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New York University Tandon School of Engineering
NYU Tandon School of Engineering Logo.png
Established 1854
Type Private
Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
Academic staff
Students 5,212
Undergraduates 2,344[1]
Postgraduates 2,868[2]
Location Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
40°41′40″N 73°59′12″W / 40.694412°N 73.986531°W / 40.694412; -73.986531
Campus Urban, 15 acres (excluding CUSP and leased space)[3]

New York University Tandon School of Engineering is one of the schools and colleges that comprise New York University (NYU). Founded in 1854, the school is the second oldest private engineering and technology school in the United States.[4] Curriculum is based on an European polytechnic university model emphasizing instruction of technical arts and applied sciences. The school's main campus is in Brooklyn's MetroTech Center, an urban academic-industrial research park.[5]


Polytechnic Institute at 99 Livingston

On May 17, 1853, a group of Brooklyn businessmen wrote a charter to establish a school for young men. Named Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, the school moved into its first home at 99 Livingston Street in Brooklyn. The first class, admitted in 1855, consisted of 265 young men ages nine to 17. The school conferred its first bachelor's degrees in 1871. Graduate programs began in 1901 and the school awarded its first doctoral degree in 1921.[6]

From 1889 to 1973 the school became known as Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1917, the preparatory program separated from the Institute and became the Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School. Poly Prep is now located in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. Polytechnic Institute moved to its present location in 1957, the former site of the American Safety Razor Company factory, where it became a co-educational institution.

In the early 1970s New York University faced financial hardships leading it to sell its University Heights campus that housed NYU's engineering school. Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn acquired the faculty, programs and students of New York University's School of Engineering and Science in 1973 to form Polytechnic Institute of New York.[7]

Polytechnic Institute of New York gained university status in 1985 and changed its name to Polytechnic University.

Distinction through technology

In 1986, Polytechnic University in Brooklyn was the largest technological university in the New York metropolitan area and the second-largest in graduate enrollment in the nation after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Of the 300 engineering schools in the United States, Polytechnic had the second-largest graduate enrollment and was among the most successful institutions in the country as a producer of science and engineering graduates who went on to doctoral studies. An average of 7.2 percent of Polytechnic graduates went on to achieve a Ph.D., compared with two other schools with large engineering programs: Carnegie-Mellon, with an average of 6 percent, and Princeton, with 4.5 percent. Polytechnic was a full-fledged university generally rated academically in the top 5 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities, and was well known for its research centers in electrophysics and polymer blends.[8]

In 2001, the school successfully completed a four-year, $275 million campaign, surpassing expectations by raising more than $275 million over the four-year period.[9]


Enrollment History:
1986: 5,100 students[10]
2015: 5,212 students[11]

In 2008 the school became affiliated with NYU once again and Polytechnic University changed its name to Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The school fully merged with NYU in 2014 changing its name to New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. In 2015, a $100 million gift from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon for engineering at NYU resulted in the school changing its name to New York University Tandon School of Engineering.[12]


Polytechnic Institute Electrostatic Laboratory 1903–1904

The school has carried a number of different names:

  • 1854: Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (founding name)
  • 1889: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (separated from preparatory program)
  • 1973: Polytechnic Institute of New York (acquired the faculty, programs and students of New York University's School of Engineering and Science)
  • 1985: Polytechnic University (acquired university status)
  • 2008: Polytechnic Institute of New York University (affiliated with New York University)
  • 2014: New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering (merged with New York University)
  • 2015: New York University Tandon School of Engineering

New York University affiliation

Wunsch Hall, the oldest building on campus, stands in contrast to the more modern buildings of MetroTech Center, including the adjacent Dibner Library

In 1973, New York University’s School of Engineering and Science disaffiliated with NYU and merged with the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York.[13]

In 2007, the Polytechnic University and New York University (NYU) boards of trustees discussed a merger of Polytechnic University and NYU. The following year Polytechnic University's board of trustees voted to affiliate with New York University with the goal to become NYU's engineering, applied science, and technology school. The New York State Regents approved the change of charter making NYU the sole member of Polytechnic University.[14][15]

In 2014, the school completed its merger with NYU to become the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

In 2015, a $100 million gift from Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon for engineering at NYU resulted in the school changing its name to NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


The NYU Tandon School of Engineering main campus is in Downtown Brooklyn and is close to public transportation routes. In addition to its main address at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, the school offers programs in Manhattan. The school is an integral part of NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in downtown Brooklyn.[16]

Brooklyn campus

Wunsch Building

The school played a major role in bringing about MetroTech Center, one of the largest urban university-corporate parks in the United States, while closing down the larger campus at its former Long Island Graduate Center. Today, the 16-acre, $1 billion complex in Brooklyn includes the school's main campus, along with several technology-dependent companies such as Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), as well as New York City Police Department's 9-1-1 Center, New York City Fire Department Headquarters and the U.S. technology and operations functions of JPMorgan Chase.

