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The Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences (DEAS) is a unit of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University responsible for research, as well as undergraduate and graduate education in applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, and technology. The faculty of the division comprise approximately forty tenured professors, twenty untenured associate and assistant professors, and various lecturers. Some 363 undergraduates in Harvard College pursue concentrations or majors in the division. The division's faculty also supervise the instruction of 253 masters and doctoral candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Last year, DEAS received $28 million in research grants from the federal government and private foundations. The Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (also known as FAS) is the largest of the nine schools (or faculties) that comprise Harvard University. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Today Harvard College is the undergraduate portion of Harvard University. ... The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the Majors are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in mens professional golf. ... Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (also known as GSAS) is the academic unit responsible for all post-baccalaureate degree programs offered through the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. ...


Although DEAS was only formally created in 1950, engineering and applied science education at Harvard dates to the founding of the Lawrence Scientific School in 1847. In 1891, Gordon McKay, an industrialist who made his fortune from machines for shoe manufacturing, designated the Lawrence Scientific School his beneficiary. For the next decade and a half, the Scientific School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences existed as co-equal faculties (or schools) within Harvard. In 1906, however, the Harvard Corporation decided to abolish the Lawerence Scientic School and to incorporate its faculty, students, and degree programs into FAS as the "Graduate School of Engineering." By the 1930s, the school offered both undergraduate and graduate degrees and benefits from periodic grants from the Gordon McKay Bequest. In the 1930s and 1940s, Harvard University president James Bryant Conant sought completely integrate the School of Engineering (and the McKay money) into FAS. In early 1949, the Corporation approved a plan to merge the faculty of Engineering into FAS as the "Division of Applied Sciences" (DAS). The name of the unit changed several times over the next few decades, before the current title, "Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences" in the 1990s. The President and Fellows of Harvard College (also known as the Harvard Corporation) is the more fundamental of Harvard Universitys two governing boards. ... James Bryant Conant (March 26, 1893 - February 11, 1978) was a chemist, educational administrator, and public servant. ...

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