Designed for the future, SEAS 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?
All of these global problems involve engineering and technology. Yet none can be solved with technology alone.
Anchored in the liberal arts, SEAS 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 SEAS to become a catalytic force within one of the world’s great universities.
SEAS 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.