About the School

A Message From The Dean

Welcome to Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. 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—leaders with a foundation in engineering.

Today, engineering is a foundational degree. The breadth and depth of our curriculum and course offerings, backed by our New York advantage, prepare students for a wealth of pursuits in engineering and applied science, as well as other disciplines, including policy, finance, business, entertainment, entrepreneurship, media, law, journalism, climate, or design.

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 has pushed disciplinary frontiers to create, invent, and innovate devices, materials, and processes to make life better.

You are coming to Columbia Engineering at an extraordinary moment. In the spring of 2017, 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.

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 bring entrepreneurial energy, innovative solutions, and an engineering mind-set to some of the biggest challenges of our time. We have a school vision—Columbia Engineering for Humanity—that encapsulates our efforts to make a positive impact on society. It 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 vision is conducted in collaboration with our world-class sister schools, the resources of our leading institutes, and unique partnerships in government, industry, and academia. And it's a vision that you are now a part of!

There has never been a better time to be a Columbia Engineer. 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