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# Ginning Are You Listening

#GINNing—that's Hashtag GINNing—throws a conversational spotlight on the amazing research and success stories coming out of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. 

Hosted by Austin Phillips and Jeremy Henderson from the college's Office of Communications and Marketing, each episode is educational, relatable, sensational. 

The country's best engineering college deserves the country's best engineering podcast.


The Best of Brittany
Brittany Ranson has more student organization leadership positions than you can count. But the mechanical engineering junior isn't just padding her portfolio for the kudos. She's doing it to put herself in position to attack the problems of urban infrastructure and, as she puts it in her National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program bio — reinvent the world. Fri, 19 Feb 2021
Silva Dollars
Last summer, we learned he's an investigator on that $3 million FAA project with Auburn's National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence. Last month? That he'll be researching lead-free defense electronics thanks to a $7 million award from the Dept. of Defense.His name may be Daniel Silva, but friends, this assistant Industrial and Systems Engineering professor is bringing home the gold... Thu, 11 Feb 2021
How West Was Won
It's a classic tale of redemption and revelation: A young Bama fan considering journalism comes to Auburn on a whim, takes one look at the engineering campus, and is forever changed. This is how Anna Layne West was won. Fri, 05 Feb 2021
Meeting Miss Melanie Monaghan
Romance. Civil Engineering. Boll Weevils. Alliteration. This episode of the award-winning #GINNing has it all. Mon, 01 Feb 2021
Happy Trails
How Jessica "Dixie" Mills' long hike through the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering took her to the summit of YouTube success. Fri, 22 Jan 2021
The Cornhole King
Friends, Auburn Engineering's alumni trophy case is bursting at the seams. There's the the CEO of the world's first trillion-dollar company, astronauts galore, the PowerPoint Prince.... and now we have to make room for Travis Moore — the Cornhole King. The senior in civil and environmental engineering just took home the doubles crown from the National College Cornhole Championship, defeating a duo from North Carolina State in one of the most thrilling finishes the competition has ever seen. Fri, 15 Jan 2021
Structural Integrity
Associate Civil and Environmental professor Justin Marshall was looking for a little structure in his life when he came to Auburn...and boy did he get it. Wed, 06 Jan 2021
Feel the Bern
Bernie Moussad just graduated from Auburn University with a 4.0 GPA in computer engineering. He's dedicating his career to researching bioinformatics. Unfortunately, Bernie Sanders ruined his life. Fri, 18 Dec 2020
Gentlemen, Start Your Software
There may be no T in his name, but there's plenty of speed in his game. Yessir, come October, Bevly Boy Will Bryan and his new master's degree will be kicking back and letting the code take the wheel in the Indy Autonomous Challenge at 200 driverless miles per hour.Eat your heart out, Mario Lemiuex. Fri, 18 Dec 2020
The Dukes of Hueytown
Hueytown-born Patrick Duke, ’99 civil, reflects on life as an Auburn-trained engineer. Tue, 08 Dec 2020
OK, Google...
...who is Andrew McGehee? Thu, 03 Dec 2020
Livy Legend
You've seen her face.  Now hear her story.  Ladies and gentlemen, Livy Green. Fri, 20 Nov 2020
Going, going....Dawn
Dearly Beloved, our only regret in this oh-so-memorable interview with oh-so-impressive Proctor & Gamble-bound chemical engineering senior Nathan Wall is that we didn't get him to actually pop the question right then and there. Thu, 19 Nov 2020
Ride the Wave
Mechanical engineering senior Zac Young recently tossed a no hitter at the 2020 SEC Student Pitch Competition with a gold-mine of a gadget called the Wave Timer. Caution: High voltage ahead. Tue, 10 Nov 2020
Research Renaissance Man
What exactly is a research engineer?  Christian Brodbeck, one of the best around, enlightens us on the latest episode of the #GINNing Podcast. Fri, 06 Nov 2020
From Lagos with Love
Sometimes we wonder whether a guest really meets the criteria. But we didn't think twice about the man from Nigeria. Fri, 30 Oct 2020
The Legend of Nelda
Nelda Lee — Boeing your mind since '69. Thu, 22 Oct 2020
Vicki McLendon, Target Acquired
Ethical Hacking. Oxymoron? Scam? Or an essential ingredient in educating the next generation of secret agents inspired by that 1992 film ol' Jer just can't seem to shut up about? Whatever you decide after listening to this interview with Vicki McLendon, just remember... it's all about the information. Thu, 15 Oct 2020
Sorry, Tar Heels - Bowers is Ours
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of assistant civil and environmental professor Benjamin Bowers' mug, please contact the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Thu, 08 Oct 2020
Dremere is Here
A Be the Creed honoree... a WayUp’s Intern 100 list member... a two-time technical intern with GE Aviation... and he's only a sophomore? You had your chance, Bama. Thu, 01 Oct 2020
Fighting For Students
If you're trying to replace the Auburn University Employee of the Year in the middle of a pandemic, you need to hire the best. Thankfully, for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Andrew McGill is a seasoned fighter, who, when it comes to student recruiting, has more big wins under his belt than Conor McGregor. Fri, 25 Sep 2020
Engineering Emily
Her mom, her dad.. her grandfather, her other grandfather... even her uncles! Sure, Emily Traylor could do one of those Ancestry DNA tests things if she wanted. But why waste the time or money when the results are obvious? This woman is 100 percent Auburn Engineer. Sun, 20 Sep 2020
I think ICAMS, I think ICAMS, I think ICAMS...
