University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
Three students at an event sponsored by the student chapter of the Society for Women Engineers.

Discussion at an event sponsored by the student chapter of the Society for Women Engineers. Photo: David Nevala.


Engineering students at UW-Madison can participate in more than 50 engineering-affiliated student organizations, most of which host outreach activities. A few student organizations are especially dedicated to community service.

Engineering EXPO
Engineering World Health
Engineers Without Borders
Habitat for Humanity

Society of Women Engineers

One Laptop Per Child



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The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the UW-Madison is recognized for excellence in research, instruction, and service to the profession. It ranks among top electrical and computer engineering departments in national surveys, consistently producing talented graduates whose skills are respected throughout the nation and the world. Its distinguished faculty of over 50 members leads exciting research efforts that span both traditional and emerging areas in electrical and computer engineering. Many have been recognized for their research contributions with awards from national and international organizations; among the faculty are 20 IEEE Fellows, 2 OSA Fellows, 17 NSF/DoD/DoE Young Investigator Program or CAREER award recipients, 3 Presidential Early Career Development Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients, and 2 National Academy of Engineering members.

Artistic rendering of a smart liquid microlens

An artistic rendition of a smart liquid microlens where a stimuli-responsive hydrogel (dark circular ring) regulates the shape of the liquid lens (center). The liquid microlens autonomously adapts to local environmental stimuli (denoted by small spheres and yellow plasma rays outside the hydrogel) in microfluidics. The stimuli can be biological and chemical agents, and physical parameters (light, temperature, pH, electric field, etc.).

Research in the department encompasses virtually every specialty within electrical and computer engineering. Our department is noted for its "hands-on" approach to graduate education, complemented with a strong theoretical program. This blend offers students a tremendous range of research and educational opportunities exploiting both technological and conceptual innovations in electrical and computer engineering. Interdisciplinary research and educational programs are a major component of the activities at UW-Madison. Many electrical and computer engineering faculty and graduate students conduct interdisciplinary research in such diverse fields as materials science, dynamical systems, space science, manufacturing systems, fusion, and applied probability. These efforts typically involve cross departmental collaboration with faculty in other branches of engineering and such areas as medicine, computer science, physics and mathematics.


The campus boasts a large number of interdisciplinary centers and industrial consortia to coordinate and enhance such efforts. These centers provide access to state of the art technology for a "critical mass" of talented students, faculty, and professional research staff, and focus on innovations destined to enhance the competitive position of U.S. engineering and technology. Many of these centers and consortia operate with direct industry participation. This permits students to obtain first hand knowledge of modern industrial research needs and to establish important links between the industrial participants and the department. Among these centers and consortia are: Center for NanoTechnology, Center for Plasma Theory and Computation, HSX Plasma Laboratory, Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Reed Center for Photonics, Power Systems Engineering Research Center, Wisconsin Center for Applied Microelectronics, Wisconsin Power Electronics Research Center, and Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium.


Quality instruction has always been among the highest priorities in our department. Our faculty feel a strong sense of responsibility to provide the finest possible education for both graduate and undergraduate students. This commitment is evidenced in our faculty's many textbooks that have been adopted by universities in the U.S. and abroad. The members of this department have always sought to maintain a symbiosis between research and teaching, with research contributions yielding improvements in curriculum, and fundamental insights from the classroom providing a foundation for innovative research.


Approximately three hundred students are currently enrolled in our graduate program, with roughly 60 percent being doctoral candidates. The department awards an average of 120 master's degrees and 20 doctoral degrees each year. Demand for our graduates among industrial, government and academic employers is consistently high. Our alumni have been active contributors to the advancement of electrical and computer engineering throughout the department's more than one hundred year history, and they remain leaders in industry and academia today.