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Lance Collins
Lance Collins
Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
242 Carpenter Hall
Lance Collins, who was named dean in 2010, joined Cornell in 2002 as a member of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty, following 11 years on the chemical engineering faculty at Pennsylvania State University. His research combines simulation and theory to study a variety of turbulent flow processes. He earned his B.S.E. in 1981 at Princeton University, his M.S. in 1983, and his Ph.D. in 1987 at the University of Pennsylvania, all in chemical engineering.
 Alan Profile_2 Alan Zehnder
Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Olin Hall
Alan Zehnder, a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society for Experimental Mechanics, joined the Cornell faculty in 1988. He has been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, a senior faculty fellow at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, and a guest professor at the Vienna University of Technology. His research is in the mechanics of materials and fracture, particularly in dynamic and thermo-mechanically coupled problems. He earned his B.S. in 1982 at the University of California at Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a minor in materials science from the California Institute of Technology in 1987.
 0435_13_031 resized 2 JoAnne Williams
Associate Dean for Administration
249 Carpenter Hall


JoAnne Williams is a mechanical engineer and a lawyer by education.  Prior to joining academia she spent more than 25 years in the industry trenches leading change, negotiating, and focusing on successfully maximizing returns for shareholders of Fortune 100 corporations. Her roles included vice-president of operations, assistant general counsel, and director of strategic accounts, among others. With a passion for teaching and research, she left industry in 2007 and became immersed in research management serving as director of sponsored programs and assistant vice president at Clemson and later at Cornell University. In September 2012, Williams joined Cornell Engineering's executive leadership team as the chief operating officer for the college.  She is the primary adviser to the dean in all areas of administration and has oversight of the operations of the college including strategic development, direction and implementation of business operations, finance, marketing and communications, corporate relations, human resources, information technology, research and graduate studies, and other shared services. 
 Betsy East Betsy East
Assistant Dean for Student Services
170A Olin Hall
Betsy East joined the engineering college in 1994 as administrative manager of AEP. In 1998 she became the director of engineering admissions and was appointed assistant dean in 2002. Prior to her tenure in engineering, she was the associate director of athletics and gymnastics coach. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Massachusetts in sport administration and a master's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell (1989).
Emmanuel P. Giannelis
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering
326 Bard Hall

In addition to his primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Emmanuel Giannelis is a member of the fields of chemistry and chemical biology, applied and engineering physics, and chemical and biomolecular engineering. He is also the co-director of the KAUST-CU Center for Energy and Sustainability. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Athens in 1980 and his Ph.D. in inorganic Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1985. He is a member of several organizations and serves or has served on the editorial boards of Small, Chemistry of Materials, and Macromolecules. He has co-organized half a dozen conferences or symposia on nanocomposites and has delivered more than 370 invited talks and seminars. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 papers and 10 patents. He is a member of several professional organizations and a corresponding member of the European Academy of Sciences. He is a highly cited author in materials science and is listed as one of the top 25 cited authors on Nanotechnology by ISI.

let3 Leslie Trotter
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
235 Frank HT Rhodes Hall
Leslie Trotter received an A.B. (Mathematics) from Princeton University in 1965, an M.S. (Industrial and Systems Engineering) from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1971, and a Ph.D. (Operations Research) from Cornell University in 1973. He had a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Wisconsin and was then on the faculty of Yale University before joining the Cornell faculty in 1975. He has held visiting appointments at Bonn University, Germany (2 years); E.P.F. -- Lausanne, Switzerland (3 years); Augsburg University, Germany (1 year); E.C. - Paris, France (1 year). His research is in the area of discrete optimization and he has published numerous research papers in this area. Professor Trotter was recipient of a Senior U.S. Scientist Award from the Humboldt Foundation and has been cited for the past 15 years in Who's Who in America. At Cornell he has received 7 awards for teaching excellence and has directed the dissertation research of over 25 Ph.D. students; his research program has sponsored 10 postdoctoral students.
Mike Moyer
Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development
253 Carpenter Hall
Mike Moyer joined the College of Engineering in March 2014 as the Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development (AA&D).  Previously, for the past 6 years Mike was in the same role in Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), where he oversaw all fundraising and alumni affairs activities. During his tenure in AAP, he oversaw the construction and completion of Milstein Hall, a new Fine Arts Library, multiple other capital projects, as well as many fellowships and scholarships, in addition to professorships and visiting critics.  Prior to coming to Cornell University, Mike worked in Development and Alumni Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in roles of increasing responsibility including major gifts fundraiser, and executive assistant to the Vice President of Development. Mike received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Management and Political Science from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. 
Beth Ahner
Professor and Chair, Biological and Environmental Engineering
104 Riley Robb Hall
(607) 255-2270

