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.
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.