Brown University School of Engineering

Graduate Study

Because of our unique structure and approach to engineering, for example, the lack of formal boundaries between engineering disciplines, our research is highly interdisciplinary and often includes connections to other departments on campus outside of the School. Brown Engineering offers Graduate Programs focused on the following research areas:

Biomedical Engineering research is at the interface of engineering, biology, and medicine. The program features an interdisciplinary approach in four complementary research areas: tissue engineering/regenerative medicine, neuroengineering/imaging, biomaterials/nanotechnology, and biomechanics.

The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering program (CBE) applies chemical and engineering sciences to emerging technologies and their impacts on human health and the environment. Specific research thrusts include environmental remediation, biotechnology, biotransport processes, chemical nanoscience, carbon-based materials, and thermal and electrochemical energy conversion.

Electrical Sciences and Computer Engineering group  focuses on solid state and quantum electronics (SSQE) in electrical sciences research. Topics include projects in experimental laser sciences, semiconductors, optoelectronics, condensed matter physics, nanoscience and technology, biophotonics, and bioengineering. Computer engineering research focuses on topics in multimedia signal processing, medical imaging, computer vision, 3D photography, speech processing, image understanding, design and test of digital integrated circuits, computer architecture, physical integrated circuit design, and nanoscale system design.

Research in the Fluids and Thermal Sciences group focuses on a broad range of disciplines and applications including fundamental fluid dynamics and heat transfer, micro- and nanoscale fluids, complex fluids, biotechnology, acoustics, thermodynamics and energy sciences.

Materials Science focuses on a fundamental understanding of the different types of materials and the interrelationship between processing, structure, and materials properties.


The Mechanics of Solids group fosters a balanced program that integrates the perspectives of continuum mechanics, structure of matter, and materials science.


The Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) merges engineering science and design with innovation and entrepreneurship.