Beth Ahner received her B.S. in 1989 and her Ph.D in 1994, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her professional objectives have been to explore basic science in pursuit of better engineering solutions. In particular, she seeks to understand how organisms adapt to trace metal stress in the environment and in turn, how they influence the form of metals in the environment. Discoveries in this area lead to better strategies to remediate metal contamination in the environment and to a better understanding of natural ecosystems.

Lynden Archer
Lynden A. Archer
Marjorie L. Hart Professor and William C. Hooey Director, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
348 Olin Hall
(607) 254-8825
Lynden Archer joined the Cornell faculty in 2000. He was appointed director of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. Since 2008 he has served as co-director of the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability. His research focuses on transport properties of polymers and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. Archer is also interested in applications of hybrid materials for energy storage and carbon capture technologies. During the period 1993–94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has been recognized with several awards, including the AICHE MAC Centennial Engineer Award, James and Mary Tien Excellence in Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, and DuPont and 3M Young Professor Awards. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993.
Rick Allmendinger
Rick Allmendinger
Director of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
3128 Snee Hall
Rick Allmendinger, a fellow of the Geological Society of America and professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, joined the Cornell faculty in 1984; he had previously worked as a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. His research is in structural geology and tectonics. He earned his A.B. in geological sciences at Cornell in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1979.
mc288 Mark Campbell
S.C. Thomas Sze Director and Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
208 Upson Hall
(607) 255-4268
Mark Campbell joined the Cornell faculty in 2001. He was an assistant professor at the University of Washington from 1997-2001. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S.) and MIT (M.S., Ph.D.), he worked on MACE, a dynamics and control laboratory flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1995. He spent his 2005-06 sabbatical year as a visiting scientist at the Insitu group, maker of small autonomous UAV's for commercial and defense applications, and as an Australian Research Council international fellow. Campbell has been the recipient of several college and national teaching awards and several best paper awards. He received the Bennet Prize and is an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. He is currently an associate fellow of the AIAA and is serving as a member of the DoD's Defense Science Study Group, as well as an editor for several aerospace journals. 
Clifford-Pollock Clifford R. Pollock
Ilda and Charles Lee Professor of Engineering and Director, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
229 Phillips Hall
(607) 255-55032

Clifford R. Pollock is the Ilda and Charles Lee Professor of Engineering and director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty at Cornell in 1983 as an assistant professor after an NRC/NBS postdoctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Standards in Boulder, CO. Pollock was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and a full professor in 1993.  Pollock has previously served as the Director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2001-2008) and Associate Director (1994-1997). He also served as the faculty interface on the design of Duffield Hall, Cornell's nanofabrication facility. Pollock was a member of the Defense Science Study Group (1994-1996), and has been a member of the Army Scientific Advisory Board. Pollock received Cornell Engineering's Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teacher Award in 1988, the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Young Educator Award from HKN in 1989, and was named a Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell in 1997.

Lois_Pollack Lois Pollack
Professor and Director, Applied and Engineering Physics
254 Clark Hall
(607) 255-8695

After receiving her Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from MIT, Pollack came to Cornell to work with the Low Temperature Physics group. She was a postdoctoral associate (1989-1991) and a research associate (1991-1997) in the Microkelvin Laboratory. In 1997, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Cornell Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP) Biophysics Group, she changed the focus of her research program to biophysics. In 1999 she became senior research associate in LASSP. She joined the faculty in the School of Applied and Engineering Physics in 2000. Her research focuses on developing and applying physics-based tools to gain insight into outstanding problems in molecular biology. She received the Swanson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003, and the Chau Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012.

