The mission of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is to expand knowledge and advance technology through research, while educating students to become leaders and innovators informed by an engineering foundation. Enriched with the intellectual resources of a global university in the City of New York, we push disciplinary frontiers, confront complex issues, and engineer innovative solutions to address the grand challenges of our time. We create a collaborative environment that embraces interdisciplinary thought, creativity, integrated entrepreneurship, cultural awareness, and social responsibility, and advances the translation of ideas into innovations that impact humanity.

Our mission can be encapsulated as Transcending Disciplines, Educating Leaders and Innovators, Transforming Lives.


Our vision, Columbia Engineering for Humanity—a Sustainable Humanity, a Healthy Humanity, a Secure Humanity, a Connected Humanity, and a Creative Humanity—is a central guiding principle for all of our endeavors, ranging from confronting grand challenges to pioneering the frontiers of knowledge and discovery, to transcending disciplinary boundaries, and educating responsible leaders and innovators.

The transformational changes of the coming age require bold thinking, from climate change to privacy to a future of medicine as yet unimagined. Through a culture of discovery, creativity, and innovation, we will continually advance research and education to meet the needs of humankind.

Achieving the Vision

Please join us in creating a sustainable, healthy, secure, connected, and creative humanity. With your support, we will empower and strengthen our ecosystem of students and faculty as they spearhead a future where engineering plays an essential and transformational role in advances that will benefit global communities for years to come.