IOWA ENGINEERING OUR PEOPLE, OUR IMPACT.
FROM THE DEAN I am delighted to share with you this year’s College of Engineering Annual Report, a snapshot of the work of our college. The metrics found in this report—our research output, our enrollment, or our faculty and staff headcount—represent the work of our entire college community. We produce groundbreaking and innovative research; we recruit and retain the brightest scholars in their fields; and we cultivate a welcoming community in which students are nurtured, heard, and respected. Now in my second year as dean, I want to continue the work of enhancing our sense of community and reinforcing our commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. While there is much more to be done, I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last year and how we have elevated the conversation about what it means to produce socially responsible, globally aware, and ethical engineers. Like our peers across the country, we have faced challenges we never expected. We pivoted. We adapted. We endured. We demonstrated that as engineers, our excellence reflects our resilience.
I look forward to the coming year and seeing our college flourish, our students thrive, and our research transform quality of life for people everywhere.
Harriet B. Nembhard Dean, College of Engineering Roy J. Carver Professor of Engineering
College of Engineering
THE CENTER FOR BIOINFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY aims to catalyze
THE IOWA INITIATIVE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE’s main goal is to support
THE IOWA INSTITUTE FOR BIOMEDICAL IMAGING fosters cooperative research and discovery
IIHR—HYDROSCIENCE & ENGINEERING is a
in biomedical imaging and quantitative image analysis across colleges and majors at the University of Iowa. The formation of this interdisciplinary institute reflects Iowa’s institutional support for research, training, and education in biomedical imaging, image analysis, and translational medical research.
world-renowned center for education, research, and public service focusing on hydraulic engineering and fluid mechanics. IIHR students, faculty members, and staff work together to understand and manage one of the world’s greatest resources − water − through a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach that includes basic fluid mechanics, laboratory experimentation, and computational approaches.
THE IOWA FLOOD CENTER was born out of the
THE IOWA SUPERFUND RESEARCH PROGRAM
THE IOWA TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE is a
THE NATIONAL ADVANCED DRIVING SIMULATOR (NADS) is home to the largest driving
the development of new areas of study and expand research opportunities in informatics areas related to the basic biological sciences, and applied medical research. State of the art practice of bioinformatics involves collection, QC, analysis, archive and searching of molecular and clinical data.
2008 floods and provides Iowans with accurate, science-based information to help them assess and understand their flood risks. The center’s goal is to improve flood monitoring and prediction capabilities in Iowa, while developing strategies to help mitigate and prevent future flood damages.
multidisciplinary research center that conducts basic and applied research in modeling and simulation Faculty, staff, and students from across the UI collaborate to advance knowledge and innovation in the fields of engineering, medicine, science, technology, transportation, and more.
interdisciplinary artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning research collaborations at the University of Iowa. The formation of this initiative reflects strong institutional support to AI, machine learning, deep learning, and high-performance GPU computing across application areas.
is a highly integrated research center focusing on the sources, exposures, remediation and toxicities of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) congeners found in air. It is committed to assisting communities, researchers, and policy-makers by providing processes, methods, engagement, translation, and data.
simulator in the US and contains a fleet of five on-road research vehicles. It has been a leader in driving safety research for more than 20 years. NADS partners with government, industry, and academic leaders to improve safety by researching the connection between drivers, motor vehicles, and road users. Annual Report 2021
CHEMICAL & BIOCHEMICAL ENGINEERING
The Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering uses traditional engineering expertise to analyze and solve problems in biology and medicine, providing an overall enhancement of human health. Students choose the biomedical engineering field to be of service to people, to experience the excitement of working with living systems, and to apply advanced technology to the complex problems of medical care.
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering prepares graduates who use chemistry, biology, and mathematics to address global challenges, including materials and energy production, while also preserving opportunities and resources for future generations. The department is comprised of internationally-recognized leaders in: atmospheric chemistry and modeling; data retrieval and analysis; deep learning; drug delivery; and the production of advanced catalytic and polymeric materials.
