Centers, Consortia and Institutes

Our centers, institutes and consortia help drive discovery

A diverse, robust array of engineering research centers, institutes, research groups and consortia builds on UW-Madison’s rich tradition of cross-disciplinary research and helps advance knowledge and discovery and create connections within the research community and with industry and the private sector. The College of Engineering is home to many nationally and internationally recognized research centers, institutes and research groups.

Trans-departmental research centers and institutes

Grainger Institute for Engineering—an incubator for transdisciplinary research and technological advances across the College of Engineering

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center—an NSF-sponsored center that brings together interdisciplinary teams to advance knowledge of disordered materials

Forward BIO Institute—an initiative to advance biomanufacturing research, entrepreneurship and workforce development

Machines, Algorithms and Data Lab (MADLAB)—a center of excellence focused on developing the next generation of machine learning theory, algorithms and applications

Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering—brings together practitioners and researchers to create new knowledge and design better systems in healthcare

Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute—working to increase the representation, advancement and workplace satisfaction of female faculty and members of underrepresented groups on the faculty and in leadership at UW-Madison

Several core college facilities support college research. Among those is the Wisconsin Centers for Nanoscale Technology, suite of shared instrumentation facilities providing equipment, facilities and expertise in microelectronics, nano-fabrication technology, electron microscopy, micro-analysis and soft materials characterization.

Department centers and research groups

Our engineering departments are home to more than 150 research laboratories and groups, including the multi-investigator centers listed below. Visit any of our departmental research websites to learn more about their research areas of focus, laboratories, and the people who are driving discovery within them. You can also browse our faculty and staff directory to learn more about individual research interests.

Biomedical Engineering Explore our research areas.

Chemical and Biological Engineering Explore our research areas.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Explore our research areas.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Explore our research areas.

Engineering Physics Explore our research areas.

Engineering Professional Development Learn about our courses and degree programs.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Explore our research areas.

Materials Science and Engineering Explore our research areas.

Mechanical Engineering Explore our research areas.

College consortia

Through research consortia, the college shares its expertise with government and industry. Members benefit through seeing work in progress, helping set research directions, and interacting with faculty and students.