Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

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School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Established 1864
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Dean Donald Goldfarb
Degrees BSE, MSE, Eng.Sc.D, Prof. Degree
Enrollment 1,425 Undergraduate, 2,267 Graduate students (2011)
Website http://www.engineering.columbia.edu/

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (referred to by the Dean as Columbia Engineering, but almost always informally referred to as SEAS), is the engineering school of Columbia. No one calls it Fu. Ever. It awards degrees in engineering, applied physics and applied mathematics. SEAS was founded as the School of Mines in 1863 and then the School of Mines, Engineering and Chemistry before becoming the School of Engineering and Applied Science. It was the country's first such institution. In 1997, the school was renamed in honor of Chinese businessman Z. Y. Fu, who had donated $26 million.

The school was founded in 1864 by Thomas Egleston Jr. as the School of Mines. The school was originally located in Lewisohn Hall and Mathematics Hall, which then known as Engineering and Mines. The construction of the Seeley W. Mudd Building in the 60's allowed the school to move into more spacious quarters on the northeast corner of the main campus. Due to the growth of the school in the past four decades, further expansion was determined necessary, leading to the planning of the Northwest Science Building, which opened in the spring of 2011.

The school maintains a close relationship with Columbia College, and undergraduate students from both schools fall under the oversight of the Division of Student Affairs.


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