Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

Engineering Research Centers

Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering

Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource EngineeringThe missions of AC-PABE are to provide undergraduate, graduate and continuing education in science and engineering relevant to the needs of the pulp, paper and bio-resource industries, to conduct fundamental and applied research in line with the industry's research agenda, to develop and transfer technology to the industry consistent with the industry's technology vision and to provide timely technical information to the operating sector of the industry.

Advanced Manufacturing Research Center

Advanced Manufacturing LabThis center allows students to experience a hands-on learning environment for basic and advanced machine tool practices. The lab educates students on how to recognize and work in a laboratory atmosphere with the same equipment and policies. It represents a real working environment and encourages precision and accuracy in a teaching laboratory.

Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology Center (AMNSTC)

AMSTC CenterThe mission of this center, created in 1984, is to advance microelectronic science, technology, and education by providing facilities which encourage interdisciplinary research and educational activities within Auburn University and the State of Alabama. This is accomplished by focusing on more basic long-term research while also addressing the shorter-term technological and manpower needs of the semiconductor industry. The AMNSTC has grown to include nine distinct laboratories in electrical and computer engineering, physics and mechanical engineering. More than 30 faculty and staff, and more than 50 graduate students are involved in its research activities.

Alabama Technology Transfer Center (T2)

Technology Transfer CenterT2 is an organization created to bring the newest developments in technology to state and local public works agencies in Alabama. The center uses resources from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Transportation and Auburn University. Training seminars are an integral part of the center's activities and use the expertise of professionals throughout the region on topics including value engineering, public works management, railroad highway grade crossing improvements, and others.

Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center

Auburn University Detection and Food Safety CenterFood safety is a national priority that affects every man, woman and child. As many as 48 million Americans become ill annually due to foodborne pathogens and toxins. The center's vision is to improve the safety of the U.S. food system by developing the science and engineering required to rapidly identify, pinpoint and characterize problems that arise in the food supply chain through the integration of sensor and information systems technology.

Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics

Cave CenterThis is a national center of excellence which is dedicated to working with industry in developing and implementing new technologies for the packaging and manufacturing of electronics with special emphasis on the cost, harsh environment and reliability requirements of the vehicle industry. It is a National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research program (I/URC). It was founded in 1999 to help automotive suppliers, and anyone with harsh environment electronics applications meet their reliability requirements. 

Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Bioenergy and Bioproducts CenterAlabama is a state rich in renewable forest and agricultural resources, many of which may be the keys to new forms of energy and products that could reduce our nation's dependence on foreign energy sources and bring new jobs and sources of income to our state. This center was established to help bring both natural and human resources to bear on bioenergy and bioproduct opportunities in our state and region.

Center for Microfibrous Materials

Center for Microfibrous MaterialsThe center uses high speed, wet-lay paper-making processes to manufacture low cost, high performance, 3-D microfibrous materials and structures specifically designed to dramatically increase physical rate phenomena. It was founded in June 1996 and was created to facilitate research development, education, technology transfer, and economic development by establishing a small scale manufacturing facility to produce microfibrous materials. 

Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites

Center for Polymer and Advanced CompositesThe center's mission is to bring together the industry and university researchers to generate, facilitate and exchange fundamental and applied knowledge on topics of high relevance to the advancement of the national and regional polymer and composites industry.

Cyber Research Center

Cyber Security CenterThe Auburn Cyber Research Center integrates cutting-edge engineering technology with research to develop innovative methods of protecting our nation's cyber security. Our mission is to excel in cyber research, development, education, policy and practice. We are actively working toward our vision of becoming a nationally recognized research and development center with a strategic impact on our community, state, region and country.

Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility

Thomas Walter CenterErosion and sediment control has become a national focus within the construction industry.  National and state environmentalists have geared their attention toward emphasizing a need for reducing the amount of sediment-laden stormwater runoff discharging into local waterways from active construction sites.  The AU-ESCTF is a research facility dedicated to the evaluation of erosion and sediment control products and practices typically used on highway construction projects to minimize impacts to receiving waters.  The facility assists the Alabama Department of Transportation and other state highway and regulatory agencies with research, product evaluation, and training associated with erosion and sediment control practices commonly used in construction.

Highway Research Center

Highway Research CenterThis center, established in 1985, supports Alabama’s highway industry through a coordinated research program. Research activities are coordinated with the Alabama Department of Transportation, regional and national research programs (NCHRP, FHWA, AASHTO), county and municipal agencies, material suppliers, and contractors. Research initiatives relate to improving the safety, user friendliness, sustainability, longevity and return on investment of our highway infrastructure.

MRI Research Center

MRI CenterThe 45,000-square-foot Auburn University MRI Research Center houses  two of the most  powerful research and clinical magnetic  resonance imaging  (11RI) scanners  in the world - a 3-Tesla  MRI and a 7-Tesla MRI. This facility marks  next-level research  in engineering and medicine  and spotlights innovative technology not only in Alabama  but also internationally. The center represents a cutting-edge facility that places Alabama in the forefront of medical scanning technologies.

National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT)

NCAT - National Center for Asphalt TechnologyNCAT's mission is to be a leader in asphalt research, development, technology and education in the areas of structural design, construction methods, materials and testing, performance measurement and prediction, pavement preservation, rehabilitation, recycling and maintenance, and environment and highway safety. NCAT also offers a range of training and educational opportunities for the asphalt pavement construction industry as well as a class for university faculty. Short courses in asphalt materials technology are designed specifically for project engineers, novice or experienced mix designers, materials technicians, field inspectors, or testing personnel.

Occupational Safety, Ergonomics, and Injury Prevention Center

Occupational Safety, Ergonomics, and Injury Prevention The Occupational Safety, Ergonomics and Injury Prevention programs at Auburn University are part of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center for the past 35 years. Housed within the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the center offers graduate education in occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and ergonomics, and occupational injury prevention. The center is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the health and safety of workers in the south region. Research efforts are focused on the National Occupational Research Agenda priorities.

Thomas Walter Center

Thomas Walter CenterThe Thomas Walter Center, established in 1989, aims to train engineering and business students in common programs and to study and improve the solutions to problems at the interface between business and engineering disciplines. The center accomplishes its mission through various programs, the most visible being the Business-Engineering-Technology curriculum minor for business and engineering students, and the center's efforts to support, enable and promote technology commercialization.