Princeton University

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Aerospace and Mechanical

Princeton University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has played a major role over the previous half-century in the domain of combustion, fluid flow modeling and measurement, environmental science, and aerospace dynamics.

The department’s objective is to educate leaders in engineering and applied sciences through its intensive undergraduate and graduate programs and prepare them for lucrative careers in industry, academia, and government.

The department offers the following distinct programs: B.S.E, M.S.E., M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering.

Lectures and readings in the undergraduate program focus on bridges, railroads, power plants, steamboats, telegraph, highways, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip. The laboratory works on technical analysis which is the foundation for the designs of major innovations. Nearly all Ph.D. students receive full financial support. For all the three graduate programs, the course performance demands are the same and only the general study plan (courses and dissertation research) is different.



The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering provides interesting possibilities for graduate studies in the fields of thermal science and energy conversion, fluid mechanics, materials science, biomechanics, dynamics and control, underwater vehicles, flight science, computational and experimental fluid mechanics, lasers and applied physics, propulsion and environmental technology.

The distinct degree programs offered by the faculty are BS, Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.), MEng and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Mechanical Engineering. The M.S.E. program lays a strong emphasis on study and research reflected in the need for a Master's thesis.

The doctoral program is a combination of course work and original research involvement. The department offers BSE in Mechanical Engineering which is an undergraduate programme. The major focus of the undergraduate  program is on bridges, power plants, railroads, steamboats, highways, telegraph, automobiles, aircraft, computers, and the microchip.
Princeton University is at the center of interdisciplinary studies, and learners are encouraged to make the best of opportunities that other departments within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as associated departments and programs outside the school offers.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Laser and Applied Physics; Computational Engineering; Materials and Mechanical Systems; Combustion and Energy Conversion; Vehicle Sciences and Applications; Bioengineering; Dynamics and Control Systems; Fluid Mechanics; Energy and the Environment 
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    Chemical and Biological

    The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering addresses a variety of issues related to human health, energy, materials science, and industrial processes. The students in this department have a diverse set of interests but share a common drive to make the world a better place. A strong footing in the chemical and biological engineering fundamentals acquired by the students through the department’s programmes enables them to lead in careers of academia, public sector, industrial research and development, business, entrepreneurship and medicine.

    The department provides Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Masters of Science in Engineering (MSE), Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.), and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. All three graduate programs are based on the principles of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, math, physics, and associated fields of science and engineering.

    The M.S.E. program lays a strong focus on research which is reflected in the fact that the students are needed to submit a master’s thesis. All the Ph.D. students receive full funding for at least five years. Admission in Ph.D. programme guarantees a generous stipend based on combined teaching and research assistantships.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Process Engineering and Science; Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics; Materials Synthesis, Processing, Structure, and Properties; Environmental and Energy Science and Technology; Applied and Computational Mathematics; Bioengineering; Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenomena
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    Civil and Environmental

    Civil Engineering

    The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provides graduate study and research programs in the following areas: mechanics, equipment, and construction; and environmental engineering and water resources.

    The small student-faculty ratio in the department allows for productive working relationships between students and their instructors. The department provides the following programs of study in Civil Engineering: Ph.D. in mechanics, materials, and structures; M.S.E. (Master of Science in Engineering); and M.Eng. (Master of Engineering) in Structural Engineering.

    The M.S.E. program is geared towards research and also necessitates the submission of a thesis. It is generally finished in two full-time academic years. An M.Eng. degree is offered to students who are interested in the applied aspects of engineering and wish to prepare for professional practice and consulting. A BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering is an undergraduate course offered by the department. The specialization track of Structural Engineering in the undergraduate course is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies or plan to go into engineering practice and consulting. Its basic aim is to foster flexibility and innovation in the students who can address the novel problems of modern engineering.

    Environmental Engineering

    The Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton provides graduate and research programs in two fields: Environmental Engineering and Water Resources and Mechanics, Materials and Structures.

    The Department provides the following graduate programs: Ph.D. in environmental engineering and water resources; Ph.D. in mechanics, materials, and structures; M.S.E. (Master of Science in Engineering); and M.Eng. (Master of Engineering) in Structural Engineering; and M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources. Usually, the M.S.E. program is finished within two full-time academic years of research. An M.Eng. degree is offered to students who are interested in the applied aspects of engineering and wish to prepare for professional practice and consulting.

  • list items Areas of Expertise: Carbon Mitigation; Ecohydrology; Subsurface Hydrology; Water Quality, Biogeochemical Cycles, and Bioremediation; Risk Assessment and Earthquake Engineering; Computational Mathematics and Hydrodynamics; Sustainability; Climate; Civil Engineering Materials; Sensors and Remote Sensing; Surface Hydrology and Hydrometeorology; Atmospheric Dynamics; Structures and Structural Art
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    Computer Science

    The Computer Science Department at Princeton University allows its students to design their own program within a framework that ensures in-depth exposure to algorithms and theoretical computer science, computer system design, and applications.

    The department offers undergraduate courses in the core areas of computer science and in an array of application and interdisciplinary areas. Due to the broad range of topics within computer science and the diverse interests of undergraduates, students here excel in computer science through either the A.B.(Bachelor of Arts) or B.S.E. degree program.

    The Department of Computer Science at Princeton University accepts beginning and advanced graduate students for study and research leading to Master of Science in Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Science. The Master's degree is a two-year full-time and thesis-required programme.

    Areas of expertise: Graphics, Vision, Sound, Music, and HCI; Computational Markets, Economics, and Game Theory; Theory; Programming Languages and Software Engineering; Computer Architecture and Compilers; Artificial Intelligence and Machine; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Networks and Systems; Security, Privacy, and Policy



    The Department of Electrical Engineering is engaged in core study fields like applied physics, computing and networking, integrated electronic systems, material devices, and photonics. The department offers a BSE degree in Electrical Engineering as an undergraduate course. The students in BSE do not only gain expertise in the core concepts of physics, math, and electronic systems but also get the chance to customize their training through projects and elective courses — within the department and across the campus.

    In graduate studies, the Master of Engineering program (M.Eng.) is intended to satisfy the need for strict and advanced training in the applicable elements of contemporary technology and is focused on technology and leadership in engineering. The M.Eng program can be completed without thesis option. Students enter the program after completing an undergraduate degree in disciplines such as electrical engineering, computer science, or physics.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Security
  • list items Information Sciences and Systems
  • list items High-Performance Computing
  • list items Materials and Devices
  • list items Nanotechnologies
  • list items Applied Physics
  • list items Photonics
  • list items Quantum Information
  • list items Energy and Environmental
  • list items Biological and Biomedical
  • list items Integrated Electronic Systems
  • list items Computing and Networking
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    Pure Science

    The Department of Physics offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Physics. The department’s graduate study focuses heavily on research. Only the Ph.D. program is available in the department. The Department of Physics retains an active study program that focuses equally on theoretical and experimental studies. The Department of Chemistry provides an undergraduate programme and a research program leading to a Ph.D. The department is continuously listed as one of the world's top universities in chemistry and is ranked among the top ten by both U.S. News and World Report College Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

    The Mathematics Department provides a Ph.D. degree as well as an undergraduate course in Mathematics. There is a strong connection between the Math Department and the Advanced Study Institute, situated a short distance from the campus, which helps learners perform quality studies.

    List of Labs:

  • list items Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
  • list items Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment