CONTRIBUTED BY AUBURN UNIVERSITY
By Joe McAdory
Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering professors will soon have access to new and exciting research opportunities. The U.S. Air Force will soon have access to Auburn Engineering’s brainpower.
A recently-signed, five-year educational partnership agreement provides Auburn Engineering students and faculty an opportunity to collaborate scientifically with Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery — an arm of the U.S. Air Force — to expand and create knowledge, solve engineering-related problems and optimize existing modes of operation.
“The reputation of Auburn University and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering transcends state and regional borders,” said Steve Taylor, interim dean of engineering. “Entities such as the U.S. Air Force recognize we produce some of the nation’s most gifted engineers and world-class researchers, and our experience working with our nation’s defense sector makes this a perfect fit.”
According to the agreement, its objective is to develop an environment that promotes unique opportunities for students and faculty to participate in Air Force-related research, while enhancing educational and research opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and other disciplines relevant to education, collaboration and innovation properties.
“As a military organization, we at Air University talk a lot about joint operations between the different service branches and while that’s of utmost importance we also need to work more strategically with our civilian partners,” said Mehmed Ali, director of academic services at Air University. “Auburn brings so much to the table and this agreement is just the beginning of a key relationship that will greatly benefit both sides.”
Steve Mills, principal research scientist in the College of Engineering, considered the agreement a “win-win for Auburn University and Air University.”
“Air University will work closely with our experts to collaborate on cutting-edge research across all engineering disciplines while also providing our faculty access to new and exciting research opportunities,” said Mills, who will serve as the university’s partnership program manager and help identify, select and prioritize collaborative activities for both organizations.
In September 2021, the college signed an educational partnership agreement with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, to “develop new technology by engaging with faculty and students and increase the potential for transfer and commercialization of Air Force technology.”