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Q&As with notable SEAS alumni
What do Harvard alumni in engineering and applied sciences end up doing?
In short, everything and anything.
Past undergraduate alumni have attended graduate school programs or become faculty members at leading universities (including those with “technical” in their name) in areas ranging from engineering to law to business to medicine.
Those pursuing careers in industry and government have worked for technology companies such as Pixar, Google, and IBM; defense contractors such as Northrop Grumman; policy and research organizations such as the National Institutes of Health; banking and investment firms like Citigroup; environmental consulting groups like Boston-based CDM; and the U.S. State Department.
Others have become entrepreneurs. Our graduates started Tacit Knowledge Systems, SupplyWorks, Inc., and Zappos. In fact, some of the most well-known companies in the world were started by Harvard graduates—for example, Electronic Arts, 3Com, Sun Microsystems, and Microsoft.
Some Notable Alumni
- Marco Iansiti, A.B. ’83, Ph.D. ’88 (Physics/Applied Physics)
- Danielle Feinberg, A.B. ’96 (Computer Science)
- Stephanie Wilson, S.B. ’88 (Engineering Sciences)
- William Peine, Ph.D. ’99 (Engineering Sciences)
- Tod Perry, Ph.D. ’05 (Environmental Sciences and Engineering)
- Gary Schermerhorn, A.B. ’85 (Computer Science)
- Chelsey Simmons, S.B. ’06 (Engineering Sciences)
- Guy Steele, A.B. '75 (Computer Science)
- Shih Choon Fong, Ph.D. ’73 (Applied Mathematics)
- Hynd Bouhia, Ph.D. '98 (Engineering Sciences)
- Tony Hsieh, A.B. '95 (Computer Science)
- Trip Adler, A.B. '06 (Computer Science)
- Alfred Spector '76 (Applied Mathematics/Computer Science)
- Fred Brooks, Jr. '56 (Applied Mathematics)
- Amy Kerdok, Ph.D. '06 (Engineering Sciences: Bioengineering)
- Martha Heitzmann, Ph.D. '97 (Environmental and Chemical Engineering)
- Steven Salzberg, Ph.D. '89 (Computer Science)
- Rachel Greenstadt, Ph.D. '07 (Computer Science)