Dean of Engineering
Alec B. Scranton
The College of Engineering is one of 11 colleges at The University of Iowa. With educational courses dating back more than 100 years, the College today has an enrollment of almost 2,000 students – 1,600 of whom are undergraduates. About 50% of our undergraduate enrollment comes from the state of Iowa, with another 47% attending from contiguous states and abroad. The College teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. All programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Engineering@Iowa® is recognized for its personalized student-oriented mission with some very unique characteristics —coupled with the resources of a major research university. The College is ranked among the top 20% of graduate and undergraduate colleges of engineering in America. Many of our students come to Iowa because they know that they want to become engineers, but they want to be something more. They can combine engineering with the University’s strong liberal arts focus—in international studies, writing and communications, health sciences, business and entrepreneurship, law, arts and humanities. This makes The University of Iowa uniquely qualified to provide talented students the type of broad technological education demanded in a rapidly changing world. Our programs satisfy the demands of employers that require a balance of rigorous fundamental engineering skills, along with management talents in entrepreneurship, leadership, technical communications, teamwork, and global awareness.
Our faculty members are both classroom- and research-focused. Over 88% of our undergraduate courses (counting lectures and discussion sessions) in engineering are taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.
The College stands out among many engineering schools because all six programs have major teaching and research linkages to the University’s Health Sciences colleges. Its undergraduate biomedical engineering program is one of only 60 accredited biomedical and bioengineering undergraduate programs in the U.S.
The College of Engineering excels internationally in several research areas: computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, sustainability, and photopolymerization. Its Environmental Engineering program is ranked 10th among U.S. public universities. The College has an established global reputation for its four formal research units – the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Center for Computer-Aided Design, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, and Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging.
The College's 13,000 successful and loyal alumni are dispersed throughout the world (77 countries)--many of who have achieved leadership positions in business, industry, government, and academia. Alumni are engaged in recruiting future students, providing co-ops and internships, hiring graduates, continuing education, scholarship support, providing research grants and contracts, delivering seminars, and serving on various advisory boards and committees.
Whether you are a prospective student, parent, alumnus, researcher, faculty member, government or industry decision maker – or just browsing – we invite you to explore the College of Engineering further, and learn what it may have to offer you.
Alec B. Scranton