Princeton’s electrical engineering program, started in 1889 as one of the first in the United States, remains at the forefront of the field, with research aimed at improving human health, energy and environmental systems, computing and communications, and security. Specific areas of research include the physics of semiconductors; electronic and optical devices; the design of computers and networks; materials science and nanotechnologies; algorithms and structures for information; and biological technologies.
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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.
Data science accelerates discovery across nearly all areas of science, engineering, and social science. Students and faculty in this area create new data-analysis techniques and harness advanced computing and storage systems to solve problems in biology, the environment, materials science, communications, security, transportation, and many other areas.
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.
Entrepreneurship at Princeton, far more than starting profit-making companies, offers a powerful approach to education, service, leadership, and impact. The Keller Center offers a wide range of courses and programs in entrepreneurship and design thinking, while the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council provides coordination across the campus.
Robotics and Cyberphysical Systems
The use of robots is moving rapidly beyond controlled environments such as factories to complex environments in the midst of human activity, demanding a nimble cross-disciplinary approach. Princeton engineers are advancing the productive, safe, and ethical use of robotics in society by building and connecting expertise in sensing, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, public policy, and other fields.
Security and Privacy
As digital systems play critical roles in nearly every aspect of society, their security and the privacy of their data become increasingly important. The Center for Information Technology Policy serves as a focal point for much of this work. In addition, engineers are uniquely positioned to improve broader areas of security in the face of natural hazards and other threats.
The Future Metropolis
The world's metropolitan regions house over 50 percent of the world population, consume about 75 percent of worldwide energy, and emit about 80 percent of greenhouse gasses. By 2050, they will house about 70 percent of all people. Princeton engineers bring together expertise in the environment, infrastructure, climate, data science, sensors, privacy, security, public policy, and many other fields to make cities, towns and suburbs resilient and enjoyable places for people to flourish sustainably.