About Us

Where Science and Engineering converge

At the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), we work within and beyond the disciplines of engineering and foundational science to address the most pressing issues of our time. SEAS has no departments; departments imply boundaries, even walls. Our approach to teaching and research is, by design, highly interdisciplinary. We collaborate across academic areas at SEAS and the larger university, and with colleagues in academia, industry, government and public service organizations beyond Harvard. This commitment to collaboration, and our community’s manageable scale, enable our undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and researchers to advance knowledge, make groundbreaking discoveries, and develop technologies, products, and ideas that have the potential to improve lives the world over.

We are an inclusive community of dedicated problem-solvers who hold ourselves – and one another – to the highest academic and professional standards. We believe that we can achieve the best teaching, learning, and research outcomes when we invite in individuals from diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.

Engineering and applied sciences at Harvard have a long and distinguished history, beginning with the Lawrence Scientific School, established in 1847. Today, we continue to educate individuals who have the ability to think critically, collaborate productively, and shape ethical solutions to humanity’s most compelling and complex problems. As a top-tier engineering school embedded in one of the world’s leading the liberal arts institutions, SEAS offers a learning environment that inspires new ideas, collaborators, inventions, and innovations.

The SEAS campus at Harvard University is located on the tribal homelands of the Massachusett people. We acknowledge the continuing presence of the Massachusett, and the neighboring Wampanoag and Nipmuc peoples.