Auburn Engineering - 100 years of innovation and excellence

Did you dream of being an astronaut when you were little? Graduates of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering actually HAVE become astronauts! They have also become fighter pilots, inventors and CEOs, while others have revolutionized the alternative energy, telecommunications, construction and wireless industries.

Do you know these Fun Facts about the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering?
  1. The 2009 U.S. News & World Report ranked Auburn’s undergraduate engineering program __th and the graduate program __nd among the nation’s public universities.
  2. The college offers the state’s _____ engineering program, according to the American Society for Engineering Education, and awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually.
  3. Auburn Engineering ranks __th nationally in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-American students.
  4. The university offers the nation’s ____ and ____ bachelor’s degree in wireless engineering, graduating the first students in 2004. It is the first program in the Southeast to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in software engineering and the only state university offering a polymer and fiber engineering program.
  5. Auburn Engineering students comprise approximately __ percent of those who graduate with honors university-wide and 80 percent of co-op students.


  1. ranked Auburn's undergraduate engineering 28th and the graduate program 42nd
  2. offers the state’s largest engineering program
  3. ranks 19th nationally
  4. first and only bachelor’s degree in wireless engineering
  5. 25 percent of those who graduate with honors university-wide

The 2008-2009 academic year marks the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering’s centennial as an official college within the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, a.k.a. Auburn University. Auburn Engineering has made a commitment to build on its past and meet the needs of the future.

Beyond the classroom, students gain hands-on, real-world experience on student competition teams for Formula SAE race cars, SAE Baja all-terrain vehicles and SAE Aero Design unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as fuelcell powered cars, robotics, ergonomics and materials handling design.

The college has educated four of Auburn’s six NASA astronauts – Jim Voss, Ken Mattingly, Jan Davis and Clifton Williams; three directors of the Kennedy Space Center – Richard Smith, James Kennedy and Forrest McCartney; and three members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering – John Junkins, Oliver Kingsley and Philip Lett.

Auburn Engineering conducts approximately half of the university’s annual research. Research areas include transportation technology, food safety, materials processing, information technology, wireless engineering, aerospace engineering, bioprocess/environmental engineering, highway/asphalt technology, microelectronics, vehicle electronics, fiber technology, pulp and paper, occupational safety and ergonomics, and technology management.

Bachelor's Degree Options:
Aerospace Engineering
Biosystems Engineering1
Forest Engineering option
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering option
Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary)
Polymer and Fiber Engineering
Polymer option
Fiber option
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Materials Engineering (Interdisciplinary)
Mechanical Engineering
Software Engineering
Wireless Engineering
Wireless Electrical Engineering option
Wireless Software Engineering option

Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing
Computer Science
Information Technology

Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
Larry D. Benefield, Dean
1301 Shelby Center 844-2308

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