with government agencies and industry in north Alabama seeking expertise in those areas.
AUBURN – Researchers with Auburn University’s Space Research Institute have played an integral role in installing a solar power system at Lee County’s T.K. Davis Justice Center, the first public building in the state to be outfitted with such a system.
After months of research and analysis, the Auburn team managed the installation of a 16.56 kW grid-connected solar-powered system on the new addition to the center. The system will offset the energy costs of electricity the building uses.
“The Lee County Commission contracted with Auburn University to procure and install the system, to develop and manage a Web site and to conduct systems analysis and modeling,” said Henry Brandhorst, director of Auburn’s Space Research Institute. “We want to show that solar power is successful and to have others invest in it.”
AUBURN – To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission, Auburn University will present “The Eagle has Landed at Auburn,” a free, public symposium, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 16.
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will host lectures and book signings throughout the day. A film screening at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Auburn University Student Center will include footage of news coverage and a documentary film.
The first moon landing mission was flown by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in July 1969. Jim Hansen, an Auburn University history professor who organized this commemorative event, said that no worldwide celebration of humankind’s greatest adventure should unfold without spotlighting the Auburn community’s direct connection to the effort. Hansen wrote “First Man,” a biography of Neil Armstrong, and is director of Auburn’s Honors College.
AUBURN – NASA will honor astronaut Thomas K. “TK” Mattingly on March 26 with the Ambassador of Exploration Award for his contributions to the U.S. space program. Mattingly, an Auburn University alumnus, will receive the award in a 1 p.m. ceremony in the Lowe Grand Foyer of Auburn’s Shelby Center for Engineering Technology.
NASA is giving this award to the first generation of explorers in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs for helping America realize its goal of going to the moon. The award is a moon rock encased in Lucite and mounted for public display. The rock is part of the 842 pounds of lunar samples collected during the six Apollo expeditions from 1969 to 1972.