Engineering College Leadership

Below is contact information and biographies of all of Cornell Engineering's Deans, Associate Deans, and Department/School Chairs and Directors.

 

Lynden Archer

Lynden Archer

Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering
James A. Friend Family Distinguished Professor in Engineering, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
David Croll Director of the Energy Systems Institute
242 Carpenter Hall
607-255-9679
engineering_dean@cornell.edu

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Lynden Archer joined the Cornell University faculty in 2000. He received the Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University in 1993 and a B.S. degree in chemical engineering (polymer science) from the University of Southern California in 1989. During the period 1993-94 he was a postdoctoral member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and from 1994-1999 was a member of the chemical engineering faculty at Texas A&M University. During the period 2010-2016 he served as the Director of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell, and in fall of 2017 was appointed Director of the Cornell Energy Systems Institute. Prof. Archer is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research contributions have been recognized with a variety of awards, including the National Science Foundation award for Special Creativity, the American Institute for Chemical Engineers Centennial Engineer & Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum awards, and the Thompson-Reuters “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” recognition in Materials Science. At Cornell, his contributions to teaching have been recognized with the James and Mary Tien’s award for excellence in teaching and thrice by Merrill Presidential Fellows as the most influential member of the Cornell University faculty.

Yong Joo

Yong Joo

Senior Associate Dean for Masters of Engineering Programs
BP Amoco/H. Laurance Fuller Professor, Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
222 Carpenter Hall
607-255-8591
ylj2@cornell.edu

Yong Lak Joo received his B.S. degree at Seoul National University in Korea in 1989, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University in 1993. From 1993 and 1999, he was a senior research engineer at Hanwha Chemical Corporation in Korea. Prior to joining Cornell in 2001, Yong Lak Joo did two years postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. In addition to serving as  Associate Dean of Masters of Engineering Programs since 2019, he is also the Interim Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

 

Jose Martinez

José Martínez

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Academic Affairs
Lee Teng-hui Professor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
241 Carpenter Hall
607-255-9545
martinez@cornell.edu

In addition to his Associate Dean role, José Martínez is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, faculty member of the graduate fields of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, and a faculty fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell. José's research is in computer architecture. He is currently Assistant Director of the DARPA/SRC Center for Research in Intelligent Storage and Processing in Memory (CRISP), as well as co-founder and part of the Executive Committee of Cornell’s Initiative for Digital Agriculture (CIDA).

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Erin Mulrooney

Erin Mulrooney

Associate Dean for Administration
249 Carpenter Hall
607-255-4914
esm246@cornell.edu

Erin Mulrooney joined Cornell in 2016 after leaving the University of Chicago where she served as the assistant vice president for strategic resources and chief operating officer for facilities services. Prior to the University of Chicago, she spent 16 years at the University of Pennsylvania, ultimately serving in an administrative and financial officer role. Mulrooney holds a Master of Science degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amie Prince

Amie Prince

Chief of Staff
248 Carpenter Hall
607-255-4853
ajp246@cornell.edu

Amie Prince develops and implements strategies that ensure the success of Cornell Engineering, and manages the Dean's office administrative support staff. She first joined Cornell Engineering in 2014 as the administrative director for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She previously held various positions within Cornell University, including Senior Grant & Contract Officer and Manager of Export Controls. Prior to her current position, Amie served as the college’s Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects.

David Putnam

David Putnam

Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
147 Weill Hall
607-255-4352
dap43@cornell.edu

David Putnam joined Cornell Engineering in 2002. Formerly, he was an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT in the laboratory of Professor Robert Langer. He was a Scientific co-Founder of startup company, TransForm Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2005, and was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at PureTech Ventrures in Boston, MA where he focused on emerging technologies in the field of drug delivery. He is currently a member of seven Editorial Advisory Boards including Pharmaceutical Research, Journal of Controlled Release, Analytical Biochemistry and Experimental Biology and Medicine. He is a Fellow of AIMBE, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Coulter Foundation. His research group focuses on the design and synthesis of functional biomaterials using organic polymer chemistry and micro/molecular biology.

