Message from the Chair

Jeff SuhlingWelcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. We are pleased that you have decided to visit with us. With an enrollment of more than 700 undergraduates and 150 graduate students, Auburn has one of the Southeast's largest Mechanical Engineering programs. Our outstanding faculty is currently composed of 32 members, 24 supporting the Mechanical Engineering Program and 8 supporting the Materials Engineering Program.  The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and research. As you navigate through the site, you will see the breadth and variety of our programs.

Since our beginnings in 1885 as the Department of Mechanic Arts, the department has expanded and changed over the years. From its humble origin in the shops of Langdon Hall, Mechanical Engineering is now the largest program on campus, occupying over 65,000 square feet of space spread over 7 buildings.  Upon completion of the $55M construction of Phase 2 of the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology, the department will move to Wiggins Mechanical Engineering Hall, which will provide state-of-the-art work spaces for all of the faculty, staff, and students in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Mechanical engineers are involved in the conceptualizing, design, manufacture, testing, marketing and maintenance of everything from jet aircraft to automobiles, power plants to hydroelectric dams, and computers to robots. Job opportunities exist in areas including business, public utilities, teaching, the armed services, the space program, and industries such as power, chemical, petroleum, automotive, biomedical, pharmaceutical, food, textile, computer, metal casting, electronics, paper, wood, rubber and glass. The AU Department of Mechanical Engineering has a strong commitment to our students and their success, graduating more mechanical engineers than all other engineering schools in the state combined.

Resources in the Department are complemented by nationally recognized research activities. Research sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S.Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and a variety of industrial sponsors. Research is performed in areas such as dynamic systems, materials, mechanics, sound and vibration, and thermal systems. Faculty members actively publish in top journals and present their work at conferences throughout the world.  The average faculty member attracts $200-300K of research dollars per year, publishes 2-3 articles per year in refereed journals and 5-6 papers per year at conferences at both national and international levels. Several of our members are professional engineers and all are active in professional societies.

As you will see while browsing our site, we have many exciting programs and opportunities for our students through classroom, research, and outreach activities.  We hope you will come visit us at Auburn to see all of the possibilities we have to offer. 


Jeffrey C. Suhling
Quina Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Auburn University

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011