About the School

A Message From The Dean

Welcome to Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). As students here, you are among the very best and brightest of your generation. Together, you are embarking on a course of study that will enable you to become the next generation of leaders, not only in fields of engineering and applied science, but in other disciplines as well, since engineering today is a foundational degree that prepares you for a wealth of pursuits.

You are joining a vibrant and intellectually challenging community, with a long history of scientific and engineering breakthroughs that have impacted our world. From the School’s beginning in 1864 through today, the work of faculty, alumni, and students of Columbia Engineering has pushed the frontiers of disciplinary knowledge to create, invent, and innovate devices, materials, and processes to make life better.

Our first dean, Charles Frederick Chandler, serving as president of New York City’s Metropolitan Board of Health, crusaded to ensure the purity of food and drugs, the safety of milk, the availability of clean water in the city, and the introduction of building codes. Today, our faculty and students continue to develop innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging problems, and with entrepreneurial energy, translate their ideas into real-world impact at an ever faster pace.

You are coming to Columbia Engineering at an extraordinary moment. I believe that Engineering is in a Renaissance. This Renaissance is characterized by great research, great creativity and innovation, and rapid translation of research and innovations to solutions that have an impact on nearly every aspect of life. It has sparked a new way of thinking, one that crosses disciplinary lines, so that today, engineering is not only informed by other fields, but now is informing other fields.

Our engagements with our world-class sister schools—medicine, public health, architecture, science, business, policy, the social sciences, social work, journalism, even the arts and humanities—enable cross-disciplinary research and education collaborations that will shape the future.

Columbia Engineering is an exciting and stimulating community. I encourage you to take full advantage of the exceptional opportunities for learning and advancement that await you here.

With best wishes for the academic year,

Mary C. Boyce
Dean of Engineering
Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor