University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
Graphic of a reaction taking place between two surfaces

Inspired by phenomena common to both earthquakes and atomic force microscopy, Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Izabela Szlufarska and her student have learned that chemical reactions between two silicon dioxide surfaces cause the bonds at that interface to “age,” or strengthen gradually over time. Read more.


Home to 44 research centers and 15 research consortia, the College of Engineering is internationally recognized for excellence in research and education. For the past decade, faculty and staff have recorded more than 100 patent disclosures each year.


College of Engineering centers, laboratories and institutes combine the talents of researchers in engineering and related disciplines, spanning areas such as bioengineering, medicine, healthcare, the environment, energy, materials engineering, nanotechnology, human factors, manufacturing systems, transportation, the built environment, and communications technologies, among others.


The college maintains active knowledge- and technology-transfer partnerships with government and industry. These collaborations spark innovative research ideas and offer faculty, staff and students at all levels valuable opportunities to use technical engineering knowledge to solve complex, multidisciplinary challenges.