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Release: March 12, 2003

(Photo: P. Barry Butler, dean of the UI College of Engineering)

UI Engineering Department Ranked Nationally

The University of Iowa College of Engineering department of civil and environmental engineering has been ranked 13th in the nation among leading civil engineering research schools by Engineering News-Record (ENR), a McGraw-Hill publication.

The ranking, a part of ENR’s first-ever survey of the discipline at more than 117 institutions, evaluated the percentage of civil engineering departmental income derived from research funding and found the UI level at 43 percent.

Other leading engineering departments, their rankings and percentage income received from research include: University of Florida, Gainesville, 1st, 71 percent; University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2nd, 68 percent; University of Arizona, Tucson, 3rd, 67 percent; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 6th, 63 percent; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 8th, 58 percent; Iowa State University, 9th, 57 percent; Purdue University, 11th, 52 percent; and Cornell University, 15th, 39 percent.

P. Barry Butler, dean of the UI College of Engineering, said that the ranking is quite an accomplishment for the civil and environmental engineering faculty, staff, and students, and for the department overall.

“The list, which ranks schools by percentage of income from research, places UI civil and environmental engineering in the national spotlight and helps build further prestige for an already very high quality department. Such a ranking also assists in recruitment of talented undergraduate and graduate students to the program, as well as growth in research,” Butler said.

The ENR survey also looked at factors ranging from faculty experience in the industry and student diversity to salary offers for new graduates and innovative teaching techniques. Engineering News-Record provides business and technical news to 78,000 subscribers nationally who make a living in or from the construction industry. The ranking and story on civil and environmental education can be found at:

One of 11 colleges on the University of Iowa campus, the College of Engineering has educational courses that date back more than a century. It teaches disciplines in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The college is recognized for its small, personalized size, and focused mission. Its location on a strong liberal arts campus -- with natural strengths in writing and communications, health sciences, business, law, and arts and humanities -- provides highly complementary resources to build the type of broad technological education demanded in a rapidly changing world. The college excels internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, such as computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, and polymerization.

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