Industry 4.0? More like Industry 4.2 million. Yep, that's how much the U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded to the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing. Time to grab associate industrial and systems engineering professor Greg Harris and find out why... Thu, 10 Sep 2020
Sam and Diane
Making your way in the Sam Ginn College of Engineering today takes everything you've got. Diane Sherrard, program administrator for 100+ Women Strong, knows that mentorship from other strong women sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to recruit, reward and retain... Sun, 06 Sep 2020
Concrete Canoe and Tyler, Too
There's a graduate research assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who hasn't let COVID-19 keep him from living his best 2020. That's just what the promise of access to the most incredible structural engineering lab in the world will do a man. From toothpick bridges to concrete canoes, ladies and gentleman, Tyler Norman. Tue, 01 Sep 2020
Fecal Matters
What's Sushil Adhikari, alumni professor of biosystems engineering, and the director of the cutting edge Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, passionate about? Well, I'll tell you: Biomass pyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, torrefaction, biodiesel production and biomass gasification... if you know what I mean. Sun, 23 Aug 2020
Water We Working On?
Sustainability of water resources, particularly in water-scarce environments, is a tricky subject. We know that. Thankfully for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, few people know more about it than Frances O'Donnell, assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering... and apparently, like, the 60th person ever to sign up for Facebook. That's right, she was getting her B.A. at a college called Harvard right at the start of the Zuckerberg Zeitgeist, and later went on for a Ph.D at a school called Princeton. Never heard of them. But whatever, the point is, she's an Auburn woman now. Cluster Hire Eagle. Thu, 13 Aug 2020
Droid Rage
Is Thaddeus A. Roppel, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, an agent of Skynet? A freedom fighter in the Rebellion against the Empire? Time will tell. Sun, 09 Aug 2020
Oldfather, New Doctor
Ballerina. Daredevil. International tourist. Wheelchair basketballer enthusiast. Now add to the list, doctor. Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Taylor Oldfather. Biomechanics will never be the same. Sun, 02 Aug 2020
Well, Algae Damned...
Brendan Higgins, assistant professor of biosystems engineering, is doing his part to make sure nothing in this world goes to waste — not even waste.2 Sun, 26 Jul 2020
Flexible Future
Rigid technologies are quickly going the way of the buffalo thanks to visionaries like Pradeep Lall and his four — count'em, four — degrees. Listen to the John and Anne MacFarlane Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering explain why the future of electronics will be flexible. Sun, 19 Jul 2020
Best Hire Ever?
Learn how communications specialist Lauren Winton has put a new spin on donor relations success stories. Sat, 11 Jul 2020
Pay the Price
Shannon Price believes in work — network. Hear how the director of network services kept the college up and running in the age of remote instruction. Sun, 28 Jun 2020
Estonia? I hardly know ya'
Drew Springall can sum up his best practice advice for online voting in one word: DON'T. Sun, 21 Jun 2020
The Quantum Leap
Associate electrical and computer engineering professor Mark Adams readies his photonics torpedoes on the latest episode of #GINNing. Sun, 14 Jun 2020
Concrete Answers
Associate professor Robbie Barnes weighs in on the wonders of civil engineering, and marvels at the latest monument to Auburn's structural engineering empire. Sun, 07 Jun 2020
Fare Thee Well, Duke of Shelby
Steve Duke, the college’s former associate dean for academics, is rejoining his fellow chemical engineers in the legendary labs of Ross Hall. Why trade the front office for the front lines? What did he learn in his seven significant years of administration? Time to find out. Sun, 31 May 2020
Go West, Young Man
His last name may be Easterling, but this mechanical engineering senior plans to take his training and talents all the way to Frisco. Mon, 25 May 2020
Just Sku It!
