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HC Torng (M.S. 1958, PhD. 1960) owns a patent for one of the key technologies which formed the foundation for many modern high-performance processors. The patent was first granted in 1989 to Cornell Research Foundation, covering a technique invented by HC Torng which enables microprocessors to increase processing speed by determining which instructions are not dependent on the results of others. This then allows the processor to execute those out of order, and more instructions to be executed during the same computer clock cycle.

Twenty-first century engineering is at the epicenter of an explosion in new knowledge. Revolutionary discoveries in science, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and the social sciences have not only changed the way we interact with the world around us, but have also blurred the boundaries between academic disciplines. Engineering is the catalyst for bringing disciplines together and pushing forward the amazing advances made possible by those collaborations.

The diverse personal, academic and professional backgrounds of our academic community gives depth and breadth to the interdisciplinary approach that is intrinsic to Cornell, unparalleled at other institutions. Cornell Engineering is one of a constellation of colleges and schools that make up a world-class research university. Engineering draws from and contributes to the university’s strengths in such fields as medicine, veterinary sciences, and the life sciences and we leverage that excellence through twelve academic units within engineering. Ezra Cornell sought to found an institution where "any person can find instruction in any study." Cornell Engineering is a showcase of his vision; the breadth of our program is nationally unique.

Links in the menu at left provide pages of detailed information about Cornell Engineering departments and schools, majors, minors, degree requirements, and special programs. We invite you to investigate these pages in pursuit of your own unique interests and discover the challenges and opportunities waiting for you.

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