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 and 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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In 2012, Prof. Alexander Gaeta and his team developed a “temporal cloak,” that could camouflaged a moment in time. This was achieved by interrupting a beam of light, passing some information through the gap, and then creating a process for stitching the original beam back together so that when it reaches its destination, there is no sign of the beam being interrupted.

Meredith Charles (Flash) Gourdine, (Applied and Engineering Physics, B.S.,1953) pioneered research in electrogasdynamics. The Cornell track and field star and silver medalist in the Helsinki Olympics, also invented Inceraid used to remove smoke from burning buildings and later paved the way for future allergen-reducing technologies.

Richard W. Newman, (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1968) developed the first video endoscope. After a 40-year career designing medical diagnostic devices for Welch Allyn, Inc. Newman made significant contributions to the fields of flexible video endoscopy, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease.

Howard W. Riley (Electrical Engineering, M.S., 1901) created a new design for concrete septic tanks for farms in 1920. This invention greatly improved sanitation and overall health for many rural families. Riley-Robb Hall, where the department now resides, is named after him.

In 1965, MSE faculty, Ulrich Bonse and Michael Hart, made x-ray interferometry possible. This pioneering work made it feasible to see smaller details in an x-ray and is used in a wide range of biological and medical studies.