We focus on fostering leadership and creating engineering solutions in the fields of engineering mechanics and astronautics, engineering physics and nuclear engineering.

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Quick Facts

357 undergraduate students

  • 228 in Engineering Mechanics
  • 126 in Nuclear Engineering  
  •   32 in Engineering Physics


134 graduate students

  •   28 in Engineering Mechanics
  • 106 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics

39 undergraduate scholarships

9 graduate fellows

84 bachelors (56 in Engineering Mechanics, 0 in Engineering Physics, and 28 in Nuclear Engineering)

25 masters (6 in Engineering Mechanics and 19 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics)

11 PhDs (1 in Engineering Mechanics and 10 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics)

Teaching funds appropriated by the State of Wisconsin: $3,643,976

Other funds provided by the university: $389,908

Research funds from the federal government: $12,441,209

Research funds from industry: $123,564

Graduate School Research Committee funds (WARF): $615,717

Federal government and industrial fellowships, not included above:  $609,319

Gifts and Donations from Industry and/or Individuals: $768,963

EP internal revenue-producing activities: $366,218

Total:  $18,958,874

38 patents, 1977-2017

19 Professors

3 Associate Professors

3 Assistant Professors

1 Adjunct Professor

17 Affiliate Professors

2 Research Professors

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19 Teaching Assistant Appointments

91 Research  Assistant Appointments

The Department of Engineering Physics at the UW-Madison ranks among top engineering physics departments in national surveys, consistently producing talented graduates whose skills are respected throughout the nation and the world.

The engineering mechanics program is highly ranked nationally. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs in nuclear engineering are ranked #3 in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report.

The department is collaborating with the Departments of Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to develop new mechanics research and education initiatives across the college campus.


Faculty members who hold named professorships:

• Todd Allen – Grainger Institute for Engineering Professor

• James P. Blanchard – Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor

• Wendy Crone – Karen Thompson Medhi Professor

• Chris Hegna – Harvey D. Spangler Professor

• Douglass Henderson – Harvey D. Spangler Department Chair Professor

• Carl Sovinec – Thomas and Suzanne Werner Professor

• Paul Wilson – Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering


Emeritus faculty members who held named professorships:

• John Conrad – Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Emeritus

• Noah Hershkowitz – Irving Langmuir Professor Emeritus

• Gerald Kulcinski – Grainger Professor Emeritus

• Greg Moses – Spangler Professor Emeritus


Faculty member who is a Wisconsin Distinguished Professor:

• Roderic S. Lakes


Faculty members who are members of the National Academy of Engineering:

• James D. Callen — Professor Emeritus

• Max Carbon — Professor Emeritus

• Michael Corradini — Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Emeritus

• Gerald L. Kulckinski — Grainger Professor Emeritus


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