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The world is looking to engineers to solve its toughest challenges. As an R1 university, rated among the top 2% of research universities in the United States, you can expect cutting-edge research from our labs.

Energy & Sustainability

The world continues to demand more efficient, sustainable and reliable, secure energy solutions. Microgrids are expected to complement the nation’s grid, opening a multi-billion dollar industry. Meanwhile, cars are shifting gears with cheaper and cleaner lithium-ion batteries; and wind turbines, solar panels and biofuels have opened doors to new sources of energy and ways to store, convert, deliver and manage them. UWM’s researchers are discovering new ways to power our communities, challenging and improving the way we think about and use energy and care for our environment.


Infrastructure & Transportation

With the United States’ infrastructure in dire need of repair, UWM’s long tradition of leadership in civil and environmental engineering offers just what the nation needs. In our state-of-the-art labs, engineers are finding ways to increase strength, safety and efficiency of our nation’s roads, bridges and physical infrastructure. Creating concrete that puts an end to potholes; designing computer systems that help assess and understand traffic flow and reduce accidents; and “earthquake-proofing” bridges and buildings – our engineers are sought after for solutions.


Water and the Environment

Fresh water is fundamental to the prosperity of our communities and our health. The College of Engineering & Applied Science provides a foundation for Milwaukee’s world-recognition as a leader in freshwater research, in partnership with UWM’s School of Freshwater Science. Whether developing new sensors and technologies to detect contaminants like arsenic or PFAs in water or researching natural remedies to reduce flooding, our engineers work in state-of-the-art labs at UWM’s main campus and Milwaukee’s Global Water Center, maximizing the benefit of proximity to Milwaukee’s rivers and the Great Lakes.


Advanced Manufacturing

Milwaukee has long been a national hub for advanced manufacturing, home to corporate headquarters of global industry leaders such as Johnson Controls and Rockwell Automation as well as small- and mid-sized manufacturers. UWM researchers are an integrated, cross-discipline mix, representing materials science and engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, computer engineering, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Individually and collectively they offer resources and industry partnerships to usher in the future in advanced manufacturing.


Biomedical & Health

Improving health, promoting quality of life and saving lives: these are the goals of our engineers who focus on biomedical and health research. Our world-renowned faculty and their students have already made an impact on our world on many fronts: more accurate scanners so medical providers have sharper images to make better diagnoses; better prosthetics and medical devices to promote recovery; and biomaterial-based therapies to improve bone healing outcomes are just a few examples.


UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Teaching Labs

The College of Engineering & Applied Science Teaching Labs are where our students get hands-on experience related to their specific coursework.