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.