Faculty & Research

We provide an unprecedented environment for tackling some of the fundamental problems in science and engineering.

  • Our traditional strengths in applied sciences and close connections to basic science departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences provide an exceptionally strong base in foundational science.

  • Our interdisciplinary and open nature—we do not have traditional departments and faculty carry out research in multiple areas—is ideal for tackling the next generation of problems.

  • Our ties to Harvard’s professional schools offer unparalleled opportunities for collaborative work, education and research, and outreach to society.

Balancing Basic with Applied

Sustaining our traditional strengths in computer science, applied mathematics, applied physics, materials science and mechanical engineering, and environmental science and engineering is an essential part of our mission.

SEAS aims to give interdisciplinary researchers the space and resources necessary to advance foundational science, especially as such advances may shape research for decades to come.

At the same time, cultivating an ethos of invention and discovery enables us to translate research into possibilities for tomorrow, from new tools for scientific inquiry like optical tweezers and lasers to new ways of producing sustainable, eco-friendly energy.

To excel at both, researchers—whether computer scientists, engineers, or biologists—require the intellectual and physical resources to transcend existing disciplinary boundaries.

Investing in Collaboration

SEAS has long enjoyed close collaborations and joint appointments with basic science departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with other schools throughout Harvard.

In addition, the revamping of existing degree programs and the introduction of potential new Harvard College concentrations provides an opportunity to increase collaborations in teaching and learning across all major fields.