Current Scholars

Justin Rist and Caitlyn Kilianski are students in the Auburn University Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering have been named Forehand Leadership Scholars for the academic year 2017-18.

Justin Rist

Justin Rist is currently a junior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is from Madison, Alabama, where his parents (both Auburn Engineers) influenced him from an early age to have an engineering approach to solving problems. This fall, he is beginning a Co-Op program with GE Appliances in Louisville, KY.  As a supply chain Co-Op with GE, he will be required to study assembly lines and implement changes to improve safety, efficiency, and quality.

As an active member of the Auburn family, Justin is dedicated to improving himself and his university through academic achievement and campus involvement. He has been selected to the University dean’s list and been a member of the Honor’s College every semester he has been a student. Playing the saxophone, he has served as a member of the Auburn University Marching Band and Concert Band, along with smaller ensembles such as the Nova Quartet. Justin strives for excellence in these ensembles, as he wants those who see him perform to experience the same excitement and pride that he has for Auburn.

Outside of education and work, Justin serves as a dedicated member his home church. Through his church, he had both leads and participated in mission and service projects focused on objectives such as building repair and outreach. These projects include service in locations such as Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA; and Aosta, Italy. While a student at Auburn University, Justin will continue to improve himself, his community, and his university through his dedication and hard work. 


caitlyn kilianski

Caitlyn Kilianski is a senior in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Madison, AL. Starting in fall of 2015, Caitlyn began co-oping with Rheem Manufacturing Co. in Montgomery, AL, and has since completed four terms within their industrial engineering department. During her co-op, she was responsible for doing many time studies, creating and updating line balances, creating and updating routings, and dealing with the overall efficiency of the manufacturing plant. She is looking forward to her final two years at Auburn and is excited about getting more in-depth with her major. "Co-oping has been a wonderful experience, and it has taught me so much about being an engineer in the real world. It teaches you how to interact with fellow workers and how to take initiative. However, I am excited to be back to classes at Auburn as well. I started co-oping my first semester sophomore year, so I have not gotten to take too many major classes yet. I am hoping to apply my knowledge gained from my co-op in my future classes and continue to learn new things."

Since starting at Auburn in 2014, Caitlyn has also been active with WEGL 91.1, Auburn University's on-campus radio station. She has hosted a radio show once a week every semester she took classes. She was also involved on WEGL's staff for two years, as assistant program director. Caitlyn loved volunteering there and got to take advantage of her creative side. "I love math and engineering--but I also love being creative! Being a part of WEGL has given me a chance to interact with people that I typically wouldn't meet in my classes. It has also allowed me to be creative and put my love of music towards something significant." Caitlyn has also been a member of The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers for two years. She also had the distinction of becoming a member of two honor societies: Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Pi Mu. She was recently elected to serve as the vice president of Alpha Pi Mu for the upcoming school year. Caitlyn has also earned a spot on Dean's List consistently throughout her time at Auburn. In addition to receiving the Joe W. Forehand Endowed Scholarship, she is also a recipient of the American Cast Iron Pipe Company Annual Scholarship and Auburn's Presidential Scholarship.

Last Updated: 11/5/18 1:36 PM