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

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
Graduate School Dean George Flowers, left, presents the first-place plaque to Shiva Nageswaran after the Three Minute Thesis competition on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Graduate student in ISE wins university's Three Minute Thesis competition
Graduate students in industrial and systems engineering and chemical engineering give college first and second place in the annual competition
11/9/22 3:00 PM
Auburn University Research and Innovation Campus grand opening.
Auburn opens doors to Research and Innovation Campus in Huntsville
Auburn University expanded its footprint and opened its doors to a new facility in Huntsville on Tuesday with the grand-opening celebration of the Research and Innovation Campus.
10/25/22 12:00 PM
Graduate Engineering Research Showcase overall winner Shiva Nageswaran with, from left, Steve Taylor, interim dean, and Maria Auad, CEGS advisor and associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development.
ISE student wins 10th Graduate Engineering Research Showcase
A record 177 students — representing all departments within the college — participated in poster presentations, allowing them the opportunity to exchange ideas among peers and compete for cash prizes.
10/21/22 2:45 PM
Students from all engineering disciplines will make research poster presentations before peers and judges.
College's 10th annual Graduate Engineering Research Showcase Oct. 20
More than 200 graduate students are expected to showcase and present their research findings before peers and judges, competing for cash prizes
10/3/22 9:00 AM