School of Engineering and Applied Science

Faculty

  • Dean

    • H. Vincent Poor

Program Information

The undergraduate educational mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Princeton University is to educate future leaders in engineering practice, research and education, business and finance, public service, and other professions. Students learn fundamental engineering principles and how to apply them to real-world problems whose solutions require an interdisciplinary perspective. Princeton offers its students a liberal education and encourages them to take advantage of its outstanding resources and facilities. The engineering school provides a rich educational environment that fosters interaction between talented students and an internationally renowned faculty. Through independent projects that require students to frame research questions, identify solutions, define priorities, and communicate findings, our students are uniquely prepared for challenging careers. Princeton engineering alumni are recognized for their ability, creativity, initiative, integrity, and vision for making the world a better place.

Engineering education at Princeton emphasizes the fundamental principles of mathematics and the physical and engineering sciences. It is broadened by substantial opportunities for study of the social sciences, the life sciences, and the humanities. Each engineering undergraduate can develop an academic program that reflects individual aspirations and interests within a general framework of requirements. The depth and flexibility of the program make it a sound background for engineering practice or graduate study in engineering, science, business, law, or medicine. Curricula in engineering fields are offered through six academic departments:

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Design is the primary distinction between engineering and science, connoting the application of scientific and mathematical principles not only to the understanding of physical phenomena but also to the solutions of specific problems. It is important that all B.S.E. students be exposed to technical course materials in the context of engineering design, have the opportunity for significant design experiences, and be apprised explicitly of the ways in which design is integrated within the engineering curriculum. Each department addresses this important issue in tailoring its programs to the needs of individual students, as articulated in descriptions of its courses and curriculum.

Interdepartmental curricula are presented in the following programs:

Applications of Computing
Architecture and Engineering
Engineering and Management Systems
Engineering Biology
Engineering Physics

Entrepreneurship
Geological Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Sustainable Energy
Technology and Society

Students also may combine an engineering curriculum with study in depth in other fields, such as foreign area studies or public and international affairs.

Most University programs and opportunities are available to B.S.E. as well as to A.B. candidates. A description of these is contained in the "Special Features of the Undergraduate Program" section. Of particular interest to B.S.E. students are the sections concerning advanced placement, advanced standing, writing requirement, auditing courses, graduate courses, and optional additional courses. Engineering students should also be aware of their eligibility for the programs in applied and computational mathematics, creative writing, dance, environmental studies, linguistics, musical performance, teacher preparation, theater, visual arts, and women and gender, as well as many other certificate programs.

Engineering students are encouraged to obtain international experience through participation in the University's Study Abroad Program or through summer internships and language study abroad. Interested students should begin planning early by meeting with the associate dean for undergraduate affairs to discuss suitable programs at foreign universities.

Preparation for Graduate Study. The curricula of the School of Engineering and Applied Science provide a strong foundation for graduate study. Graduate courses are readily accessible to qualified undergraduates.

Keller Center

The Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education equips undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty with the knowledge, mentoring and resources needed to conceive and execute projects of personal and societal impact. Keller Center does so by offering educational opportunities that bridge engineering and the liberal arts and help shape rewarding career paths. This includes co-curricular and curricular programs organized around design, design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovative teaching, at the intersection of technology and society.

In addition to courses, The Keller Center runs a range of co-curricular programs during the academic year and summers.  These include the Princeton Startup Immersion Program (PSIP) – a global 10-week summer program for students seeking real-world experience working at startup companies in an immersive cultural and entrepreneurial environment. Locations are in NYC, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai.  Tiger Challenge is a multi-year program in which student teams faculty advisers work with nonprofit and government partners to apply design thinking methodologies to complex societal issues in our community. The eLab Summer Accelerator and Incubator Programs provide student entrepreneurs with the resources and tools they need to initiate transformations through risk taking actions and value-creating organizations.

In coursework, the Keller Center provides undergraduate students the opportunity to earn Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Certificate in Technology and Society. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship exposes students to different ways of understanding, conceptualizing, and for some, building enterprises that create value through positive impact on society, whether through a commercial or social venture.  The Certificate in Technology and Society is targeted to students, both engineers/scientists and humanists/social-scientists, who are interested in exploring the intersection of technology and society; to ensure depth, individual programs of study are offered along two technology tracks: Information Technology and Energy.

