Auburn University to serve as collaborator in premier DoD research center

Published: Jan 14, 2009 3:28:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has been chosen to serve as a designated research collaborator in the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), the first Department of Defense (DoD) funded University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) to focus on challenging systems engineering issues facing defense industries.

"We are pleased to be named a collaborator and have the opportunity to take part in the defense-related research projects to be conducted through the Systems Engineering Research Center," said Alice Smith, chair of Auburn's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. "It is a noteworthy recognition of our department's leadership in conducting prominent systems engineering research."

Auburn will participate in a consortium of 18 leading universities and research centers throughout the United States, led by Stevens Institute of Technology, with the University of Southern California serving as principal collaborator. Auburn researchers working with the SERC will be responsible for systems engineering research that supports the development, integration, testing and sustainability of complex defense systems, enterprises and services. The center will serve as a research engine and offer systems engineering programs and workshops for the DoD and its contractors.

"Auburn is pleased to work with these distinguished universities in addressing defense priorities for our country," said College of Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. "Our industrial and systems engineering faculty have proven themselves as leading-edge researches and their inclusion confirms their dedication to the field."

Additional SERC collaborators include Air Force Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Fraunhofer Center at the University of Maryland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of California at San Diego, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Virginia and Wayne State University.

Additional information regarding the SERC and the DoD is available on their respective Web sites, and