So, what’s your major?
Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has six basic concentrations (majors), and the University offers a whole host of certificate programs (minors). At Princeton, you’re only allowed to declare one concentration, but many of the engineering majors have tracks that let you focus on, for example, Biomedical Engineering inside ELE, or Engineering and the Liberal Arts inside CEE. And, for even more variety, there’s certificate programs, most of which you take prerequisites for your first two years and enroll in officially junior year. While the ones listed here are the ones relating to engineering, Princeton engineers have been enrolled in such diverse certificate programs as Urban Studies and Dance.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
MAE includes interests in all manners of problems across space exploration, satellite technology, pollution and alternative fuels, energy usage, battery technology, novel optical systems, propulsion systems, mechanics of fluids and solids, stability and control of vehicles, aircraft performance, and instrumentation. Check it out if you want to learn to use engineering to tackle the technical challenges of today’s society.
Welcome to the world of pollution control, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, adhesives, biopolymers, artificial kidneys, oil refineries, solar panels and ceramics. CBE deals with the chemical and physical processes used to develop and make these and many products. Check it out if you want to learn about the technological infrastructure of modern industries such as petroleum processing, pharmaceuticals, food processing, and plastics manufacturing.
Electrical engineers are well positioned to address a variety of the crucial engineering issues facing societies today such as energy, information, and health. Think, for example, about efficient lighting, communications, devices and circuits, power grids, medical imaging, networks, etc. ELE engages in learning about many topics related to these challenges.
Under a common departmental structure, CEE allows students to branch out into subareas such as architecture, environmental engineering, geological engineering, structural engineering, etc. CEE places emphasis on the static and dynamic behaviors of structures, construction materials, and geotechnical materials; the workings of the natural environment, how human activities affect the environment, and technologies to monitor, protect and restore the environment; and elements of design and its philosophy.
The ORFE program emphasizes quantitative theories/models and methods/algorithms needed to face the data challenges of modern society. Different courses specialize in applications such as regulation of financial institutions, energy and the environment (specifically the financialization of commodities, climate change, and emissions control), the transportation systems of the future, and health care. Students in ORFE develop a unique set of skills that builds upon a solid foundation in probability and stochastic processes, numerical optimization, statistics, and computational mathematics.
Students learn to use computational resources to describe changing trends with the help fo mathematical models and simulation techniques.