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“Graduate students, and the faculty with whom they work, are incredibly important to our ability to engage in innovative research that truly does impact our quality of life and our country’s economic competitiveness.”

Christopher Roberts, Dean of Engineering
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School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences

The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences offers graduate degree programs in a variety of natural resources disciplines at both the masters and PhD levels. Our faculty conduct world-class research at the highest level, and we have not only a variety of outdoor learning experiences for our students, but a variety of scholarships and fellowships to support your study. The Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Building was constructed in 2005 and features modern facilities for learning and faculty research. Field research and education are also important in the School. The 5,300 acre Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center is an outstanding school forest that provides an exceptional summer field experience for our students and other education and outreach opportunities during the remainder of the year. Additionally, there are over 4,000 acres managed as research and demonstration forests that provide a variety of forested ecosystems for our faculty needs.

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College of Education

College of Education

The Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education program prepares educators to be instructional administrators and leaders in a K-12 setting. The mission of the program is to prepare engaged, collaborative and effective leaders of learning through the integration of theory, reflection and applied leadership opportunities. The program integrates school leadership as an intellectual, moral and craft practice through collaboration, shared decision-making processes, and a focus on student learning and achievement. The master’s and specialist programs lead to Alabama certification in instructional leadership (Class A and Class AA).

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School of Industrial Design

School of Industrial Design

Consistently ranked as one of the top ten industrial design graduate programs in the United States by DesignIntelligence, the Auburn Master of Industrial Design (MID) Program prepares students to shape a sustainable future by designing products and systems that consider human interaction, manufacturability, profitability, and environmental impact. The MID Program consists of a thesis based program of study (35 credit hours). Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in industrial design or have completed a three semester post baccalaureate program.  Courses are structured to the student’s specific area of design interest. 

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Pursuing an advanced degree is an important step towards a rewarding, life-long career in the field of mechanical engineering. The faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering take great pride in providing the best possible educational experience for all of our graduate students. By combining broad fundamental understanding, as found in the core graduate courses, with specialized skills obtained in more advanced graduate courses, the foundation for a successful research experience is guaranteed.

The Department offers MS and PhD programs. MS thesis and PhD dissertation work provides opportunities to obtain the skills necessary to define, formulate and solve novel problems. At each level of the graduate program experience there is close collaboration between the students and the faculty.

Financially attractive fellowships and assistantships, which include full tuition waiver and stipend, are available to qualifying students pursuing either degree.

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Department of Economics

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics offers graduate programs leading to a Ph.D. in Applied Economics (joint with Agricultural Economics and Forestry Economics) and Master of Science in Economics. Concentration areas of the faculty include applied microeconomics, health economics, industrial organization, international economics (trade and finance), labor economics, and macroeconomics. Students who have completed our programs have found a variety of opportunities that include tenure track assistant professor positions.

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Community Planning

Community Planning

The Mission of the Master of Community Planning Program is to prepare students for leadership roles and meaningful, challenging careers in professional practice. The curriculum focuses on the planning of the built environment and harnesses the nationally recognized strengths of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Students use the surrounding region as a laboratory to engage contemporary issues of urbanization and, through hands-on learning experiences and processes of synthesis, acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the technical and dynamic nature of the built environment, as well as the skills required to prepare them for the vital role that they as planners will play in the positive growth of resilient communities. The program seeks outstanding students of diverse backgrounds who, as graduates, will be recognized by citizens, employers and the planning profession as innovative, dedicated and ethical professionals.

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<strong>THIS IS HOW YOU WILL FIND YOUR DREAM JOB</strong>

THIS IS HOW YOU WILL FIND YOUR DREAM JOB

Meagan Gacke is an alumna of the master’s program in the Department of English. While conducting research for a project in her feminist theory seminar, she found biographical information on 18th century English author Mary Deverell that was previously unknown to literary scholars. Following the discovery, she was able to provide enough evidence to have the information accepted by the “Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,” the authoritative source on the people that have impacted British culture. A native of Waco, Texas, Gacke received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Texas in 2011. After taking some graduate-level courses at the University of North Texas, she transferred to Auburn for the fall semester of 2012. While pursuing her master’s degree, she also served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English.

