Science and Engineering

The discoveries and new knowledge achieved by Yale’s science and engineering faculty, students, and staff have already and will continue to benefit millions of people. Yale’s strategy to accelerate science and engineering is targeted and specific, focusing on five multidisciplinary areas and several cross-cutting initiatives identified by a faculty committee and selected for their impact and feasibility.

Data Science and Computer Science: Advance fundamental research in big data, computational tools, and other mathematical and technological areas, with application across nearly every discipline and area of research across campus.

Inflammation Science: Accelerate work that offers insights into the underlying causes of inflammation and its role in a wide range of conditions, including COVID-19, arthritis, cancer, depression, and multiple sclerosis.

Neuroscience: Expand the frontiers of knowledge, from molecular and cellular neuroscience to organismal cognition and behavior and advance the understanding of the human mind, including how the brain functions and how it can be repaired. 

Planetary Solutions: Create solutions for climate crises through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach with a goal of accelerating solutions for a range of challenges, including biodiversity loss, health and economic disruptions, climate justice, and evolutionary response. 

Quantum Science and Engineering: Augment Yale’s global leadership in quantum research, which is ushering in a second information age and will revolutionize technological developments across every sector, and which intersects with many other university initiatives. 

Cross-cutting Initiatives: Support the people, facilities, and instruments that make world-changing discoveries possible and expand opportunities for innovation and transformative research to solve the world’s most challenging problems. 

Highlighting Progress

Yale Science Building

This new building serves as a central hub for multidisciplinary collaboration and boasts cutting-edge technology, from the wet-bench labs of the Quantitative Biology Institute to the cryo-electron microscopy facility.

Yale Science Building

Renovated Wright Laboratory

The transformation of this facility enables the investigation of fundamental interactions in nuclear and particle physics and astrophysics, from neutrinos to dark matter.

Wright Laboratory

A New Innovation Corridor

Centered along the southern stretch of Prospect Street and Hillhouse Avenue, the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, Greenberg Teaching Concourse of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, and the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY) help nurture creative thinking and entrepreneurial solutions to real-world problems.


School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

The transformation of SEAS into a distinct faculty focusing on initiatives in artificial intelligence, biological systems, materials science, mathematical modeling, and “robotics for humanity” allows the school to reimagine its culture and expand its research. In conjunction with this transformation, the university plans a historic reinvention of lower Hillhouse Avenue, a combination of new and renovated spaces that will reflect the school’s ethos of innovation and collaboration, help nurture new ideas and creative partnerships, and support Yale’s broad effort to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.


Yale Peabody Museum

The renovated and expanded Peabody provides new research, educational, and exhibition spaces to serve the Yale and local communities, including the redesigned iconic Great Hall of Dinosaurs. The museum now joins the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art in offering free public admission.

Yale Peabody Museum

Selected Milestones

October 2015
August 2016
March 2017

Transformed Department of Statistics to Department of Statistics and Data Science

April 2017

Established the Neuroscience major

May 2017
July 2017
Fall 2017

Launched the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (Tsai CITY)

Dedicated the Greenberg Teaching Concourse at the School of Engineering and Applied Science
December 2017
February 2018
August 2018

Announced $160 million gift to renovate the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

January 2019

Planned new research facilities at 100 College Street to bridge the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Yale School of Medicine

October 2019
December 2019

Released the Neuroscience Working Group report

February 2020
March 2020

Began renovation and expansion of Yale Peabody Museum

Projected to reopen in 2024.

August 2020

Opened the Tsai CITY building 

Launched a national Co-design Center for Quantum Advantage, with leadership including Yale faculty
Fall 2020

Launched Kline Tower renovation

October 2020

Launched tuition matching pilot program for graduate students

December 2020
February 2021

Announced establishment of the Wu Tsai Institute

March 2021
June 2021

Announced goal to achieve zero actual carbon emissions by 2050

September 2021

Announced establishment of Data-Intensive Social Science Center and inaugural co-directors

October 2021

Completed renovation of Energy Sciences Institute

January 2022

Launched Climate Impact Innovation Fund

Established the Tananbaum Center for Theoretical and Analytical Human Biology
February 2022

Established investment to expand and streamline SEAS, with a distinct faculty led by the dean

Created endowment funds for Yale School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health
Announced the reorganization of Yale School of Public Health into an independent school
April 2022
May 2022

Released vision and report of Advanced Instrumentation Development Center

August 2022

Created the Center for Brain and Mind Health

Broke ground for new building at Yale New Haven Hospital that will house the Stephen and Denise Adams Center for Parkinson’s Disease Research
September 2022

Launched redesigned Yale Carbon Charge

February 2023

Established historic investment in engineering, lower Hillhouse Avenue