Christopher B. Roberts

Christopher B. Roberts is the dean of Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. Responsible for the overall direction, scope and mission of the college, Roberts has set the college on course to be the best student-centered engineering experience in the country. With more than 5,000 undergraduate and 900 graduate students, the college has cultivated an environment that puts an emphasis on fundamentals, hands-on engineering and a strong work ethic that sets Auburn Engineering graduates apart.


At the helm since 2012, Roberts was a factor in the success of the university’s recently completed $1.2B campaign – with $247 million raised for engineering — which will further Roberts’ vision of becoming a Top 20 public engineering institution.


The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has more than 180 faculty with $64 million in annual research expenditures committed to the development of new engineering solutions, concepts and processes. Strategic areas of research include advanced manufacturing; infrastructure and transportation; cybersecurity and intelligent systems; energy and environment; engineered materials and nanotechnology; and biomedical engineering. The college is one of four universities designated by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.


Roberts 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 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 honored with numerous awards for his contributions to the field of engineering. He also serves as the George E. and Dorothy Stafford Uthlaut Professor of Chemical Engineering.