Auburn to dedicate new engineering center in honor of Sen. Richard C. and Dr. Annette N. Shelby

Published: Apr 17, 2008 7:56:25 AM
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The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University will dedicate the Sen. Richard C. and Dr. Annette N. Shelby Center for Engineering Technology in a ceremony on Friday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the grand foyer of the new $54 million facility located east of the Lowder Business Building on Magnolia Ave. The event will be presided over by Engineering Dean Larry Benefield and will include remarks by Auburn University President Jay Gogue, Auburn Board of Trustees member Samuel Ginn, U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and his wife, Dr. Annette Shelby.

Before and after the ceremony, tours of the Shelby Center will be available. A variety of displays will also be available for viewing, including robots developed by engineering researchers, by AU students for intercollegiate competitions and by area high school students participating in the BEST robotics program.

"The Shelby Center for Engineering technology will enable Auburn Engineering to create a superior learning and research environment that keeps pace with today's emerging engineering fields," says Benefield. "Sen. Shelby has played a vital role in our ability to develop this state-of-the-art facility, and he, as well as our committed alumni and friends, can take pride in knowing that they are enabling a new generation of engineers to reach their full potential."

The Ginn College of Engineering is pursuing a vision to become one of the top engineering programs in the country. The cornerstone of this vision is the Shelby Center, a sophisticated complex that boasts modern classrooms, lecture halls and flexible laboratories to support a variety of disciplines. Sen. Shelby's efforts helped secure $30 million for the first phase of the $108 million center.

The first phase of the Shelby Center is the new home of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as administrative offices and student areas. Site prep has already begun on the second phase, which will consist of a new Mechanical Engineering building and an Advanced Research Laboratory building. Students and faculty from every engineering discipline will benefit from these technologically advanced facilities.

For more information about the Shelby Center and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, visit