College of Engineering Facts


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 2018)

  • 2,452 total
  • 2,183 undergraduates
  • 86 master's candidates
  • 214 doctorate candidates
  • 73% male, 27% female
    • Undergraduate: 73% male, 27% female
    • Graduate: 69% male, 31% female

Total Degrees Granted (2017-2018 academic year)

  • 404 Bachelor's of Science
  • 55 Master's of Science
  • 25 Doctorate


  • 99 tenured and tenure-track: 53 professors, 29 associate professors, 17 assistant professors, 10 lecturers


  • 173 professional and scientific, and merit staff members


  • More than 15,600 known living alumni world-wide.
  • Eight living 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 and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Academic Departments

Undergraduate Education

  • 2,183 students (Fall 2017); 54.6% are Iowa residents
  • 404 Bachelor's of Science in Engineering conferred (2017-2018 academic year)

Tuition and Mandatory Fees (2018-2019)

  • Resident:
    • First year: $10,541
    • Second-third-fourth years: $12,215
  • Non-resident:
    • First year: $32,529
    • Second-third-fourth years: $35,459

Fall 2018 New First-year Student Data

  • 466 entering freshmen (25.3% women)
  • Average ACT composite score: 28.0
  • Average ACT math sub-score: 28.6
  • Average ACT English sub-score: 28.1

Special Programs

Graduate Education

  • 269 graduate students (Fall 2018)
  • 80 Master's and Doctorate degrees conferred (2017-2018 academic year)

Graduate College Tuition and Mandatory Fees (2017-2018)

  • Resident: $11,572 per year
  • Non-resident: $30,513 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

  • $51.1 million total (2016-2017)
    • $48.1 million college
    • $2.7 million collaborative
    • $576,974 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).
    • NADS  National Advanced Driving Simulator

      • Home to the largest driving simulator in the US, the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) has been a leader in driving safety research for more than 20 years. Through work with students, faculty, staff, programs, and university-wide collaborators, NADS partners with government, industry, and academic leaders to improve safety by researching the connection between drivers, motor vehicles, and road users.

IIHR — Hydroscience & Engineering

  • Acknowledged international leader in fluid mechanics, environmental hydraulics, and water and air resources. Home of the Iowa Flood Center, engaged in flood projects in several Iowa communities and employs several graduate and undergraduate students participating in flood-related research; and the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station, which conducts unique interdisciplinary educational and research programs focusing on river ecology in a holistic way.
    • IFC — Iowa Flood Center

      • Born out of the 2008 floods, the Iowa Flood Center at the University of Iowa provides Iowans with accurate, science-based information to help them assess and understand their flood risks. The center’s goal is to improve flood monitoring and prediction capabilities in Iowa, while developing strategies to help mitigate and prevent future flood damages.
    • IGS — Iowa Geological Survey

      • The Iowa Geological Survey has a rich scientific history in the state, serving Iowans for more than 150 years through the collection and analysis of geologic and groundwater data. With this information, the IGS helps effectively understand Iowa’s natural resources for long-term sustainability and economic development. 

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
  • Executive Associate Dean: Larry Weber
  • Associate Dean, Academic Programs: Nicole Grosland
  • Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research: Milan Sonka
  • Director, Finances: April Tippett
  • Director, Human Resources: Jan Waterhouse
  • Director, Marketing and Communications: Jason Kosovski
  • Director, Alumni Relations and Communications: Wendy D. Brentner
  • Director, Facilities: John Millsap

Engineering Student Services:

  • Director, Academic Advising and Retention: Nancy Schneider
  • Director, Engineering Professional Development: Kelli Delfosse
  • Director, Global Experience and Academic Advisor: Anat Levtov
  • Director, Tutoring and Academic Advisor:  Josh Atcher
  • Director, Hanson Center for Technical Communication: Scott Coffel
  • Registrar:  Megan E. Allen

Diversity and Outreach:

  • Director, Admissions and First-Year Experience: Jane Dorman
  • Director, Women in Science and Engineering: Linda Varvel
  • Director, Diversity Programs and K-12 Outreach:  Tracy Peterson
  • Affiliate Director, Project Lead the Way: David Rethwisch
  • Coordinator, FIRST Tech Challenge: Rebecca Whitaker

Departmental Executive Officers:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Joseph Reinhardt
  • Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: C. Allan Guymon
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering: Michelle Scherer
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Er-Wei Bai
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering: Geb Thomas
  • Mechanical Engineering: Ching-Long Lin

Resource Units:

  • Chief Technology Officer: Danny Tang

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: Gabriele Villarini
  • Co-Director, Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging: Milan Sonka

Interdisciplinary Research Units

  • Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing
  • Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research
  • Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination
  • Center for International Rural and Environmental Health
  • Environmental Health Sciences Research Center
  • Iowa Informatics Initiative
  • Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center
  • Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program
  • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute
  • NSF Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis
  • Optical Science and Technology Center
  • Public Policy  Center
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory
  • UI Water Sustainability Initiative