The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) serves as the nexus of Harvard’s teaching, research, and entrepreneurial efforts in engineering, applied sciences, and technology.
We have close academic ties to Harvard College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and increasingly strong links across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' (FAS) divisions, departments, and centers in the physical and life sciences.
SEAS also supports the teaching of non-concentrators; encourages joint faculty appointments (a third of the faculty members in SEAS have joint appointments, with particularly strong linkages to Physics and Earth & Planetary Sciences); and builds and sustains cross-disciplinary research collaborations.
We are committed to supporting and celebrating individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Not only is that the right thing to do, but it also deepens the available reservoir of talent, energy, and inspiration, and helps increase our own ability to adapt, come up with fresh ideas, and, above all, share knowledge.
Faculty and Staff Organization
Faculty in engineering and applied sciences are members of both SEAS and FAS. Staff (exempt and non-exempt) are only members of SEAS.
SEAS faculty research is multidisciplinary. Thus, the SEAS academic management structure parallels the primary areas in which SEAS faculty teach.
To best coordinate activities in an non-departmental structure, SEAS has created the roles of Area Deans and Area Administrators.
The area deans manage relevant academic and course planning; faculty and staff searches; promotion reviews for faculty appointments; represent SEAS to the FAS committee on appointments and promotions; and advise the dean on academic leadership.
Across SEAS, academic programs are coordinated by an Associate and Assistant Dean. The Associate Dean heads the Engineering Sciences (ES) Committee, containing the relevant Area Deans for each ES track and has the power to determine the direction of the Engineering Sciences curriculum. The Assistant Dean manages the Student Affairs Office.
A newly formed Steering Committee, formed in FY 2011, chaired by the Dean, is composed of all of the Area Deans; the Associate Dean for Academic Programs; and, in ex-officio roles, the Executive Dean, the Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Affairs and the Chief Financial Officer/Associate Dean for Finance and IT Operations. The Steering Committee is responsible for short- and long-term planning for the school and for facilitating coordination across programs, departments, other schools (in particular the Faculty of Arts and Sciences), and the central administration at Harvard.
In fact, the entire SEAS community works in close collaboration with both FAS and the central administration with the aim of leveraging the broad strengths of the University, promoting collaboration, and enhancing efficiency.
Student Admissions, Enrollment, and Support
All undergraduate concentrators are admitted by and enrolled in Harvard College.
Likewise, SEAS graduate students are admitted by and enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
While citizens of SEAS, our students are fully integrated with the greater Harvard University landscape through courses, research, and other collaborative activities.
Being part of the “Veritas” tradition means a willingness not simply to explore frontiers, but to help light the way for the rest of the world. Through academic support, mentorship, and advising, and by maintaining a dynamic infrastructure to facilitate learning and exploration, we help enable students to be active, engaged, and trailblazing participants in this ongoing endeavor.
On non-academic administrative issues SEAS has enhanced autonomy.
Beginning with the formalization of Harvard's programs in engineering and applied sciences in 1847, SEAS (and its past incarnations) does now and has long controlled its own separate endowment.
As the newest school at Harvard in over seven decades, SEAS, working with FAS and the Central Administration, has begun the process of creating its own policies and procedures relating to research administration, and other operational issues.