Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science
Established 1921[1]
Dean Emily A. Carter
Academic staff
Students 1950[2]
Undergraduates 1335[2]
Postgraduates 615[2]
Location Princeton, New Jersey, USA
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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 nearly 950 undergraduates, 550 graduate students and 130 faculty members in its six departments.[3]

The School of Engineering is home to six major interdisciplinary centers: the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Gigascale Systems Research Center, the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment center (MIRTHE), and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM).[4]

In 2016, 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] Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 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, astronauts Daniel T. Barry and Pete Conrad, and SanDisk founder Eli Harari. Alan Mathison Turing, the father of computer science, received his Ph.D. from Princeton in mathematics before the discipline of computer science existed.

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.

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. ^ Riordan, Teresa (March 30, 2012). "Engineering at Princeton". Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Interdisciplinary Centers". Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Subject Ranking 2015-2016: Engineering & Technology Top 100". Times Higher Education. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  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