Complementary goals: Solving global problems and preparing leaders
A defining -- and extraordinary -- quality of Princeton University is its ability to combine the best aspects of a liberal arts college with those of a major research university. These ideals may seem at odds within a single institution, but scanning just a few news stories and videos on this site shows how the School of Engineering and Applied Science exemplifies the vital connections between research and teaching. In our view, solving societal problems and educating leaders go hand-in-hand.
You will find news about our Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, formed in 2008 as part of major investments we are making in research on sustainable sources of energy. Other stories on this site show students taking up similar challenges in research, classes, internships, service projects and entrepreneurial ventures – many of which are supported by the Keller Center.
Closely related to the school's integration of teaching and research is our strength in bridging engineering, the humanities and natural sciences. Having a first-rate engineering school in the midst of a great liberal arts institution creates extraordinary opportunities for engineers to do what they do best: putting science to use for society. We focus on big challenges – energy and environment, health, security – and these problems all involve a mix of technological, political, economic and cultural components. At Princeton, we enjoy a nimble and collegial culture that fosters far-flung and fascinating collaborations.
One terrific example is the Center for Information Technology Policy, which is jointly sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Students often pursue such interdisciplinary connections through Princeton's certificate programs, including the Program in Technology and Society. We have extensive collaborations in the arts, and many of our faculty collaborate with biologists, medical doctors, neuroscientists, pharmaceutical experts in pursuit of both fundamental discoveries and practical approaches to preventing, diagnosing and treating illness. The intersection of biology and engineering is a vibrant and growing area with extensive collaborations at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics and the Department of Molecular Biology.
As you come to know our school I hope you will share my excitement about the work of our students, staff, faculty and alumni.
H. Vincent Poor