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Our People. Our Impact.

2017–2018 Annual Report

from the dean Greetings from the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa!

Alec Scranton Dean, UI College of Engineering

Our Annual Report isn’t just a list of facts and figures — it is a tangible demonstration of the impact that our work has here in the Iowa City community, across the State of Iowa, and around the globe. As we train the next generation of engineers, innovators, and scholars, we know that our graduates can and will make a difference in quality of life by applying their Iowa education in the communities in which they live, work, and thrive. In the pages that follow, you will learn about our Strategic Plan, understand more

about our research productivity, and see some of our student placement statistics. I also want to highlight a number of accomplishments that position our faculty, staff, and students at the cutting edge of engineering research, teaching, and community engagement including: • The dedication of our new, transformative South Annex of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences, which includes a new fluids lab, modern classrooms, and a design studio

Our newly-formed Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, which focuses on the utility of traditional industrial engineering skills in the broader areas in which they are applied, including transportation, human factors, logistics, service, manufacturing, and healthcare

• The development of innovative graduate education, including our Sustainable Water Development graduate program, which is designed to re-envision for STEM graduate students in fields related to water sustainability are educated and trained

Enhanced resources for undergraduate students, which include our Hanson Center for Technical Communication, our Student Development Center, the Virginia A. Meyers NEXUS of Engineering and the Arts, and a number of services, shops, and tools provided by the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, the Electronics Shop, and the Machine Shop

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IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering is a 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 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.

The Iowa Geological Survey has a rich scientific

history in the state, serving Iowans for more than 150 years through the collection and analysis of geologic and groundwater data. With this information, the IGS helps Iowans effectively understand Iowa’s natural resources for long-term sustainability and economic development.

research centers departments

Biomedical Engineering The 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.


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Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering focuses substantially on current public and environmental concerns, is headed by internationally recognized leaders in biocatalysis, atmospheric chemistry and modeling, development of alternative fuels, and new polymeric materials. Major research areas include biochemical engineering, separation science, polymers, and environmental science.

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 floods disasters, designing safe roads, bridges, and smart infrastructure, and ensuring sustainable development that protects water and environmental resources.

The Center for Computer-Aided Design is a 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, technology, transportation, and more.

National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) is home to the largest

driving simulator in the US and has been a leader in driving safety research for more than 20 years. Through work with students, faculty, staff, programs, and university-wide collaborators, NADS partners with government, industry, and academic leaders to improve safety by researching the connection between drivers, motor vehicles, and road users.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Industrial and Systems Engineering

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.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering highlights the utility of the traditional industrial engineering skills in the broader areas in which they are applied, including transportation, human factors, logistics, service, manufacturing and healthcare. The ways in which people interface with technology and the integration of technology into daily life are emerging areas of engineering research and education that fall under the umbrella of systems engineering.

The Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

fosters efficient and cooperative inter-disciplinary and crosscollege research and discovery in biomedical imaging, and to improve training and education within the broader community at the University of Iowa. The formation of this interdisciplinary institute reflects a strong institutional support to biomedical imaging and image analysis as well as translational medical research.

Mechanical Engineering The Department of Mechanical Engineering is broadly concerned with energy, manufacturing, and design of machines. 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.

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UI engineering undergraduate students 2 , 2 02 students





median Starting salary

$64,000 career placement


Col leg e sc holarsh ips s uppo rt: $ 1 ,011,153






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UI engineering graduate students 276 M aste r s and Ph D st udents


Masters students


PhD students


National S c i e nc e Foundat i o n Fe llows

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Our Mission: To be a diverse and inclusive community recognized for: advancing knowledge in fundamental and applied research; providing an accessible, modern education for future, interdisciplinary leaders in engineering and science; and serving as a hub for life-long learning and an engine for economic development.


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Strategic Plan

Ar eas of em phasis: Student success • Be a small college of distinction • Prepare students to be engineers and something more • Sustain an environment that supports a thriving, diverse, and supportive community • Ensure the long-­term value, benefits and accessibility of our training

Research • Enhance scholarly inquiry and creative work • Foster graduate and professional student success

Engagement • Enhance the college’s statewide visibility and increase access to college expertise • Create pathways for students to pursue engineering careers and remain in Iowa • Support the translation of intellectual work into applications that enhance economic development • Engage the time and talents of alumni • Identify and promote research and engagement

Advancement • Develop a culture of advancement throughout the college • Enhance corporate partnerships • Engage collegiate, departmental, and center/institute advisory boards

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Budget numbers

Federal/Corporate Expenditures


General Education Fund


Research Expenditures


Collaborative Expenditures

Giving: $7,653,092 9.5%






Faculty/staff support




Faculty Salary and Fringe


Staff Salary and Fringe


Graduate Assistant Salary and Fringe 7% General Expense (including Sal Release and Start-­up)


Merit Salary and Fringe







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General education fund

UI engineering faculty

95 tenure -t rac k faculty

more th an

$50,000,000 in annual resear c h expend i t u res

190,374 Published resear c h resu lts cited si nc e 2 013

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We are looking forward to another year of continued progress as we look at new ways to teach, conduct research, and impact our communities. In the coming weeks, months, and years, the College of Engineering will continue to be a vibrant intellectual space, and we hope you will join us on our journey.

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD),

College of Engineering Annual Report 2017-2018  
College of Engineering Annual Report 2017-2018