Our Mission

At the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, IACS is the home for students and faculty who are tackling major challenges in science and the world through the use of computational methods.

We train graduate students to solve real-world problems and conduct innovative research by using mathematical models, algorithms, systems innovations and statistical tools. Embedded within a large liberal arts research University, IACS serves as a focal point for interdisciplinary collaborations in computational science and data science at Harvard and the Boston area community. 


Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

As an educational community within Harvard University, the Institute for Applied Computational Science has a responsibility to provide education and encourage scholarship that advances ethical data science, exposes bias in the ways data and data science can be used, and advances research into fair and responsible data science. We also have a responsibility to build a diverse, inclusive, and representative community offering opportunities to those who have been historically marginalized.

We can have the greatest impact on students with intentional work in our role as educators. Our measure of success will be the students we educate who, by interacting and learning with other community members, and in their coursework and research projects, will be able to take their knowledge and experience into the world and help address systemic racism at the companies and organizations they will join.