Published: Sep 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM
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Maria L. Auad, faculty member in Auburn University’s Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, has been named interim chair of the department. Her appointment comes after faculty member Peter Schwartz stepped down from the position in August. Schwartz, who has served as the department’s chair since 2001, is continuing to teach fundamentals of engineering mechanics and senior design in the department.
“In the Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, our faculty members are working to motivate not only our students, but also our peers and alumni, in order to challenge them and support them in pursuing complex issues we face as engineers and an international community,” says Auad. “I am honored to lead the department during this time.”
Auad joined the Auburn faculty in 2006 as an assistant professor, and in 2011, she was promoted to associate professor in the department. Auad’s research interests include polymer materials science, polymer nanocomposites, flow behavior of polymers, rheology, control of microstructure and nanostructure in materials, polymers for structural and biomedical applications and shape memory polymers.
Auad received both her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering and material science from the University of Mar del Plata in Argentina. Her postdoctoral work in chemical engineering was completed at the California Institute of Technology. Auad’s professional affiliations include organizations such as the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society.
Contributed by Katie Beck