Published: Oct 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM
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Auburn University and Geocent, a technology and engineering firm with headquarters in New Orleans and Huntsville, have announced Mike Ogles has joined Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering as an industry and government liaison and consultant.
Ogles, a 1989 Auburn University mechanical engineering graduate, will serve as the college's liaison to industry and government agencies as well as consultant to Auburn's engineering research faculty and students.
"This is a great opportunity for me both personally and professionally," said Ogles. "I plan to help expand the presence of Auburn University and the College of Engineering in Huntsville."
During the transition period, Ogles will continue to function as Geocent's federal business unit leader with his official decision-making capacity being filled by Geocent's president and chief operating officer, Rick Gremillion.
Ogles led Geocent's information technology and engineering service business unit in support of NASA, the Department of Defense and industry partners across the nation. He has worked in the aerospace, defense, and automotive manufacturing industries for more than 25 years, which includes experience in advanced manufacturing, engineering management, business unit management, systems engineering, executive management and business development.
Ogles will work for the College of Engineering from Huntsville, reporting directly to Rodney Robertson, executive director of the Auburn University Huntsville Research Center.
"The Huntsville research center's focus is on identifying areas that align capabilities at Auburn with needs and opportunities in the Huntsville area," reports Robertson. "Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in advanced manufacturing, materials and propulsion that match Auburn Engineering’s research capabilities and are also important to Army, NASA and industry organization in Huntsville. Mike's passion to work with faculty and students along with his vast technical and business knowledge makes him a great asset to Auburn University."