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

ICAMS's resources include a DMG MORI DMU 50 5-axis Vertical Machining Center.
DoD awards ICAMS $8.9M for smart manufacturing initiatives
The adoption of Smart Manufacturing is fast becoming a necessity for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) looking to stay competitive in the Industry 4.0 age. For those SMMs in the national security ecosystem, it's no longer a suggestion — it's a requirement.
3/13/23 12:00 PM
Christian Brodbeck
Brodbeck named Director of Research Engineering Operations
To reflect his growing and evolving role in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Christian Brodbeck, who has served the college as research engineer since 2006, was recently named director of research engineering operations.
2/28/23 8:00 AM
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