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At Auburn University, applied research yields solutions that are felt in our community, our state, our nation, our world.At Auburn University, applied research yields solutions that are felt in our community, our state, our nation, our world.

  • Knowledge-based industries crucial to Alabama's economic future

    February 21, 2017

    The state of Alabama has welcomed and benefited from new industries over the decades and now looks forward to the knowledge-based economy … Full story

  • Wall Street Journal highlights Auburn University and local communities for economic development partnerships

    December 20, 2016

    Many groups. One goal: Thrive in the knowledge-based economy of tomorrow. The success of Auburn University and Lee County made national news when the Wall Street Journal focused on the economic resilience … Full story

  • Auburn's Huntsville Research Center brings university and industry partners together

    September 9, 2016

    The Auburn University Huntsville Research Center, established in 2010 in Huntsville's Cummings Research Park, gives north Alabama businesses … Full story

  • This is Research: Student Symposium

    April 13, 2017

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    Alabama Germany Partnership coming to Auburn Research Park for an update on the state of healthcare in Alabama.

    March 3, 2017

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    Auburn University hosting the SEC Academic Conference. Focusing on Cyber

    April 8-10, 2018

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Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives

Our researchers have big ideas that lead to big results. In six strategic areas, we’re boosting payoffs exponentially by breaking through lab walls and collaborating across disciplines. We’re driving toward amazing solutions that accelerate our state, our economy…and your company.

  • Energy and the Environment
    Our environmental research programs have the tremendous breadth and depth needed to tackle the complex ecological challenges facing our planet today. We work to meet the energy needs of our state and our nation while increasing understanding of ecological and climatic issues. We’re injecting new life into natural resource based industries and establishing new ones based on bioenergy and bioproducts.
  • Health Sciences
    We harness the collective brain power of top researchers across disciplines to develop innovative ideas and technologies with the power to attack major health challenges like cancer, obesity and heart disease. We translate research into real-world, life-saving patient care—locally, nationally and globally.
  • Cyber
    Cyber threats are increasing at an exponential rate around the world. Auburn researchers and engineers are protecting our data, our businesses and our country through innovative projects emphasizing secure systems, mobile and embedded systems, wireless systems and interactive systems for both military and civilian applications. We’re also training the cyber experts who will protect our future.
  • Transportation
    Transportation is the engine of our economy, and we work to make that engine run more efficiently, affordably, safely and reliably. Together with private and public partners, we’re driving research and testing on alternative fuels, improved tires, sustainable paving and more. Better highways, better vehicles, better performance…that’s our mission.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education
    Retaining and training the best and brightest minds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is crucial for Alabama’s future. Our innovative education research is designed to increase the number, quality and diversity of science and math teachers and, through them, the ranks of talented STEM college graduates who will be the backbone of tomorrow’s economy.
  • Gulf of Mexico Research and Restoration
    We understand the unique coastal habitats of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Auburn researchers collaborate with communities, businesses and governments to maintain, protect and enhance the Gulf’s ecology and economy. We strive for solutions that will grow and diversify the economic base of Alabama’s coastal communities and mitigate impacts from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.



What can we do for your business? Inject new talent, kickstart an emerging project, solidify a concept through research…we’re ready to deliver. Connect with us and find out how partnering with Auburn Research can boost your bottom line.

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Benefits & Opportunities

  • Hudson Alpha
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    Moving genomics to the marketplace

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    Genomics is the study of genes that make up a living organism—basically, the blueprint for a human, animal or plant. Auburn University is partnering with the nonprofit HudsonAlpha Institute for Technology to help translate the promise of cutting-edge genomics into real-world benefits for people and their communities.

    Together, Auburn and HudsonAlpha are establishing the Center for Comparative Genomics and Translational Research. The Center will advance veterinary and life science education at Auburn and emphasize comparative and translational science that will aid animals, agriculture and society in Alabama, the nation and the world.

    HudsonAlpha’s president and science director, Rick Myers, was part of the legendary 1986 meeting that launched the Human Genome Project. Organized by the Department of Energy, the meeting asked the 19 attendees whether science could detect an increase in mutations among survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. The answer was “no,” unless an enormous, complex and expensive program was undertaken to map the entire human genome. In 1990, when the project began in earnest, Myers’ lab at the University of California at San Francisco was the first of four centers to receive funding to map and sequence the genome.

    Today, Myers leads HudsonAlpha, founded in 2008 by biotech visionaries James R. Hudson Jr. and Lonnie S. McMillian. Both HudsonAlpha and Auburn University understand that three ingredients are essential for improving human health and well-being—education, research-driven discovery and entrepreneurship. Since 2008, HudsonAlpha has generated major discoveries that impact disease diagnosis and treatment, created intellectual property, fostered biotechnology companies and expanded the workforce pool of biosciences-literate people.

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    Cyber Research Dream Team

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    Cybercrime is a big problem—bigger than one institution can attack alone. That’s why Auburn University joined forces in 2013 with the state’s six other PhD-granting institutions, along with other research and industrial affiliates, to form the Alabama Cyber Research Consortium.

    ALCRC’s mission is to create solutions with practical impact on the local, state, regional and national economy and to help consumers, corporations and the public sector avoid significant harm involving cybercrime and related national security issues.

