Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering (often abbreviated as EE) covers a range of research areas from devices (such as lasers and robotics) to systems (such as computer architecture and the human brain).

The emphasis on practice infused with fundamental science and mathematics offers ample research opportunities, both theoretical and experimental, at the forefront of the field and its interdisciplinary applications. 

EE is closely tied with Harvard's efforts in Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Computer Science, and Bioengineering.

Interdisciplinary research efforts include:

  • optimal NMR spectroscopy using quantum control;
  • signal processing for fast nanopore DNA sequencing;
  • ultrafast silicon transceivers design using stochastic resonance;
  • Casimir force generation using MEMS devices; and
  • quantum circuits design.


Faculty and collaborators include leading pioneers of nonlinear control theory, space-time coding for wireless communications, cascade lasers and bandgap engineering, creators of the first flying microrobotic fly and the authors of the Art of Electronics.