College of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical EngineeringAboutMessage from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. We are pleased that you have decided to visit with us. With an enrollment of more than 1,200 undergraduates and 200 graduate students, Auburn has one of the Southeast's largest Mechanical Engineering programs. Our outstanding faculty is currently composed of 42 full-time members:  33 supporting the Mechanical Engineering Program and 9 supporting the Materials Engineering Program.  The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and research. As you navigate through the site, you will see the breadth and variety of our programs.

Since our beginnings in 1885 as the Department of Mechanic Arts, the department has expanded and changed over the years. From its humble origin in the shops of Langdon Hall, Mechanical Engineering is now the largest program on campus, occupying over 100,000 square feet of space spread over 6 buildings.  The Mechanical Engineering Program is based in Wiggins Hall, the $30M facility that was completed in 2012. This building provides state-of-the-art work spaces for all of the faculty, staff, and students in the Mechanical Engineering program.  The Materials Engineering Program is located in Wilmore Labs, which underwent a complete renovation in 2002-03.

Mechanical engineers are involved in the conceptualizing, design, manufacture, testing, marketing and maintenance of everything from jet aircraft to automobiles, power plants to hydroelectric dams, and computers to robots. Job opportunities exist in areas including business, public utilities, teaching, the armed services, the space program, and industries such as power, chemical, petroleum, automotive, biomedical, pharmaceutical, food, textile, computer, metal casting, electronics, paper, wood, rubber and glass. The AU Department of Mechanical Engineering has a strong commitment to our students and their success, graduating over 250 mechanical engineers per year.

Resources in the Department are complemented by nationally recognized research activities. Research sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Army Research Office, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and a variety of industrial sponsors. Research is performed in areas such as advanced manufacturing, dynamic systems and controls, materials, mechanics, and thermal-fluid systems. Faculty members actively publish in top journals and present their work at conferences throughout the world.  The average faculty member attracts $650K of research dollars per year, publishes 2-3 articles per year in refereed journals and 5-6 papers per year at conferences at both national and international levels. Several of our members are professional engineers and all are active in professional societies.

As you will see while browsing our site, we have many exciting programs and opportunities for our students through classroom, research, and outreach activities.  We hope you will come visit us at Auburn to see all of the possibilities we have to offer. 

Jeff Suhling



Jeffrey C. Suhling

Quina Distinguished Professor and Chair

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Auburn University