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University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at chicago


Located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. As Chicago’s only public research university with 30,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system, UIC provides you access to excellence and opportunity.

UIC is proud to be recognized as having one of the most ethnically and culturally rich college campuses in America. Our welcoming environment and diverse student body engender deeper learning and provide new perspectives on life. Come experience the strength of multiple voices, races, cultures, beliefs, identities, orientations and points of view.


College of Engineering


The UIC College of Engineering is recognized for its academic excellence with undergraduate and graduate programs in six academic departments: Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Materials Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

As the only public research university providing engineering education in the City of Chicago, the UIC College of Engineering is committed to fostering an innovative and inclusive environment. This is reflected in the College's slogan: “Access to Excellence and Success”. The College of Engineering enrolled 2955 undergraduate students, 1006 masters and 489 Ph.D. students in the Fall of 2015. The College of Engineering has 143 faculty including 31 women. The faculty are of the highest quality, as evident by 83 of faculty members being fellows of societies such as IEEE, ACM, ASME, AAAS, and ASCE. Thirty faculty members are National Science Foundation CAREER or Presidential Young Investigator award winners.

The research programs at the UIC College of Engineering have been growing rapidly over the years and are conducted in 6 departments and 8 interdisciplinary centers. Research expenditures totaled $21.5 million for 2015. During 2015-16, the College had over 172 funded projects totaling $74 million. The faculty are involved in interdisciplinary research in the areas of bio-technology, nano-technology, information technology and infrastructure and energy/environmental technology. The College understands the need for engineers and for technological advances. The promise is to provide students with an exciting education that will prepare them for emerging technologies and to be adaptable and flexible for the rapidly changing world.


Department of Civil and Materials Engineering


The Department of Civil and Materials Engineering (CME) offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Civil Engineering, and the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Materials Engineering.

Civil Engineering is a broadly based discipline that encompasses many specialties in the areas of Structural Engineering, Mechanics, Construction Materials, Environmental Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Geotechnical & Geo-Environmental Engineering, and Transportation Engineering. By careful selection of elective courses, a student may choose to specialize in one or two technical areas. The civil engineering curriculum provides students with a strong background in engineering and applied sciences for professional careers in industry or government and for further graduate studies in Civil Engineering.

The Materials Engineering Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who will be comfortable moving among disciplines, and facilitating interactions among scientists and engineers with different backgrounds. The program is research based, emphasizing hands-on involvement of students. The program is centered in the College of Engineering. A small core of fundamental courses on the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of materials is offered in the Civil and Materials Engineering Department, but the strength of the program is the variety of specialized materials related courses offered throughout the University.

The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy (IESP) is a cross-campus center organized under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at UIC. Its mission is to advance multidisciplinary research and scholarship within the environmental health sciences and engineering, economics, social thought, and policy among UIC’s faculty and students, transmit workable solutions for environmental problems to the public sectors, and to prepare the next generation of environmental decision-makers. IESP’s core theme is to advance the understanding of how urbanization affects environmental and human well-being.

Chicago is a living transportation laboratory for researchers at the civil and Materials engineering department. Some of their activities are being conducted through interdisciplinary forums at the University Transportation Center (UTC).



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