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.

We invite you to learn more about Cornell Engineering and its programs.

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Did you know?

Olive Wetzel Dennis, (Civil Engineering, B.S., 1921) was the second woman to earn a civil engineering degree from Cornell. She transformed the design of mass transit by becoming first "service engineer" at the B&O Railroad and was also the first female member of the American Railway Engineering Association.

NYC’s Grand Central Terminal was conceived and designed in 1902 by William Wilgus, who completed correspondence courses from Cornell Engineering in 1883-1885. He coined the term "taking wealth from the air" from his idea to lease the area above the Park Avenue Tunnel in order to help finance the station.

Professor Julius Lucks’ research on RNA is discovering new truths about what RNA does and what it impacts, crucial in discovering potential shortcuts in engineering tailor-made biological pathways that could advance discoveries in human health and medicine.

Prof. Jon Kleinberg developed the HITS (Hyperlink-Induced Topic Search) link analysis algorithm to rate Web pages. It was developed in the late 1990s and provided a way to rank search results based on relative importance rather than mere inclusion of a term.

In 2011, Cornell University was designated by New York City to build a sustainable campus on Roosevelt Island for graduate tech education. Cornell Tech (created under Dean Lance R. Collins) is an innovative, sustainable academic campus made up of a combination of state of the art academic space, along with housing for faculty, students, and staff, and publicly accessible open space.