student in virtual soldier environment

Building virtual worlds to prep for the real one

Students tackle research challenges using latest virtual technology
At the University of Iowa, undergraduate students work side by side with researchers to create a digital human being, design virtual car trips for an advanced driving simulator, and more. Hands-on tech experiences like these allow students to grow intellectually and prepare for their career after college.
Sean Seelau portrait

Passion for solving puzzles fuels engineering pursuits

UI nontraditional student spent eight years earning a second degree
Sean Seelau earned degrees in philosophy, worked for years in the telecommunications industry, then in his forties decided to return to school. Now he’s graduating from the UI with a BA in mechanical engineering and is the first graduate to receive the UI’s new Certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics.
student and instructor working in bike-building course

Two disciplines. Two wheels. One elite program.

Unique bike-building classes combining art and engineering set worldwide standard
The University of Iowa’s world-renowned bicycle frame–building courses bring together art and engineering students to answer the question “How do you build a bike?” Conceived by art professor Steve McGuire in 2010, Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle has become the model for how to build a university bike-building course.
gregory carmichael standing before screen

An optimist’s guide to changing course on global air pollution

Carmichael to deliver UI Presidential Lecture Feb. 19
Gregory Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa, will deliver the 34th annual UI Presidential Lecture “What Goes Around, Comes Around: The Global Reach of Air Pollution” on Sunday, Feb. 19. “Iowa Now” recently sat down with Carmichael to talk about his work.

Family's gift creates Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy at the UI

Academy is unique among public research universities
The University of Iowa has established an early entrance academy for high-ability 10th-graders, making it among the first of such academies at a public research university in the nation.
Mark McDermott McDermott talks about STEM benefits, challenges

Mark McDermott, UI clinical associate professor in science education, discusses the benefits and challenges of being in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) profession and what the country and communities can do to make cities more appealing to STEM graduates and technology companies.

Logan Viktora, 18, works downstairs in the shop room at the Kirkwood Regional Center on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (

Iowa City Press Citizen Students make use of new Kirkwood Regional Center at the UI

High school students  studied criminology, worked on cars, and practiced machinery skills as community leaders celebrated the grand opening of the Kirkwood Regional Center at the UI Thursday. The center is a partnership between Kirkwood Community College, the UI , Grant Wood Area Education Agency, and several K-12 school districts.