The presence of a steam engine on the University’s seal is a good clue as to the importance of the engineering program to the University. Engineering at Illinois consistently ranks amongst the top five such engineering colleges in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report and ranks amongst the top five in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The University as a whole is known as one of the nation’s great research institutions and the College of Engineering is no exception. The College has the third highest per dollar research expenditure in the nation with over $202 million spent annually. The College is home to 26 research centers, 10 major laboratories, and nine affiliate programs. In addition, the college serves as the home for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and the United States Department of Energy’s Center for the Simulation of Advanced Rockets. In total the College employs 408 research faculty members, 2,681 graduate researchers, and over 1,200 staff members.