With its uncanny ability to converse like humans, ChatGPT has ignited people’s imaginations and concerns. At Princeton Engineering, we see AI as a powerful tool that can enhance human capability to achieve what humans could never do on their own.

Andrea Goldsmith

That is, after all, what inventors and engineers have done for millennia — build new technologies that enhance human capabilities and improve lives, from the wheel to spacecraft.

In this magazine, we show some of the many ways Princeton engineers are building the fundamental tools of AI and applying them to pressing societal challenges, such as the quests for clean energy, better medicines, new materials, and safer robots.

The key to these strengths — and the strategy behind major ongoing investments by Princeton — is our inter-disciplinary approach. Each of our six engineering departments is using AI to accelerate their work, often in colla-boration with each other and with the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts.

This interdisciplinary spirit drives our growth in many areas, including bioengineering, quantum engineering, robotics, sustainability, and next-generation wireless networks. At Princeton our engineers work collaboratively with a relentless drive toward harnessing technology to benefit humanity.

Andrea Goldsmith
Dean | Arthur LeGrand Doty
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

In this issue

  • Student giving a presentation.

    Diversifying AI through data collection and career development

  • Mengdi Wang in her office with math on the whiteboard in background.

    Mengdi Wang makes a play at decoding disease

  • Speaker at podium in front of screen that says AI for Control, Design and Creation.

    New initiatives bring Princeton to the fore of AI innovation

  • Three researchers stand in front of a white board discussing mathematics written on the board.

    Statistics start to untangle AI networks

  • Two instructors speak to students while standing before a white board

    Is AI too dangerous to release openly?

  • Two robotic arms poised over plastic storage containers of sorted objects. In between the storage containers are additional items to be sorted, including a detergent bottle and two wooden blocks, colored yellow and orange.

    How do you make a robot smarter?

  • Verma posing in his lab with technical equipment.

    The next AI frontier? Expanding hardware by making it more compact.

  • Microscope image of tin crystals, showing protruding, jagged, smooth, and stunted 3-dimensional features.

    Researchers harness large language models to accelerate materials discovery

  • Male researcher flattens his hands above glass-topped machine while female researcher looks on

    This AI does more than just think

  • Three men stand in a hallway.

    Using AI to wrangle fusion energy

  • Five race cars on a track.

    Data drives quicker, safer decisions for race cars and robots