The Harvard John A. Paulson 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), across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' (FAS) divisions, departments, and centers in the physical and life sciences, and other Harvard professional schools.
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 in engineering and applied sciences are members of both SEAS and FAS.
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 a 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.
A Steering Committee chaired by the Dean is composed of all of the Area Deans and is responsible for short- and long-term academic planning for the school and for facilitating coordination across programs, departments, other schools and the central administration at Harvard.
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 into the greater Harvard University community through courses, research, and other collaborative activities.
Being part of the “Veritas” tradition means a willingness to not simply 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.