Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Undergrads working in the lab

Why Study Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers are well positioned to address a variety of the crucial engineering issues facing societies today. Think, for example, about:

Energy: efficient lighting, buildings, computing, and communications; solar cells; low power devices and circuits; energy harvesting from the environment; smart power grids;
Information: security; communications; networks; machine learning;
Health: informatics; medical imaging, sensing, and diagnosis; brain imaging;

Princeton's Department of Electrical Engineering is actively engaged in teaching and research on many topics related to these challenges.

The discipline of electrical engineering is grounded in the sciences and in mathematics. If you enjoy these subjects, then you will find electrical engineering a fascinating and rewarding field of study with many opportunities to solve key engineering problems. Subareas within the discipline range from the exploration of information and its communication, through the physics of new materials and devices and the circuits made from them, to the algorithms that run on next generation computing platforms.