Facts and Resources


The College of Engineering serves the state, the nation, and the world by producing talented, broadly educated engineers, conducting high-quality research, developing breakthrough technologies, and disseminating and preserving technical knowledge.


To be the best at serving society by creating engineering knowledge and educating engineers for dynamic and global careers.

Defining characteristics/aspirations

  • Development of the engineer and something more
  • 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 2013)

  • 2,330 total
  • 1,996 undergraduates
  • 96 master's candidates
  • 236 doctorate candidates
  • 77% male, 23% female
    • Undergraduate: 78% male, 22% female (Spring 2014)
    • Graduate: 74% male, 26% female (Spring 2014)

Total Degrees Granted (2012-2013 academic year)

  • 293 Bachelor's of Science
  • 71 Master's of Science
  • 46 Doctorate


  • 86 tenured and tenure-track: 48 professors, 20 associate professors, 18 assistant professors, 8 lecturers


  • 157 professional and scientific, and merit staff members


  • More than 13,000 known living alumni world-wide.
  • 8 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
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Academic Departments

Undergraduate Education

  • 1,998 students (Fall 2013); 50.4% are Iowa residents
  • 293 Bachelor's of Science in Engineering conferred (2012-2013 academic year)

Tuition and Mandatory Fees (2013-2014)

  • Resident: $8,272 per year
  • Non-resident: $27,142 per year

    *There is a $1,038 tuition supplement for second year students, and a $1,876 tuition supplement for third and fourth-year students.

Fall 2013 New First-year Student Data

  • 465 entering freshmen (23.7% women)
  • Average ACT composite score: 27.9
  • Average ACT math sub-score: 28.6
  • Average ACT English sub-score: 27.2
  • Average high school GPA: 3.82

Special Programs

Graduate Education

  • 332 graduate students (Fall 2013)
  • 127 Master's and Doctorate degrees conferred (2012-2013 academic year)

Graduate College Tuition and Mandatory Fees (2013-2014)

  • Resident: $9,734 per year
  • Non-resident: $26,318 per year

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

Research Expenditures

  • $56 million total (2012-2013)
    • $48.5 million college
    • $7.5 million interdisciplinary
    • $636,479 per faculty member

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.

Center for Computer-Aided Design

  • 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).

IIHR — Hydroscience & Engineering

  • Acknowledged international leader in fluid mechanics, environmental hydraulics, and water and air resources. The Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station conducts unique interdisciplinary educational and research programs focusing on river ecology in a holistic way.

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: Alec B. Scranton
  • Associate Dean, Academic Programs: Keri C. Hornbuckle
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research: Gregory R. Carmichael
  • Associate Dean, Diversity and Outreach: Tonya Peeples
  • Director, Finance and Personnel: Jan Waterhouse
  • Director, Marketing and Communications: Fred W. Streicher
  • Director, Alumni Relations and Communications: Wendy D. Brentner
  • Director, Facilities: John Milsap
  • Director, Engineering Grant Support: Joel Steele

Engineering Student Services:

  • Director, Tutoring and Retention: Megan Allen
  • Director, Scholarships/Academic Advisor: Nancy Schneider
  • Director, Engineering Professional Development: Kelli Delfosse
  • Director, Hanson Center for Technical Communication: Scott Coffel

Diversity and Outreach:

  • Director, Admissions and First-Year Expirience: Jane Dorman
  • Director, Women in Science and Engineering: Christine Petersen-Brus
  • Director, Project Lead the Way: David Rethwisch
  • Director, FIRST Tech: Rebecca Whitaker

Departmental Executive Officers:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Joseph M. Reinhardt
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: C. Allan Guymon
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Michelle Scherer
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Milan Sonka
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering: Andrew Kusiak

Resource Units:

  • Chief Technology Officer: Doug A. Eltoft
  • Director, Hanson Center for Technical Communications: Scott Coffel

College Research Units

  • Director, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology: Thomas L. Casavant
  • Director, Center for Computer-Aided Design: Karim Abdel-Malek
  • Director, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering: Larry J. Weber
  • Director, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging: Milan Sonka

Interdisciplinary Research Units

  • Director, Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing: Mani Subramanian
  • Co-Directors, Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research: Gregory R. Carmichael, Jerald L. Schnoor
  • Director, Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination: Gene F. Parkin
  • Director, Center for International Rural and Environmental Health: Tom Cook
  • Director, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center: Peter S. Thorne
  • Director, Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Patrick O'Shaughnessy
  • Director, Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center: Corinne Peek-Asa
  • Director, Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program, Larry Robertson
  • Director, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute: Vicki Grassian
  • Director, Optical Science and Technology Center: Michael Flatté
  • Director, Public Policy  Center: Peter C. Damiano
  • Director, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory: Thomas D. Brown
  • Chair, UI Water Sustainability Initiative, Jerry Schnoor