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School of Kinesiology

School of Kinesiology

The School of Kinesiology prepares individuals for careers in teaching, research, and services related to physical activity and fitness, health promotion, and sports medicine in a variety of settings including schools, college and universities, public and private agencies, clinical environments, government, business, and the military. The program includes course work related to physical activity in its many forms, including exercise for improvement of health and physical fitness, activities of daily living, work, sport, dance, and play in a variety of groups, including special populations such children; persons with disability, injury or disease; and athletes.

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Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Department of Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science Degree with options in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), as well as the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Studies. The Department provides an integrated program of study of individual and family relationships over the lifespan.

The major focus of faculty and graduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is the study of interpersonal competence and relationship dynamics in the context of the family. We approach interpersonal competence issues by examining both functional and dysfunctional aspects of relationships.

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School of Communication and Journalism

School of Communication and Journalism

The School of Communication and Journalism at Auburn University offers a generalist program integrating theory, research, and practice in the areas of Communication, Journalism, Public Relations and Media Studies. Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional Masters-level educational experience focusing on building your critical and analytical skills in your chosen area of study. Working with your advisor, you will tailor our program to meet your interests and professional goals.

You can pursue two degree options – a Communication Graduate Certificate or a Master’s of Communication. Students pursuing the Master’s degree have the additional option of either writing a thesis or completing an internship.

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Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

The Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Association is an academic and professional organization that exists to address the unique needs and concerns of minority graduate and professional students, and to promote diversity within the Auburn community. The mission of the Auburn University Black Graduate and Professional Association is to advance the scholarly activity of minority students and to improve the conditions of the social environment.

Through the use of consistent social interaction and multi-cultural programming geared largely towards scholarship, career and community assistance, the Black Graduate and Professional Association fosters academic achievement, understanding of and respect for differences, and, ultimately, the development of future minority leadership.

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<strong>THIS IS THE TIME TO THINK BIG</strong>

THIS IS THE TIME TO THINK BIG

Research, a cornerstone of Auburn University’s tripartite mission, impacts the quality of our instruction, outreach and service endeavors. Research at Auburn today provides a portal to discovering new knowledge, advancing scholarship, and propelling economic development.  The breadth of research activities across Auburn influences and enriches the lives of the citizens of the state of Alabama, the nation and the world.

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“When you have the faculty that are well known in the field, it makes your life that much easier because then they’re able to give you that good name and good reputation that you need to succeed in the field.”

Meagan Gacke, English Graduate
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<strong>THIS IS HOW WE MENTOR POTENTIAL</strong>

THIS IS HOW WE MENTOR POTENTIAL

Christopher B. Roberts, Dean of Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri, and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He began his career at Auburn in 1994 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and became department chair in 2003. He was named dean of engineering in July 2012.

Roberts has a strong record of scholarly and academic achievement in nanotechnology and synthetic fuels, and has published more than 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in leading chemical engineering, chemistry, materials and related journals. He has been the principal investigator or significant co-principal investigator on more than $16 million in extramurally funded research contracts and grants at Auburn University from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Energy Technology Lab, industrial sponsors, and others.

He has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to the field of engineering including the Outstanding Professor Award, the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council’s Faculty Research Award, the Walker Merit Teaching Award and the SEC’s Auburn University Faculty Achievement Award, among others.

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School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

Auburn University was chartered in 1856 and was given land-grant status in 1872. The largest university in Alabama, Auburn has an enrollment of more than 24,000 students. In keeping with its land-grant status, the University has the College of Agriculture, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. The fisheries program is part of each of these units.

Research in inland fisheries and aquaculture began in 1933 by a team of three scientists headed by Dr. H.S. Swingle. Their program focused on the construction and management of Alabama farm ponds for recreation and for food production. When the first formal courses in inland fisheries and aquaculture were offered in 1946, a “hands-on” approach was adopted for teaching. This practice has continued to the present.

