Apple COO funds Auburn engineering professorship

Published: Dec 17, 2009 2:07:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

CookAuburn University alumnus Tim Cook '82, chief operating officer of Apple Inc., has funded a new professorship for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The Tim Cook Professorship in Industrial and Systems Engineering will support a faculty member in the department who demonstrates exemplary instruction, research and mentorship, principles of teaching that Cook believes contributed to his success as an Auburn engineering student.

"Professors who engage students create a passion for learning that stimulates their minds and curiosity," says Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. "These professorships will help the college attract and retain premier faculty members as the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering positions itself to become one of the nation's top engineering programs."

Cook's donation provides funds for one of 27 new engineering professorships that have been established under an initiative that created more than 90 endowed professorships across Auburn's campus.

"There is considerable competition among colleges and universities to attract quality faculty members who have demonstrated academic achievement and established themselves as experts in their field," says Benefield. "While maintaining our caliber of faculty and successfully recruiting additional superior faculty, Auburn Engineering will continue increasing its professorship endowments to enhance faculty salaries and provide operational support."