About Our College

The College of Engineering is one of 12 colleges that comprise The University of Iowa. The college recently completed a $37 million, 65,000-square-foot addition to the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. The addition includes expanded classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, learning and discovery in fluid mechanics, sustainability, advances in teaching and conducting research in computer-aided design and simulation, and fosters engineering and the arts.

There are 15,265 engineering alumni living and working throughout the world – 4,432 alone in the state of Iowa – many with corporate and personal ties to the College through recruitment, mentoring, guest seminars, faculty consulting, sponsored research, financial giving, and other interactions. Among distinguished alumni are eight members of the National Academy of Engineering.


To build an inclusive, diverse and responsible community recognized for:

  • providing an accessible, modern education in engineering and science for future, interdisciplinary leaders;
  • advancing knowledge through fundamental and applied research; and
  • facilitating life-long learning and economic development.


The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa is driven by talented faculty, staff, and students who are producing knowledge to address grand challenges around advanced technologies, health sciences, sustainability, energy, and the environment. Our graduates are ethical, globally-aware citizens whose work while at the University of Iowa and throughout their careers make the world safer and our use of resources more efficient. As a center of innovation and discovery, the people who make up the College of Engineering are undoubtedly improving quality of life for our Iowa community as well as for people across the United States and around the world.


  • 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)

  • 2,445 total 
  • 2,176 undergraduates 
  • 66 master's candidates 
  • 203 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 instructional track faculty 


  • 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:

  • 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

  • Internet access to indexes and abstracts
  • More than 125,000 volumes 
  • ANSI standards 
  • Electronic access to thousands of engineering and science journals 

Research Expenditures

  • $51.1 million total (2016-2017) 
    • $48.1 million college 
    • $2.7 million collaborative 
    • $576,974 per faculty member 

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