The School of Engineering and Applied Science
Like the overall University, the engineering school is unique in combining the strengths of a world-leading research institution with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college. In both its teaching and research, Princeton engineering pursues fundamental knowledge as well as multidisciplinary collaborations that make technology effective in solving societal problems. The school is committed to preparing all students — engineers as well as students from across the University — to become leaders in a technology-driven society.
In its research, the engineering school emphasizes the discovery of basic principles that enable innovation in many fields and industries. Engineering faculty and students collaborate with colleagues in industry, the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and public policy to build on these discoveries and forge multidimensional solutions. The school has 130 faculty members who, in 2011-12, conducted approximately $77 million in research funded by government, industry and foundations. Current areas of strength and growth include research in human health, energy and the environment, and security.
Several centers foster campuswide collaborations on critical areas of research and teaching: the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Center for Information Technology Policy (jointly with the Wilson School), and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials.
Degrees offered by the school include a bachelor of science in engineering (B.S.E.), a bachelor of arts (A.B.), a master of science in engineering (M.S.E.), a master of engineering (M.Eng.) and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.). In spring 2014, the school enrolled 1,240 undergraduates, of whom 37 percent were women. As of May 2014, 539 graduate students, including 25 percent women, were pursuing advanced degrees in engineering.
Engineering education at Princeton began in 1875 and grew into the creation of the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1921. Throughout its history, the school has created and supported new fields of study, including aeronautical engineering in 1942 and operations research and financial engineering in 1999. The six engineering departments include: chemical and biological engineering; civil and environmental engineering; computer science; electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering; and operations research and financial engineering. The Keller Center, created in 2005, has become a cross-campus hub for entrepreneurship, innovative teaching, service projects and internships.
Research and teaching in engineering is concentrated in six buildings: Bowen Hall; Computer Science; the Engineering Quadrangle (EQuad); the Friend Center for Engineering Education; Hoyt Laboratory and Sherrerd Hall. A new home for the Andlinger Center, including 127,000 square feet of laboratory, office and lecture spaces, surrounded by a network of gardens, is due to be completed in 2015.