Why ISE at the UW?

Using mathematical tools, ISEs extract meaning from a sea of data and find the keys to unlocking a system’s true potential.  If you have a keen sense of curiosity, a passion for solving problems, a desire to make a difference, and a willingness to work hard, ISE at the UW may be for you. 

Vibrant intellectual environment ISE faculty are passionate teachers and researchers and that passion is contagious. Our undergraduates are some of the best and brightest pursuing double degrees in everything from Art to Psychology.  Our graduate students are active teaching and research partners.  Numerous adjunct and affiliate professors enhance ISEs multi-disciplinary atmosphere.

Collaborative, creative research culture Our faculty are internationally renowned researchers.  Students at all degree levels are involved in research projects.   Many work in research teams with local industry and other University units including the School of Medicine.  ISE graduate students present research findings at conferences and serve as co-authors with faculty on publications.

Global center of innovation and inspiration.  The University of Washington is a premiere research institution with a world-class academic medical center, and receives more federal research funding than any other American public university.  The University and the city of Seattle offer award-winning libraries, museums, art, music, drama, and sports.  Surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty, Seattle is America’s most literate and educated city and consistently rates as one of the most livable.

Cradle of ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit.  The Pacific Northwest is a gateway to Asia and the Pacific and has spawned world leaders in technology, biomedical research, and aerospace.  ISE faculty and students collaborate with numerous companies, including Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, and Starbucks (because our students aren’t caffeinated nearly enough).  Our internship program fosters an unrivaled, hands-on learning experience.

It’s all about community.   Geeks, Greeks, jocks, nerds, hipsters, indie, artsy, outdoorsy, free spirited…….. Everyone has a home here in ISE.  Our community has equal numbers of women and men and is represented by almost every ethnic group.  We welcome international students from around the globe.  We work hard and we play hard and we think IEs are fun.  After all, within a certain context, mathematical formulas can be funny.