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering trains students to become professional engineers, entrepreneurs, and researchers who build our nation’s infrastructure and protect our natural environment. Areas of emphasis include predicting and preparing for flood disasters, designing safe roads, bridges, and smart infrastructure, and ensuring sustainable development that protects water and environmental resources.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering produces engineers who are competent in both computer software and hardware, and who possess the engineering skills to design and implement complex, intelligent systems. Research specialties include deep learning, nanotechnology, big data, wireless communications, optimization 3D compression, and image analysis.
INDUSTRIAL & SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering produces graduates trained in optimization, human factors, manufacturing and service operations, engineering economics, and supply chain systems. These capabilities place our students across industry sectors including aerospace, banking, manufacturing, healthcare, e-commerce, and government. Industrial and systems engineers solve complex problems at the intersection of people, technology, and systems.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is broadly concerned with energy, manufacturing, and design of machines. Modern applications and principles in the areas of control, robotics, and autonomous systems have been added. Mechanical engineers conceive, plan, design, and direct the manufacture, distribution, and operation of a wide variety of devices, machines, and systems − including complex human-machine systems − for energy conversion, environmental control, materials processing, transportation, materials handling, and other purposes.
College of Engineering
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS UI ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 1990 STUDENTS
MEDIAN STARTING PAY
$67,500 POST GRADUATION OUTCOMES
*Found employment or enrolled in graduate/professional school
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT: $867,290
2020–2021 UI COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ANNUAL REPORT 4
Annual Report 2021
GRADUATE STUDENTS UI ENGINEERING GRADUATE STUDENTS 279 MASTERS AND PHD STUDENTS
5 NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE FELLOWS
24 DEAN’S FELLOWS 2020–2021 UI COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ANNUAL REPORT College of Engineering
Our Mission: To build an inclusive, diverse and responsible community recognized for: providing an accessible, modern education in engineering and science for future, interdisciplinary leaders; advancing knowledge through fundamental and applied research; and facilitating life-long learning and economic development.
Annual Report 2021
Strategic Plan Goals DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION & COMMUNITY • Diversify student, faculty, staff, and leadership populations • Design and implement equitable policies and practices that ensure everyone can thrive • Create and sustain an inclusive and collaborative community that fosters a sense of belonging
STUDENT SUCCESS • Attract, support, and graduate a diverse and high-achieving student body • Capitalize on our strengths within the college and within the broader university community to
provide an extraordinary student experience • Provide a modern curriculum that instills both technical depth and the broad foundation of liberal arts, essential for lifelong growth and achievement • Support and recognize excellence in teaching, learning, and innovation both in and out of the classroom • Empower students to become everyday leaders by facilitating and encouraging opportunities for co-curricular learning, intentional engagement, self-reflection, and skill development
RESEARCH • Focus and build on strengths of the college, in collaboration with centers, institutes, and other
colleges/units • Maintain strong research funding and identify new sources of support for research/graduate programs • Reward/support faculty, staff and students for achieving excellence in research and contributions to the mission of the college • Focus on recruitment of high quality, diverse graduate student body • Focus on the educational/research experience and training/professional development of graduate students
ENGAGEMENT • Improve the visibility of the college, its faculty, staff, and students to Iowa and the rest of the world • Increase engagement and foster partnerships of the college with the community • Increase the societal impact of the college, to catalyze economic development and sustainable use of natural resources
engineering.uiowa.edu/strategic-plan College of Engineering
FINANCIALS $49 M I L L I O N+
In Annual Research Expenditures Federal/Corporate Expenditures
General Education Fund
Giving: $5,073,502 53.76%
GENERAL EDUCATION FUND
Faculty Salary and Fringe
Staff Salary and Fringe
Graduate Assistant Salary and Fringe
Annual Report 2021
Tenur e Track Facult y
Instru ctiona l Track Facult y
National Academy of Engineering members
Named and Distinguished Chairs
Named and Distinguished Professorships
Named and Distinguished Faculty Fellows
Research productivity College of Engineering
$476K per faculty FTE 9
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