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School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is ranked in the top 20 programs in the nation 9 years in a row, the curriculum in architecture was established in 1907, making Auburn one of the first universities in the nation, and the first in the South, to offer architecture as a major.  Over the past century, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) has grown to include four allied degree programs: architecture, interior architecture, community planning, and landscape architecture.

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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

The College of Human Sciences is proud of its reputation as one of Auburn’s most vibrant, engaging, and intellectually stimulating academic units. In its pursuit of Science for a Quality Life, the needs of individuals and families are addressed in the context of their environments by applying scientific principles to solve the practical problems of everyday living.

The Department of Consumer and Design Sciences uses a multidisciplinary approach to meet human needs and wants through the design, production, and delivery of safe and aesthetically pleasing quality goods and services.

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Department of Poultry Science

Department of Poultry Science

The Department of Poultry Science has been recognized nationally for programs specializing in poultry processing.

Students in Poultry Science study the nutrition, marketing, management and business skills needed in poultry production. Poultry Science students receive a foundation in basic sciences and mathematics as well as an understanding of the poultry industry.

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Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering offers two Master’s degrees, Master of Science (M.S.) (thesis option) and Master of Software Engineering (M.Sw.E.) (project option), as well as the Ph.D. degree. The department currently has over 550 undergraduate majors and 135 graduate students. It offers bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Wireless Engineering. The students within the department are quite involved professionally, as evidenced by active chapters of ACM, IEEE-CS, and UPE. The faculty is committed to a balanced program in both instruction and research, with the goal of achieving excellence in Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Parallel Computation, Computer Networks, Database, Operating Systems, Language Theory and Compilers, Human/Computer Interaction, Multimedia, E-commerce, and Hardware/Software Codesign, Information Assurance, Network Security, Wireless Engineering.

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School of Nursing

School of Nursing

The mission of the School of Nursing is to foster and exemplify excellence in teaching, service/outreach, and research. The program prepares professional nurses to provide patient – centered, culturally competent, evidence based care for diverse populations in a dynamic health care environment. Master’s graduates are ready to lead in educator and advanced practice nurse roles in health related services to diverse populations.

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Harrison School of Pharmacy

Harrison School of Pharmacy

The James I. Harrison, Sr. School of Pharmacy, established in 1885, is the oldest professional school at Auburn University. It is the only public pharmacy school in Alabama and is also the only institution in the State that offers a graduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Post-graduate education and continuing education are provided to practitioners across Alabama. Each year, the School receives four applications for every admission seat in the professional program.

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Professors are mentors

Professors are mentors

This is a place where professors are known for being mentors to their students. You will spend time talking and working with your professors on a personal level outside the classroom whether it’s a lab, during office hours, over a coffee, or working on a community outreach project. Auburn professors aren’t just in the classroom. This is a university where faculty members know you by name.

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Auburn University Libraries

Auburn University Libraries

The combined collections of the Auburn University Libraries contain over 3.2 million volumes as well as 2.6 million government documents, 2.5 million microforms, and over 148,000 maps. The Libraries receive over 35,000 current periodicals, many which are available online.

The library also provides access to over 227 electronic databases and has over 10 million archival and manuscript items.

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McWhorter School of Building Science

McWhorter School of Building Science

The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University (BSCI) established in 1947, is the second oldest construction education program in the United States. BSCI maintains a proud tradition of practical and professional construction education, offering Masters Degrees in Building Construction. It is a leader in exploring Information Technology applications in construction and construction education. BSCI is an active member of the Associated Schools of Construction.

The McWhorter School of Building Science’s non-thesis Master of Building Construction program provides its students with an unparalleled education experience, from conceptual idea to post-occupancy – a practical and industry-oriented study of the interdisciplinary and collaborative processes involved in the design, construction, financing, and management of the built environment.

