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
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Location

The college is based in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, with more than 20 additional research laboratory sites in Iowa City, Oakdale Research Park, and Fairport, Iowa.

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students, Fall 2023

  • 1,706 total
  • 72% male, 28% female
  • 53.5% resident, 46.5% non-resident
  • 18.1% underrepresented

Graduate Students, Fall 2023

  • 274 total
  • 72 MS candidates
  • 202 PhD candidates

Degrees Granted, Academic Year 2022-2023

  • 431 BSE degrees
  • 64 MS degrees
  • 43 PhD degrees
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Student Success

Based on student surveys from Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 graduates:

  • Median Starting Salary: $68,000
  • Career Placement: 97%
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Faculty

As of Fall 2023:

  • 110 total faculty
  • 95 tenured or tenure track
  • 15 instructional track
Ann McKenna

Administration

The College of Engineering dean is Ann McKenna, Roy J. Carver Professor of Engineering.

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Academic Departments and Degrees

The college offers undergraduate degrees in biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and systems, and mechanical engineering, as well as in computer science and engineering. An undeclared engineering major is also an option for the first three semesters.

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Research

College of Engineering faculty, staff, and students are engaged in research that will improve quality of life and transform our world through engineering for human health, engineering for the environment, and engineering for emerging technologies. Research expenditures in FY23 totaled $52 million ($511K per tenured or tenure-track faculty member).

Student at coop

Resources and Opportunities for Students

We'll challenge you to enhance the strong technical education you will receive through co-ops and internships, research, study abroad, volunteering, leadership experiences, clubs and organizations, and extracurricular activities. We also offer academic resources such as the Engineering Technology Center, the Hanson Center for Communication, and the Lichtenberger Engineering Library.

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Alumni & Giving

  • More than 15,200 known living alumni world-wide, and 8 are distinguished members of the National Academy of Engineering.
  • Private support from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations provides vital support for student scholarships, equipment and building upgrades, faculty development, and other important ongoing needs of the college.