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.
Princeton has been at the forefront of computing since Alan Turing, Alonzo Church, and John von Neumann were among its residents. The department, now in a period of major growth, has strong groups in artificial intelligence and machine learning, theory, programming languages, graphics and vision, systems and networking, computer architecture, computational biology and neuroscience, security, privacy, and information technology policy.
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.
The Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering is unique in the United States, combining deep roots in mathematics with engineering, business, and finance. Much of the research in the department focuses on developing mathematical and computational tools for making decisions under uncertainty. Work by faculty and students helps manage risk, optimize performance of complex systems, and manage resources efficiently. Expertise include “big data” analysis and financial technology (FinTech).
The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment supports a vibrant and expanding program of research and teaching in the areas of sustainable energy development, energy efficiency, and environmental protection and remediation. The center takes a highly interdisciplinary approach toward translating fundamental knowledge into practical solutions that will enable sustainable energy production and the protection of the environment and global climate from anthropogenic change.
The Center for Information Technology Policy uses Princeton’s unique strengths to promote an informed public discussion of digital technologies. Combining faculty expertise in technology and engineering, public policy, and the social sciences with a strong University tradition of service, the Center’s research, teaching, and public programs address digital technologies as they interact with policy, markets, and society. The center is a joint initiative of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.