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College of Engineering & Applied Science

The College of Engineering & Applied Science is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest and most diverse city, which is on Lake Michigan and 90 minutes north of Chicago. Six Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Milwaukee metro area, joining more than 2,000 other companies that recruit at UWM.


  • UWM is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide (Center for World University Rankings)
  • Best Midwestern College (Princeton Review)
  • Top Green College (Princeton Review)
  • Top-Ranked City for College Grads to Start Their Careers (ZipRecruiter)
  • The Midwest’s Coolest City (Vogue Magazine)


UWM and the College of Engineering & Applied Science are known for cross-college collaboration and interdisciplinary research. UWM is one of Wisconsin’s two R1 Research Universities, named by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 2020 externally funded research: $5,275,194 (45 grants).

Research thrust areas:

  • Biomedical engineering (bone growth, robotics)
  • Energy (storage, batteries and grid)
  • Water (including filters, adsorbents, sensors)
  • Advanced manufacturing (including UWM’s Connected Systems Institute)
  • Transportation and Infrastructure


The College of Engineering & Applied Science is a highly ranked and competitively priced college offering nine undergraduate majors, as well as master’s and PhD programs.


  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • More than 2,000 students, including 348 master’s students and 176 PhD graduate students 
  • 74% of graduates remain in Wisconsin* 


  • UWM and the College of Engineering & Applied Science are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse student body. Currently 40% of students in the college are non-white.
  • First-generation students comprise 27% of the students in our college — up 28% over the last ten years.
  • UWM is proud to have the largest veteran student population in Wisconsin, and the number of veteran students in our college has grown by 44% over the last 10 years.
  • More women are entering engineering as evidenced by the number of female students nearly doubling at our college over the last ten years to 18.5%.

Faculty and Staff

  • 70 full-time PhD faculty members
  • 12% women (two of our seven department chairs are women)
  • 62 full-time academic and support staff


The college has a strong alumni network of 11,214 (as of 2020) and most alumni stay in Wisconsin. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella (’90 MS Computer Science), is a proud alumnus.

Career Launch *

  • $66,000 average starting salary for new graduates with bachelor’s degrees.
  • 93% of students graduate with paid, work-related experiences including internships, co-ops and research opportunities.
  • Students often earn more than $8,000 in full-time, work-related experiences in summer.
  • 91% of students land jobs or commit to graduate school before graduation.
  • Some of the places our students have landed: Amazon • Apple • Briggs & Stratton • Eaton • FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles • FIS • GE Healthcare • Generac • GRAEF • Harley-Davidson • Intel • Johnson Controls • Kohler Company • Microsoft • Milwaukee Tool • Modine Manufacturing • Molson Coors • Northwestern Mutual • Raytheon Missile Systems • Rockwell Automation • Tesla • We Energies

*Source: UWM First Destination Survey, December 2019; as voluntarily reported by graduating undergraduate students.  

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