Why Auburn Materials Engineering?

Faculty: Our program boasts an exceptional faculty, each with a doctorate in their chosen field. The faculty is comprised of individuals with diverse experiences and backgrounds ranging from industry experience to government and international organization research. The strength of our faculty is evident by our ever increasing list of faculty discoveries, pier recognition, and membership in academic and professional societies. It is our faculty members that comprise the foundation of our program and provide assurance and opportunity for your future career as an engineer.

Facilities: Housed within Wilmore Laboratories, Auburn University’s Materials Engineering program is ideally located in the center of the campus engineering quadrant. Wilmore Laboratories offer more than 12,000 square feet of laboratory space equipped with the newest, cutting-edge equipment that allows our students to develop skills while working with advanced engineering instrumentation. We have conference room space, a kitchenette, coffee club, and we have the capability to provide work space to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars.  Learn more about our laboratories and equipment here

Flexibility: Materials issues arise in all areas of technology, and so materials engineers often need to work on interdisciplinary projects. In the curriculum, students obtain exposure to other engineering disciplines through technical electives, which are selected from a list of coordinated course sequences, and intra-collegiate collaboration. Click to view a sample curriculum and college programs and outcomes.

Students may design alternative individualized cross-disciplinary sequences, but these sequences must be coordinated and must be approved by the materials engineering curriculum committee.

Fellowship: Students in the Materials Engineering program will have the opportunity to grow both in and outside the classroom. The low student-faculty ratio within our program helps foster a sense of camaraderie among our students, especially during design projects. Working together on group projects not only creates team-building skills, but it helps build friendships for a lifetime. Our students have plenty of time to relax and meet other students with similar interests through student organizations, as well as social events organized by the department, including our spring picnic and holiday luncheon. See our facebook page and College of Engineering calendar for more events.

Future: The United States Department of Labor predicts a need for 970 new engineers in Alabama by the year 2018, and the national increase need is 10% by 2020. As a group, engineers earn some of the highest average starting salaries among those holding bachelor’s degrees. According to a 2009 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for engineers holding a bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering was $57,349, the 2010 national average salary was $70,610. Our undergraduates hold positions with companies such as Exxon Mobil Cooperation, Ford Motor Company, Koch Industries, Chevron, NASA, General Motors, General Electric, BASF and more. Many also continue in pursuit of graduate education and professional training through Auburn Engineering Online and on-campus programs.

Zack Watson, Materials Engineer

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2016