Below is a list of University of Iowa College of Engineering research areas of excellence that relate to each of the 14 Grand Challenges.

Grand Challenge

UI Engineering Research and Programs


Make solar energy economical


Manage the nitrogen cycle

Advance health informatics

Prevent nuclear terror

Advance personalized learning


Provide energy from fusion

Provide access to clean water

Engineer better medicines

Secure cyberspace

Engineer the tools of scientific discovery

Develop carbon sequestration methods


Restore and improve urban infrastructure

Reverse-engineer the brain

Enhance virtual reality