Research

We do the impossible every day

CRISPR technology. Robotic prosthetics. Renewable water. Drone shipping. AR/VR enhancements. Flying to Mars. The research happening at The Grainger College of Engineering is changing our world. They are advances once only dreamed about. The world's brightest minds are at Illinois, tackling today’s toughest challenges. And they are building a better, cooler, safer tomorrow.

Top Ten

for total research expenditures among Colleges of Engineering (ASEE) 

Over 1/3

of our Assistant Professors win NSF CAREER Awards

Undergraduate Research

Corporate Opportunities

Industry Partnerships

Research Park

Together, We Solve the Greatest Challenges

At Illinois, we we place great pride in our interdisciplinary work ethic. With top-ranked graduate programs across every department and discipline of engineering, we bring together the brightest minds in the world to solve the most pressing global challenges of our time. We share the common goal of providing superior research capabilities in the fundamental engineering sciences in collaboration with industrial and governmental laboratories. We also support undergraduate and graduate student education and enhance rapid technology transfer from the University to industry.  

Facts & Departmental Rankings

60+

Centers, Labs, and Institutes

These incubators provide superior research capabilities in the fundamental engineering sciences and in collaboration with industrial and governmental laboratories. They also support undergraduate and graduate student education and enhance rapid technology transfer from the University to industry.

Explore Centers & Labs

2,000+

Projects Underway Every Semester

The Grainger College of Engineering offers so many benefits. Our size enables a breadth and depth of expertise that is hard to match. The tradition of excellence is exceptional - Plato, YouTube, PayPal, astronauts, entrepreneurs, city designers, scientists. And we’re incredibly proud of our interdisciplinary, friendly, hard-working culture.

Strategic Research Initiatives