Eaglecast Webinar series


This monthly webinar series offered by Auburn University’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education at no cost to participants.

The series features experts from a variety of sectors including education, business, industry, public service, finance, and presents information and skills essential for navigating today’s ever-changing world.

Upcoming Webinars

July 23, 2024 | 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. Central Time

When is Simulation a Digital Twin?
Dr. Ana Wooley

This presentation will be about Digital Twins. Confusion often surrounds the distinction between Digital Twins and simulations due to their complementary nature. While they appear similar, they are fundamentally different concepts. The goal of this presentation is to provide some clarifications of what is a Digital Twin, and discuss the similarities and differences in capability between Digital Twin and Simulation.

Dr. Ana Wooley

Dr. Ana Wooley, Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM), The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Dr. Ana Wooley is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (ISEEM) at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. She completed her PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Auburn University in 2023 and she holds a Master's degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the same institution. She is an expert in modeling and simulation of manufacturing systems, with a particular focus on automotive manufacturing systems. Dr. Wooley’s current research focuses on digital twin development, smart manufacturing, simulation, and seamless integration of these technologies into manufacturing systems. She has collaborated with leading automotive companies such as Honda to develop simulations of the manufacturing line.


August 20, 2024 | 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. Central Time

Strategic Leadership in Uncertain Times: Navigating Complex Environments with Confidence and Resilience
Dr. Rynele Mardis

This seminar would leverage Dr. Mardis's extensive experience in executive leadership, intelligence, risk management, and emergency management to provide actionable insights for leaders facing uncertainty in corporate and academic settings. Dr. Mardis could explore strategies for assessing and mitigating risks, adapting to changing circumstances, and fostering resilience within organizations. Additionally, he could share practical frameworks and case studies drawn from his illustrious career to illustrate effective leadership practices in navigating complex environments.

Dr. Rynele Mardis

Dr. Rynele Mardis, Exemplar of Executive Leadership

Dr. Mardis, an exemplar of executive leadership, brings forth over two decades of unwavering service to the United States, including roles as a U.S. Army Counterintelligence Special Agent. His academic accolades, earned through advanced education at prestigious institutions such as the United States Defense Intelligence Agency's National Intelligence University and Harvard University in cybersecurity management, underscore his unparalleled expertise.

Twice-nominated and confirmed as an intelligence executive, Dr. Mardis's strategic prowess extends to organizational risk management, shaping global security strategies. Serving as a fellow with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), his insights resonate profoundly in the corridors of power.

Furthermore, his scholarly contributions, including notable publications with the United States Army University Press, illuminate his profound insights into emergency management and cognitive performance enhancement.

Driven by an unwavering dedication to operational excellence, Dr. Mardis meticulously crafts tailored solutions designed to navigate the intricate landscapes of modern corporate and academic environments. His resolute commitment ensures that organizations not only withstand but thrive amidst uncertainty, establishing themselves as paragons of resilience and success.


September 24 2024 | 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. Central Time

0-60: Learning How to Pump the Breaks
Dr. Michael Wells

Running yourself into the ground? Feeling a bit too overwhelmed? Burnout is a common experience among us all. Through an informative presentation with clinical research, participants will be able to define burnout, identify markers of burnout, how to reverse/treat burnout symptoms, and increase resiliency against burnout. Attendees will leave with the knowledge of the impact of burnout and be more equipped to challenge burnout symptoms for a more balanced life.

Dr. Michael Wells

Dr. Michael Wells, Senior Staff Clinician, Auburn SPCS

Dr. Michael Wells is a Senior Staff Clinician at Auburn University’s Student Psychological & Counseling Services (SCPS), and a mentor with over 15 years of experience supporting the US Veteran population in their transition back to civilians and navigating college life. He is a US Army Veteran who continues to advance the conversations around first-responder mental health in an attempt to de-stigmatize first responders’ use of clinical services. Dr. Wells’ most recent research focused on rejection sensitivity within the Veteran population and how it impacts seeking mental health services. He has collaborated with multiple university campus teams during his educational journey to build, maintain, and expand Veteran support services – specifically Veteran Resource Centers (VRCs) and assisting the Veteran Affairs with the Moving Forward program.


Past webinars are available on demand through Canvas Catalog.


Last Updated: June 28, 2024