We are a small but diverse department. The EEE faculty is drawn from diverse backgrounds spanning academia, high-tech industry, government laboratories, and environmental consulting. Undergraduate majors are drawn not only from SEAS but also from the 3-2 Combined Plan and occasionally are Columbia College transfers. Graduate students come not only from undergraduate engineering and applied science programs, but also from mathematics, economics, basic sciences, public policy, and the humanities. This breadth of experiences and backgrounds, along with exceptionally close student-faculty interaction (3:1 ratio for undergraduates, 4:1 ratio for graduates), offers a wide spectrum of knowledge to EEE students, both inside and outside the classroom.
Our internal diversity complements our many external partnerships with other parts of Columbia University. These include other engineering departments, the Columbia Earth Institute, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the School of International and Public Affairs. Such partnerships are crucial given the multidisciplinary nature of 21st-century Earth and environmental engineering problems.
We offer programs leading to traditional bachelor of science (B.S.), master of science (M.S.), doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.), and doctor of engineering science (Eng.Sc.D.) degrees. We also offer graduate-level professional degrees and participate in a joint M.B.A. master's degree program as well as the undergraduate Combined Plan. Many opportunities are available upon graduation, including positions with small companies working on local environmental problems, work with international institutions tackling global-scale sustainable development issues, and participation in groundbreaking scientific research. Recent employers include:
- Schlumberger, Ltd.; Alabama Power (energy services)
- CDM; HydroQual; Kleinfelder (environmental consulting)
- Zurich U.S. Environmental (financial services)
- NYC Parks Natural Resource Group (government agency)
- MIT; Stanford; University of California, Berkeley; University of Melbourne (graduate and medical schools)
- Northeastern University (tenure-track faculty)
Other potential employers include environmental, relief, and other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and government research laboratories.