Summer in Italy…


With Maria Grazia and Fabiana at Universita del Salento.

Just returned from beautiful Lecce in Salento from a productive Fulbright visit at their university. Hosted by Drs. Maria Grazia Gnoni and Fabiana Tornese, we spent several weeks tinkering with graduate course design in green supply chains and additive manufacturing. We also visited Bosch and Avio Aero plants in Bari and Brindisi for technical exchanges in lean and additive manufacturing. I look forward to continuing discussions during their visit to Savannah for IMHRC 2018 in a few weeks. Ciao!

Our Doctoral Tam Tradition!

Ali tam

A very smiley Ali receiving (and proudly wearing) his doctoral tam

On April 9th, Ali Khoshkhoo became the latest graduate student from our research group to successfully defend his doctoral dissertation. This took place in the state-of-the-art CASIC research facility at Auburn University. The next day, as it has been a tradition in our group (and for every doctoral graduate who went on to pursue an academic job), Ali received a blue velvet “doctoral tam” with a shiny gold tassel as a gift from his advisor (yours truly). For those interested, you may find more information on academic regalia here. Soon to be Dr. Khoshkhoo is currently working through some massive changes to his dissertation and pondering several academic offers – so no final decision yet has been made. Rest assured, he should become an assistant professor this coming fall.


Dr. Ekong graduates and heads to Ohio

Joseph 1This past Saturday, December 16th 2017, Auburn University conducted its fall 2017 commencement exercises. I had the pleasure of participating in the hooding ceremony of Dr. Joseph Ekong (co-advised with Dr. Blersch from Biosystems Engineering) as he proudly walked across the stage. Dr. Ekong will return to his academic duties (he joined the faculty at Ohio Northern University as a tenure-track assistant professor). Best of luck!

Habemus doctorem!

Joseph dinner

L to R: Gabriel Proano, Dr. David Blersch, yours truly, Dr. Kamran Kardel, Ali Khoshkhoo, and Joseph Ekong.

Last Friday November 11th, Joseph Ekong became the latest graduate from our research lab by successfully defending his dissertation before a committee composed of faculty members from Industrial Engineering, Biosystems engineering and Mathematics. Of course we went out to celebrate with gourmet Mexican food and cervezas but were quickly outnumbered by large crowds of Georgia bulldog fans that were in town for the game (Auburn won 40-17). This highlights the obvious question: who defends his dissertation the night before the most important football game of the year?. Soon-to-be Dr. Ekong now joins the academic ranks as an assistant professor at Ohio Northern University. Godspeed!


Georgia Southern University

georgia-southern1I have now officially moved to my new position at Georgia Southern University. I will continue to maintain a close collaboration and a research facility (the 3D-Printed Biosurfaces Lab) at Auburn University for the next two years or so while the rest of the pack of doctoral students graduate. My close collaborator, Dr. David Blersch from Biosystems Engineering, is in charge of the facility and equipment. While my Auburn email address will continue to function for a while, this new address will be monitored much more frequently:   acarrano [at] georgiasouthern [dot] com. Cheers!

2016-2017 End-of-the-year Cookout

Group Picture Spring 2017

From L to R: Krutarth, Arvind, Dr. Blersch, Ali, Ming Hong, Jarrod, Enkai, Gabriel, Joseph (and son), and yours truly. Special appearance by Monica (the black lab)

With mixed feelings, we celebrated the last cookout during my time here at Auburn University. The entire group of research assistants from the 3D Printed BioSurfaces Lab and Teaching Assistants from my Manufacturing Systems class were able to come. It was a very pleasant lakeside evening with perfect weather in Chewacla State Park. Typical American fare of burgers and hot dogs were garnished with spectacular Indian Samosas and Iranian Tahdig dishes, among others. Thanks to all for your hard effort this term!.


Surface Metrology: a primer with Biosystems applications


SEM of southern red oak (Quercus falcata sp.)

This coming Thursday, March 30th, I will be delivering a seminar in the department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. I plan to cover some fundamentals of surface metrology, some of the more recent approaches and a few applications, including the topographical scanning of fossilized dinosaur teeth, leaves, wood surfaces as well as algal system substrata. Please join us form 12-1 pm in Corley Building #302.

Research group Holiday gathering

pic3We celebrated the end of another productive semester with a potluck-style gathering with all the doctoral students, teaching assistants and their families. A wonderful assortment of Iranian, Latin American and Chinese dishes of were attacked mercilessly by all. Thanks for another productive term and enjoy a safe Holiday.

Manjinder receives 2016 Master Thesis Research Award!

manjManjinder Kaur, a researcher from our 3D Printed Biosurfaces lab and who graduated with a Masters Degree in Biosystems Engineering this past summer, received the 2016 Master Thesis Award from Auburn University. Her work titled “Effect of Substratum Topography on Algal Turf Colonization and Productivity under Different Nutrient Conditions”, chaired by Dr. Blersch, was one of five campus-wide theses selected for this prestigious award. Her work will be entered to the Master Theses Award competition sponsored by the Conference of Southern  Graduate Schools. Congrats to Manjinder, well deserved!

Dr. Kardel heading to Georgia!

Pic 1Kamran Kardel successfully defended his dissertation this past June and went through his doctoral hooding ceremony at the commencement exercises this past weekend. Dr. Kardel is joining the faculty ranks at the Department of Manufacturing Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Congrats!