For more than a century, engineers have honed their skills at Auburn, going on to share their knowledge and innovations with the world around them. Graduates have become astronauts, fighter pilots, inventors and CEOs, while others have revolutionized the alternative energy, telecommunications, construction and wireless industries.
Over the past few years, the college has made a strong effort to increase awareness of the college and the achievements of its faculty, students and alumni. That’s because reputation matters when it comes to recruiting students and faculty, as well as attracting extramural funding. “The latest figures from the American Society of Engineering Educators reinforce this – the average ACT/SAT scores for our engineering students are the highest ever, as is the college’s extramural funding,” says Dean Larry Benefield.
"We’ve almost completed a major upgrade of our facilities and are now working to enhance our professorship and graduate fellowship offerings,” he adds. “In addition, program enhancements, such as the launch of the nation’s only wireless engineering degree and a new automotive minor are helping to ensure that our college and its graduates remain competitive in today’s fast-changing global environment.”
Facts About the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
The 2009 U.S. News & World Report ranked Auburn’s undergraduate engineering program 28th and the graduate program 42nd among the nation’s public universities.The college offers the state’s largest engineering program, according to the American Society for Engineering Education, and awards more than $1 million in scholarships annually
Auburn Engineering ranks 19th nationally in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African-American students.
The university offers the nation’s first and only 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.
Auburn Engineering students comprise approximately 25 percent of those who graduate with honors university-wide and 80 percent of co-op students.
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 fuel cell 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
The college is highly ranked in research funding per faculty member. Ongoing investments in new research equipment, more than $30 million in renovations and $108 million in new construction are ensuring that the college’s facilities remain state-of-the-art incubators for new technologies.
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Degree Offerings
Larry D. Benefield, Dean
Bachelor’s degree offerings: 13 programs with four minors
Graduate degree offerings: 26
Fall 2007 enrollment: 4,103
Forest Engineering option
Computer Engineering option
Polymer and Fiber Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Wireless Electrical Engineering option
Wireless Software Engineering option
Automotive Engineering and Manufacturing
Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
1301 Shelby Center • Auburn, AL 36849
Phone: (334) 844-2308 • Fax: (334) 844-4487