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College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine

The mission of the Office of Academic Affairs at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is to guide and facilitate the professional development of optimally prepared students into flourishing, well-trained veterinarians. The admissions process is very competitive with more than 1,000 applicants for the 120 positions available in each class. Thus, great care is taken to complete a holistic review of each applicant who has successfully completed the required college courses and gained substantial hands-on experience. The admissions process identifies students who can excel in our very rigorous professional curriculum and esteemed profession. After completing the admissions process, students are oriented to the culture of our college as they transition to a professional curriculum involving 20 to 22 hours of course credit each semester. This course load requires an average of 36 hours per week in the classroom or laboratory for students seeking to become a doctor of veterinary medicine.

In addition, we assist students in the curriculum through oversight of class scheduling, proctoring of some exams, and monitoring of outcomes assessments. Some of these assessments include grades in coursework, student evaluations of courses and educators, direct and indirect assessments of clinical competencies, the pass rate of students on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, and employment of graduates. We are pleased to play a key role in the development and training of those outstanding individuals who become “Auburn Veterinarians.”

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University is committed to the highest excellence in both research and teaching. The department consists of 22 full-time faculty members and is in the process of expanding. The academic backgrounds of the faculty provide a varied and well-balanced spectrum of expertise and research interests. Graduate students can choose research directors ranging from senior faculty with established research groups and reputations to younger faculty rapidly founding their own research careers. Cutting edge research is being carried out in the areas of biological chemistry, synthesis methodology, molecular recognition and detection, new material synthesis and characterization, computational chemistry and energetics as well as in the traditional areas of analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.

Research groups are small to moderate in size, resulting in close-knit groups of undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and fellows, staff and faculty. Extensive partnerships take place within the department, and there is a general feeling of camaraderie between the students and faculty. Furthermore, many of the faculty collaborate with other departments such as Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Textile Engineering, Physics, and Materials Engineering.

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“Having a graduate degree made available a number of highly technical positions that I would have not been qualified for with only an undergraduate degree.” –

Zach Hall, PhD in Aerospace Engineering
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Department of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of 34 faculty doing research in areas covering a wide spectrum of biological studies, ranging from the molecular to the community level.

We have four identified areas of research concentration: 1) Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, 2) Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, 3) Marine Biology; and 4) Conservation and Biodiversity. However, most of our faculty are interdisciplinary and their research spans two or more of these concentration areas. Additionally, faculty are also associated with many of Auburn University’s Peaks of Excellence, including the Forest Sustainability, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Detection and
Food Safety Peaks.

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Raymond J. Harbert College of Business

Raymond J. Harbert College of Business

Whether you’re a recent graduate or a professional, a master’s degree will focus and enhance your business skills and improve your footing on the corporate ladder. Our Ph.D. programs develop thought leaders for teaching and research positions at academic institutions throughout the world.

Top Ranked Graduate Programs

  • No. 2 “MBAs with the Most Financial Value at Graduation,” U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 6 graduate accounting program, Graduateprograms.com
  • No. 12 online graduate programs, U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 16 online MBA program, Poets & Quants
  • No. 27 public university MBA program,Forbes Magazine

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“Graduate school is not only a place to research, but it is also a place where I can start my professional life.”

Hamid Ghaednia, Mechanical Engineering
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<strong>THIS IS WHERE YOU GAIN EXPERIENCE</strong>

THIS IS WHERE YOU GAIN EXPERIENCE

On 156 acres, the Auburn Research Park is the south gateway to the Auburn University campus in Auburn, Alabama. The result of a partnership between the State of Alabama, City of Auburn, and Auburn University, the vision for the research park is that over the next 10-12 years it will develop into a mixed-use, entrepreneurial research and business campus focusing on technology/knowledge-based businesses, research centers, and university research facilities in approximately 15 buildings totaling 750,000 to 1,000,000 square feet. In addition to the landscaping at the park entrance and around buildings, the park will be further developed into an aesthetically beautiful campus taking advantage of the existing lakes and forests.

