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Auburn Alumni Engineering Council inducts new class during spring meeting

By Austin Phillips

Published: Apr 9, 2018 12:04:00 AM

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The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council inducted seven new members to the group during its annual spring meeting April 6-7 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

Each council class is active for five years, and those inducted into the Class of 2023 were:

  • Terry Coggins, ’76 electrical engineering, retired from Alabama Power
  • Henry Howard, ’99 mechanical engineering, materials process engineer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp./Lockheed Martin
  • Victoria Jordan, ’87 master’s and ’06 doctorate in industrial and systems engineering, vice president of quality at Emory Healthcare
  • James McMillan, ’61 chemical engineering, retired from ExxonMobil
  • Harry Rice, ’77 civil engineering, vice president at Atkins
  • Steven Speaks, ’96 civil engineering, president at Larry E. Speaks & Associates
  • Jack Waddey, ’65 aerospace engineering, partner at Waller Lansden Dorth & Davis

“We are honored to have such a distinguished and accomplished group of engineers joining our alumni council,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of engineering. “These alumniare an active and valued component of the College of Engineering family. They demonstrate a continuing dedication and commitment to move the college to new levels of excellence and achievement.”

During the two-day meetings, the council made presentations and met in committees to provide leadership and participation in areas such as academics, development, governmental affairs and public relations.

The council also heard from several new faculty members, including Brendan Higgins, assistant professor in biosystems engineering; Vrishank Raghav, assistant professor in aerospace engineering; David Roueche, assistant professor in civil engineering; Michael Zabala, assistant professor in mechanical engineering; Christopher Harris, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering; and Selen Cremaschi, the B. Redd Associate Professor in chemical engineering. To learn more about these new professors, and the dozens of others who have joined the college since 2015, visit here.

The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28-29. For more information about the council, visit here.

Media Contact: Austin Phillips,, 334-844-2444

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