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 with a talented group of students from around the world, you are embarking on a course of study that will enable you to become the next generation of leaders. Engineering today is a foundational degree that prepares you for a wealth of pursuits and your education here will serve you not only in fields of engineering and applied science, but in other disciplines as well. 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 disciplinary frontiers to create, invent, and innovate devices, materials, and processes to make life better.

Our first dean, Charles Frederick Chandler, served as president of New York City’s Metropolitan Board of Health. In this role, he 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 solutions at an ever faster pace. 

You are coming to Columbia Engineering at an extraordinary moment. In the spring, we unveiled a new strategic vision for the School—Columbia Engineering for Humanity. This vision highlights the innovative and interdisciplinary work that our faculty and students are engaged in to create a more sustainable, healthy, secure, connected and creative world.

This work is conducted in collaboration with our world-class sister schools in medicine, public health, architecture, science, business, policy, the social sciences, social work, journalism, even the arts and humanities. We also benefit from the resources of leading institutes such as the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, the Data Science Institute, the Earth Institute, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and the Columbia Nano Initiative.

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