College of EngineeringDepartment of Industrial and Systems EngineeringResearch

Research

Auburn University has three principal missions: instruction, research and outreach. The primary focus of our research is directed to the solution of problems and the development of knowledge and technology important to the state and nation and to the quality of life of Alabama citizens. Our research programs make important contributions to instructional programs through the involvement of graduate and undergraduate students and the renewal of the faculty. Outreach is the application of academic expertise beyond the traditional campus setting to the benefit of external constituents. Auburn’s outreach mission is defined by its historical designation as a land-grant university. Faculty engagement in outreach improves the quality of life in Alabama and beyond, and also provides them valuable experience and insights that can inform their teaching and research.

Here are some facts about our program:

- 20 highly talented faculty members

- $2.5 million in research expenditures

- 152 graduate students enrolled (73 in the doctoral program)

- 456 undergraduate students enrolled

Key Research Focus Areas:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Statistical quality control
  • Occupational safety and ergonomics
  • Warehouse optimization
  • Operations research
  • Engineering economics
  • Electric power modeling and economics

Grants which support our Research and Outreach:

Faculty research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, NIOSH, NASA, and other personal and private funding agencies, institutions, and for profit companies. Our faculty collaborates at Auburn and with domestic and international universities and industry leaders to accomplish their research initiatives.

Recent Research News


Haneen Ali
#GINNing Podcast: Come On, Haneen
Haneen Ali is all about improving healthcare delivery processes with systems engineering. And football. Learn how the Jordanian dual appointment dynamo is using her pigskin passion to boost the research reputation of both the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Auburn's College of Liberal Arts on the latest episode of the best podcast in all of higher education.
1/20/23 10:00 AM
Stanford researchers examined a database of more than 180,000 scholars worldwide.
22 scholars ranked among the world's top two percent of cited researchers
Stanford University's study examined a database of more than 180,000 researchers worldwide
1/5/23 2:50 PM
Auburn University biosystems engineering department chair Oladiran Fasina and poultry science department chair Bill Dozier, both principal investigators on the Institute for Rural Partnership project, visit the processing plant at the university’s Miller Poultry Research and Education Center.
Engineering part of $28 million grant to meet rural challenges
Auburn University is one of three universities sharing a $28 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, to establish an Institute for Rural Partnership to research the causes and conditions of challenges facing rural areas.
12/16/22 5:25 PM
Student research videos must be no longer than 60 seconds.
$2,200 up for grabs in upcoming student research video competition
Auburn Engineering's first AUsome Science in 60 Seconds competition offers up to $2,200 in cash and prizes to the best – and most concise – student researchers, graduate and undergraduate, on video.
11/30/22 10:45 AM
The institute will be housed out of Auburn’s Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville, hosted by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering with oversight by the College of Engineering and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Auburn University Board of Trustees approves Applied Research Institute
The Auburn University Board of Trustees approved a proposal Friday to form an Applied Research Institute that will represent an aggregation and culmination of various defense, aerospace, national security and biotech efforts at Auburn University. The proposed institute will serve as a hub to coordinate, organize and market these many efforts to Auburn's external constituents.
11/11/22 11:15 AM