 

EGR Courses. The Keller Center offers robust and diverse courses that have interdisciplinary content integrating entrepreneurship, design, design thinking, community projects, leadership and innovation with engineering, humanities and natural and social sciences and that are of broad interest to students from across the University. These courses typically have no prerequisites. The following courses are in entrepreneurship, innovation and design (most of these courses also bear the label ENT entrepreneurship): EGR/ENT 200, 201,301, 381, 395, 488, 491, 497, 498 and EGR 360, 487, 494, 495. In Community Project Studios EGR 250, 251, 350, 351, 450, 451 students earn academic credit for participation in multidisciplinary teams that work on projects over one or more years. EGR 277 is the core course for the Technology and Society certificate program. Other courses cross-listed with EGR are the following: EGR 102, 109, 209, 259, 262, 448. Additional EGR courses are those with focused computer science, engineering, or mathematical content. These courses are relevant to students beyond the home department. First Year Course Sequence (Foundations of Engineering) EGR 151, 152, 153, 154, 156 and an Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics (EMP) EGR 191, 192 are motivated by the goal of instilling engineering into the first-year curriculum. Other courses cross listed with EGR in this category are EGR 126, 228 , 245, 305, 307, 309, 328, 431. All these courses are listed in Course Offerings under engineering and bear the label EGR. For a full list of all EGR courses by category, please check the Keller Center's website.

Courses

EGR 102A Engineering in the Modern World (See CEE 102A)

EGR 102B Engineering in the Modern World (See CEE 102B)

EGR 103 New Eyes for the World: Hands-On Optical Engineering (See ELE 102)

EGR 105 Lab in Conservation of Art (See CEE 105)

EGR 106 The Science and Technology of Decision Making (See ORF 105)

EGR 109 Computers in Our World (See COS 109)

EGR 126 Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach (See COS 126)

EGR 191 An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics (also
MAT 191
/
PHY 191
) Fall STL

Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 192. An integrated course that covers the material of PHY 103 and MAT 201 with the emphasis on applications to engineering. Physics topics include: mechanics with applications to fluid mechanics, wave phenomena, and thermodynamics. The lab revolves around a single project to build, launch, and analyze the flight dynamics of water-propelled rockets. One lecture, three preceptorials, one three-hour laboratory. Instructed by: P. Meyers

EGR 192 An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics (also
MAT 192
/
PHY 192
/
APC 192
) Fall QR

Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 191. An integrated course that covers the material of PHY 103 and MAT 201 with the emphasis on applications to engineering. Math topics include: vector calculus; partial derivatives and matrices; line integrals; simple differential equations; surface and volume integrals; and Green's, Stokes's, and divergence theorems. One lecture, two preceptorials. Instructed by: C. Kelleher

EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering Spring

This project-based course offers an introduction to the various disciplines of engineering. Current projects include: energy conversion and the environment; robotic remote sensing; and wireless image and video transmission. Projects focus on engineering disciplines and their relationship to the principles of physics and mathematics. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory. Instructed by: S. Lyon, J. Benziger, M. Littman

EGR 208 Designing Sustainable Systems (See ENE 202)

EGR 218 Learning Theory and Epistemology (See PHI 218)

EGR 222A The Computing Age (See ELE 222A)

EGR 222B The Computing Age (See ELE 222B)

EGR 228 Energy Technologies in the 21st Century (See MAE 228)

EGR 245 Fundamentals of Statistics (See ORF 245)

EGR 260 Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World (See CBE 260)

EGR 262A Structures and the Urban Environment (See CEE 262A)

EGR 262B Structures and the Urban Environment (See CEE 262B)

EGR 305 Mathematics in Engineering I (See MAE 305)

EGR 307 Optimization (See ORF 307)

EGR 309 Probability and Stochastic Systems (See ORF 309)

EGR 328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World (See MAE 328)

EGR 386 Cyber Security (See ELE 386)

EGR 391 The Wireless Revolution: Telecommunications for the 21st Century (See ELE 391)

EGR 431 Solar Energy Conversion (See ENE 431)

EGR 448 Innovating Across Technology, Business, and Marketplaces (See COS 448)

EGR 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship (also
ELE 491
/
ENT 491
) Fall/Spring

This hands-on course introduces students to analysis and actions required to launch and commercialize a tech company, through the use of Harvard Business School cases, visits from entrepreneurs, and two "field assignments". You will learn conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques for evaluating technologies, markets, and commercialization strategies. Additionally, you will learn how to attract and motivate the resources needed to start a company (e.g. people, corporate partners and venture capital), prepare business plans, structure relationships, refine product-market fit, and create and grow enterprise value. Instructed by: C. Kuenne

EGR 495 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship Fall/Spring

Covers topical issues highlighting the impact of engineering on society through entrepreneurship. Topics and course format vary from year to year. Instructed by: Staff

EGR 498 Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship (also
ENT 498
) Spring

A growing number of entrepreneurs are solving social and environmental challenges by creating private 'nonprofit' organizations and projects. This course will explore the challenges and opportunities they face. While the course will cover the styles and competencies that successful nonprofit managers tend to exhibit, it will explore system-wide changes needed to improve the sector's outcomes, including key ways that funders, government, businesses and the beneficiaries of nonprofits can help. Instructed by: M. Johnson