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Three-Minute Thesis

Three-Minute Thesis

Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The exercise challenges PhD students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. 3MT develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of research students’ capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

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<strong>THIS IS MODERN INNOVATION</strong>

THIS IS MODERN INNOVATION

Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is the use of a wireless system to transmit data from tags on products to a receiver for the purpose of identifying and tracking the product through the supply chain.

The Lab Facility is a 13,000 sq/ft area modeling factory, distribution center, warehouse, and various different retail stores from grocery and convenience formats to mall apparel and high-end fashion boutiques. The center will focus on the quickly changing face of physical retail stores in the modern era of widely available disruptive technology, and will feature future layouts and shopping experiences.

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Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics

Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics

The Center for Advanced Vehicle and Extreme Environment Electronics (CAVE3) at Auburn University 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.

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Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering

Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering

AC-PABE is in partnership with the Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing for the purpose of producing biofiltration devices and systems for deployment in the war on terrorism. A venture capital company, IntraMicron, has been formed to manufacture and market these products. AC-PABE’s pilot paper machine is a central component of the manufacturing process producing the key microfibrous materials.

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Airliner Cabin Environment Research

Airliner Cabin Environment Research

The Airliner Cabin Environment Research (ACER) Center is funded through a Federal Aviation Administration Cooperative Agreement entitled “National Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Research in the Intermodal Transport Environment (RITE).” RITE’s vision of the future is that of an integrated global transportation system that is increasingly intermodal where people and cargo safely, seamlessly and economically travel anywhere at anytime by unique and personalized combinations of land, sea and air travel.

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Urban Studio

Urban Studio

Looking beyond the confines of four walls and considering the overall design of place is an important facet of Auburn University’s Urban Studio. Located in downtown Birmingham, the Urban Studio is an outreach program of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction that gives fourth-year and thesis students the opportunity to pursue design in an urban setting and engage in community projects.

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Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures

Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures

A mission of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures is to conduct research on all aspects of water resource management, including aquaculture, aquatic animal health, genomics, aquatic ecology, conservation, and fisheries management. We are providing Alabama with sound information that is used to educate Alabama policy makers, and citizens, as well as the scientific community to better MANAGE and conserve aquatic resources. By serving Alabama, and providing a research foundation for the wise use of our aquatic resources, we are also providing a model for the global community.

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<strong>THIS IS CREATIVE REASEARCH</STRONG>

THIS IS CREATIVE REASEARCH

Professor Pradeep Lall, who received one of Auburn’s two 2013 Creative Research and Scholarship Awards in September, enjoys solving engineering problems. Not just any problems—tough ones that will make a contribution to society or improve the quality of human life. And he especially enjoys working with his students on the solutions.

Lall’s research focuses on finding methods for making electronic systems more reliable, safer, energy efficient and more survivable in the harshest of environments. He is working on:

  • Making portable electronics more survivable during accidental drops so that smartphones, laptops or tablets can continue to function;
  • Testing and improving LEDs, a new, more energy efficient form of lighting, so they can last a long time and maintain color consistency in extreme environments;
  • Enhancing unmanned electronic systems to survive thousands of g-forces of acceleration so they can continue to function when they are launched into space and land on distant planets; and
  • Formulating leading indicators or bell-weathers to improve electronic systems related to safety, such as electronic warning systems incorporated into automobiles.

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“Even when I’m doing research, I’m thinking about teaching and the fact that we are creating new technologies with bright young minds who are going to enter the workplace…”

Pradeep Lall, Professor of Engineering
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Human Development and Family Studies

Human Development and Family Studies

Research in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies addresses the overarching theme of “Health and Well-Being Across the Lifespan.” Three broad content areas are reflected in faculty research agendas: Developmental Focus, Relationship Focus, and Basic-to-Applied Dimension.

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Graduate Scholars Forum

Graduate Scholars Forum

The Graduate Scholars Forum and Symposium serves as an opportunity for talented graduate students to hone their presentation skills and gain the experience and exposure that grooms students to become competent researchers of modern society. Through poster and oral presentations, students creatively address pertinent issues and advances in the fields of design, science, engineering and humanities.

