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


The agreement is considered to be a "win-win" for both Auburn and Air University, located in Montgomery.
Auburn Engineering, Air University form partnership
The partnership is designed to develop an environment promotes unique opportunities for students and faculty to participate in Air Force-related research, while enhancing STEM-related education and research
6/15/22 9:00 AM
Allan David
David named acting associate dean for research
Allan David has been named as the Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s acting associate dean for research.
6/1/22 11:45 AM
Interim Dean Steve Taylor
Taylor named interim dean
Steve Taylor has been named interim dean of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Interim Provost Vini Nathan. Taylor will begin serving in this new role effective immediately. He succeeds Chris Roberts, who was named as Auburn University’s 21st president in February.
4/5/22 2:00 PM
A group photo taken at Auburn Engineering's Graduate Engineering Research Showcase.
Engineering showcase brings hundreds to Huntsville
The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering successfully completed its mission Tuesday at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. More than 150 graduate students and faculty from all departments traveled to the Rocket City for the Graduate Engineering Research Showcase, presenting their posters in Davidson Center for Space Exploration to members of the Huntsville community and Auburn Engineering alumni.
3/30/22 8:00 AM
Auburn University will soon kick off the AI@AU Initiative, promoting artificial intelligence across the curriculum.
Faculty invited to register for SEC AI conference
As part of a new consortium designed to advance the role of artificial intelligence in teaching and research, the Southeastern Conference is inviting faculty from its institutions to participate in the first Mini-Conference on Artificial Intelligence in the Curriculum on Friday, April 8, via Zoom.
3/29/22 11:25 AM