Auburn Alumni Inducted into State of Alabama Hall of Fame

Published: Jan 13, 2006 10:49:28 AM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb, cobbche@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

Four Auburn University alumni — Charles Griffin, William Reed, David Scobey, and Dwight Wiggins — will be inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame during ceremonies scheduled February 25 in Huntsville.

Griffin received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Auburn University in 1975, and master's degree in materials engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After a short stint as an orthopedic-implants researcher for Zimmer, Griffin joined CarboMedics moving quickly up the ladder to president in 2001.

As head of engineering at the firm, he was responsible for the development of the firm's first proprietary mechanical heart valve. From that beginning, the company and its pioneering line of products have grown to offer a life-sustaining array of devices for repairing and replacing human heart valves.

A Birmingham native, Reed earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 1950. After a 19-year tenure at General Electric Company, he joined Southern Company Services as executive vice president and in 1976 took the helm as president. When he retired in 1984, Reed started his own company — Reed Consulting, which has contributed to improvements in Alabama's engineering firms for more than 20 years.

Since 1966 he has been dedicated to excellence in education through scholarship support. He is a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association; serves on the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council; and is a member of the Samford Society, an elite group of benefactors whose cumulative gifts have reached the $100,000 level.

Nashville native David Scobey received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn in 1978 and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

He began his 25-year career with BellSouth Communications in 1977 as an intern, becoming full-time after graduation. In 1998 he became president of BellSouth Long Distance, was named vice president of product commercialization in 2000, and assumed his current role of president of BellSouth Small Business Services in 2001.

Scobey has also participated in the development of resources for small business owners. In 2003, working with the U.S. Small Business Association, he authored a guidebook, "Surviving and Thriving in Today's Economy" designed to help small business leaders succeed in today's marketplace. In 2005, he partnered with national bookseller The Approved Group and other corporate executives and managers to publish The Customer-Approved Small Business to provide small business leaders with valuable real-world advice.

He is an active member of Auburn's alumni advisory board for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. An instrument-rated pilot, he is also a member of "Angel Flight," a non-profit charitable organization that arranges free air transportation for charitable medical needs.

A native of Frisco City, Ala., Dwight Wiggins received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering in 1962. He has served as chair of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council's development committee and has been named by the dean of the College of Engineering as a special counselor for fundraising in the college's efforts to upgrade its engineering facilities.

Wiggins spent nearly three decades with Exxon, becoming an expert in production problems. In 1993, he joined Tosco Corporation as president of its Bayway Refining Company. When the company restructured in 1996, Wiggins became president of Tosco Refining Company and executive vice president of Tosco Corporation. By 2001, his responsibilities included refining and distribution facilities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Illinois, California and Washington state. At the time of his retirement, Wiggins had helped the company rise as the third largest refinery operation in the United States.

He also works with Auburn University engineering students as a mentor and advisor to the College of Engineering's Formula SAE student team, accompanying the group to Australia in 2003 where it placed fourth in international competition. He has served on the National Petrochemical Refiners Association executive board and is past chairman of the Western States Petroleum Association.

"William Reed, David Scobey and Dwight Wiggins are outstanding alumni who represent Auburn University, the state of Alabama, and the engineering profession admirably," says Larry Benefield, dean of engineering. "They embody the innovation, ambition, and spirit of excellence that have become synonymous with Auburn Engineering."