Drive, Ingenuity in Research Fuel Discovery and Innovation

In the College of Engineering, we are advancing knowledge and fueling discovery and innovation through disciplinary and transdisciplinary research activities in nearly 200 laboratories, centers and institutes.

Our research enterprise harnesses the drive and ingenuity of engineering faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate students to devise creative solutions to vexing societal challenges related to advanced manufacturing, healthcare, energy, environmental sustainability, security, materials discovery and sustainability, and transportation.

Following the tradition of the Wisconsin Idea – the principle that the university has a societal responsibility to improve people’s lives beyond the classroom – the college maintains active knowledge- and technology-transfer partnerships with government and industry. For a decade and a half, our faculty, staff and students have recorded more than 100 invention disclosures each year.

Reach our faculty by using our faculty directory, which is arranged alphabetically and by academic department.

Grainger Institute Stimulates Collaboration, New Research Directions

Funded with $25 million from The Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Ill., the Grainger Institute for Engineering is an incubator for transdisciplinary research conducted in the College of Engineering. Such research enables the college to lead discoveries in targeted technological areas important to society and to our nation’s economy.

The institute’s researchers are focusing on advanced manufacturing and materials discovery and sustainability—areas that build in existing strengths within the college. These three areas each benefit from close interaction with the others. Together, they provide opportunities to accelerate the process of materials discovery to application or use in a product, and to engage in this process in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.

The Grainger commitment enables the college to attract clusters of top faculty and define new and exciting directions for research going forward.

Research Leadership Through Innovation

The Research Innovation Committee is charged with developing a roadmap that will identify the grand challenges in engineering research that address national and societal issues.

The committee is also assessing the college’s strengths and developing a set of institutional goals, initiatives and incentives that will influence future research at the College of Engineering.

Through the committee, the College of Engineering is providing internal funding to projects that stimulate innovative research.

Facilities and Resources

Core facilities in the College of Engineering provide the technological muscle and sophistication to power research across a broad spectrum of research areas. These world-class facilities allow researchers from the College of Engineering, other university researchers and private industry to pursue projects that solve problems, change lives and create knowledge.