Why Cornell Engineering?

"Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that never has been." Theodore von Karman

Cornell engineers challenge the status quo by breaking the rules to do great things. Steeped in an environment of questioning, and with a focus on innovation, Cornell Engineering pursues excellence in all areas. Its faculty, students, and alumni design, build, and test products, improve the world of medicine, inform and shape our laws, create and drive businesses, become research luminaries, and overcome real and perceived barriers to achieve scientific breakthroughs that advance the quality of life on our planet.

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Did you know?

Rick Johnson, Cornell professor of engineering, who holds a Ph.D. in engineering with a Ph.D. minor in art history, developed a process that can help verify paintings based on the weave pattern of the canvas. In 2013, his technique helped authenticate a long-lost Vincent van Gogh painting “Sunset at Montmajour.”

The first American headquarters and student chapter for Engineers for a Sustainable World was established in 2001 at Cornell Engineering. The organization aims to engage engineers in reducing poverty by improving environmental, social and economic sustainability worldwide.

In 2014, Prof. Lynden Archer in 2014 was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of nanoscale science for his pioneering and sustained research on nanoparticle-polymer hybrid materials and their applications in electrochemical energy storage technologies.

In the early 1980s, Prof. Stephen Pope published a landmark study of probability density function methods for tracking turbulent combustion. It was not until 25 years later that commercial technology caught up with Pope and industry began using what he had learned as the basis for their commercial codes.

John Able created the CEE History Project, which provided detailed history of the founding of Cornell Engineering and Dept. of Civil Engineering. He spent years unearthing artifacts and details about how Cornell Engineering became what it is today.As faculty he was an expert in concrete shells, membrane roofs, domes, steel framed structures, earthquake engineering, computer-aided design, computational mechanics, and interactive computer graphics for engineering applications and education.