Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM) is a multidisciplinary research center driving advances in materials science and photonics. A particular strength is research that combines expertise in "hard" materials such as conventional semiconductors and ceramics with knowledge of "soft" materials such as plastics, biological molecules, and fluids. Integrating these conventionally distinct areas yields breakthroughs in fields from telecommunications to energy to biotechnology. The institute brings together physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers, as well as industry partners, to bring fundamental advances to market.
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From mechanics and materials to robots and rockets, a department with outsized ‘intellectual breadth and impact’
Areas of Impact
Bioengineering and Health
Bioengineers at Princeton bring together fundamental questions about how living systems work with an engineering approach to solving problems. While much work in bioengineering aims to improve human health, advances in the field also help address other global challenges, such as sustainable food, energy, water, and materials.
Energy and Environment
Students and faculty in every engineering department bring their expertise to bear on securing our energy and environmental future. Much of this work comes together through the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, which supports teaching and research in sustainable energy-technology development, energy efficiency, and environmental protection and remediation.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials
Emily A. Carter
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics