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Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Designed for the future, the Harvard Paulson School is a new kind of school of engineering and applied sciences.

Given the complex nature of problems such as climate change, the global demand for energy, cybersecurity and privacy in a digital world, and providing clean water, a modern infrastructure, and health care for a growing population, what fields will be most relevant in the next century? How can we bring together the vast expertise and resources of Harvard to address these challenges? What is the most effective way to educate students so that they can have real-world impact on these problems, regardless of their fields of study?

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Members of Harvard College Engineers Without Borders design a sustainable solution to a contaminated water supply outside Constanza, Dominican Republic.

All of these global problems involve engineering and technology. Yet none can be solved with technology alone.

Anchored in the liberal arts, the Harvard Paulson School brings a multidisciplinary approach to complex challenges. Our faculty, intellectually outstanding and technically superb, and our students, passionate about making a positive impact on real-world problems, have propelled the Harvard Paulson School to become a catalytic force within one of the world’s great universities.

The Harvard Paulson School is organized around world-class teaching and learning and world-changing research. Our education mission is twofold:

Engineering for All: to provide all Harvard undergraduates with an understanding of technology, engineering design, and the application of scientific and mathematical knowledge that the next generation of leaders will require to navigate in an increasingly complex technological world; and

Broad-Minded Engineers and Applied Scientists: to give concentrators a rigorous education of depth and breadth, combining a strong technical foundation in fundamental engineering and applied sciences with critical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship, and a grounding in the liberal arts that allows them to understand the societal context of their technical work.

By the NumbersEnrollment in Harvard Paulson School courses in 2012-13 increased to more than 5,000

Embracing these twin challenges—to rethink and dramatically expand the place of engineering in higher education and to reimagine the role of engineers in society—the Harvard Paulson School is a leader in innovative teaching. Our curriculum includes active learning and engineering design, and we are increasingly utilizing “flipped classrooms” and integrating peer-based learning into our classes. Our introductory courses provide gateways where all students can learn and find success

We have an extraordinary record of accomplishment in our first years as a School, but we are just beginning to realize our potential. The Harvard Paulson School will become a unique—and singularly important—school, collaborative and interdisciplinary by nature and by design. By connecting engineering and applied sciences with the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the professions, our faculty, researchers, and students will pioneer new knowledge and applications to address broad global challenges.

The University and our community of alumni and friends have a grand opportunity—and a responsibility—to embrace the Harvard Paulson School and to invest in the extraordinary contribution it can make to Harvard. We invite you to join us.

Frank Doyle
John A. Paulson Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Priority Stories

Swimming robobee Oct 21, 2015

The Tiny Flying Submarine

The Harvard Paulson School develops the first insect-size robots capable of flight and swimming.
Students at the Harvard Paulson School Aug 7, 2015

SEAS Adds to Faculty

The rapidly growing Harvard Paulson School expands its depth in computer science.
Robotic glove Jun 5, 2015

A New Grasp on Robotic Glove

A soft, lightweight robotic glove at the Harvard Paulson School assists with grasping objects independently.
John A. Paulson MBA '80 with President Faust Jun 3, 2015

Big Boost for SEAS

$400 million gift from John A. Paulson MBA ’80 will fuel School’s rapid growth.

Giving Opportunities

When you choose to support the Harvard Paulson School, your gift allows students and researchers to work across disciplines, offer creative ideas, and develop innovative solutions that will positively impact the world.

  • SEAS classroom


    Professorships support the extraordinary research and teaching of leading faculty members who are shaping the frontiers of knowledge through their work.

  • Graduate student fellowships

    Graduate Student Fellowships

    Graduate student fellowships support students in the critical first and second years of their doctoral programs. Fellowships represent early investment in the future of academic teaching and research.

  • SEAS Innovation Funds

    Innovation Funds

    From undergraduate education to research grants and lab equipment, innovation funds support an environment that fuels creativity and innovation in science and engineering.

Contact us for more ways to get involved


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