Founded in 1864 as the School of Mines, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is the nation’s third oldest engineering school. While Columbia Engineering is home to a long history of invention and innovation, New York City is arguably the world's most impressive example of built environment, from skyscrapers to the subway system. There's no better place to study engineering and applied science.
Columbia Engineering offers an unparalleled breadth of majors and minors, professional-level courses, hands-on design projects, and research and internships both in New York City and around the world. Our students also get to engage in Columbia's legendary Core Curriculum and can choose from over 20 liberal arts minors. We call it Engineering Plus, and it is a combination of resources you can't find anywhere other than Columbia.
Today, Columbia Engineering continues to aspire to bring our engineering impact to the service of humanity. Our vision, Engineering for Humanity, captures our unique commitment to research and learning that goes across disciplines to find solutions to global challenges. Across disciplines and departments, Columbia faculty and students are building towards a humanity that is more sustainable, healthy, secure, connected and creative than ever.
Student Research at Columbia Engineering
Students at Columbia Engineering have ample opportunity to engage in research during their undergraduate years. For example, many students will work with faculty on their research projects through the Student Research Program (SRP). Examples of student research projects include:
- Conducting x-ray and neutron scattering experiments on complex energy materials.
- Developing novel biomaterials for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration.
- Studying the deterioration and fracture mechanism in high-strength, low-carbon steel wires that are used in cable suspension bridges.
- Modeling a blood-processing device to develop an artificial kidney.
- Researching physics and chemistry at the single molecule level by using and developing improvements to an atomic force microscope and a scanning tunneling microscope.
- Determining the molecular mechanism that bone cells use to sense and respond to changes in their mechanical environment to determine the role of specific proteins in mechanosensing.
- Research of biophysical regulation of adult and embryonic stem cells, tissue engineering of functional grafts.