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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Prof. and alum Lester Eastman, contributed to the pioneering advances in communications technology resulting from the development of high-speed and high-frequency gallium arsenide devices. His research now permeates cell phone technology and radar and satellite communication applications.

George Winter's (Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1940) research led to the first publication in 1946 of the American Iron and Steel Institute Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members. Most of the research and the writing of this code can be attributed to George Winter. It soon became the world-recognized standard for this type of construction and has been published abroad in many languages.

Research by Frederick Bedell professor of applied electricity at Cornell from 1893-1952 led the first commercially produced oscilloscopes. He patented improvements including ability to stabilize the figures on the screen and show several curves simultaneously.

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.

Prof. Malcolm S. McIlroy created the Electric Analyzer for Fluid Distribution Systems. This device’s tungsten lamp lit up with varying degrees of intensity to indicate change in fluid pressure of municipal gas or water pipes. At Cornell, he continued the development of a nonlinear resistor and resulted in an analog computer that has been a significant contribution to the solution of fluid pipeline network problems.