Sustainable Engineering and Development Scholars (SEADS) Program

Interested in having dinner with leading Princeton faculty like ethicist Peter Singer or geoscientist and author of Nobel Prize winning climate change mitigation policy, Michael Oppenheimer?

Join the search for long term solutions to the worlds most challenging problems!

Applications due by Saturday, September 26 at midnight. Freshman and Sophomores from all majors an interests are encouraged to apply. Click HERE to access our application.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the program, please send an e-mail to Catherina Pan ( and Joshua Burd (


The Sustainable Engineering and Development Scholars (SEADS) program aims to promote a multidisciplinary approach to sustainable development through critical discussion, leadership development, and community engagement.

The Program

SEADS is a focus group that meets once a week over dinner to discuss sustainable development and entrepreneurship, through a combination of case studies and guest-speaker led dinner discussions. Our goal is to give you valuable contact with 12 Princeton professors who meet with us as speakers, connect you with a group of 15-20 like minded peers, and learn together about the world's most pressing issues and how to solve them through work on and off campus.

  • MEET leading Princeton research faculty such as ethicist Peter Singer, geoscientist and climate change advocate Michael Oppenheimer, and many more during weekly dinner discussions
  • ENGAGE with other students passionate about global development
  • LEAD sustainability evaluations of current Princeton University Engineers Without Borders international development projects

The Motivation

The idea for SEADS stemmed from one major need that EWB-PU observed at Princeton roughly three years ago: a lack of meaningful dialogue on campus and within EWB-PU about sustainability in development. What does it mean to be sustainable? Is it just about environmental friendliness? Longevity? Easy maintenance? What characteristics cause one international development endeavor to succeed and another to fail? How important is community mobilization in the context of project sustainability? To what extent do philanthropy or entrepreneurship play a role in sustainable engineering? Though SEADS cannot hope to fully answer these questions in a 12-week seminar, we hope that delving into these topics from a hands-on, discussion-based point of view will enable our Scholars grow and enhance their understanding of sustainable engineering, and become leaders who will continue this discussion within EWB and throughout Princeton.