UW Engineering Departments at a Glance

Which path will you take?

William E. Boeing Department of
Aeronautics & Astronautics »
Office: 211 Guggenheim Hall (map), (206) 543-1950
Chair:Anthony Waas
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering
Undergraduate Minor in Aeronautics & Astronautics
Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics
Master of Aerospace Engineering
Master of Aerospace Engineering (General Studies)
Doctor of Philosophy in Aeronautics & Astronautics
Certificate Program
Accreditation: ABET

Students in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics design, develop, test, and produce aircraft, rockets, spacecraft and satellites. Aerospace technology also has "earthbound" applications like making race cars and windmills more aerodynamic. Study subjects include aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft design, flight dynamics and controls, structural analysis and design, and aircraft and spacecraft propulsion.

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Bioengineering »        
Office: 107 W.H. Foege Bioengineering Building (map), (206) 685-2000
Chair: Cecilia Giachelli
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering
Combined BS/MS in Bioengineering
Master of Science in Bioengineering
Master of Applied Bioengineering (MAB)
Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering (PharBE)
Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering
Other Academic Opportunities
Professional Master's and Certificate Programs
Accreditation: ABET

Bioengineers integrate principles from across engineering disciplines and the natural sciences to advance healthcare technology and delivery. Following a foundation in chemistry, biology, physics, physiology, fluid and solid mechanics, mass and heat transport, electronic circuits, and bio-signals, students may choose to study tissue and protein engineering, muscle regulation, biomaterials, implantable and wearable prosthetics, drug and gene delivery, medical imaging, therapeutic ultrasound, nano- and molecular engineering, microfluidics, computational modeling, synthetic biology, point-of-care diagnostic devices, and global health.

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Chemical Engineering »     
Office: 105 Benson Hall (map), (206) 543-2250
Chair:François Baneyx
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
Accreditation: ABET

UW Chemical Engineering students transform raw materials into useful products including pharmaceuticals, food, fuel cells, and cosmetics. Subjects include petroleum, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, environmental engineering, consumer products, biotechnology, electronic materials, nuclear chemical engineering, polymers, composites, colloids, and interfaces.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering »        
Office: 201 More Hall (map), (206) 543-2390
Chair:Laura N. Lowes
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Online Master's Degrees in Civil Engineering;
Professional and Certificate Programs
Accreditation: ABET

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.

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Paul G. Allen School of
Computer Science & Engineering »
Office: AC101 Paul G. Allen Center (map), (206) 543-1695
Director:Hank Levy
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Combined Bachelor's/Master's in Computer Science & Engineering (BS/MS)
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering
Professional Master's Programs
Computing and IT Certificate Programs
Accreditation: ABET

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.


Electrical Engineering »     
Office: AE100R Paul G. Allen Center (map), (206) 221-5270
Chair:Radha Poovendran
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
Professional Masters Program in Electrical Engineering
Accreditation: ABET

UW EE students design, produce, and operate devices and systems that use electric and electromagnetic energy for sensing, processing, visualizing and use of information. Subjects of study include circuits, systems and controls (robotics); signal and image processing; electronics, electronic devices, and photonics; computers; energy systems; electromagnetics and optics.

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Human Centered Design & Engineering »           
Office: 428 Sieg Hall (map), (206) 543-2567
Chair:David W. McDonald
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering
Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Centered Design & Engineering
User-Centered Design Certificate

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.

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Industrial & Systems Engineering »           
Office: G10 Mechanical Engineering Building (map), (206) 543-1427
Chair:Linda Ng Boyle
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Master of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering
Certificate Programs
Accreditation: ABET

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.

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Materials Science & Engineering »        
Office: 302F Roberts Hall (map), (206) 685-8272
Chair:Jihui Yang
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering
Applied Master's Program in Materials Science & Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science & Engineering
Accreditation: ABET

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.

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Mechanical Engineering »        
Office: 143 Mechanical Engineering Building (map), (206) 543-5090
Chair:Per Reinhall
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering
Accreditation: ABET

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.

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Affiliated Programs

Bioresource Science & Engineering »  
Office: 116/130 Anderson Hall (map), (206) 543-7081
Interim Director: Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources degree with a major in Bioresource Science and Engineering
Additional School of Forest Resources degrees
Accreditation: ABET

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.

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BSE students in lab