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
Aerial view of Seamans Center


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

Students smile at commencement

Student Body

Fall 2022 enrollment:

  • 2,037 total students
  • 1,764 undergraduates (28% female, 17% underrepresented, 55.2% Iowa residents)
  • 75 master's candidates
  • 198 doctoral candidates
Degrees granted in 2023-23:
  • 429 BSE degrees
  • 59 MS degrees
  • 30 PhD degrees
A researcher adjusts equipment inside an instrumented vehicle


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 FY21 totaled $52 million. Click to explore our research centers and institutes.

Casey Harwood poses in his lab

Faculty and Staff

As of fall 2022:

  • 96 tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • 16 instructional-track faculty
  • 153 professional & scientific and merit staff members
Fatima Toor works with a student in her lab

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. Click to learn about our undergraduate and graduate programs.

Ann McKenna


The College of Engineering dean is Ann McKenna, Roy J. Carver Professor of Engineering. Click to see all college leadership.

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.

Kevin Meredith speaks with a student

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.