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

312 undergraduate students

  • 201 in Engineering Mechanics
  •  80  in Nuclear Engineering  
  •  31  in Engineering Physics


106 graduate students

  •  16 in Engineering Mechanics
  •  90 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics

66 undergraduate scholarships

9 graduate fellows

69 bachelors (46 in Engineering Mechanics, 4 in Engineering Physics, and 19 in Nuclear Engineering)

28 masters (9 in Engineering Mechanics and 19 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics)

12 PhDs (4 in Engineering Mechanics and 8 in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics)

Teaching funds appropriated by the State of Wisconsin: $3,209,178

Other funds provided by the university: $1,658,616

Research funds from the federal government: $12,426,827

Research funds from industry: $188,402

Graduate School Research Committee funds (WARF): $621,375

Federal government and industrial fellowships, not included above: $983,799

Gifts and Donations from Industry and/or Individuals: $887,998

EP internal revenue-producing activities: $727,096

Total:  $20,703,291

38 patents, 1977-2017

13 Professors

2 Associate Professors

6 Assistant Professors

2 Adjunct Professors

1 Research Professor

5 Faculty Associates

1 Honorary Senior Scientist

1 Honorary Associate

17 Affiliate 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 #4 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:

• 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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