Tag Archives: Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Civil Engineering doctoral student awarded Airport Cooperative Research Program fellowship

11 Sep

Benjamin Bacon, doctoral student in Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, is on the right track to produce findings to better analyze travel behavior. Bacon was granted one of 10 Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Graduate Research Award Fellowships, an honor sponsored by the Transportation Research Board and the Federal Aviation Administration and administered through the ACRP.

Over the next year, he will work with Jeffrey LaMondia, assistant professor of civil engineering, and two mentors assigned by the program to develop a model using data from the 2013 Longitudinal Survey of Overnight Travel that better predicts the behavior of a traveler.

Bacon’s approach will consider multiple trips over a year, rather than singular events as in past research.

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Civil Engineering professor recognized with National Excellence in Teaching Award

1 Aug

Jose Vasconcelos, assistant professor of civil engineering, has received the 2014 James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award from Chi Epsilon, the national civil engineering honor society. Chi Epsilon aims to honor engineers who have exemplified the principles of scholarship, character, practicality and sociability throughout the engineering profession.

Vasconcelos was nominated in recognition of his teaching from Auburn University’s chapter of Chi Epsilon. He was selected as the Southeast district winner before being chosen from a larger pool of all district winners from across the country.

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Engineering PhD student honored for best paper at conference

1 Apr

Mohammad Jalayer, a doctoral student in Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, received the 2014 Outstanding Student Paper Award at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Southern District conference.

His research presents a method to develop calibration factors for five different types of urban and suburban roadways. Jalayer’s research was conducted under the supervision of civil engineering’s transportation faculty members Huaguo Zhou and Jeffrey LaMondia.

Civil Engineering research team wins High Impact Project Award

26 Mar

Hugo Zhou, associate professor in Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, and a team of doctoral students received the 2014 High Impact Project Award from the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT).

The award recognizes the team’s ICT project, “Investigation of Contributing Factors Regarding Wrong-Way Driving on Freeways.” The research team includes Mahdi Pour Rouholamin, Mohammad Jalayer and Fatemeh Baratian Ghorghi.

Artificially engineered breast cancer tissue offers platform for drug testing

26 Sep


A team of Auburn University researchers is engineering artificial breast cancer tissue that will provide fellow cancer researchers with a 3-D model on which they can test cancer drugs.

The research conducted by Assistant Professor Elizabeth Lipke and doctoral student Shantanu Pradhan in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering is part of a growing focus worldwide on engineering cancer tissue in a 3-D format, rather than the 2-D format biologists have traditionally used to grow cancer cells.

The research in Lipke’s lab has historically focused on engineering cardiac tissue and developing cardiac regeneration techniques, but Pradhan found a link between that research and cancer-related angiogenesis, which is the growth of new blood vessels.

“Cancer is an area that biomedical engineers, and in particular tissue engineers, are just starting to get into modeling, but people have been working on tissue engineering for cardiac and other applications for a lot longer,” Lipke said. “In terms of understanding cancer biology, we’re really at the beginning of applying the things we know from other organ systems to understanding cancer in three dimensions.”

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Engineering graduate students teach inmates as part of outreach project

16 Jul


It was an average Tuesday in Elmore, Ala., when Eliza Banu, mechanical engineering graduate student, arrived at Elmore Correctional Facility, a men’s medium-minimum security facility. A graduate teaching assistant at Auburn with pure enthusiasm for educating, she was there to teach her first solo course, “Introduction to Engineering and Mechanics Concepts,” to inmates.

Aubrey Beal, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student, had never instructed his own class before he pulled up to Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Ala., to teach an “Introduction to Vocational Electronics” class to more than 20 students. Nearly 80 inmates signed up to take his class at the medium security men’s prison — an overwhelming response.

Banu and Beal are the first Auburn engineering students to participate in the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, or APAEP, a grant-supported outreach initiative that has brought education and creativity to several of the state’s prisons since it was established in 2003. Administered by the College of Human Sciences, APAEP offers prisoners 14-week courses in poetry, creative writing, literature, performance, Alabama history, drawing and photography. For the first time, engineering was added to the slate this spring.

“We decided to open a university-wide search for graduate students to teach in our program,” said Kyes Stevens, director of APAEP. “We were originally looking for only one student, but both Eliza and Aubrey applied from engineering, and there was no way we could not accept them both.”

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Take 5 features Auburn alumna working as senior investigator for the NTSB

17 Jun

Lorenda Ward, ’90 and ’92 aerospace engineering, is a senior investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, in Washington, D.C. She investigates aviation crashes and incidents around the globe. Most recently, she traveled to Japan to assist the Japanese Transport Safety Board after an ANA-operated Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s alarm system indicated battery discharge and the pilots noticed an unusual smell in the cockpit. Before joining the NTSB, Ward was a civilian aerospace engineer for the U.S. Navy, working on F-14s and the EA-6B. She is a Dothan, Ala., native.

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