University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering


Strategic plan

Awards and rankings/fast facts




Advisory boards


Faculty and staff directory




A sampling
of faculty spin-offs

  • Biolitho Inc.
  • Codon Devices Inc.
  • Doweido
  • Genetic Assemblies Inc. (merged with Codon Devices Inc. in 2006)
  • Gen9 Inc.
  • Imago Scientific Instruments
  • NeuWave Medical
  • NimbleGen Systems (purchased in 2007 by Hoffman-La Roche Pharmaceutical)
  • nPoint
  • Ratio
  • Respicure
  • Salus Discovery (merged with Bellbrook Labs)
  • SolRayo
  • SonoPlot
  • Tissue Regeneration Systems
  • TomoTherapy
  • Virent Energy Systems
  • Vitae




Photo of boy with medicine delivery device in the palm of his hand. In the College of Engineering, innovation is at the very core of our teaching and research culture and continues to produce benefits for the Wisconsin economy and beyond. Our entrepreneurial faculty and staff conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary research in myriad fields, including energy, the environment, nanotechnology, healthcare and medicine, among many others. Based on their research, College of Engineering faculty and staff have logged more than 100 patent disclosures annually for the past decade. In the 2009-2010 academic year, engineering patent disclosures accounted for nearly one-third of all UW-Madison disclosures to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the university’s technology-transfer organization.

Photo of 2009 Schoofs Prize for Creativity, Proactive Sleep—a software application for the iPhone and the iPod touch—will help people sleep and wake up more effectively.Faculty and staff aren’t the only innovators on campus. In fact, many of our students have invented products and founded companies based on their inventions. We approach innovation as a talent that can be taught and developed in students.


In the College of Engineering and throughout the university, students can take advantage of many opportunities to develop as inventors and hone their business savvy. These opportunities range from free lectures, for-credit courses and certificate programs to competitions that yield prizes of as much as $50,000—plus access to resources such as entrepreneurial mentors, a small-business development center, investment networks, and patenting assistance. Read about some of the people and programs that drive our entrepreneurial campus culture.


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