Another episode... another Tiger Cage Business Idea Competition winner... another couple of Auburn Engineering students intent on disrupting an entire industry before graduation. War Eagle. Sun, 17 May 2020
What About Bob?
Bob Karcher, retiring assistant dean of student services, reflects on an incredible 22 years with the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Thu, 07 May 2020
The Topic? Philanthropic!
Margaret Arnold, new senior director of development for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, weighs in on the phenomenal philanthropy of Auburn Engineers. Tue, 28 Apr 2020
The Little Engineer That Could
Emma Little, a senior in electrical engineering, offers a little pandemic-persevering perspective on finishing her degree in the age of remote instruction. Thu, 23 Apr 2020
Return of the Ninjaneer
Ryan Hill, Auburn mechanical engineering alum extraordinaire, updates us on RE-InVENT, reflects on his time at Auburn... and dishes the dirt on Michael Zabala. Fri, 17 Apr 2020
Tom Burch RE-InVENTs himself
They call Tom Burch an engineer's engineer. So no, he wasn't interested in some Cracker Jack academic exercise. If he was going to build an emergency ventilator system, he was going to build one that might actually have a chance to save some lives. And it took him and Auburn Engineering's Re-InVENT team just two days to do it. Tue, 07 Apr 2020
Pandemic Podcast
Well, we didn't think we'd be celebrating a year's worth of the best podcast in higher education during a pandemic. But here we are! Fri, 20 Mar 2020
Wood's World
Thanks to this industrious industrial engineering sophomore, construction sites may never be the same. Wed, 11 Mar 2020
The Frito-Lady
Dorito Diva Katelyn Rheinlander credits her delectable day job to Auburn's Department of Biosystems Engineering. Thu, 05 Mar 2020
Team Work Makes The Theme Work
Auburn's Theme Park Engineering Group has the thrill skills to pay the big bills, and mechanical engineering senior Katie Bowman is one of the reason's why. Fri, 28 Feb 2020
Ayers Apparent
Emerging contaminants. It's a problem. We know that. But thankfully, Meredith Ayers Feltman is on a quest to find a solution. Fri, 21 Feb 2020
Good Golly, Miss Polly
How do you solve a problem like Maria? Work—hard work, like the kind of committed interdisciplinary collaboration going down at Auburn University's Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites.  Fri, 14 Feb 2020
Spare the Rod, Spoil the Road
We recommend you listen to this episode of #GINNing on your morning or afternoon commute. Because Rod Turochy is among the nation’s elite transportation faculty, and you'll never look at rush hour the same way again. Fri, 07 Feb 2020
Fostering Foster
She's only a sophomore, but little Adia Foster is already making a big name for herself in software engineering. Fri, 31 Jan 2020
We want some-more-a Remora
How is the group of Auburn aerospace engineering students led by Zack Wadzinski waging a war on plastic waste in waterways around the globe? With an army of trash-targeting autonomous aquatic drones that's sure to put smiles on the faces of business investors. Time to go green, if you know what I mean... Fri, 24 Jan 2020
Solving the Puzzle of AI's role in Cybersecurity
You want prestigious cybersecurity research? Look no further than Daniel Tauritz, chief cyber AI strategist for the Auburn Cyber Research Center. Fri, 17 Jan 2020
Signs of the Times
Recent innovations have helped lessen the language barrier between American Sign Language and English speakers. But Electrical and Computer Engineering senior Ryan McGill thinks he can remove the whole thing. Fri, 10 Jan 2020
Jim Odom: Rocket Man
’55 mechanical engineering grad, Jim Odom, was an Apollo program pioneer and led the development for the Hubble Space Telescope.  Fri, 20 Dec 2019
The Art of Slotkin
The history of Auburn Engineering is long and illustrious. And no one alive knows it better than 1968 aerospace graduate Art Slotkin. Sat, 14 Dec 2019
Magnetic Personality
A look inside the most-scanned brain in Auburn—Auburn University MRI Research Center Director Tom Denney's. Fri, 06 Dec 2019
Meet world-champion Power Pointer Seth Maddox, the pride of Geraldine.
