Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Graduate Research Assistants


Dakota Basham
M.S. Student
Dakota Basham

Office: 238 Harbert Engineering Center
Phone: (270) 922-7318
Email

Research Interests: Erosion & Sediment Control: Pollutant Removal Using Catch Basin Inserts, Unmanned Aerial System Applications and Technologies in Construction 

Bio: Dakota Basham is a graduate student at Auburn University pursuing a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering.  Dakota earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2016.  His research involves measuring performance and pollutant removal efficiency of catch basin inserts for the Ohio Department of Transportation and investigating the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems for construction inspection applications.

R. Alan Bugg, P.E., M.B.A., CPESC
Ph.D. Student
R. Alan Bugg, P.E., M.B.A., CPESC

Office: Room 326, Gorrie Center, Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: (334) 844-5374
Email

Contact Info: website  

Research Interests: Erosion & Sediment Control: Sediment Retention Barriers

Bio: Alan Bugg has worked for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers in a variety of positions for over 31 years.  He currently serves as the Area Engineer at Fort Benning, Georgia where he directs a staff of 40 engineers and technicians and is responsible for the execution of a construction program averaging $200 million per year.  Mr. Bugg earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering in 1983, a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2003, and a master’s degree in Building Construction in 2011, all from Auburn University.  Mr. Bugg is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama and is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

J. Blake Whitman
Ph.D. Student
J. Blake Whitman

Office: 238 Harbert Engineering Center
Phone: (334) 707-1548
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Research Interests: Erosion and Sediment Control: Sediment Retention Barrier Practices; Project Management: Construction Site Logistics Planning                

BioBlake Whitman is a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing a Ph.D. within the Civil Engineering Department at Auburn University.  He specializes in construction site logistics planning, construction site erosion and sediment control practices, heavy civil project management, and MS4 analysis.  Blake earned his M.S. (2014) and B.S. (2012) in civil engineering from Auburn University.  He has worked as a project manager within the private construction industry, as well as with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Blake developed and implemented a methodology for surveying and analyzing the MS4 infrastructure at Fort Benning, GA and has conducted research on site logistics optimization and planning.  Currently his research efforts at the Auburn University – Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility are focused on improving sediment barrier standard practices for the Alabama Department of Transportation.