Talk to Princeton Postdoctoral Research Fellow Tom J. Zajdel long enough, and the egalitarian streak comes out. Zajdel, 30, who has been at the University’s School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering for nearly two years, spent plenty of time during our conversation discussing electrical stimulation and environmental biosensing. But Zajdel, an Ohio native currently living in Montgomery, New Jersey, has an expansive view that allows room for conversation more likely heard from those studying the humanities.

Zajdel believes that Princeton turns out students that are more rounded, a place, he says, more “like a liberal arts college for engineering.” His grand vision is that engineering students take humanities courses seriously because ultimately, he says, engineering is about serving needs and values in a societal context. To read the full story.