University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

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Science & Engineering Profile

Engineering solutions for the world’s cold regions and beyond

North to your future
Just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the University of Alaska Fairbanks immerses students in the splendor of the Far North, both inside and outside the classroom. UAF is Alaska’s leading research and teaching university but still feels like a small college. The Fairbanks campus has about 6,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. As a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution situated in America’s Arctic, UAF offers areas of research in cold-region engineering, arctic landscapes and wildlife, earth sciences, climate change, and much more. The University is a leader in research, dedicating over $100 million to research every year. UAF’s Geophysical Institute oversees the Poker Flat Research Range, the only university-owned rocket range inthe world. Through its location and the pioneering spirit of its faculty, UAF gives students a backstage pass to America’s last great frontier and transforms an educational experience into an adventure.

Learn by doing
This is our commitment to our students. The best engineers and scientists are those who spend the most time in the lab, workshop, and field. We take a very hands-on approach and begin teaching our students the design process their first semester. This prepares students for the professional world and makes learning more fun and rewarding. Students utilize the skills and knowledge they have gained in practical ways through student research, fieldwork, and national and international competitions. We host diverse experiential learning spaces designed to prepare our students to tackle engineering challenges in the real world.

A small school, a strong community
Our student clubs and organizations are consistently at or near the top of any given competition. Whether it’s the ASCE Steel Bridge, Collegiate Cyber Defense, International Mine Design, or Design/Build/Fly, our students take pride in demonstrating just how good they are. This application of the knowledge gained from lectures and labs reinforces their knowledge base and hones their engineering skills. Our students win national and international acclaim for their innovate approaches. If you really want to dive in and start competing from day one, the UAFCollege of Engineering and Mines is your school.

The last frontier for research
The Arctic is the world’s most exciting research frontier, and UAF is the world’s premier Arctic research university. Through research units such as the Institute of Northern Engineering, the Geophysical Institute, and the International Arctic Research Center, UAF is at the center of cutting-edge research in the North. Through the Honors program and the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA) program, our students can work with faculty on active research projects or receive funding to do research of their own. Research takes students out of the classroom, off campus, and into the wild of Alaska. Students travel to their research sites via car, plane, helicopter, snowmobile, skis, and sometimes even dog sled! UAF is a gateway to the spectacular. In UAF’s classrooms,labs, and field sites, we encourage students to upgrade their education with a side of adventure. 



Student Profile
“For me, choosing to attend UAF was a simple decision: it was affordable, there were huge scholarship opportunities, and it had a top-ranked Engineering program. Why would I go anywhere else? I like to be busy, involved, and make positive contributions to the world. To these ends, while studying at UAF, I was president of the student chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Miners Association, in Governor Walker’s Young Leaders’ Dialogue on Climate Change, and on Chancellor White’s Strategic Planning Committee. For these and other efforts, I was named the Petroleum Engineering Student of the Year (2019). I achieved so much more than I had expected at UAF and received a stunning amount of support from my classmates, professors, and community. And I am proud to say I am now a Drilling Engineer for ConocoPhillips Alaska and am looking forward to an exciting future!” — Sydney Deering, class of 2019, UAF Petroleum Engineering

Student organization profile
UAF’s Aerospace Club combines traditional learning with real-world design experience. Activities include Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicle (UAS/V) and aerospace project experiences, space for collaborative work, professional recognition, and networking. Students also partner with internal and external groups on research such as studying the effects of cold weather on Lithium Polymer (LiPo) battery operations; structural optimization of 3D-printed UAS/V components for strength versus weight; and design of lightweight, inexpensive fixed-wing UAS/V.

Since its founding in 2015, the club has participated in the annual American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design/Build/Fly (DBF) competition. The team has been successful, being selected to participate in the final DBF flyoff each year. The Design/Build/Fly team placed among the top teams worldwide. With opportunities like this, it’s no wonder UAF’s Aerospace students are so highly sought by agencies like NASA and the FAA as well as companies like Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and more!

Undergraduate Engineering majors
Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum Engineering

Undergraduate Natural Science majors
Biology & Wildlife, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Fisheries, Geosciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Natural Resources & Environment, Physics 





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