What's the point of interviewing freshman computer engineering major Seth Maddox? POWER. Fri, 22 Nov 2019
Great to "Bee" an Auburn Engineer
Eddie Strickland is a senior in mechanical engineering, power lifter and a ROTC member but find out what truly keeps him busy as a bee. Fri, 15 Nov 2019
Talk About Traffic Noise..
The brain child of industrial engineering grad Tim Arnold, Auburn's new 'War Eagle Road,' the first musical road on a college campus, gives a whole new meaning to traffic noise. Fri, 08 Nov 2019
There she is...
Collins McMurray, the new crowned Miss Auburn University, is a freshman in chemical engineering, kicking class and taking names.  Fri, 01 Nov 2019
All We Do Is Wind: A Thurow Discussion of Aerospace Engineering
Brian Thurow, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, joins the best podcast in all of higher education to discuss Auburn's efforts to put the space back into aerospace. Fri, 25 Oct 2019
Algorithm and Blues
These days, you can't go a week without seeing assistant professor of computer science and software engineering Anh Nguyen's name in a tech blog. Time to deep learn why... Fri, 18 Oct 2019
Big Development
Auburn Engineering development officer David Mattox is getting cash and taking names. Somebody break out the Guinness Book... Fri, 11 Oct 2019
Capture Carbon or Dioxide Trying
C02 is the problem. Lauren Beckingham may be the solution. Fri, 04 Oct 2019
Will Phillips, Reel Engineer
Senior mechanical engineering major Will Phillips just helped Auburn's bass fishing team win yet another national championship. Science, yo. Fri, 27 Sep 2019
Auburn Astronaut Jan Davis on her month in space.
How many astronauts has Auburn produced? There's too many to count. And yet there's only Jan Davis. Fri, 20 Sep 2019
Finding Nima: A 3-D look at Auburn's additive manufacturing rockstar
In just six years time, Nima Shamsaei, the Philpott-WestPoint Stevens Distinguished Associate Professor and director of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, has become a name above all names in the world of 3-D printing. But to keep the promise of the AM revolution, we still need more Nima. Fri, 13 Sep 2019
OK, All Right Guys: How Mike Horton is helping Auburn Football engineer a championship
The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is riding for the brand. In other words, ain't no thwartin' senior  offensive guard Mike Horton. Fri, 06 Sep 2019
Friction Addiction
The best podcast in higher education runs like well-oiled machine, which is something Rob Jackson knows all about. Get your ears on, and your gears ready... it's tribology time. Fri, 23 Aug 2019
Celebrating student sewer solutions with Dan "DIY" Harris
Sure, we could put out bids to some sort of consulting group or contractor to help us reduce the 5 million gallons of city tap water the college uses each August just to feed the cooling towers. But why would we when we have the genius students of the Auburn University Energy and Natural Resources Project at our disposal? Thu, 15 Aug 2019
Student Recruiting, Taylor Made
There's no down time for Recruiting and Scholarships director Jessica Taylor. But with a job that rewarding, why would you want there to be? Fri, 09 Aug 2019
Hall of Fame
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate about helping students reach their potential than Eric Hall, program coordinator for Auburn's Academic Excellence Program sponsored by Alabama Power. Dude is so popular and positive that people call him the Mayor. And from the sound of it, he knows how to govern. Fri, 02 Aug 2019
The Marshal Art
If it seems like soon-to-be mechanical engineering graduate Ben Ratliff is Mr. Everything in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, it's because he kind of is. Engineering Student Council president... summer graduation marshal... Freshman Leadership Program committee member... and he's all over that Big Event stuff.  Let's find out what makes Big Ben tick. Fri, 26 Jul 2019
The Jim Killian Experience
What can you say about a man like Jim Killian, who in 1984 took over a one-man shop and turned it into the best-podcast-in-higher-education producing, communications and marketing juggernaut that is today? Let's find out... Thu, 18 Jul 2019
The Fixer
Ed Lewis... common name, uncommon man. Over the course of his career, the senior advisor to the Dean of the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has improved the processes on everything from Combos production to record-setting fundraising campaigns. And thankfully, then 1972 industrial engineering graduate passion for his alma mater knows no bounds. Thu, 11 Jul 2019
Smart Materials and Nanomedicine—that's what Allan David DOES.