“I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” These words were stated in the Auburn Creed by Dr. George Petrie, the First Dean of the Auburn University Graduate School. His words hold true today, as students continually strive to uphold the University’s mission of instruction, research and extension.

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Smart contact lenses at Auburn could make eye drops a thing of the past

Smart contact lenses at Auburn could make eye drops a thing of the past

An Auburn University team of chemical and biomedical engineers led by Mark Byrne, the Daniel F. and Josephine Breeden associate professor in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, has developed a new method to deliver eye medication by wearing contact lenses.

Byrne’s lenses are the first to release drug doses over time for as long as the contact should be worn. The lenses deliver a constant flow of medication without altering a patient’s natural vision, or can be used to correct vision while also delivering eye medication, such as anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and anti-allergy drugs.

“Eye drops may soon be a thing of the past,” Byrne said. “Results indicate that our lenses release a constant drug concentration for the entire time the lens is worn. This is about 100 times better than the conventional therapy, which consists of drug delivery via eye drops. With numbers that impressive, this technology is a real game-changer.”

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MRI Center

MRI Center

Auburn University’s newly-built MRI Center takes medical imaging and imaging research to a new level. The facility houses an open-bore, 3 Tesla scanner – one of a very few in the Southeast – and an actively-shielded, whole body, 7 Tesla scanner – one of a very few in the world.  Auburn researchers focus on high field MRI coil design and functional MRI imagery of the brain, allowing doctors to look at brain function and test for neurological disease.  There is also advanced cardiovascular and orthopedic imaging.

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Department of Pharmacal Science Research – Question of Memory

Department of Pharmacal Science Research – Question of Memory

The question of memory, according Manuj Ahuja, is one of the great mysteries of science. How exactly does the brain work? How do we form and store memories? Where do our thoughts and consciousness come from? These questions have long fascinated him, and this fascination brought him to Auburn University.

Ahuja’s doctoral research in the Department of Pharmacal Sciences involves an ancient remedy and one of today’s most frightening conditions, Alzheimer’s disease. Despite increasing attention to this debilitating disorder that decimates the memory, we do not yet really understand the disease. Ahuja explains that Alzheimer’s is multifactorial, with several factors in the brain working together to produce the condition we call Alzheimer’s. We have identified several of these factors, he says, but we don’t know the root cause, the basic why someone gets the disease.

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Highway Research Center

Highway Research Center

The Highway Research Center was established at Auburn University in 1985. The mission of the Highway Research Center is to support 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.

There are several opportunities for students to fund their graduate studies while working on a HRC research project. These include: 1) Graduate Research Assistantships, 2) Graduate Teaching Assistantships, 3) Annual CE Department Fellowships, 4) Engineering Fellowships, and 5) External Fellowships. Priority is given to students with high academic standing and excellent communication and interpersonal skills,

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Scott-Ritchey Research Center

Scott-Ritchey Research Center

The Scott-Ritchey Research Center is a privately endowed University Center within the College of Veterinary Medicine that is dedicated exclusively to research and research training on health problems of companion animals. The faculty of the center conduct research on inherited diseases, molecular genetics, gene therapy, neuromuscular diseases, wound healing, and cardiopulmonary diseases. A research training program conducted by faculty at the center is available for students ranging in experience from prebaccalaureate to postdoctoral.

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School of Kinesiology Lab

School of Kinesiology Lab

The School of Kinesiology offers students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research ongoing in laboratories specializing in Thermal Regulation, Biomechanics, Neuromechanics, Motor Control, Exercise Physiology, Physical Education, Cardioprotection and Physical Activity & Health.  Additionally, professors and students in the School of Kinesiology collaborate with researchers in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biology, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and other colleges and departments across campus, as well as outside collaborations with the military and other institutions across the country. Students are encouraged to become involved in ongoing research programs and pursue individual or group research projects.

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