Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science is located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. A school within Princeton University, which is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, it provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in six departments: chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and operations research and financial engineering. It has more than 1,400 undergraduates, 620 graduate students and 147 faculty members in its six departments.[3]

The School of Engineering is home to four interdisciplinary centers: the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).[4]

In 2019, Times Higher Education ranked Princeton seventh among engineering schools worldwide.[5]


On August 25, 1875, Princeton's Board of Trustees elected Charles McMilllan as chair of civil engineering, the University's first engineering department. Early engineering students were taught in the John C. Green School of Science, which opened in 1873.[6] The School of Engineering and Applied Science was created to house Princeton's engineering departments in 1921.[1]


The core of Princeton's School of Engineering is the Engineering Quadrangle, known as the EQuad. Built in 1962, it was designed by Frank Voorhees of Voorhees, Walker, Smith, Smith and Haines.[7]

Since then the Engineering School's presence on campus has expanded to include the Friend Center for Engineering Education, designed by Henry N. Cobb of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners;[8] Bowen Hall, designed by Alan Chimacoff;[9] the Department of Computer Science, designed by Kliment & Halsband;[10] Sherrerd Hall, designed by Frederick Fisher and Partners;[11] and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.[12]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Notable graduates of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos,[13] Google executive Eric Schmidt,[13] former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson, MacArthur "genius" grant winner John Dabiri, Smule founder Ge Wang, internet pioneer Bob Kahn, computer scientist Brian Kernighan, aerospace titan Norman Augustine, Chrysler maverick Lee Iacocca, SanDisk founder Eli Harari, and astronauts James Adamson, Daniel T. Barry, Brian Binnie, Gerald Carr, Charles "Pete" Conrad, and Gregory Linteris. Alan Mathison Turing, the father of computer science, received his Ph.D. from Princeton in mathematics before the discipline of computer science existed. Francis J. Doyle III, the dean of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, graduated from Princeton with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering in 1985.

Prominent faculty include MacArthur "genius" grant recipients Claire Gmachl, Naomi Leonard and Theodore Zoli, Nobel laureate Daniel C. Tsui, and computer security expert Edward Felten. Among those who were Princeton SEAS faculty include Oscar award winner Pat Hanrahan and Waterman award winner Mung Chiang.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Princeton Profile: The School of Engineering and Applied Science". Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Carter, Emily. "Dean's Note". Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. ^ Steven, Schultz. Princeton Profile. Princeton University Retrieved 10 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Departments and Centers Retrieved 10 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "World University Rankings 2019 by subject: Engineering and technology". Times Higher Education. 2018-10-08. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ Condit, Kenneth H. (1962). A History of the Engineering School of Princeton University. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. p. 140.
  7. ^ Elgin, Joseph C. (1972). An Account of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University. p. 121.
  8. ^ Peters, Sara (Fall 2001). "Friend Center dedicated". The E-Quad News. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  9. ^ Cotton, Dale (May 26, 2010). "Modern Architecture on the Princeton Campus". U.S.1. Retrieved May 4, 2012.[unreliable source?]
  10. ^ Goldberger, Paul (July 19, 1990). "ARCHITECTURE VIEW; How to Fit In At Princeton". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  11. ^ Emery, Chris (October 6, 2008). "Sherrerd Hall a study in light". Princeton Weekly Bulletin. Retrieved May 4, 2012.
  12. ^ Adarlo, Sharon (7 October 2015). "Building Debut: Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment readies for research and teaching". Princeton University. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "The 25 Most Famous Princeton Students Of All Time". Retrieved 4 February 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Axtell, James. The Making of Princeton University: From Woodrow Wilson to the Present (2006), 710pp; highly detailed scholarly history
  • J.I. Merritt. "Princeton's James Forrestal Campus: Fifty Years of Sponsored Research" (2002). 76 pp.
  • Ng, Yvonne and Rexford, Jennifer. "She's an Engineer? Princeton Alumnae Reflect" (1993), 172 pp.
  • Oberdorfer, Don. Princeton University (1995) 248pp, heavily illustrated
  • Rhinehart Raymond. Princeton University: The Campus Guide (2000), 188pp, guide to architecture
  • Smith, Richard D. Princeton University (2005) 128pp
  • Synnott, Marcia Graham. The Half-Opened Door: Discrimination and Admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, 1900–1970 (1979). 310 pp.

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Coordinates: 40°21′02″N 74°39′06″W / 40.350550°N 74.651544°W / 40.350550; -74.651544