Multidisciplinary Research

Ranked one of the Top 5 Engineering Programs around the world, Engineering at Illinois has $229 million in research expenditures and $40 million in corporate research each year.

We have 650 researchers involved with more than 2,000 research projects focusing on new energy solutions, complete water systems, advanced manufacturing and materials, bioengineering, data analytics, and many more. Over 400 faculty, including those elected to the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences, are doing the impossible every day.

Corporate Investments

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Visioning Future Excellence Initiative

The Visioning Future Excellence Initiative here at Illinois speaks to our commitment to drive change for some of the world's most pressing issues. In Engineering, we play a major role in creating and implementing this change.

Interdisciplinary Themes

  • Information and Technology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Energy and Environment
  • Education

Annual Research Expenditures

This massive research enterprise translates directly into societal impact. We have solutions to the big issues.

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Strategic Research Initiatives

Through multidisciplinary partnerships, companies benefit from the promising innovations explored at the University of Illinois. Our Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) program expands research capabilities and supports collaboration in new and emerging areas. SRI supports exploratory research in evolving new fields and enhances existing capabilities for new interdisciplinary focus areas or centers. Funding for SRI programs comes primarily from the College of Engineering.

Research Institutes

Faculty and students are just two of the core elements of the College of Engineering. The facilities at the University of Illinois are an integral part of the groundbreaking work on campus. Multidisciplinary research is fostered through research spaces designed specifically for collaboration. These state-of-the-art facilities allow faculty the arena for creating ambitious research initiatives that impact on a global level.