It starts with an aha moment. It continues with curiosity. And with the right support, the pursuit of knowledge can take us anywhere. That’s why the re-envisioned Grainger Institute for Engineering (GIE) is here—creating innovative pathways—to help you take your aha moments as far as they can go: from exploring risky ideas to conducting well-funded research, from disclosure to launching a startup.

As we kick off an exciting new chapter, we’ve made it our mission to create accessible, equitable, traversable pathways between untested ideas, remarkable discoveries, tech transfer, and entrepreneurship.


left: text saying welcoming a new director with a quote from GIE Director Oliver Schmitz saying “I am excited to lead the Grainger Institute for Engineering into a new era. Though our mission is new, we remain a champion of engineering researchers at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Our new, streamlined approach will support the College of Engineering’s vision with innovative, project-based support—available to everyone—in research, industry engagement, and entrepreneurship. And like scientific research, GIE and the pathways we create will continue to evolve.” right: picture of Oliver standing with his hand on a balcony