University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
Undergraduate David Michaels, a first-year student studying engineering physics, leads a Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD)-sponsored writing group at Memorial Union.

Undergraduate David Michaels (center, wearing green jacket), a first-year student studying engineering physics, leads a Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD)-sponsored writing group at Memorial Union. Photo: Jeff Miller.


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.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Nuclear Society
Engineering EXPO
Engineering World Health
Engineers Without Borders
Society of Women Engineers
Women in Nuclear


Each year, students in the Engineering Physics department participate in project design courses and competitions. View some of the most recent examples below:


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The quality of educational programs in the department continues to be recognized by others; the nuclear engineering graduate program continues to be ranked second in the nation and the undergraduate nuclear engineering program is also ranked second in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. The engineering mechanics program is nationally recognized by recent national rankings and we are working with the civil engineering and mechanical engineering departments to develop new mechanics research and education initiatives across the college campus. Our faculty has also been a leader in the College of Engineering Engineering Beyond Boundaries program to develop new approaches to engineering education. Our programs continued to be recognized for top-notch undergraduate engineering programs.

Engineering students coming to UW-Madison as freshmen enroll in a pre-engineering program and are admitted to a degree granting major starting in their sophomore year. Of the approximately 190 enrolled students, 109 students are enrolled in the engineering mechanics and astronautics program. Our undergraduate nuclear engineering enrollment is about 70. Other students are enrolled in our new bachelor's degree in engineering physics.


Graduate enrollment is also growing with modest increases in selected research areas; in fall 2010 our enrollment was 115 students; about 88 of those were enrolled in NEEP and 27 in engineering mechanics. Our faculty advises and supports over two dozen graduate students enrolled in other departments; this reflects our interdisciplinary nature.


The job market for nuclear engineering graduates has stabilized and is quite strong because of increased hiring by the emerging market for nuclear graduates in the power industry and medical physics community.  Increased design, regulatory certification and pending construction activities in the nuclear power industry, and operations needs have prompted an increase in employment opportunities. We see a growth in demand in the federal government, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy and its laboratories, and a renewed hiring by the Office of Naval Reactors and their research labs at Knolls and Bettis.


The job market for engineering mechanics graduates has improved even in the midst of this difficult recession, particularly in the aeronautical and astronautics industries; such as Boeing, Lockheed, and federal agencies such as NASA.


The faculty, staff, and graduate students continue to be active in research. The external research funding for the year increased to almost $12M and we are developing new research initiatives.