Darrell Schlom
Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
230 Bard Hall
(607) 255-9680
Darrell Schlom is the Herbert Fisk Johnson Professor of Industrial Chemistry and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University. After receiving a B.S. degree from Caltech, he did graduate work at Stanford University receiving an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. He was then a post-doc at IBM’s research lab in Zurich, Switzerland in the oxide superconductors and novel materials group managed by Nobel Prize winners J. Georg Bednorz and K. Alex Müller. He has received various awards including young investigator awards from ONR and NSF, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and the MRS Medal. He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society and currently serves as the Chair of the Division of Materials Physics of the American Physical Society.
Fred Schneider
Fred Schneider
Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Computer Science and Chair, Department of Computer Science
107 Hoy Road Gates Hall
(607) 255-9221
Fred Schneider joined the Cornell faculty in 1978, having completing a Ph.D. at Stony Brook University, preceded by a B.S. in engineering from Cornell in 1975. Schneider currently also serves as the chief scientist for the NSF-funded TRUST Science and Technology Center. Schneider's research has focused on various aspects of trustworthy systems. Schneider was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992, the Association of Computing Machinery in 1995, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2008. He was named Professor-at-Large at the University of Tromso (Norway) in 1996, and was awarded a Doctor of Science honoris causa by the University of NewCastle-upon-Tyne in 2003 for his work in computer dependability and security. Norges Tekniske Vitenskapsakademi (Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences) elected Schneider a member in 2010, as did the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011.
David Shmoys
Professor and Director, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
231 Frank HT Rhodes Hall
(607) 255-9146
David Shmoys obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1984. He has faculty appointments in both the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. Shmoys' research has focused on the design and analysis of efficient algorithms for discrete optimization problems. His work has highlighted the central role that linear programming plays in the design of approximation algorithms for NP-hard problems. His current work includes the application of discrete optimization techniques to several issues in computational sustainability, as well as in the development of approximation algorithms for stochastic models of clustering, inventory, and related problems in logistics.
Phil Liu
Philip L.-F. Liu
Class of 1912 Professor and Director, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
118 Hollister Hall
Phil Liu joined Cornell faculty in 1974. His research interests include a wide range of topics in fluid mechanics and hydrodynamics, including tsunamis, free surface tracking, wave-structure interaction, wave-seafloor interaction, sediment transport, wave breaking, and internal waves. During his sabbatical leaves and short-term leaves from Cornell, Liu has worked at various consulting firms, government laboratories and universities in California, Delaware, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Norway, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Germany, Taiwan, and Italy. He earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University in 1968, a S.M. in civil engineering in 1971, and a Sc.D. in hydrodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974.
Linda Nozick
Linda K. Nozick
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Systems Engineering Program
323 Hollister Hall
(607) 255-6496
Linda Nozick joined the faculty at Cornell in 1992 after completing her doctorate. She has also been a visiting associate professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a visiting professor in the General Motors Global R&D Center in Warren, Mich. Her fields of expertise is complex systems modeling with an emphasis on critical infrastructure systems and hazardous materials transportation. She earned a B.S. in systems analysis and engineering from The George Washington University in 1989 and M.S.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in systems engineering in 1990 and 1992, respectively.
Marjolein van der Meulen
Marjolein van der Meulen
James M. and Marsha McCormick Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering
219 Upson Hall
(607) 255-1445
Marjolein van der Meulen is a senior scientist in the Research Division of the Hospital for Special Surgery. Her research in orthopaedic biomechanics focuses on the interaction between mechanical stimuli and the skeleton, and the mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissues. She received her S.B. (1987) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.S. (1989), and Ph.D. (1993) from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. She has been a member of the Cornell faculty since 1996