Ashurst named director of Auburn Engineering’s Design and Innovation Center

Published: August 30, 2021

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W. Robert Ashurst, the Uthault Family Associate Professor from the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named director of the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s Design and Innovation Center. Housed on the bottom floor of the Brown-Kopel Center, the center serves as a makerspace consisting of student laboratories, shops, project incubators, study rooms, flexible classrooms, computer labs and more, while also serving as the home for engineering student organizations.

“I feel very strongly that activities in the Design and Innovation Center are especially important for engineering students. I will do my best to make sure that everyone in our college community is aware of this excellent resource and can take advantage of it,” Ashurst said. “I would like the makerspace to become the go-to resource in the college when our students, faculty, and staff have ideas to explore, things to make or just tinker around.”

As director, Ashurst will assist faculty and students in the development and implementation of design and innovation projects, as well as build and sustain industry and agency relationships and collaborations to support student projects.

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Submitted by: Cassie Montgomery