    Last fall, the consortium received a National Science Foundation Science, Technology and Society grant to develop a three-day conference at the NSF in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference will address critical issues in digital forensics, including a lack of unifying ethical standards, procedures and guidelines for routine activities such as forensic analysis, cyber-crime case processing and data mining/surveillance.

    “This award represents the first funding opportunity and significant national recognition for the ALCRC. It powerfully demonstrates the validity of the consortium and how closely tied together we are as members. It also speaks to the new ways in which higher education can organize to advance research in critical areas like cyber,” said Anthony Skjellum, COLSA Cyber Security and Information Assurance Professor in Auburn’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, and director of the Auburn Cyber Research Center in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.

    In addition to Auburn, ALCRC members include: Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, The University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of South Alabama. The consortium continues to seek further funding for its activity and is poised to provide support to Alabama and the United States through timely, innovative and meaningful solutions to the cyber challenges faced today, and in decades to come.

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    Training Doctors for Rural and Medically Underserved Communities

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    The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine plans to provide more primary care physicians to rural and medically underserved areas in Alabama and throughout the Appalachian region, thanks to a new branch campus in the Auburn Research Park. The campus welcomes its first class of 150 students in fall 2015.

    “Our goals for a new branch campus are to provide state-of-the-art medical education and research, and train students to practice medicine in areas with the most need,” said John Rocovich, chairman of Blacksburg, Virginia-based VCOM, which is affiliated with Virginia Tech University.

    The VCOM campus in Auburn features classrooms, small-group learning rooms, laboratories and a technology center. In addition, faculty will have access to Auburn facilities such as the MRI Research Center that houses a 7 Tesla, or 7T, research scanner, which is one of fewer than 35 in the world, and a 3T scanner, the most powerful certified for clinical use. They will have opportunities to collaborate with Auburn scientists and researchers in pharmacy, nursing, veterinary medicine, rural medicine, kinesiology, chemistry, biochemistry and other health-related fields.

    “We’re excited to welcome the college to the Auburn Research Park,” said Jimmy Sanford, Auburn Research and Technology Foundation chair. “VCOM is a well-respected institution that will provide opportunities for students to receive a medical education, support economic development and open the door for more health science advancements by Auburn University faculty.”

    The Alabama Department of Public Health reports 60 of Alabama’s 67 counties do not have enough primary care providers, such as general practitioners, family doctors or pediatricians, and that rural parts of the state are the most medically underserved. Alabama ranks 43rd out of 50 states in the U.S. for physicians per 100,000 population, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • GE Aviation
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    Printing the Future

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    GE Aviation is investing $50 million in its 300,000-square-foot Auburn facility to prepare for high-volume additive manufacturing (3-D printing) of components for the jet propulsion industry—and Auburn University is helping make sure the company has the knowledgeable workforce it needs.

    In preparation for additive manufacturing, GE is partnering with local universities and community colleges. To develop a pipeline of young talent, that means working with Auburn University and Tuskegee University to create internship and co-op opportunities for students. The facility also will continue its partnership with Alabama Industrial Development Training and Southern Union State Community College for pre-employment training programs.

    “We’re excited to expand our partnership with a global aviation leader to help enable the potential of additive manufacturing in advanced jet engine production,” said Dr. Jay Gogue, Auburn president. “We look forward to working with GE Aviation experts on the workforce, research and technology requirements for high-volume production of this critical engine component.”

    Governor Robert Bentley said, “GE Aviation’s decision to launch a 3-D printing initiative at its Auburn plant speaks volumes about the ability of an Alabama workforce to carry out cutting-edge manufacturing. This is tomorrow’s technology, and we are proud to say it will be performed right here in Alabama.”

    Production of additive components will begin in 2015. The facility will also continue to manufacture precision, super-alloy machined parts for jet engines.


Economic Development

Economic Development

As the nation moves toward a knowledge-based economy, universities are taking the lead in driving regional economic development. Auburn Research is harnessing the power of traditional university discovery to fuel a dynamic marketplace. We’re convening thinkers and decision-makers to solve real-world problems. And we’re producing the tailored workforce that will build, run and work in Alabama’s innovation economy.

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Support Auburn Research

Giving to Auburn Research

At Auburn, we advance scholarship, make discoveries and propel economic development. Our students and faculty have almost unlimited potential. With your help, we can unleash that potential to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. You have the power to impact the region, the nation and the world. Because this is Auburn.

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Research Advisory Board

Research Advisory Board

In today’s highly competitive research environment, it’s nice to know that someone has your back. Auburn Research has yours. Thanks to the Auburn University Research Advisory Board, more than 40 industry professionals from across the country keep their eyes peeled and their ears to the ground on behalf of all of us. The end result is improved connections among Auburn, government agencies, industry and economic developers.

In Huntsville, board members pair company leaders who have specific research needs with the Auburn expertise necessary to meet those needs in low-risk, cost-effective ways. Back on campus, members work with administrators to find creative, innovative ways to support and incentivize research faculty and students. Together, they’re growing a more fully robust research culture at Auburn…and across the state of Alabama.

This is discovery. This is vision. This is the path to solutions. This is Auburn Research.
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