Our Mission

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering embraces its land-grant values in order to transform lives and enhance society through impactful engineering education and research.  The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will…

  • Prepare our students, through high quality internationally recognized instructional programs, to practice engineering professionally and ethically in a competitive global environment.
  • Expand scientific and engineering knowledge through innovative research and creative partnerships involving academia, industry and government.
  • Provide programs to assist individuals and organizations to find solutions to engineering problems through education, consulting, and practical research

Our Vision

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will be an innovative and engaged community of faculty, staff, and students who exemplify excellence through an exceptional student-centered engineering experience and transformational research that improves quality of life and fosters economic growth.

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will be…

  • The best student-centered engineering experience in America!
  • A leader in research and service that improves the quality of life and fosters economic growth.
  • A community of faculty, staff, and students that exemplifies excellence and innovation.


Our students make the difference in the College of Engineering. We represent one of the largest colleges on Auburn University's campus with approximately 5,300 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students. 

We cultivate an environment that puts an emphasis on  fundamentals, hands-on engineering and a strong work ethic that sets Auburn Engineering graduates apart as leaders in the workplace and the community.



Faculty with Student

Following our vision to provide a dynamic faculty that exemplifies excellence in education, these individuals are what create the highest-quality education to our students. Our faculty constantly raise the bar for our students to be better in the classroom and industry. Because of our faculty, students are knowledgeable and prepared to enter the work force to meet tomorrow's engineering challenges. 


Diversity Equity and Inclusion

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering strives to be a diverse community of students, faculty and staff and is committed to providing an environment in which all members of our college community feel welcome and valued.  Engineer Together includes outreach activities for prospective K-12 students, scholarships, support for academic success and programs to help our college community learn how to create an inclusive environment. For more details on these and related activities, please visit our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

Samuel Ginn

Samuel Ginn

Samuel Ginn, a native of Anniston, Alabama, is a 1959 graduate of Auburn University's College of Engineering, and was awarded the institution's honorary doctorate in 1998. He was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 1992. Ginn also served on the university's board of trustees from 2005-2013.

Ginn has more than four decades of experience in the telecommunications industry. Following his service with the Army Signal Corps, he built a 27 year career with AT&T beginning as a student engineer in 1960. He rose through the ranks in management and operations, and in 1977 was appointed vice president of network operations for AT&T Long Lines.

After the Bell Systems breakup, Ginn joined Pacific Telephone in 1978 as vice president–Los Angeles, going on to serve as chairman and CEO of Pacific Telesis from 1988 until 1994. When he resigned, Ginn launched AirTouch, an early pioneer in the cellular industry that went public in 1994 with an IPO of $10 billion.

In 1999, the company was sold for $65 billion to Vodafone where Ginn assumed the position of chairman in the United Kingdom. During his tenure, Vodafone merged with Verizon to create Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless telecommunications network in the U.S. Ginn retired from Vodafone in 2000.

Ginn serves on the boards of the Franklin Templeton Fund and ICO Global Communications. His past corporate board memberships have included CH2M Hill, First Interstate Bank, Pacific Telesis Group, Safeway, Transamerica Corporation, Vodafone, AirTouch Communications, Chevron Corporation, Hewlett-Packard and the Fremont Group. He has also served as chairman of the California Business-Higher Education Forum, the California Business Roundtable and the Committee on Jobs, and is an overseer at the Hoover Institute in Palo Alto, as well as a Sloan fellow at Stanford University's School of Business.

An investor and advisor to several start-up companies in telecommunications, Ginn is the namesake for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He has served as the impetus behind the wireless engineering degree program at Auburn and continues his involvement with the institution through its wireless advisory board. As part of its philanthropic activities, the Ginn Family Foundation supports merit scholarships within the college.  Married to Ann Vance Ginn, they have three children and six grandchildren.