Beyond the Classroom
The College of Engineering offers you so much more than just a first-class engineering education. As a student, you have access to a wide variety of groups, opportunities, organizations and services that will help make your time on campus memorable and unique. For your computing needs, we have a robust Computer-Aided Engineering team, computer labs throughout the engineering campus, and more than 150 software titles to help you do your work! We also have outstanding student shop facilities to help you realize virtually any idea you have. And, thanks to a $22 million commitment from electrical engineering alumnus David Grainger and The Grainger Foundation, we’re planning a new makerspace that will give you even greater access to tools that will benefit you as students and give you an edge in the job market.
Various research opportunities will expose you to contemporary technology and information in your field, as well as prepare you for advanced studies in engineering and other fields. You can work in a professor’s research group or conduct a research project independently. Certain departments also offer honors in engineering research programs, and if you’d like a research experience on your summer break, you can work for 10 weeks on one of our faculty research laboratories, too.
Use the Wisconsin Discovery Portal to find information about more than 3,000 researchers at UW-Madison, consistently ranked one of the world’s top public research universities.
International Engineering Studies & Programs (IESP) facilitates studying overseas for UW-Madison engineering students. With more than 20 programs, including many with instruction in English, an international experience can help students gain flexibility, adaptability, confidence and cross-cultural skills for the job market and at the same time fulfill your desire for adventure and learning. Visit our website and explore the possibilities!
The UW-Madison campus and the College of Engineering are brimming with opportunities for you to take your ideas to the next level—and in many cases, receive guidance, expert help and cash prizes for your efforts. These competitions really do target a variety of interests—whether you like to write or invent, or anything in between. And increasingly, our student inventors are also entrepreneurs, founding companies such as EatStreet, PerBlue, Spectrom and FLEx Lighting, among many others.
There are more than 50 engineering affiliated student organizations on campus, so there is bound to be a group that speaks to your interests and passions. Learn more about how you can get involved in organizations that range from competitive—such as teams that build and race vehicles or concrete canoes–to student government. We also offer many professional organizations that will connect you with students in your discipline and help you make professional contacts, among many others. Check out the full list here.