Departmental Research

Scientific discovery aimed at improving healthcare, through interdisciplinary research and education, is an important goal of the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. In collaboration with faculty across campus, the faculty are currently researching a diverse range of topics within the field. Select an link below to explore the work being done in that area. Learn more here.

Current research strengths of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering are in the areas of global and regional atmospheric modeling, biomaterials medical engineering, cellular engineering, photopolymerization, biocatalysis, and biofuels. Learn more here.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has a strong research and teaching core in the areas of water resource quality, quantity and sustainability. This includes the Environmental Engineering and Science graduate program, ranked 10th in 2016 among public universities, and the world-renowned IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering and associated Hydraulics and Water Resources graduate program. Through EES and IIHR, there are very strong ties to the UI-campus wide Water Sustainability Initiative and associated Cluster Hire of ten water-focused faculty (two of which are faculty in CEE - Cwiertny and Just). CEE is the only Department within the College of Engineering with a National Academy of Engineering member (Schnoor) among its ranks. The profile of the program is also elevated because of affiliation with several UI centers, including the Iowa Flood Center (IFC), the only academic flood center in the nation, the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC). Learn more here.

The faculty and research staff in the Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering research several topics of interest.  Learn more here.

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Research Units and Initiatives

Center for Computer-Aided Design

Undergraduate Programs

Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

Graduate Programs

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

Iowa Flood Center

Iowa Flood Center


Research News

Frequently Asked Questions

As of Fall, 2016 there were 2,843 undergraduates, and 317 grad students (14 BS/MS, 87 MS, and 216 PhD).

Ratio of women to men (this is based on the Registrar's office official count): 27% women, 73% men

We employ 107 tenured and tenure-track professors. The break down is as follows: 50 professors, 25 associate professors, 19 assistant professors, and 13 lecturers. We also have 173 dedicated professional and scientific, and merit staff members.

A substantial amount! There are more than 14,500 known living alumni world-wide!

You can study Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or be Undeclared Engineering for the first three semesters.

Research Excellence Connected to Learning, Innovation and Service to Society

High quality research and graduate education are central to the mission of the College of Engineering at The University of Iowa. The college is proud of its production of a substantial volume of externally funded research and of its role in preparing engineering leaders who are the quality of graduate education in the college among the top 25% institutions nationally.

The college seeks to focus its efforts and resources in those areas of unique strength where true distinction is attainable. These research areas are based on substantial faculty strengths in the college and are well positioned for addressing emerging national needs. In addition, the college is committed to using our research products for the benefit of the state and nation through aggressive technology transfer programs, active involvement in economic development programs, and publication in the open literature.


Girls Who Code Celebration

Sunday, May, 28 - 2:00 pm

Girls Who Code is a program for 6th to 12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly way.

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John Deere Day at the College of Engineering

Thursday, September, 14 - 2:30 pm

The Deere & Company event will include several activities for Engineering students, including discussion opportunities with Deere representatives, an ice cream social, and a possible all-college...

Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences

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