Published: Sep 29, 2008 12:03:28 PM
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ISE senior Joshua Ross has been named the first Brig. Gen. Robert L. and Barbara Davis scholar in Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The scholarship was established for students who have served in the U.S. military or participate in an ROTC program.
Ross, a native of Santa Cruz, Calif., completed high school in Kingsport, Tenn., in 1993. Soon after, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. For the next 15 years, he held a variety of jobs, including deck seaman and carpenter, and worked on underwater construction and experimental diving efforts. In 2006, Ross came to Auburn as a Navy-sponsored engineering student. He is actively involved with the Auburn Naval ROTC program and mentors freshman students on tactics for success in an increasingly demanding academic environment.
Davis and his wife, Barbara, who recently established the scholarship, met and married at Auburn while she was pursuing a degree in education and he completed his degree in industrial engineering. Following graduation, Davis was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the next 31 years, they raised two children and served the Army throughout the U.S. and overseas. In 2005, Davis retired from the Army and joined a private engineering firm. They currently live in Huntington Beach, Calif.