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History and Mission



Launched in 1996, this program plays a vital role in promoting diversity among Auburn’s student body. The program received sponsorships from BellSouth Corporation, AT&T and Alabama Power and carried a variety of names from Minority Engineering Program to Engineering Academic Excellence Program (AEP). The goal of AEP is to strengthen the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.


The primary objective of the Engineering Academic Excellence Program is to increase recruitment and enhance retention of underrepresented engineering students to graduate from Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

This mission is accomplished through a series of academically based programs and activities. All underrepresented Samuel Ginn College of Engineering students are encouraged to participate in the programs.