Wunsch Building houses the school's undergraduate admissions offices and also hosts social, cultural, and academic events for the school and community.[17] The building dates back to 1847 where it served as the first independent black church in Brooklyn and a stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1981 New York City designated Wunsch Building a historic landmark.[18]

The Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology opened in 1990.

Named for chemical engineering professor Donald Othmer, Othmer Residence Hall houses over 800 freshmen and sophomores. The building opened in 2002.

Clark Residence, opened in September 2010, offers housing to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

The Jacobs Administration Building and the Civil Engineering building are currently closed, and are being prepared for either renovations or redevelopment in the near future.[19] Previously the school planned to demolish both buildings, then build a new 41-story tower on the Jacobs Administration building and Civil Engineering building site, but later abandoned that plan.[20]

Manhattan site

Located in downtown Manhattan, this site offers degree programs in Financial Engineering, Management of Technology, Information Management and Accelerated Management of Technology, and the Exec 21 Construction Management certificate. The Manhattan Graduate Center offers a facility for working professionals.


NYU-ePoly, the online learning unit at NYU Tandon School of Engineering offers 8 master’s degrees, 2 graduate certificates, and 6 certificates of completion programs fully online. Focused on peer-to-peer engagement, the unit has been recognized as providing one of the top online learning programs by U.S. News and World Report, and the Online Learning Consortium among others.

Academic profile

Rogers Hall, main academic building and Othmer dormitory building on the background


  • Applied Physics
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Urban Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Finance and Risk Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Technology, Culture and Society
  • Technology Management and Innovation (affiliated with Leonard N. Stern School of Business)

The school's Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) degree program is offered under this department. Notable graduates of the program include: Jerome H. Lemelson, 605 patents holder; Eugene Kleiner, produced the first semiconductor, and much of the Silicon Valley; Alfred Amoroso, chairman of Yahoo!; Robert J. Stevens, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin; Israel Borovich, chairman and CEO of EL AL; and Ali Khatami, former chief of staff of Iran.

Student exchange programs

Students at the engineering school can participate in NYU school-wide study abroad programs during the academic year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel.[21]

The school is part of the Global E3 Program, a consortium of nearly 60 universities working together to provide study abroad for engineering students. Students from members of this consortium may apply to go to any participating university outside their own country.[21]


Bern Dibner Library matches the modern architectural style of Downtown Brooklyn

All undergraduate and graduate programs at the engineering school are accredited by the Middle States Association. Undergraduate chemistry students have the option to pursue a degree approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society for Metals, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS) and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) have recognized the school's undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, computer science and physics, chemistry and mathematics.


The school's graduate programs had an acceptance rate of 30% for the 2015-2016 academic year. Average GRE score breakdown for the 2015-2016 academic year are as follows: 156 verbal, 165 quantitative and 4.5 analytical writing.[22]


Ranked #1 PayScale Best Value College in NY State (20-year ROI) in 2015[23]

Ranked #8 by U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs in 2015[24]

Ranked #9 by The Princeton Review Top Graduate Schools for Video Game Design in 2015[25]

Ranked #16 among Financial Engineering and Mathematical Finance programs in North America in 2014[26]

Ranked #47(tied) in U.S. News 2015 graduate engineering programs.[27]


Starbucks cafe, right by the entrance to Rogers Hall

Some of the school's first research institutes included the Polymer Research Institute, established in 1942, and the Microwave Research Institute, established in 1945. The American Chemical Society designated the Polymer Research Institute as a National Historic Chemical Landmark on September 3, 2003.[28] The Microwave Research Institute developed electromagnetic and microwave defense and communication systems and later renamed itself the Weber Research Institute. Other notable research centers of the institute include NSF-sponsored Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT), which ranked #1 among technology research centers in funding and #2 in the number of industry participants according to the United States National Science Foundation,[29] Center for Advanced Technologies in Telecommunications (CATT), a New York State and NSF sponsored research center that is also affiliated with Columbia University,[30] NSF-funded Internet Security and Information Systems Lab, a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) designated Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, Information Assurance Education and a Center of Excellence in Research,[31] and the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), which is housed jointly at NYU's Brooklyn campus, and Stony Brook University.[32][33][34]

