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Strategic Areas

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What does the future hold for engineering at Cornell University and how can Cornell’s College of Engineering shape its destiny? Early in 2003 the college embarked on a formal strategic planning process to answer those questions. Faculty members, students, administrators, and alumni produced a detailed strategic plan, a living document designed to be the basis for implementation efforts across the college.

The College of Engineering has identified six strategic areas of significant research focus for the next decade:

  • Systems Biology and Biomedical Engineering
  • Nanomaterials, Nanodevices, and Nanoscience
  • Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development
  • Information, Computation, and Communication
  • Advanced Materials
  • Complex Systems and Networks

Our goal is to be the nation’s premier research university in the first three areas and a world leader in the second three areas.