College of EngineeringDepartment of Industrial and Systems EngineeringResearch


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

Mousumi Akter, a graduate student in computer science and software engineering, with Graduate School Dean George Flowers, was among the college's 13 students recognized.
Grad School honors 13 students, 4 faculty/staff from engineering
Students, faculty and staff recognized at the annual Auburn University Graduate School awards ceremony, Friday, April 28, in the Melton Student Center Ballroom.
5/5/23 8:00 AM
The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council was established in 1965 and is a group of Auburn Engineering alumni who work together to support the vision and goals of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.
Auburn Alumni Engineering Council inducts Class of 2028
The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council inducted seven new members to the group during its annual spring meeting April 14 in the Brown-Kopel Center.
5/2/23 4:05 PM
Michael Greene, associate professor of nutritional sciences, left, with Grace Hester, a senior in chemical engineering, Elizabeth Lipke,  Mary and John H. Sanders Professor in chemical engineering, and Justin Harvell, a graduate student in chemical engineering.
AUsome Science in 60 Seconds challenges student researchers
The research-based competition presented by the Council of Engineering Graduate Students tasked students to create videos and explain their respective projects in a minute or less.
4/28/23 11:00 AM
Maggie Nelson (left) and Yoorae Noh extrude recycled filament and feed it into a new spool.
CPAC gives used 3D printing filament new life through recycling program
Through ReMake, the Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites is collecting 3D printing waste and recycling it into filament that can be redistributed to labs across campus.
4/21/23 12:50 PM
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CPAC Summer Seminar Series kicks off May 30
The annual seminar series hosted by the Center for Polymers and Advanced Composites is an opportunity for graduate students to share their research and foster interdisciplinary research collaboration at Auburn.
4/20/23 1:00 PM