Explore UW Engineering Departments
As part of a tier-one public research university with a global footprint, the College of Engineering produces world-class research that supports economic development in Washington state and improves lives and communities around the world. With ten distinct but interrelated departments, we share a commitment to excellence in engineering education, discovery, community connections and local and global partnerships.
Areas of impact
We encourage undergraduate students to explore our academic offerings by thinking about which area of society they would like to impact.
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William E. Boeing Department of
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Students in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics excel in things that move. They develop marine, ground, air and space vehicles, satellites, UAVs and turbines through the lenses of controls, materials and structures, fluid dynamics, propulsion, and systems integration. Our aerospace program provides a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education that produces flexible engineers who understand whole systems involving advanced structures, data science, energy and environment, flight performance and safety, robotics and autonomous systems and space exploration.
Every day the future is being expanded in our labs. From the development of advanced unoccupied aerial vehicles to new aerodynamic techniques and unconventional space propulsion concepts, the faculty and students of UW Aero & Astro are honing the cutting edge of tomorrow's technologies.Research Areas Centers and Laboratories
Nujoud Merancy (B.S. ’01) is NASA’s Chief of the Exploration Mission Planning Office, responsible for integrating NASA’s human spaceflight missions beyond low earth orbit and ensuring successful human spaceflight operations.
Airlie Chapman (Ph.D. ’13) is a professor at the University of Melbourne and researches multi-vehicle or swarm robotics. As a member of the SpIRIT mission team, she is helping to advance the Australian space program.
Bioengineers at UW drive advances in healthcare technology and delivery that improve lives, from regenerative medicine to neuroengineering. Our inclusive and collaborative culture empowers our students and faculty to make a real-world impact through innovative research. We prepare students for leadership in diverse careers. Students may choose to study a range of areas, including tissue and protein engineering, biomaterials, implantable and wearable prosthetics, drug and gene delivery, therapeutic ultrasound, nano- and molecular engineering, microfluidics, computational modeling, synthetic biology, point-of-care diagnostic devices and global health.
undergraduate and graduate students
startups created by faculty and students
As a joint department in both the UW College of Engineering and the top-ranked UW School of Medicine, our students and faculty partner with fellow world-class researchers and clinicians across UW to solve complex healthcare problems. With a focus on inventive solutions that improve lives, our teams work together across a wide range of research areas, from machine-brain interfaces to protein design and point-of-care diagnostics.Research themes Research centers
Joan Greve (B.S. ’97) is a scientific program manager at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. She co-authored an investigational new drug filing and designing with the FDA to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
Arthur Chan (Ph.D. ’03) managed the clinical trials, physician training, and premarket approval process that led to the world’s first FDA-approved, image-guided focused ultrasound surgery device.
Chemical engineers at UW design the molecules, materials, and devices that enable us to better treat disease, produce clean energy, and live more sustainably. Our students work with internationally-recognized faculty and receive specialized training in molecular engineering, nanotechnology, data science, and other critical skills for today’s workforce. With an emphasis on project-based learning, entrepreneurship, and a culture of inclusion, we prepare students for leadership in diverse careers.
undergraduate and graduate students
of undergraduates perform research
Ph.D. students receive first-year funding
The skills of chemical engineers are well-suited to creating impactful solutions to a range of complex problems. In UW ChemE, researchers work at the nano and molecular level to develop advanced materials; they collaborate with medical researchers in the design of better therapeutics, medical devices, and diagnostics; and their pioneering data science work is driving innovation in semiconductors, solar cells, materials characterization, and chemical and biological discovery.Research areas
Christoph Krumm (B.S. ’11) is co-founder and CEO of Sironix Renewables, where he works to develop greener, safer, and more effective ingredients for cleaning products, as well as agriculture, and personal care products.
Amanda Levenson (B.S. ’18) has worked in various roles in industry, and is currently at Lucid Motors managing business operations. She has been recognized for her work with SWE with the RIsing Technical Contributor award.
