AUBURN – Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering is adding a 15-hour tribology and lubrication science minor to its curriculum this fall – the first of its kind. The minor will prepare students from various engineering and science programs for careers that require a background in tribology, the study of friction, wear and lubrication.
Tribology has a range of applications, including engines, manufacturing, power generation, human joint replacement and oil product chemistry.
Students will gain an understanding of common mechanical systems and applications that rely heavily on satisfactory tribological performance, said Robert Jackson, director of the minor and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. They will get an inside look at the industry through tours of local manufacturing facilities and guest lectures from field experts and will gain hands-on experience with industry standard devices and equipment through laboratory sections and research.
"As a mechanical engineer who became interested in tribology during my senior year of college, I recognized that there are few individuals who have been formally exposed to the full multidisciplinary spectrum of the field – from chemistry to mechanical to materials to business," Jackson said.
"With the creation of what we believe is the first undergraduate minor in tribology, we are providing students with an academic structure to bridge between these diverse fields."
For more information on the minor, visit www.eng.auburn.edu/tribology.