About our programs

A biomedical engineer uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of human health. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to experience the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care. Biomedical engineers work with health care professionals (e.g., physicians, nurses, therapists, and technicians) and may be called upon in a wide range of capacities such as designing instruments, devices, and software.  Biomedical engineers incorporate knowledge from many technical sources to develop new medical procedures and conduct research in an effort to solve clinical problems.

For nearly a century, the University of Iowa has been preparing students for careers in chemical engineering. Today, with approximately 150 undergraduate and 35 graduate students, the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is well known as one of the best small programs nationwide. Our research program, which focuses substantially on current public and environmental concerns, is headed by internationally recognized leaders in biocatalysis, atmospheric chemistry and modeling, development of alternative fuels, and new polymeric materials.

Civil and environmental engineers are on the front lines of some of the world’s most pressing problems, building solutions and putting technology to work for the good of all. The world needs your passion for doing good — for abundant clean drinking water, for safe roads and bridges, for flood protection and reduction, and much more. At the University of Iowa, you won’t find yourself being “weeded out” of the program. Instead, we want every student to succeed, and we offer the support and programs to make that happen.

At the University of Iowa Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, research programs and classroom instruction are headed by an outstanding faculty. We are proud to have among our faculty a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow, a National Science Foundation National Young Investigator, and several Fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Optical Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Available facilities support interdisciplinary research and include individual laboratories as well as access to specialized facilities of the Optical Science and Technology Center, Center for Computer Aided Design, Iowa Driving Simulator, Iowa Institute for Hydraulics Research, and Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging.

Better, faster, cheaper, safer. Industrial engineers enhance the systems and processes around us, exploring business challenges and finding innovative solutions that boost efficiency and effectiveness.

Iowa’s program emphasizes teamwork and hands-on projects that call for structured problem solving, process and quality engineering, statistics and big data analytics, and other techniques.

Working with faculty, you might develop robots for space exploration, a production system for a Fortune 500 company, data-mining tools for a hospital, or a new jet cockpit.

Cars, aircraft, medical devices, structures— all of these begin in the imaginations of mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers use computers to simulate freezing human cells, casting processes, and failure of vehicle components, among other things. They improve alternative energy sources like fuel cells, wind, and biomass, and use reality-based design and optimization to boost performance.

Iowa’s program is especially strong in areas ranging from biomechanics to fluid mechanics, such as design optimization for ship hydrodynamics. The breadth of faculty expertise opens extensive options for students to do hands-on research, and a combined B.S./M.S. degree option means more opportunity for specialization.

Where students become engineers...and something more.

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The College offers undergraduate (BSE) engineering degrees in several disciplines.


The College offers MS and PhD engineering degrees in multiple disciplines.


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ISE student to receive Alliant Energy Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Achievement Award

Abdalrhman (Abdul) Elgaali, a senior studying industrial engineering with a focus in management, will receive the Alliant Energy Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Achievement Award from the University of Iowa. Elgaali is also pursuing minor degrees in business administration and Arabic languages.


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Frequently Asked Questions

As of Fall 2016, there were 2,276 undergraduates and 300 grad students.

Ratio of women to men (this is based on the Registrar's office official count): 25% women, 75% men (overall)

We employ 108 tenured and tenure-track professors. The break down is as follows: 50 professors, 25 associate professors, 19 assistant professors, and 14 lecturers. We also have 180 dedicated professional and scientific, and merit staff members.

A substantial amount! There are more than 14,800 known living alumni world-wide!

As an undergraduate student, you can study Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or be Undeclared Engineering for the first three semesters.

More about the College

The College of Engineering serves the state, the nation, and the world by graduating talented, broadly educated engineers, conducting high quality research, developing breakthrough technologies, and disseminating and preserving technical knowledge. Our vision is to be the best at serving society by creating engineering knowledge and educating engineers for dynamic and global careers. The following strategic characteristics and aspirations enable the College to realize its vision:

  • Contemporary and rigorous educational experiences that develop the engineer and something more;
  • An atmosphere that facilitates personal commitment to the educational success of students in an environment that values diversity and community;
  • Education and research partnerships with UI colleges, and targeted agencies, universities, and industries;
  • Highly successful alumni who contribute to the profession in the global society;
  • Undergraduate programs that integrate global awareness, communication skills and team building across the curriculum;
  • Internationally recognized research programs;
  • Prudent and accountable resource management;
  • Graduate education and training that prepares students for interdisciplinary engineering research and advanced problem solving;
  • Leadership and service to meet society’s needs.


University of Iowa Grad Fair

Wednesday, March, 27 - 10:00 am

Congratulations to the University of Iowa Class of 2019! Pick up your cap and gown at the spring 2019 Grad Fair! Flash Photography will be onsite to take graduation and professional photos. Diploma...

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Listening Post for Female Undergrad Students in COE

Wednesday, March, 27 - 5:00 pm

Undergraduate students who identify as female in the College of Engineering are invited to a small group Listening Post to share thoughts on the current climate in the College of Engineering and...

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