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Why ISE at UW?

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

Professor Zelda Zabinsky and students

ISE faculty are passionate teachers and researchers and that passion is contagious. Our undergraduates are some of the best and brightest students, pursuing double degrees in everything from art to psychology. Our graduate students are active teaching and research partners. Numerous adjunct and affiliate professors enhance ISE's multi-disciplinary atmosphere.

Collaborative, creative research culture

Our faculty are internationally renowned researchers. Students at all degree levels are involved in research projects. Many students work on 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

Drumheller Fountain and Mt. Rainier

The University of Washington is a premiere research institution with a world-class academic medical center. The University of Washington 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 one of 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 Rim 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).

It’s all about community

Students in the Quad

Geeks, Greeks, jocks, and nerds, everyone has a home here in ISE. The size of our department encourages fellowship between its members, which is made up of equal numbers of women and men. We are an ethnically diverse group, and we welcome international students from around the globe. We work hard, we play hard, and we have fun together.