The Department of Biomedical Engineering (School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) offers one of the most innovative engineering programs in the discipline. Being one of the youngest departments at the university, it has the advantage of carrying a strong interdisciplinary focus and industry-oriented teaching and research. The department aims to nurture young talent that seeks to devote itself to a better understanding of human physiology and development of biotechnology to effectively tackle diseases. The 17 dedicated faculty members of the department bring vast experience in research to the classroom and ensure that their students have an edge over their competitors when they enter the professional world.  Around 3 research centers in the department allow the department to be the meeting spot for scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs.  

Programs Available:

  • MS and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Physical and Engineering Biology
  • Biomedical Imaging
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Drug Delivery

List of Labs:  

  • The Image Processing and Analysis Center
  • Yale Magnetic Resonance Research Center

Chemical and Environmental

The Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering has earned the reputation of being a fertile ground for the development of emerging sub-disciplines in chemical engineering. 16 full-time faculty members bring to the table a wide array of research interests. They have a knack for bringing the best out of their students by making them realize the worth of their ideas through practical exposure and guidance throughout their research experience.

The department conducts its chemical engineering programs with a strong focus on the sustainable future of humanity and concentrates on the molecular chemistry for the development of new solutions. Strong industry linkages and state-of-the-art research facilities make sure that Yale chemical engineers are a step ahead as they enter into their careers.

A notable accomplishment of this department includes the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 won by Professor John Fenn.

The department has also pioneered training and research in the field of environmental engineering by taking the most pressing environmental concerns head-on. Strong interdisciplinary focus, low faculty-student ratio, and dedicated industry-oriented engineering school mean that Yale environmental engineers are trained to think in interdisciplinary terms, thereby reorienting the applied sciences to the greatest challenges faced by humanity.

 The key research areas of the department are:

  • Physical and Chemical Processes for Water Quality Control
  • Aquatic and Environmental Chemistry
  • Transport and Fate of Chemical Substances in the Environment
  • Benign Alternative Chemicals and Materials, Environmental Engineering Microbiology
  • Green Engineering and Product Design, Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Chemical aspects of Wastewater Reuse; Membrane Processes for Desalination
  • Biological Processes for Water and Energy Production, Aerosol Science and Technology
  • Incineration of Toxic Wastes, Industrial Ecology, Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries.

Programs Available:

  • MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering
  • BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomolecular Engineering
  • Energy
  • Combustion
  • Water
  • Soft Matter & Complex Fluids
  • Sustainability
  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Air
  • Nanomaterials

List of Labs: 

  • Center for Green Chemistry
  • Green Engineering at Yale

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Yale takes pride in being one of the leading places in the US actively contributing to science disciplines like engineering and mathematics and humanities disciplines like psychology, linguistics, and economics. The department believes that a strong emphasis on fundamental computer sciences is the doorway to broaden the scope of application of the discipline.

Its 26 faculty members ensure that the students’ thinking and research efforts are channelized towards dealing with the most urgent problems faced by the global CS fraternity. They encourage the students to work on the major problems that act as roadblocks in the development of applied sciences through the use of computing-based solutions. It is no surprise that the department is revered as the hub of innovation and discovery at the School.

Programs Available:

  • BA, BS, MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science

Areas of Expertise:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Graphics
  • Scientific computing and applied math
  • Computer Music
  • Social Robotics Lab
  • Algorithms and complexity theory
  • Distributed computing
  • Security and cryptography
  • Computer Systems and Networking
  • Computing and the arts
  • Technical Reports
  • Programming languages and compilers
  • Machine learning

Electrical/ Electronics

The Department of Electrical Engineering has stood at the forefront of innovation in delivering training and producing solutions to the industry in one of the broadest engineering disciplines. A healthy faculty-student ratio ensures that the faculty is able to bring the best out of its students by paying personal attention and by channelizing their energies into the most promising industry-driven research in electrical engineering.

The department’s 22 faculty members ensure that the students adjust to the latest developments in the industry and electrical engineering discipline by introducing new courses and upgrading research centers and labs. To point out a notable achievement of the department faculty, Xia and Kramer-Bottiglio from the department were recently honored with the Presidential Award in Science and Technology. The strong interdisciplinary nature of the faculty’s areas of expertise means that students can freely contribute to other engineering disciplines by working on a broader set of problems.  

Programs Available:

  • BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Signal Processing, Control & Communications
  • Microelectronics
  • Photonics
  • Nanostructures
  • Computer Engineering

List of Labs:

  • Yale Institute of Network Science (YINS)


The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science takes pride in creating thinkers of the future through its cutting-edge research-based programs. It is rooted in its long tradition of excellence and innovation in producing machine technologies that are efficient and long-lasting. The department has a faculty strength of 14. Each faculty member possesses rich experience in a mechanical engineering discipline and allied disciplines like chemical and electrical engineering that are tied closely to the emerging technologies and research trends in mechanical engineering.

It believes in providing classroom education and industry-based practical experience to ensure their students a solid footing in their careers. Over the years, the faculty has devised unique teaching methods by offering regularly upgraded courses so that students can tailor their learning experience according to their interests. Xia and Kramer-Bottiglio, who have been associated with the department, were recently honored with the Presidential Award in Science and Technology.

Programs Available:

  • BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

Areas of Expertise:

  • Robotics, Mechatronics, and Human Machine Interface
  • Physical and Engineering Biology
  • Physics of Novel Materials
  • Combustion
  • Soft Matter & Complex Fluids
  • Amorphous materials
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Nanomaterials

Pure Sciences

Yale is one of the most renowned universities in the US for studies in Pure Sciences. It has dedicated departments of Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics. Each of these departments offers programs from undergraduate through doctoral research level. Yale’s approach to pure sciences is dictated by its strong emphasis on the fundamentals of science and the belief that the backbone of innovation and expansion of applied sciences lies in strong training in pure sciences. The programs have been designed keeping in mind the needs of industry, and students are offered ample choices to tailor their learning experience.

Each department has a faculty that is engaged in active research, and their experience is the bridge between the academic world of students and the professional world of science. This ensures that Yale students of pure sciences not only are a step ahead of their competitors but also have the option to be on the driver’s seat in their career paths. Many students opt for research in a particular sub-discipline of a discipline centered around a specific problem after graduating from the departments. 

Programs Available:

  • BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, and Physics. 
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