Dean of the College of Engineering, Alec 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 2,576 students – 2,276 of whom are undergraduates. About 50% of our undergraduate enrollment comes from the state of Iowa, with another 50% attending from other states and countries. The College teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in biomedical,chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. All undergraduate BSE programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (

The scope and impact of the College of Engineering’s education and research program are expanding on all fronts: in the past decade undergraduate enrollment has risen 89%, faculty research productivity has more than doubled, and outreach programs are setting the standard nationwide.

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. Our undergraduate students become “engineers...and something more,” by combining a rigorous technical education with essential 21st century skills in teamwork, communication, global awareness, leadership, entrepreneurship, and creativity.  This “uniquely Iowa” approach builds upon the strengths provided by each college across our comprehensive university.  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 fundamental management talents.

Our faculty members are both classroom- and research-focused. An impressive 100% of our undergraduate courses (counting lectures and discussion sessions) in engineering are taught by faculty members.

The College of Engineering is a global leader in research and education which tackle the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century. Our Grand Challenges program was seventh in the U.S. and first in the Big Ten. Our research program directly impacts 13 out of 14 Grand Challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering, and we are international leaders in the challenges of: Providing Access to Clean Water, Engineering Better Medicines, Managing the Nitrogen Cycle, and Advancing Health Informatics.

The College stands out among many engineering schools because all six programs have major teaching and research linkages to the University’s five Health Sciences colleges. Its undergraduate biomedical engineering program was third in the U.S. to be established by U.S. public universities.

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 22nd among all U.S. 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 14,800 successful and loyal alumni are dispersed throughout the world (64 countries)--many of whom 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
University of Iowa Foundation Professor of
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Dean