Annual Report

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati is growing, improving, and impacting the lives of people in Cincinnati, the region, and around the world. 

As we pass the one-year mark of dean John Weidner's tenure, here is a snapshot of the college's many accomplishments and its trajectory.

Enrollment Growth


MORE THAN EVER, THE VALUE OF A CEAS DEGREE is recognized by prospective students who need professional experience, a great education, and involvement in student groups, clubs and activities. The undergraduate enrollment of the college has grown significantly and continues to do so. Especially in uncertain times, the certainty of a CEAS degree drives our growth.

  • Undergraduate enrollment – 2016: 4,641
  • Undergraduate enrollment – 2017: 4,888
  • Undergraduate enrollment – 2018: 4,994
  • Undergraduate enrollment – 2019: 5,041
  • Undergraduate enrollment – 2020: 5,249

Research Impact

Amy Drexelius, UC doctoral student shown here with her influenza test and sensors in the UC’s Novel Devices Lab at Rhodes Hall  UC/ Joseph Fuqua II

YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THE BENEFITS OF RESEARCH from the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. When you take Benadryl, listen to talk radio, or drop your smartphone and the screen does not shatter, you are experiencing our research.

The impact of our research is rising. With more resources devoted to earning research funding than ever before, you can see from the numbers below that we are on the rise.

  • Awarded research – 2019: $15.38 million 
  • Awarded research – 2020: $20.52 million

  • Awarded projects – 2019: 286 
  • Awarded projects – 2020: 307

Inclusive Excellence


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Experiential Learning


When you invent something, it just means more to you. 

We invented cooperative education in 1906. For 114 years, we have been perfecting it – adjusting to world wars, economic depressions, and pandemics. 

Our college is different in that co-op rotations - students working fulltime in jobs at NASA, P&G, and many more - are mandatory and follow a specific schedule. Students in each first-year class will co-op at the same times, returning to campus to share notes, apply their professional knowledge to the classroom and lab, and vice versa.

In a year marked by surprises and challenges, our co-op program has grown stronger, with new remote-work opportunities born out of necessity. Our graduates are hired because companies know they are already accustomed to rolling with the many changes of the professional world. 

Alumni make a difference


Alumni are different here too. Our alumni stay very connected to the college for many reasons, including our strong ties to industry and research.

There are 41,321 CEAS alumni living in 84 countries and all 50 states. Between speaking to classes, creating co-ops at their businesses, and recruiting prospective students.

Total alumni volunteer hours with the college:

  • 2018 – 265 
  • 2019 – 273 
  • 2020 – 306

Making News

Here are just a few of our biggest stories of 2020.


WVXU: UC study shows disparity in energy bills

September 11, 2020

The University of Cincinnati is helping Cincinnati address a disparity in energy efficiency in the city's multifamily rental market. Unlike homeowners, renters are at the mercy of landlords to make improvements that could save money on monthly energy bills. Uninsulated walls, drafty windows or old HVAC systems can result in uncomfortable living spaces and high utility bills, which can place a disproportionate financial burden on tenants.

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