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:

- 22 highly talented faculty members

- $8.9 million in research expenditures


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

David, who joined the Auburn faculty in 2012, has served as an assistant professor, associate professor and was recently promoted to the rank of full professor.
David named associate dean for research
Allan David has been named associate dean for research for Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Dean Mario Eden.
5/29/24 7:45 AM
John Cranston (left) teaches a student at J.F. Drake Middle School in Auburn during a Bird Inc. class activity in 2023.
Bird Inc. is back with a $1.7M DOD grant for two years
Armed with a $1.7 million project from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to revive the Bird Inc. program created by Cranston in 1996 to widen students’ worldviews to possible manufacturing jobs available after finishing high school, ICAMS looks to visit more than 28,000 sixth-grade students in Alabama throughout the next two years.
5/14/24 12:00 PM
Dean Mario Eden (left) meets with Adm. Christopher W. Grady, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a tour of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence inside Auburn University's Gavin Engineering Research Lab.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tours Auburn Engineering
Adm. Christopher W. Grady, who as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation's second highest-ranking military officer, toured prominent Auburn University engineering research centers in advance of his Friday address at Auburn's NROTC commissioning ceremony, at which he will serve as commissioning officer.
5/3/24 2:30 PM
Pictured is the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology on Auburn's campus.
Graduate School honors 28 students from Auburn Engineering
More than 20 engineering graduate students were recognized at the annual Auburn University Graduate School awards ceremony, Friday, April 26, in the Melton Student Center Ballroom.
4/30/24 9:45 AM
Gregory Purdy, assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering stands next to Gregory Harris, director of ICAMS and ISE chair, for a photo on Auburn University’s campus.
ICAMS receives $9.2M to further Model-Based Systems Engineering
ICAMS has received a $9.2 million DOD project to address the need for more adoption of enhanced digital capabilities in the defense industry.
3/13/24 1:00 PM