Environmental Science & Engineering is a field within the Engineering Sciences area of study at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prospective students apply through GSAS; in the online application, select “Engineering and Applied Sciences” as your program choice and select "PhD Engineering Sciences: Environmental Science and Engineering" in the Area of Study menu.
Environmental Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary program with the common goal of understanding, predicting, and responding to human-induced environmental change. You will learn that addressing environmental issues requires perspectives from a diverse set of scientific disciplines, including atmospheric physics and chemistry, oceanography, glaciology, hydrology, geophysics, ecology, and biogeochemistry.
Your research will be strongly interdisciplinary, with many connections to Earth and Planetary Sciences and other science and policy programs at Harvard. You will learn to think about environmental processes in an integrated fashion, preparing you to manage the environmental challenges we face.
Examples of projects current and past students have worked on include building bio-inspired robotics and developing personalized exosuits to assist in real-world walking.
Graduates of the program have gone on to a range of careers in organizations like the World Bank and the Earth System Research Laboratory at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Tesla. Others have positions in Academia at Georgia Tech, Oregon State University, and University of Rochester.