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.
For example, work from this department impacts areas like

Energy & the Environment

From smart buildings and low power devices to energy harvesting systems and smart power grids, the future of energy lies in our ability to improve the design and delivery of power.

Information & Security

Whether operating at the level of the smallest microarchitecture or the largest network servers, information moves through machines and systems that are designed by electrical engineers. Security, privacy, anonymity. These are the basic problems that drive our information economy.

Health & Biomedical Systems

No other field has affected biomedical advancement like the work done by electrical engineers. Healthcare technologies incorporate everything from quantum optics to informatics to achieve better sensing, imaging and disease detection for healthier, better lives.


Working at the smallest scale often yields big results. Bit-patterned media, DNA sequencing, biosensors and plasmonic solar cells all use next-generation nanotechnology designed by electrical engineers.
And really, these are just a few of the ways EE can help you change the world.
Along the way? You'll be a vital part of this community. You'll work one-on-one with faculty. You'll develop lifelong friendships and professional contacts. Plus, you'll get to do stuff like this.