Research Centers, Facilities, and Resources

Interdisciplinary Hubs and Shared Facilities

Wisconsin Centers for Nanoscale Technology

WCNT are shared instrumentation facilities which contain the Nanoscale Fabrication Center, the Nanoscale Imaging and Analysis Center, and the Soft Materials Characterization Laboratory. WCNT fosters collaboration across 45 UW-Madison departments.

Student at XRD Measurement tool

Center for High Throughput Computing

CHTC supports a variety scalable computing resources and services for researchers and their collaborators, including high-throughput computing and tightly-couple computations, high-memory, and GPUs.

Wisconsin Applied Computing Center

WACC is a center whose mission is to facilitate access to advanced computing resources in order to meet the research and educational needs of its members.

Cross-Departmental Research Institutes and Centers

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

WID is a research institute that draws on the scientific excellence of UW–Madison and specializes in making science better, uniting world-class faculty from areas such as data science, precision medicine, complex systems and emerging technologies.

Banners hang from the ceiling as glass-paneled walls reflect a view of the Town Center atrium of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Nov. 14, 2012. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Grainger Institute for Engineering

GIE provides funding and comprehensive support to nurture collaborative research ideas that show promise as large-scale, extramurally funded activities in critical impact areas.

Engineering Centers Building

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

MRSEC integrates the discovery of new knowledge with creation of research-inspired educational materials, innovative programs that broaden participation in STEM fields, and industry outreach to promote economic and professional development.

Engineering Hall and fountain in front

Wisconsin Quantum Institute

The Wisconsin Quantum Institute (WQI) works to solve problems and advance our understanding of the physical world using the methods of quantum science and technology through shared research in quantum computing, networking, sensing, and materials.

Chamberlin Hall, which houses the Department of Physics and the Physics Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is pictured on July 10, 2019.

Opportunities to interact with industry

Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium

For over 40 years, WEMPEC has been developing the newest technologies in electric machines and power electronics. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and international scholars collaborate with the support of over 70 corporate supporters.

WEMPEC staff stand in front of Engineering Hall

Resources for Graduate Students

Graduate Student Financial Resources

During the application process, you will have the opportunity to learn about ECE's graduate student fellowships, research assistant and teaching assistant positions, and scholarships. There is also support for travel to conferences and for research.

ECE graduate students posing with their professor outside of a conference

Research Groups

ECE has a large number of research groups that allow students to explore areas of interest with globally-recognized faculty. Visit the department research page to find nine research focus areas and learn more about the research groups within each.

Graduate student Shimaa Ahmed is placing a microphone in an anechoic chamber

Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association

The ECE Graduate Student Association is a student-run organization supported by the ECE department. This vibrant and inclusive organization keeps ECE students engaged throughout the year with fun and educational events for all ECE graduate students.

ECE Graduate Student Association members gathered on the edge of a rock ledge overlooking Devil's Lake

Interdisciplinary research seminar series


Systems, Information, Learning and Optimization (SILO) research group aims to build a community of mathematically-minded researchers interested in computational and mathematical sciences.

Three colorful silos