Y-Shaped Engineers

A Sense of Purpose

The Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science is at the cutting edge of research that addresses global societal problems. The faculty, researchers, and students in our laboratories are developing new materials, engineering tissues, building photon-powered machinery, and much more—each with the end goal of leading collaborative efforts toward solutions to improve the human condition.

And by pursuing an engineering education within one of the world’s most renowned liberal arts institutions, Yale students gain not only a fundamental knowledge of science and engineering, but also a strong understanding of the complex social, political, economic, and environmental implications that must be considered when developing complete solutions to global problems. Engineering is at its best when it frames technological advancement in the context of addressing critical societal needs; trained to apply intellectual depth and breadth to innovate engineered solutions with purpose, Yale Engineering graduates are a unique breed. We call them "Y-shaped" engineers.