Civil & Environmental Engineering
UW Civil & Environmental Engineering prepares students to address pressing issues that affect the daily lives of people, from earthquakes to water quality to transportation. To ensure sustainable cities and healthy environments, students learn to address the challenges presented by aging national infrastructure and the needs of urban systems and communities around the globe. Specific areas of study include structures, transportation, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, construction, and water resources, hydrology and hydraulic systems.
In the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, both faculty and students conduct innovative research, working on projects that have real-world impact. Their work plays a crucial role in developing new approaches to address the needs of urban systems and communities around the globe. Researchers collaborate with colleagues at partner universities and various agencies and organizations both within the U.S. and abroad.Research Areas Research Centers Research labs and groups
Kari Watkins (Ph.D. ’11) is an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Georgia Tech. While at the UW, Watkins co-created the multi-platform app OneBusAway to provide real-time transit information.
Marc Edwards (M.S. ’88, Ph.D. ’90) is a nationally recognized expert on water quality, named one of the world’s most 100 influential people by Time Magazine for his work to uncover lead poisoning during the Flint water crisis.
Paul G. Allen School of
Computer Science & Engineering
The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) educates students to become leaders in the design and implementation of the computing systems that touch every aspect of modern society. Our courses cover everything from the mathematical foundations of what computers can and cannot do; to hands-on experiences building software and hardware artifacts with a range of programming languages and tools; to advanced courses in software engineering, human-computer interaction, computer graphics and animation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, large-scale data management, natural language processing, computer networking, computational biology, robotics, computer security and privacy, and much more.
undergraduate and graduate students
in research grants and contracts in FY2019
Top academic institution
for best paper awards in computer science
Allen School degree programs
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science*
*The B.S. in Computer Science is awarded through the College of Arts & Sciences.
Allen School research
The Allen School is committed to expanding our global leadership and impact in computer science and computer engineering research. We offer a supportive environment in which our faculty and students are empowered to pursue the next great advances — whether at the core of the field, or in emerging areas that address humankind’s greatest challenges through the transformative power of computing.Areas of Expertise
Yaw Anokwa (Ph.D. ’12) co-led creation of the Open Data Kit, a suite of mobile tools for data collection and analysis in low-resource settings. His startup, Nafundi, supports ODK deployment in communities around the world.
Justine Sherry (B.S. ’10) joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University after earning her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Her research aims to make networks faster, more reliable, more equitable, and more secure.
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Students design and build hardware and software for a variety of electronic devices with a wide range of applications. Areas of study include computer architecture, computing, control systems, machine learning, embedded systems, microelectronics and nanotechnology, neurotechnology, photonics, sensing and communication, VLSI and sustainable energy systems.
ECE degree programs
*Accreditation will be sought following the ABET process.
UW ECE’s world-class resources and facilities offer the perfect platform for active collaboration. Together we’re redefining possibilities in robotics, nanotechnology, electromagnetics, data science, computers and energy. Our ongoing work continues to push the boundaries of modern science and helps to direct the future of hardware and integrated systems.Research areas Research Centers Research Labs
Keith Rattie (B.S. ’76) has a 40-year career in the oil and gas industry, serving as CEO of Questar Corp. and general manager of Chevron’s international gas unit. He has helped shape utility, power and energy legislation at congressional hearings.
Dr. Gabriela A. Gonzalez (B.S. ’92) is the deputy director of the Intel Foundation, focused on K-12 STEM education for underserved communities. At Intel Labs, she steered program development at research universities around the world.
Human Centered Design & Engineering
Putting people first, HCDE students and faculty research, design, and engineer interactions between humans and technology. HCDE faculty and students are advancing design knowledge by using innovative techniques to study human activity and then translating that knowledge into meaningful information and system designs.
