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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. These challenges include 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.

Organizations are able to harvest this research in various ways and intellectual property is handled differently in every case.

Research Categories

Projects are externally-funded activities in which a formal written agreement, i.e., a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement, is entered into by University of Wisconsin College of Engineering and by the sponsor organization.

Specific project has funding and is open to further external support. No deliverables are necessitated and funds are given for the good of the research field to advance society. Exchanges of information can be shared on a pre-competitive basis.

Student or group of students, and faculty perform service to organization for a fee based on student, faculty, or equipment capabilities.  An example includes the testing of a product on various equipment.

For questions or to get started, please contact:
Justin Hines – Director of Corporate Relations