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development
607-255-8285
sjs422@cornell.edu

Miranda Swanson

Miranda Swanson 

Associate Dean for Student Services
184 Frank H. T. Rhodes Hall
607-255-8240
m.swanson@cornell.edu

Miranda Swanson oversees the offices of undergraduate admissions, advising, engineering learning initiatives, the registrar and the career center. She works with the dean, associate deans and faculty to prioritize the college’s undergraduate goals, programs and initiatives. Miranda came to Cornell from the University of Chicago where she spent 16 years working in student affairs, most recently serving as Dean of Students in the Physical Sciences Division.  Miranda holds a Masters of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

Grace Xing

Huili Grace Xing

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
William L. Quackenbush Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
223 Carpenter Hall
607-255-0605
grace.xing@cornell.edu
engr-research@cornell.edu

Huili Grace Xing holds a joint appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE). She received her Ph.D. in ECE from the University of California, Santa Barbara, M.S. in MSE from Lehigh University and Bachelor in Physics from Peking University.  From 2004 to 2014, she was a faculty at the University of Notre Dame; she joined Cornell in 2015.  She has been serving in the executive committee of the Kavli Institute at Cornell (KIC), the Cornell Nanoscale Science and Technology Facilities (CNF), as well as the co-chair of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) faculty group at Cornell since 2015.  She has served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies of MSE in 2016-2020.  Her research interests include everything about semiconductors.  She has co-authored 240+ journal papers, 110+ conference proceeding papers, 9 book chapters and 13 issued/pending patents.  She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the AFOSR YIP award, the ISCS Young Investigator Award, and a fellow of American Physical Society. She is co-founder of a start-up.

Alan Zehnder

Alan Zehnder

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
167 Olin Hall
607-255-0393
eng_ugdean@cornell.edu

Alan Zehnder received his doctorate in mechanical engineering with a minor in materials science from the California Institute of Technology. He stayed on as a postdoctoral research fellow for one year, and joined the Cornell faculty in 1988. In 1993 he was the faculty member in residence in Hamburg, Germany, for the Cornell Engineering Abroad program. He was a visiting Professor at Caltech in the 1996-97 academic year. In summer of 1998 he served as a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock, Maryland. In 2004 he was a Guest Professor at the Vienna University of Technology. He also served as Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development in the College of Engineering. Zehnder is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Society for Experiment Mechanics.

Reeve Hamilton

Reeve Hamilton

Director of Marketing and Communications
252 Carpenter Hall
607-255-6095
reeve.hamilton@cornell.edu

Reeve Hamilton joined Cornell Engineering in 2021. He previously served as director of media relations and communications at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as assistance vice chancellor of marketing and communications at the Texas A&M University System. He was one of the original reporters for the Texas Tribune, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. He received his B.A. with honors from Vanderbilt University and holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

Geoffrey Abers

Geoffrey Abers

Director and William and Katherine Snee Professor in Geological Sciences, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
2116 Snee Hall
607-255-6346
abers@cornell.edu

Geoff Abers is a geophysicist who uses the tools of earthquake seismology to understand the forces, material cycles, and deep structure of the Earth. He uses modern seismic instrument arrays onshore and offshore to image high-resolution structure in the crust and mantle, and uses those images to understand the material and fluid cycles of the planet. He received his Sc.B. from Brown University in 1983, his Ph.D. from MIT in 1989, and has had research or faculty positions at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, the University of Kansas, and Boston University. He joined the Cornell faculty in 2014. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the the Geological Society of America, and a member of the Seismological Society of America. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, and former chair of the US MARGINS program.

Alyssa Apsel

Alyssa Apsel

Director and Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
229 Phillips Hall
607-255-3962
apsel@ece.cornell.edu

Alyssa Apsel joined Cornell in 2002 and became Director of Electrical and Computer Engineering in July 2018. She received her B.S. from Swarthmore College in 1995 and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2002. She has authored or coauthored over 100 refereed publications in related fields of RF mixed signal circuit design, ultra-low power radio, photonic integration with VLSI, and circuit design techniques in the presence of variation resulting in five patents and several pending patent applications. The focus of Apsel's research is on power-aware mixed signal circuits and design for highly scaled CMOS and modern electronic systems.  Her current focus is on low power radio for IoT and reconfigurable multi-standard radio to extend the reach of wireless communications.

