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About UK Engineering Research

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 continuous 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 our world.

Research by the Numbers

Faculty

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

Research Staff – 36

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

  • $24.8M research expenditures in FY17
    • $38.2M with affiliated centers and institutes
  • $50.8M according to the NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey (FY16)