Amna Salman Named 2022 Outstanding Doctoral Student

Amna Salman, Outstanding Doctoral Student 2022

Amna Salman, doctoral student in the McWhorter School of Building Science, was named a 2022 Outstanding Doctoral Student by Auburn’s Graduate School and Graduate Student Council. She was recognized at the Graduate Student Awards Ceremony on April 18.

Salman holds an undergraduate degree in architecture and earned a dual Masters in Community Planning (MCP) and Public Administration (MPA) from Auburn in 2013. After working at Auburn as a campus planner, Salman began teaching in the undergraduate building science program as an adjunct professor in 2017 and was admitted to the PhD in Building Construction program in 2020. One of only seven programs nationwide, Auburn’s doctoral program is research-based and focuses on both traditional and emerging areas in building science.

Salman has made important advances in her research related to the applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) in construction site safety and other construction-related areas. Her work has received the support of three internal CADC grants, and she has authored or co-authored twelve articles and papers that are published in prestigious journals and conferences. Her paper “Utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Monitor PPE for Construction Safety,” co-authored with faculty member Dr. Anoop Sattineni, has been accepted for the 37th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction. Salman has also served as paper and article reviewer for several journals and conferences, including The Journal of Architectural Engineering.

A recipient of the Auburn University Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Salman has received the prestigious distinction of being awarded an Association of General Contractors (AGC) Industry Residency. This program develops partnerships between educational institutions, AGC member contractors and the AGC Education and Research Foundation. The first Auburn student to receive this honor, Salman spent the summer of 2021 working with Bailey Harris Construction Company on Auburn’s Rane Culinary Science Center. “Amna Salman is a tireless graduate student, a compassionate teacher and colleague, and a visionary researcher,” stated CADC Acting Dean Karen Rogers. “It has been a joy and a source of considerable pride to watch her develop and grow professionally over the years.”