Over the years the school has been a key center of research in the development of microwave physics, radar, polymers and the space program.[35] During World War II the school's Microwave Research Institute worked on problems whose solution led to the development of radar, and later broke ground in electromagnetic theory and electronics in general. In later years the school participated in the space program, solving re-entry problems of the manned space capsules.[36]

Academic labs

Academic labs and research centers include:

  • Computational Mechanics Laboratory[37]
  • Dynamical Systems Laboratory[38]
  • Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (formerly Integrated Digital Media Institute)[39]
  • Wireless Implementation Testbed Laboratory[40]
  • Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Lab[41]
  • Control and Telecommunications Research Laboratory[42]
  • High-Speed Networking Lab[43]
  • Power and Power Electronics Engineering Laboratory[44]
  • CITE Game Innovation Lab[45]
  • Protein Engineering and Molecular Design Laboratory[46]
  • Translational Neuroengineering (associated with the NYU Center for Neural Science and the NYU Langone Medical Center)[47]
  • Urban Future Lab (founded in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation)[48][49]

Research Centers

Research at the engineering school is conducted either through academic departments or through one of many interdisciplinary research centers including:

  • Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)
  • Center for Finance and Technology (CFT)
  • Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing (IMAS)
  • Polymer Research Institute (PRI)
  • Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center (UITSC)
  • Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT)
  • CRISSP (Cyber-Security. Includes Tandon School of Engineering, Wagner Graduate School, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Stern School of Business, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development)
  • Weber Research Institute
  • Research Center for Risk Engineering
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
  • The Games for Learning Institute
  • Media and Games Network (MAGNET)
  • New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (includes NYU, Stony Brook University, Columbia University, Cornell University, City University of New York and Brookhaven National Laboratory)
  • Biomatrix Research Center (located in Manhattan)[50]


The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a degree-granting research facility of NYU located at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. Its permanent 460,000-square-foot building adjacent to NYU School of Engineering's Rogers Hall, will open in Fall 2017.[51][52]


On campus fraternal orders include Alpha Phi Omega; Lambda Chi Alpha; Nu Alpha Phi; and Omega Phi Alpha.

Notable faculty and alumni

Charles Ranlett Flint, alumnus, founder of IBM
Ephraim Katzir, alumnus, fourth President of Israel
Norman Lamm, alumnus, third President of Yeshiva University
Jay Greene, alumnus, NASA chief engineer
George W. Melville, alumnus, chief engineer of the United States Navy. Congressional Gold Medal winner.

New York University Tandon School of Engineering has just over 33,000 living alumni living in 68 countries as of 2015.[53] The school's alumni include inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians, country presidents, university presidents, academic leaders (including NYU Stern's founder Charles Waldo Haskins) and more than 2,000 CEOs and leaders at large corporations.[54] Among its past and present graduates and faculty are at least four Nobel Prize winners, seven National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation winners, two astronauts, Russ Prize, IEEE Edison Medal, Turing Award, Gordon Prize and Draper Prize winners and over 100 National Academy of Engineering members.[55][56] The school has been affiliated with some major inventions and innovations including: the Panama Canal locks; lockmaking;[57] the Brooklyn Bridge cables; cable-lift elevators;[58] cordless phones; ATM machines; bar codes; laser; radar; penicillin; polymers; elevator brakes; lightweight, ultra durable automotive brake rotor;[59][60] light beer; cardiac defibrillator; artificial cardiac pacemaker; RFID; contact lenses; zoom lens; first telephone handset; commercial television;[61] non-stick coating as an application of Teflon; suspension system for the largest radio telescope; microwave technology; Apollo Lunar Module, the first, and to date only, manned spacecraft to operate exclusively in the airless vacuum of space; X-ray crystallography;[62] structure of the DNA molecule; submarine; modern refrigerator; A/C generator; electric motors; transformer;[63] submarine communications facilities;[64][65] development of the artificial sweetener aspartame; development of nontoxic processes to create food colorings and remove caffeine from coffee; the quasi-complementary (transistor) amplifier circuit; lateral transistor; the wireless microphone; as well as Eugene Kleiner’s first semiconductor (and much of the Silicon Valley), and Spencer Trask's investing and supporting of Thomas Edison's invention of the electric light bulb.[66][67][68][69][70]

Nobel laureates

National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation

Russ Prize, Gordon Prize, Draper Prize

IEEE Edison Medal

Turing Award


DARPA directors

Business leaders

Alumni leaders at large companies include:


Partial list of inventors affiliated with the school:

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