About INE

page last updated: 12 September 2013


The Institute of Northern Engineering provides research and engineering solutions for the world’s cold regions and beyond. INE conducts research in all areas of engineering, including, but not limited to: civil and environmental, petroleum, mining, geological, electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering. INE fosters opportunities for faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and students to tackle these engineering challenges. INE focuses on basic and applied research and development, as well as research outreach.

INE promotes interdisciplinary and collaborative research and development. INE promotes partnerships with the natural and social sciences, education, business, geography, natural resource management, and law. INE seeks to increase student involvement in research and development so that students at the University of Alaska graduate at the cutting edge of engineering and technology.

Five story building with white stucco sides and reflective glass windows standing in the early morning sun against a cloudless blue sky.

Dan LaSota

The Duckering Building on the UAF campus serves as the main research, academic and administrative facility for the Institute of Northern Engineering.

Research Profile

INE consists of more than 60 faculty and staff researchers. Among these are professors who regularly bring up-to-date research into their classrooms, making it accessible to all Alaskans. In 2005, 74 students were supported by research funding from INE. Graduate students who win assistantships conduct hands-on research, often on projects of significant public concern.

Faculty at INE attract more than $14 million annually in external grants and support. The ratio of external funding per dollar of university support is one of the highest among research units in the University of Alaska system.

Research in the College of Engineering and Mines is conducted through INE directly or through one of its five INE research centers: the Alaska University Transportation Center, the Water and Environmental Research Center, the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, the Petroleum Development Laboratory, and the Mineral Industry Research Laboratory. In general, each center addresses a defined research need, particularly in Alaska. INE seeks to be responsive to state and national needs.

INE Strategic Plan

The INE Strategic Plan is available for download as PDF document (152KB):