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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Art Ruoff, professor and founding faculty member of MSE, was first researcher in 1990 reaching a static pressure of 416 GPa, the first scientist to create a static pressure greater than at the center of the earth, 361 GPa. This research has been used to study the properties of materials and show that oxygen, sulphur and noble gases like xenon become metals under enormous pressure.

In 2013, Prof. Uli Wiesner (MSE)and grad student Hiroaki Sai (M.S. 2011, PhD) announced the creation of a process for synthesizing hierarchical porous polymer films, which could be useful in applications ranging from catalysis to bioengineering.

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.

Prof. Jack Oliver's research provided convincing proof that Earth’s continents are constantly moving. In 1968, Dr. Oliver, colleague Dr. Bryan Isacks and a former graduate student Lynn Sykes, wrote the paper “Seismology and the New Global Tectonics,” that put together earthquake evidence from around the world that made a convincing case that continental drift was indeed occurring.

Walter Lynn, a distinguished professor at Cornell for most of his academic career, was particularly interested in water quality. He was at the forefront of environmental studies and coined the term "sustainability."