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:

- 22 highly talented faculty members

- $8.9 million in research expenditures


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

A student employee at Auburn University's Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems (ICAMS) works a machine at the ICAMS research facility.
ICAMS serving small and medium manufacturers since 2018
Auburn University's Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems (ICAMS) dedicates itself to serving small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the southeastern United States.
6/25/24 2:00 PM
Aubie holds the a sign for the Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management
Thomas Walter Center prepares students for global innovation
The Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management at Auburn University prepares engineering and business students for product innovation and business models worldwide.
6/13/24 9:00 AM
man types on an advanced manufacturing machine
Auburn expands support for advanced manufacturing
The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will create an Analytical, Innovation and Manufacturing Laboratory to specifically foster workforce development, interdisciplinary collaboration and industry-relevant research and innovation aimed broadly at advanced manufacturing.
6/11/24 9:00 AM
David, who joined the Auburn faculty in 2012, has served as an assistant professor, associate professor and was recently promoted to the rank of full professor.
David named associate dean for research
Allan David has been named associate dean for research for Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, according to an announcement by Dean Mario Eden.
5/29/24 7:45 AM
John Cranston (left) teaches a student at J.F. Drake Middle School in Auburn during a Bird Inc. class activity in 2023.
Bird Inc. is back with a $1.7M DOD grant for two years
Armed with a $1.7 million project from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to revive the Bird Inc. program created by Cranston in 1996 to widen students’ worldviews to possible manufacturing jobs available after finishing high school, ICAMS looks to visit more than 28,000 sixth-grade students in Alabama throughout the next two years.
5/14/24 12:00 PM