The UK College of Engineering is home to internationally recognized research programs in a multitude of areas, including energy, security, sustainable manufacturing, resilient infrastructure, transportation, advanced materials, computational systems, and health applications.

The University of Kentucky is one of only eight universities in the country with a major medical center featuring six health sciences colleges and the full spectrum of academic colleges on one contiguous campus. The close proximity of such a large range of programs is an incubator for inter- and transdisciplinary initiatives.  Discoveries from these collaborations allow our researchers to address the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, our nation, and world.

College of Engineering Research by the Numbers


  • 147 Tenured/tenure track
  •  13   Non-tenure track

Graduate Students

  • Masters – 208
  • Doctoral – 279
  • Post-doctoral Scholars – 20
  • 20% Female

Graduate Enrollment by Program

  • Biomedical Engineering – 27
  • Biosystems Engineering* – 23
  • Chemical Engineering – 40
  • Civil Engineering – 68
  • Computer Science – 98
  • Electrical Engineering – 68
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering – 16
  • Materials Engineering – 29
  • Mechanical Engineering – 96
  • Mining Engineering – 22

Research Expenditures

$22M research expenditures in FY17.

Strategic Research Priorities

Areas of strategic importance to the College include:

Advanced Materials and Components
Biomaterials, Nanomaterials, Electronic Devices, Membranes, Adaptive Components for Aerospace Applications

Computational Systems and Hardware
Software Engineering, Cloud Computing, Computing Hardware, Computational Electromagnetics, Visualization and Image Analysis, Aerospace Systems, Automation and Controls

Energy, Manufacturing and Sustainability
Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing, Logistics and Planning, Machining, Advanced Material Processing, Biofuels, Energy Processes and Systems, Energy Storage, Explosion Technology

Health Applications
Drug Delivery, Biophotonics, Bioinformatics, Nanobiotechnology, Medical Sensing and Imaging, Mine Health and Safety

Infrastructure Systems
Transportation Safety and Structures, Water Resources, Railroad Engineering, Construction Safety and Workforce Issues, Pavements and Construction Materials, Dam Resiliency