Drive, Ingenuity in Research Fuel Discovery and Innovation

As the second-largest college within the 15th-ranked public U.S. university, the College of Engineering is a research powerhouse—a place where innovation flourishes and creative thinking abounds. We are known for world-changing discoveries, and we collaborate with each other, with colleagues across the globe, and with industry and government partners, to develop solutions to the challenging problems not only of today, but of the future.

Together, our eight academic departments comprise a community of exceptionally talented thinkers who relish a challenge and the chance to roll up our sleeves and realize our ideas. We believe that the best teams are made up of people with wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences, and we welcome opportunities to involve students at all levels in our research. Read on to learn more about this exciting environment of discovery!

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.

Reach our faculty by using our faculty directory, which is arranged alphabetically and by academic department.

Grainger Institute Stimulates Collaboration, New Research Directions

Funded with $25 million from The Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Ill., the Grainger Institute for Engineering is an incubator for transdisciplinary research conducted in the College of Engineering. Such research enables the college to lead discoveries in targeted technological areas important to society and to our nation’s economy.

The institute’s researchers are focusing on biomanufacturing, smart and connected healthcare, neuroengineering, energy and sustainability, infrastructure resiliency, advanced manufacturing, machine learning, and sensors and sensing—areas that build in existing strengths within the college. These areas each benefit from close interaction with the others. Together, they provide opportunities to accelerate the discovery of new materials and methods to application or use in a product, and to engage in this process in a sustainable, environmentally friendly manner.

The Grainger commitment enables the college to attract clusters of top faculty and define new and exciting directions for research going forward.

Facilities and Resources

Core facilities in the College of Engineering provide the technological muscle and sophistication to power research across a broad spectrum of research areas. These world-class facilities allow researchers from the College of Engineering, other university researchers and private industry to pursue projects that solve problems, change lives and create knowledge.

Industry Partnerships

The College of Engineering is a place where creative minds come together to tackle global challenges, and we’re known not only for world-changing discoveries, but also for impactful breakthroughs in basic science. When you collaborate with UW-Madison, you’re leveraging rich intellectual resources on a campus with a wealth of unique instruments, facilities and expertise.