From India to Maryland to Michigan to Auburn—Allan David is on a quest. The John W. Brown Associate Professor is setting biomedical benchmarks with his smarts on smart materials and nanomaterials and all that amazing stuff. Gadolinium toxicity, you have met your match... Wed, 03 Jul 2019
Hitting Mechanics: Brett Olson on engineering his way to Omaha
Thanks to his new master's degree in mechanical engineering, Auburn baseball player Brett Olson has a sure-fire, well-paying way out from his famous father's shadow. Thu, 27 Jun 2019
Buzzwords: When it comes to asphalt, NCAT is where ITSAT.
If you were to create a word cloud corresponding to asphalt industry opinion of NCAT Assistant Director and Test Track Manager Buzz Powell, the term "Foremost Expert" would be as big and bold as it gets. Trust us—20 minutes of Dr. Buzz talking pavement poundin' does not disappoint. Thu, 20 Jun 2019
World of War Eagle Craft: Keepin' it realz with Cheryl Seals
Computer Science and Software Engineering professor Cheryl Seals, the pride of Homer, Louisiana, has a passion for diversity in computing, a soft-spot for World of Warcraft, and a "Living Legend" plaque on her mantle. Enough said. Fri, 07 Jun 2019
Gabbin' with Gavin
For Auburn engineering legend Charles Gavin, it's not about the amount of the donations. It's not about getting your name on the building you spent half your college career in. It's about making a difference in the lives of future engineers ... and making sure they pronounce "textile" correctly. Thu, 06 Jun 2019
The Walt Vault: Engineering legend Walt Woltosz talks Stephen Hawking, the space shuttle and more...
Simply put, Auburn University wouldn't be what it is without 1969 aerospace engineering graduate Walt Woltosz. Neither would the space shuttle, Stephen Hawking, or, you know, the world.  Thu, 30 May 2019
The Man, the Myth, the Lego
Tom Devall, Director of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Auto Manufacturing Initiatives, is a mean Lean Manufacturing machine. Hear him explain why the auto industry keeps asking to come over to his house to play. Fri, 24 May 2019
Think Big, Make Small—It’s a Micro World After All
What's next for Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Michael Hamilton? Nano your business. But here's what we DO know—for an expert in quantum computing and stuff, dude is really, really into algae... Thu, 16 May 2019
Degree of Success: Katelyn Jenkins' first steps as a mechanical engineer
New Auburn engineering graduate Katelyn Jenkins feels guilty if she fills up the tank anywhere other than ExxonMobil. Time to find out why... Fri, 03 May 2019
Flippin' awesome: Gymnastics star and new aerospace grad Sam Cerio is gettin' rich and gettin' hitched
Leg injuries so traumatic they instantly went viral might derail an average college senior. Thankfully, there's nothing average about gymnastics star Sam Cerio. The Auburn aerospace engineer is about to trade the mat for the real world, and there's no way she's not sticking the landing. Fri, 03 May 2019
Simply Zabest: Meet Auburn's Biomechanics Maestro
Michael Zabala could be teaching anywhere—MIT, Stanford, Harvard.  But why settle? Thu, 25 Apr 2019
Risky Business: Meet the Guardian from Ghana
Learn how Emmanuel Winful is turning the world's best engineering college into the world's safest engineering college. Thu, 18 Apr 2019
The Soul of Jackson Hole
Star student Natalie Palmquist on the road to the Rhodes, life in Turkey, and how Auburn Engineering is changing the world. Thu, 11 Apr 2019
Firewalling the Future: Consequences For America's Cyber Aggressors
Frank Cilluffo, director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security, discusses America's new cybersecurity paradigm. Thu, 04 Apr 2019
Cinderella Story: Auburn Engineering In The Final Four
Cole Blackstock, a senior in electrical engineering and forward on the men’s basketball team, joins the show to talk about the Tigers’ magical run to the Final Four and the rigors of balancing an engineering curriculum and championship basketball. Tue, 02 Apr 2019
Space Invaders: The Road To Mars Goes Through Auburn
Mike Ogles, Auburn University director of NASA programs, joins the #GINNing podcast to discuss NASA's long-standing partnership with Auburn and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Thu, 28 Mar 2019
Surviving a Tornado: Lessons Learned From The March 3 Lee County Disaster
David Roueche, Auburn University assistant professor of civil engineering, joins the inaugural episode of #Ginning to share lessons learned from the Lee County tornadoes. Wed, 20 Mar 2019