Research

The Power of Interdisciplinary Excellence

The research happening at the University of Illinois’ Grainger College of Engineering is changing our world and making advances once only dreamed about. Touching all aspects of human life, research at Grainger Engineering encompasses medical, atmospheric, cellular, acoustic, renewable energy, and robotic endeavors—among many more. Our students and faculty are dedicated to solving critical challenges on a global scale through research that can be strategically and effectively implemented for widespread societal benefit.

88

NSF CAREER Awards
over the last six years

$238M

in total research expenditures

28

Combined NAE and NAS
Members

Research News

Keep up with the latest breakthrough discoveries, game-changing partnerships and innovations, and faculty achievements.

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Research Initiatives

The world's brightest minds are here at Grainger Engineering, tackling today's toughest challenges.

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Undergraduate Student Research

Grainger Engineering undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research as soon as they arrive on campus.

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Institutes and Centers

Trusted by federal agencies and industry alike, our institutes and centers are home to a world-class research infrastructure.. 

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Research Faculty Directory

With over 400 faculty spanning the breadth of engineering disciplines, you're sure to find an expert in any field.

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Office of the Associate Dean for Research (ADR)

The office of the ADR provides support and resources for Grainger Engineering students, faculty, and partners.

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Campus Research

At the University of Illinois, our research drives life-changing innovations, permeates our classrooms and fuels our outreach.

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Pursue Boundless Opportunities in Engineering

The Grainger College of Engineering offers an unrivaled academic experience with enriching master’s and doctoral engineering degrees and certificate programs. These programs, rooted in interdisciplinary innovation, allow you to pursue your passions, develop world-changing solutions, and advance your career in ways not previously imaginable. Push the boundaries of engineering at Grainger; get in touch with us or apply now to get started.

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