Geology and Engineering- Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science

Geological Engineering is interdisciplinary with faculty from the College of Engineering and the College of Letters and Science. Geological Engineering integrates two disciplines – geology and engineering. Geologists study the earth – its origins, its composition, and its evolution. Engineers apply scientific principles to practical ends, such as the design and construction of facilities for practical use by society. Geological engineers find the best ways to use the earth’s resources to solve technical problems while protecting the environment.

You're Invited: Conference and Alumni Reunion

The Geological, Mining, and Geotechnical Engineering 2nd Technical Conference and Alumni Reunion will be September 13-15, 2017. The first reunion, held in 2012, had almost 100 alumni attend and participate. Join us for a conference style reunion with presentations from alumni and social functions for all. Visit the event website for more information.

News & Accomplishments

GLE Student Groups

Geological Engineering Student Chapter

GLE Student Chapter is an undergraduate student led club. Meetings are generally held every other Tuesday evening. Typically, meetings are centered around an industry professional, GLE alum, or professor presenting on projects or research. The point of these meetings is to enlighten the undergraduate and graduate members about the various opportunities that exist as a professional engineer.
For any questions concerning GLE Student Chapter, please email:

GSO: Geo-Institute

The UW-Madison Graduate Student Organization (UWGSO) will function
to enrich the educational and personal experiences of students interested in the various facets of geotechnical engineering, including foundation design, retention structures, ground improvement, geoenvironmental, geological, and geophysical engineering. The organization will be committed to growing both the awareness of geotechnical engineering as well as UW-Madison’s reputation as a leader in geotechnical engineering education. The UWGSO will foster community among UW-Madison’s geotechnical engineers past and present.
Major Objectives
• Support the Geo-Institute to grow student membership and participation
• Increase awareness among civil engineering, geological engineering, and
geology undergraduates of the geotechnical engineering field, through
geotechnical engineering graduate school and professional opportunities
• Foster interaction and collaboration among the UW-Madison geotechnical
engineering community
• Facilitate the planning of semesterly events within the department
• Serve as a representative for the geotechnical engineering students in
dialogue with the UW-Madison Civil and Environmental Engineering and
Geological Engineering faculty

Geoscience Clubs