HCDE is internationally known for its cutting-edge research. As part of a major research (R1) university, HCDE students and faculty collaborate across disciplines, across campus, and externally, to magnify the breadth and potential impact of our discoveries.Research Areas Research Labs and Centers
Jasmine Lawrence (M.S. ’17) currently serves as a product manager at X, the moonshot factory on the Everyday Robot Project. At the age of 13, Lawrence founded EDEN BodyWorks, a body care products company that sells at stores nationwide.
Ona Anicello (M.S. ’13) is the director of design and research for Alaska Airline's guest digital experience. She serves as president of UXPA Seattle and currently is teaching a usability testing course in the HCDE department.
Industrial & Systems Engineering
UW ISE students learn to use mathematical tools to extract meaning from a sea of data and find the keys to unlocking a system's true potential. Industrial and systems engineers integrate people, materials, information, equipment, and energy to design, implement, and improve systems. ISE's focus on the big picture makes industrial engineering one of the most people-oriented engineering disciplines. ISE students study system productivity improvement, experiment design, linear and stochastic optimization, modeling, statistical quality control, reliability, simulation, human factors, scheduling and inventory control, and supply chain systems.
UW ISE is committed to research with impact. We are finding solutions in an increasingly diverse, dynamic, and technological world. Our faculty and students use data, statistics and mathematical models to understand and improve the interaction of humans with technology.Research areas Research Labs and Centers
Susie Lu (B.S. ’10) is a data visualization engineer at Netflix where she makes custom data visualization applications and dashboards to help the business look at the data they collect more effectively.
Kali Bader (B.S. ‘96) is an adjunct professor at Portland State University and vice president at Rembold Companies, a real estate company focused on acquisition, financing and development management.
Materials Science & Engineering
UW MSE students develop new materials, process methods, equipment, and material uses. Subjects include biomimetics and biomaterials; ceramic properties; composite materials; electronic, optical and magnetic materials; materials characterization, chemistry, modelling; metals & alloys; and polymers.
Bonnie J. Dunbar (B.S. ‘71, M.S. ‘75) flew aboard the space shuttles Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia and Endeavor. She served as president and CEO of the Museum of Flight and as director of higher education at The Boeing Company.
Aaron Feaver (Ph.D. ‘17) co-founded EnerG2, a clean technology company spun out from UW research, that was acquired by BASF in 2019. He is currently the director of WSU’s public research center focused on reducing consumption of rare-earth materials and increasing clean energy in the transportation industry.
UW ME students explore fundamental principles of mechanical engineering and their application to modern technological problems. Students collaborate on interdisciplinary work where they research, design, prototype and manufacture devices and systems that provide creative solutions to these problems. ME is a broad discipline, and the curriculum focuses on the study of dynamics, controls and robotics; manufacturing processes and advanced materials; energy and environmentally-friendly, "green" engineering; and engineering for health with biotechnologies and biomechanics.
Engineering is not just about problem-solving; it’s about problem-solving and taking action. In UW ME, we’re proud of our commitment to impact. Our faculty and students are developing solutions to key challenges in health care, energy and manufacturing, and we’re improving people’s lives through our leadership in research and innovation.Research Areas Research Centers Research Labs
Sally Jewell (B.S ’78) served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama from 2013-2017. She previously served as the CEO of REI, the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, from 2005-2013.
Billy Price (B.S. ’02) co-founded BILLY Footwear, a company inspired by his experience with mobility impairment, to create adaptive shoes that are functional, fashionable and inclusive for everyone.
Bioresource Science & Engineering
The major is designed for students seeking training in chemical and physical sciences, and chemical engineering as applied to manufacturing fiber products, fuels and chemicals from biomass resources. It emphasizes the application of mathematics, chemistry and engineering to paper and related bioresource-based industries, and our students learn the fundamental science and engineering of biomass and conversion processes.
The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is committed to producing new disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge to advance our understanding and management of environmental and natural resource issues. Our faculty use engineering and natural and social science in their work, which is aimed at developing renewable forest products, stewarding forest and landscape ecosystems for a range of functions and services and understanding the social, economic and environmental consequences of stewardship and production choices.Research Centers, Programs and Partnerships