Long Range Plan
“A 2020 Vision for SEAS"
In 2005, then Dean Zvi Galil asked the Engineering Council, now the Board of Visitors, to develop a Long Range Plan for The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Andrew Gaspar, founder and partner of SV Investment Partners LLC, a private equity fund focused on investments in technology, media and business services, was named chair of the Long Range Planning Committee.
Calling its report “A 2020 Vision for SEAS,” the Committee spent nearly two years assessing national and international trends, evaluating the plans of other engineering schools, and defining the strengths of Columbia SEAS. More than 30 alumni, faculty, students and administrators participated in that effort.
In presenting the completed report to Dean Galil in May, 2007, Mr. Gaspar said, “This is a collective vision, prepared by people with deep roots and an even greater love for Columbia. The Plan has no agenda other than to improve the welfare of SEAS and has been totally led by the research results of our work”
The plan calls for growth—more professors, more students, more space, and more funding. It calls for 80% growth in faculty by 2020 and the addition of 220,000 square feet of space, striving for a proper balance between traditional and emerging technologies.
Long Range Planning Committee Report
- Long Range Planning Committee Final Report (PDF)
- Long Range Planning Committee Presentation by Andrew Gaspar, chair, Long Range Planning Committee
- Report of the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine: "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" (pdf)
- "The Engineer of 2020" (pdf) - National Academy of Engineering
- "The Future of Engineering and Technology in the US" (pdf) - Speech by Dr. Harold Brown former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Carter, at the Society of Columbia Graduates Great Teacher Awards Dinner, October, 2005