Our Mission

To build an inclusive, diverse and responsible community recognized for:

  • providing an accessible, modern education in engineering and science for future, interdisciplinary leaders;
  • advancing knowledge through fundamental and applied research; and
  • facilitating life-long learning and economic development.

Our Vision

The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa is driven by talented faculty, staff, and students who are producing knowledge to address grand challenges around advanced technologies, health sciences, sustainability, energy, and the environment. Our graduates are ethical, globally-aware citizens whose work while at the University of Iowa and throughout their careers make the world safer and our use of resources more efficient. As a center of innovation and discovery, the people who make up the College of Engineering are undoubtedly improving quality of life for our Iowa community as well as for people across the United States and around the world.

Defining characteristics/aspirations

  • Atmosphere that values diversity and community partnerships
  • Global awareness, communication skills, and team building
  • Internationally recognized research programs
  • Resource management
  • Interdisciplinary engineering research
  • Leadership and service


  • Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, 103 S. Capitol Street, Iowa City, Iowa (South of the Pentacrest).
  • 20 additional research laboratory sites in Iowa City, Oakdale Research Park, and Fairport, Iowa.

Students (Fall 2021)

  • 2,095 total
  • 1802 undergraduates
  • 89 master's candidates
  • 204 doctorate candidates
  • 72.2% male, 27.8% female

Total Degrees Granted (2020-21 academic year)

  • 455 Bachelor's of Science in Engineering
  • 70 Master's of Science
  • 39 Doctorate


  • 97 tenured and tenure-track
  • 17 instructional-track


  • 231 professional and scientific, and merit staff members


  • More than 15,200 known living alumni world-wide.
  • Eight living alumni are distinguished members of the National Academy of Engineering

Undergraduate Academic Programs

The following Engineering undergraduate academic programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Academic Departments

Undergraduate Education

  • 1802 students (Fall 2021); 54.6% are Iowa residents
  • 455 Bachelor's of Science in Engineering conferred (2020-21 academic year)

Tuition and Mandatory Fees (2020-2021)

Fall 2020 New First-year Student Data

  • 427 entering freshmen (29% women)

Special Programs

Graduate Education

  • 279 graduate students (Fall 2020)
  • 100 Master's and Doctorate degrees conferred (2019-2020 academic year)

Graduate College Tuition and Mandatory Fees (2020-2021)

Academic Resources

Engineering Computer Services (ECS)

  • Secure, reliable, and robust computing environment
  • 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to Windows and Unix computers and printers; and public and wireless computer ports
  • 3-year computer and information technology equipment replacement cycle time

Lichtenberger Engineering Library

  • Online access to hundreds of thousands of engineering and science journals, books, indexes and abstracts
  • 150,000+ print volumes
  • Online access to 100,000+ standards from 48 different publishing agencies (ISO, ASTM, ANSI, AWWA, etc.)
  • Creative Space with 3D Scanners, Virtual Reality stations and much more
  • 275+ hand, measuring and technology tools available for checkout(thermal cameras, gopros, laptops, screwdrivers, etc.)
  • Services available for offering assistance with finding resources, creating citations, information literacy, data management, systematic reviews and more
  • Workshops, events, and activities held throughout the year

Research Expenditures

  • Approximately $50 million total (2020-2021)

Private Funding for the College

  • The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred method of giving for the College.
  • Private support from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations provides vital support for student scholarships, equipment and building upgrades, faculty development, and other important on-going needs of the College.

College Research Units


Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

  • High-performance computational and informational resource to help researchers learn about genetic basis of human disease and other biomedical phenomena. Also enables interdisciplinary research in basic life sciences and applied medicine.

Iowa Technology Institute

  • Conducts basic and applied research in modeling and simulation and comprises the following seven units: Advanced Manufacturing Technology Group (AMTech); Biomechanical of Soft Tissue Program (BioMost); Musculoskeletal Imaging Modeling and Experimentation MIMX); National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS); Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL); Reliability and Sensory Prognostics Systems (RSPS): and Virtual Soldier Research Program (VSR).

NADS  National Advanced Driving Simulator

  • Home to the largest driving simulator in the US, the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) has been a leader in driving safety research for more than 20 years. Through work with students, faculty, staff, programs, and university-wide collaborators, NADS partners with government, industry, and academic leaders to improve safety by researching the connection between drivers, motor vehicles, and road users.

IIHR — Hydroscience & Engineering

  • Acknowledged international leader in fluid mechanics, environmental hydraulics, and water and air resources. Home of the Iowa Flood Center, engaged in flood projects in several Iowa communities and employs several graduate and undergraduate students participating in flood-related research; and the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station, which conducts unique interdisciplinary educational and research programs focusing on river ecology in a holistic way.
    • IFC — Iowa Flood Center

      • Born out of the 2008 floods, the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa provides Iowans with accurate, science-based information to help them assess and understand their flood risks. The center’s goal is to improve flood monitoring and prediction capabilities in Iowa, while developing strategies to help mitigate and prevent future flood damages.
    • IGS — Iowa Geological Survey

      • The Iowa Geological Survey has a rich scientific history in the state, serving Iowans for more than 150 years through the collection and analysis of geologic and groundwater data. With this information, the IGS helps effectively understand Iowa’s natural resources for long-term sustainability and economic development. 

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

  • Aims to foster multi-disciplinary and cross-college research and discovery in biomedical imaging and image analysis, and improve training and education.

Interdisciplinary Research Centers


Dean's Office:

  • Dean: Harriet Nembhard
  • Associate Dean, Academic Programs: Nicole Grosland
  • Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research: H.S. Udaykumar
  • Director, Finance and Operations: April Tippett
  • Director, Human Resources: Cathy Koebrick
  • Director, Marketing and Communications: Jason Kosovski
  • Director, Facilities: John Millsap

Departmental Executive Officers:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Joseph Reinhardt
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: C. Allan Guymon
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Allen Bradley
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Er-Wei Bai
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering: Geb Thomas
  • Mechanical Engineering: Ching-Long Lin

Resource Units:

  • Chief Technology Officer: Matt McLaughlin

College Research Units

  • Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Thomas L. Casavant
  • Director, Iowa Technology Institute: Karim Abdel-Malek
  • Director, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering: Gabriele Villarini
  • Co-Director, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging: Milan Sonka