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, and you will be educated at a school that will empower you to become the next leaders in the fields of engineering and applied science.

You are becoming part of a vibrant, intellectually challenging school with a distinguished history of transformational breakthroughs that have impacted the world. From the School’s beginning in 1864 through today, the work of faculty, alumni, and students of Columbia’s Engineering School has pushed the frontiers of disciplinary knowledge to create, invent, and innovate devices, procedures, and processes to make life better.

Our first dean, Charles Frederick Chandler, set the benchmark. A pioneering crusader, he was also the president of New York City's Metropolitan Board of Health, overseeing purity of food and drugs, ensuring the safety of milk, conveying clean water into the city, and establishing building codes. Bringing engineering solutions to society's greatest challenges continues to be a hallmark of Columbia Engineering.

Today, the pace of translating technological innovations into real-world impact has never been faster, and our faculty and students remain at the forefront, providing solutions for some of the world’s most intractable problems.

I believe that Engineering is in a Renaissance, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Columbia Engineering. This Renaissance is characterized by great research, great creativity and invention, great innovation, and incredible translation of these innovations to entrepreneurial solutions that impact 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 School has become the nexus that connects the academic disciplines of our world-class sister schools at Columbia, helping to shape the future of medicine, journalism, business, policy, science, the social sciences, even the arts and humanities. Beginning at the undergraduate level with an emphasis on the liberal arts of the Core Curriculum, we now have pan disciplinary collaborations at the graduate level, leading to many enriched academic opportunities at the vanguard of research and scholarship.

Columbia Engineering is an exciting and stimulating community and 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