Harvard launches M.E. degree in computational science and engineering

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Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is launching a master of engineering program in computational science and engineering (CSE) and is now accepting applications for fall 2014 admission.

The master of engineering (M.E.) in CSE provides rigorous training in applied mathematics and computing skills. Students will develop and execute a computational approach to a large-scale scientific challenge as part of a second-year thesis project.

Like graduates of Harvard’s one-year master of science (S.M.) program in CSE, launched last year, students who complete the M.E. program will be able to model complex systems; evaluate and implement efficient computational solutions; collaborate to design robust software; and analyze complex data sets, among other objectives defined by an advisory board comprising industry experts, national lab leaders, and Harvard faculty.

The additional year of research experience gained in the two-year M.E. degree allows students to build greater research and technical skills, apply computation to a domain of interest, and complete a substantial project with a research mentor. All of these skills are in high demand in industry.

The coursework and research are complemented by activities sponsored by SEAS’ Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS), including a biweekly seminar series featuring speakers from academia and industry.