The institute's focus is on interdisciplinary research and advanced technologies to improve the security and operations of our nation's infrastructure while valuing natural resources and conservation. This institute enables Auburn to attract nationally recognized faculty who are at the forefront of emerging technological issues, while leveraging existing university resources and personnel to broaden the institute's technological impact and to inform policy and practice.
Our areas of emphasis include the protection and security of the energy infrastructure systems and resources that are essential to our way of life. These areas are of critical concern for Alabama and the nation. Furthermore, they will provide significant opportunities for collaboration in providing solutions that serve as catalysts for investment by others. Such collaboration has long-term implications for research endeavors, policy formation, economic development, business expansion and job creation.
Charles McCrary, '73 mechanical engineering, served as president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company, following a distinguished 40-year career with the company. His record of leadership and service to Alabama Power Company is widely recognized, and the impact of his work is undeniable.