Susan Daniel

Susan Daniel

William C. Hooey Director of the Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the Fred H. Rhodes Professor of Chemical Engineering
256 Olin Hall
607-255-4675
sd386@cornell.edu

Susan Daniel is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of Cornell’s Schwartz Life Science Award, and a recipient of Cornell Engineering’s Research Excellence Award. She is known internationally for her work on interfacial dynamics and biophysics of bilayer membranes and her group pioneered the use of cell-free bio-membrane platforms for creating cellular processes on a chip, with realistic molecular and biological complexity. Most recently, her work has been used to elucidate infection mechanisms and associated therapeutic response of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. As an award-winning faculty advisor for the CBE Graduate Women’s Group, director of graduate studies in the Smith School, and founder of the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program, Daniel has demonstrated creativity and impact in leadership roles.

David Erickson

David Erickson

S.C. Thomas Sze Director and Sibley College Professor, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Joint Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences
139 Upson Hall
607-255-4861
de54@cornell.edu

David Erickson is the SC Thomas Sze Director and Sibley College Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also a joint Professor within the Division of Nutritional Sciences. His research focuses on: mobile and global health technology, medical diagnostics, microfluidics, photonics, and nanotechnology. Prior to joining the faculty, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology and he received his PhD. degree from the University of Toronto. Research in the Erickson lab is primarily funded through grants from the NSF, NIH, ARPA-E, ONR, DOE, DOD, Nutrition International, and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Prof. Erickson has helped to found numerous start-up companies commercializing: high-throughput pharmaceutical instrumentation, biomedical diagnostics, and energy technologies including Halo Labs, VitaScan and Dimensional Energy. Dr. Erickson has received the DARPA-MTO Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, among others. In 2011, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). For his efforts in co-founding the field of optofluidics, Erickson has been named a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 

Lara A. Estroff

Lara A. Estroff

Director and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
329 Bard Hall
607-255-5256
lae37@cornell.edu

Lara A. Estroff received her B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College (1997), with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Anthropology. Before beginning her graduate studies, she spent a year at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel as a visiting researcher in the labs of Profs Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner. During this time, she was introduced to the field of biomineralization and studied chemical approaches to archeological problems. In 2003, she received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Yale University for work done in Prof. Andrew D. Hamilton's laboratory on the design and synthesis of bio-inspired organic superstructures to control the growth of inorganic crystals. After completing graduate school, she was an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow in Prof. George M. Whiteside's laboratory at Harvard University (2003-2005). Since 2005, Dr. Estroff has been in Materials Science and Engineering department at Cornell University and in 2019 she was promoted to Full Professor.  She served as the Director of Graduate Studies in the department from 2015-2019. Her group focuses on bio-inspired materials synthesis, in particular, the study of crystal growth mechanisms in gels and their relationships to biomineralization. She has received several awards, including an NSF Early Faculty Career Award in 2009 and a J.D. Watson Young Investigator’s award from NYSTAR in 2006.

Oliver Gao

Huaizhu Oliver Gao

Director, Systems Engineering
Howard Simpson Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
314 Hollister Hall
607-254-8334
hg55@cornell.edu

Dr. Gao is the Director of the Cornell Systems Engineering Program and Howard Simpson Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. Gao is an international leading expert in urban infrastructure, transportation, and environment systems analytics/modeling and innovation for healthy living in smart communities. His research focuses on urban technology, data science, integrated computational engineering models, and trans-disciplinary systems solutions for intelligent urban systems, low carbon and low emission transportation, and human-centered urban design for environment and public health. He is an elected member in the graduate fields of 1) Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2) Computer Science and Engineering; 3) Air Quality in Earth and Atmospheric Science, and 4) Systems Engineering at Cornell University. As the funding director, Gao spearheads cross-disciplinary systems research at the Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH). Gao received his graduate degrees, (Ph.D. in CEE, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics), from the University of California at Davis in 2004, M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1999, and duel undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science in 1996 from Tsinghua University, China. In 2014-2018, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Before joining Cornell, Gao was a QUANT in the mathematical and econometrical modeling division at the Rohatyn Group, LLG, a Wall Street hedge fund specializing in emerging markets including the BRIC countries.

Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis

Director and Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Engineering, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
146 Olin Hall
607-255-0979
mel47@cornell.edu

Professor Lewis received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Political Science from Eckerd College in 1992, his Master's degree in Theoretical Statistics from Florida State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998. After receiving his doctorate, Lewis spent a year at the University of British Columbia as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Operations Excellence. He joined Cornell as an Associate Professor in 2005 after teaching Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.

 

John March

John March

Chair and Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
104 Riley Robb Hall
607-254-5471
BEEChair@cornell.edu

John March received his Ph.D. in 2005 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and joined the Cornell faculty that same year. His research in cell signaling is focused on reconfiguring biological systems for improved performance in the areas of biomedicine and sustainability.  He teaches molecular and cellular bioengineering, and stochastic modeling.  He received a Presidential Early Career Award in 2011 and was named a "New Innovator" by the NIH in 2010.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Fiona Ip Li '78 and Donald Li '75 Excellence in Teaching Award. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Biological Engineering and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia. 

Marjolein van der Meulen

Marjolein van der Meulen

James M. and Marsha McCormick Director of Biomedical Engineering and Swanson Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Nancy E. and Peter C. Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
219 Upson Hall
607-255-1445
MCV3@cornell.edu

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

Linda Nozick

Linda K. Nozick

Director and Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
220 Hollister Hall
607-255-3690
lkn3@cornell.edu

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.

Éva Tardos

Éva Tardos

Chair and Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Computer Science, Department of Computer Science
316 Gates Hall
607-255-0984
chair@cs.cornell.edu

Éva Tardos received her Dipl.Math. in 1981, and her Ph.D. 1984, from Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary. She joined Cornell in 1989, and was Chair of the Department of Computer Science 2006-2010. She has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,and is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards including the IEEE John von Neumann Medal, Packard Fellowship, the Gödel Prize, Dantzig Prize, and the Fulkerson Prize. She was editor editor-in-Chief of SIAM Journal of Computing 2004-2009, and is currently editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the ACM, and editor of some other journals including the Theory of Computing, and Combinatorica.

Chris Xu

Chris Xu

Director and IBM Professor of Engineering, School of Applied and Engineering Physics
276 Clark Hall
607-255-1460
cx10@cornell.edu

Chris Xu is Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University, the Mong Family Foundation Director of Cornell Neurotech – Engineering, the director of Cornell NeuroNex Hub, an NSF funded center for developing neurotechnology, and Director of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics. His current research areas are fiber optics and biomedical imaging, with major thrusts in multiphoton microscopy for deep brain imaging, multiphoton microendoscopy for clinical applications, and fiber-based devices and systems for telecommunications and optical imaging. His research is supported by major grants from NIH, NSF, DARPA, and IARPA. Prior to Cornell, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories. His main research focus at Bell Labs was on nonlinear imaging of semiconductor devices, fiber optics, and optical communications, including broadband access and ultralong haul transmission. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Cornell University, and his B.S. in Physics from Fudan University. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Applied Physics from 2007-2013, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics from 2014 to 2016.

Dr. Xu has chaired or served on many conference organization committees and NSF/NIH review panels. He currently serves on the NIH NEI External Scientific Oversight Committee of the Audacious Goal Initiative and the OSA Biomedical Congress Strategic Planning Committee. He served as Associate Editor for Biomedical Optics Express, and is on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published 8 book chapters and ~ 300 journal and conference papers. Dr. Xu has delivered numerous (>260) plenary/keynote/invited conference presentations, research seminars, and outreach talks. He holds 24 patents on optical communications and imaging. He has won the NSF CAREER award, Bell Labs team research award, and the Tau Beta Pi and two other teaching awards from Cornell Engineering College. He received Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award in 2017. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a fellow of the Optical Society of America.