UI College of Engineering Graduate Student Viewbook

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academic departments


research locations across Iowa


faculty members

Cutting-edge research in emerging areas of national and global priorities









SUSTAINABILITY Air, water, and soil

Michelle Scherer Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Research Engineer, IIHR— Hydroscience & Engineering

“Our group looks at how soils and the minerals present in soils can clean up water. We are fascinated by the tiny ironcontaining minerals that exist almost everywhere and how they interact with chemicals that pollute our water. Our work ranges from looking at lead in drinking water to nitrate and dry-cleaning fluids in groundwater.”

“Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are pollutants in the water and affect all schools, especially lower-income, minoritypredominant ones. I hope to find a way to make it cheaper for public schools to get rid of PCBs.�

Moala Bannavti PhD student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS and ROBOTICS Caterina Lamuta Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

“Improving people’s quality of life is the driving force of our research. In the Smart and Multifunctional Materials Systems Lab we develop bio-inspired artificial muscles able to lift up to 12,600 times their own weight. We use these muscles to produce lightweight and powerful human assistive robotic devices for people with physical impairments.”

Control theory

Artificial intelligence

Cyber security

Students have the opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary coursework and activities in cutting-edge sciences and technologies, preparing for successful careers in industry, government agencies, or academia.

Venanzio Cichella Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Autonomous Systems (CAS) Lab.

“At the CAS Lab we work on a wide range of problems related to control theory, with applications spanning robotics and multiple autonomous ground, aerial and marine vehicles.�


Faculty and students in the University of Iowa College of Engineering are seeking new solutions to the challenge of green and low-carbon affordable energy.

Improved WIND turbine and wind farm design; protection of birds and bats

SOLAR and electrochemical energy generation and storage technologies

BIOFUELS, particularly those that can be grown sustainably here in Iowa

Mubeen Syed

Optimization, control, and CYBERSECURITY of next generation power systems.

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

“Our team of chemical engineers, chemists, materials scientists, and biomedical engineers develops novel environmentally and economically sustainable energy and water infrastructure using nanomaterials.”

Fatima Toor

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

“My lab is developing optoelectronic technologies that are transforming the fields of energy generation, medical diagnostics and monitoring, and fundamental science discovery. My favorite aspect of being a faculty member at the University of Iowa is the collaborative environment here at the university as well as the university hospital.�

MEDICAL IMAGING Research in medical imaging enables non-invasive assessment of anatomy and physiology, detection and tracking of disease, and guides therapeutic interventions. Faculty and students in the College of Engineering work collaboratively with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on several grants from the NIH, NSF and other agencies. Active research collaborations are also ongoing with the Veterans Administration hospital and the College of Public Health.

Sajan Goud Lingalla

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

“We are developing novel high speed MRI methods to comprehensively image dynamically varying physiological and pathological processes. The rich interdisciplinary environment at Iowa is unique and I am excited in making a truly transformative impact in healthcare.�

Yue (Amanda) Pan PhD student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

“As an engineer, being able to help the doctors improve treatment for patients with pulmonary disease feels great. We have a lot of professionals and resources at the university, which makes everything easier and enjoyable.�

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Iowa Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IIAI) is a university-wide initiative located in the College of Engineering. Its mission is to foster interdisciplinary research and discovery and improve training and education in machine learning and AI across the university.

Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Researcher, Iowa Technology Institute

Stephen Baek

Joe Gomes Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

“Geometry is everywhere: there are numerous hidden geometric patterns, interplays, transformations, and morphings that govern the physical and biological world around us. This is why I teach computers geometry using topology and machine learning.”

“My research focuses on the application of quantum theory, computation, and deep learning algorithms to accelerate in silico simulation and molecular scale design of materials.”


Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

“By understanding cellular environments, we can design systems and materials that direct cells to regenerate healthy, functional tissue for those suffering from degenerative diseases. Iowa is the perfect place to develop these ideas because of our long history of collaboration and the world-class clinical expertise on our campus.�

Mariam El-Hattab PhD student, Biomedical Engineering

“My work includes exploring how fat cells influence skin cells in the wound healing process. At Iowa, I’ve found that everyone is always rooting for my growth in every aspect, not only as a student but also as a researcher.”

Isaac di Napoli PhD student, Mechanical Engineering

“Working at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering gives me the opportunity for cutting edge naval hydrodynamics research at a world class institution. The program of study and research together prepares me to be at the top of my field whether that be in industry or academia.”


Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Assistant Faculty Research Engineer, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

“I study the dynamics of advanced marine vehicles in extreme environments. Through experiments, my group seeks to understand the ways in which the ocean tries to sink, break, or disable marine vehicles. Iowa is one of the few places in the world with the facilities to replicate ocean environments at laboratory-scale.”

DRIVERLESS VEHICLES National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is the largest simulator of its type in the world. It has been involved in developing and testing Automated Driving Systems, as well as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for over 25 years. Such systems can be classified into those that provide information, warning, control, and support. NADS has tested many of these systems and contributed to the development of safety policies for industry and government.

Dan McGehee

Director of NADS Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

“At NADS, using sophisticated instrumented vehicles and simulators, we study how human drivers interact with automation inside their own car and with other vehicles that may or may not be automated. Our goal is to eliminate car crashes using a variety of technologies.�

Nicole Corcoran PhD student, Industrial and Systems Engineering

“As an Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate student, I get to apply my knowledge across various domains: from studying human factors to statistical modeling; or from autonomous vehicle research to water sustainability in rural India. All of this is made possible by the dynamic, collaborative, and innovative research initiatives here at Iowa.�

OUTSTANDING ENGINEERING RESEARCH FACILITIES 6 academic departments 20 research locations in eastern Iowa

6 Institutes & Centers •

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering - Iowa Flood Center - Iowa Geological Survey ITI—Iowa Technology Institute -NADS—National Advanced Driving Simulator Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

HIGHLY RANKED PROGRAMS 24 of Iowa’s graduate and

professional degree programs are among the top 25 of their kind at major research universities like Iowa.


There are abou and tenure-trac members at the Engineering.


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TEACHING & RESEARCH FOLLOWSHIPS The college offers: Teaching assistantships Research assistantships Dean’s Fellowship

WELCOMING, DIVERSE ENVIRONMENT We provide a welcoming environment for a diverse student population that includes many international students. The College of Engineering offers nearly 20 specific organizations and programs for women, POC, LGBTQ, and international students.


IOWA CITY Home to more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and some of the nation's top scholars and researchers, the University of Iowa is a major research university located in Iowa City, Iowa, which consistently ranks as one of the most livable towns in America.

The University of Iowa is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of around 77,000 people that is regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways with a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Iowa City is designated the world’s third City of Literature (UNESCO, 2008).

Iowa City offers a community built around higher education, with vibrant cultural opportunities, excellent public K-12 schools, and a history of international connections.


best college town —reviews.org

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