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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Brenda Dietrich (ORIE PhD, 1986), is currently IBM Fellow and VP in IBM Research Divisions, has been a leader in persuading a wide range of businesses and industries to benefit from the use of Analystics/ “fact-based decision making”. She transformed IBM’s largely-academic research center into a highly successful consulting operation oriented towards the service industries. INFORMS, gained worldwide recognition for being the world’s foremost community of experts in Analytics under her leadership and the prevalence of “analytics” in business discussions nowadays is in no small part due to her.

Grad students Ernest Schoder (Ph.D., 1902) and August Saph (Ph.D., 1902) working in the Hydraulics Laboratory authored a classic study in hydraulic experimentation. Their precise measurements on frictional water resistance in pipes verified the exponential relationship between velocity and head loss. Prof. Schoder’s commitment to hydraulic research and brought such renown to himself and Cornell that it could be said that the majority of the leading American hydraulicians of the first quarter of this century were educated, or participated in tests conducted at Cornell.

CEE Professor Philip Li-Fan Liu pioneered the development of physically based mathematical models and efficient computational procedures that produce accurate predictions of wave fields over complex bathymetry as well as in the vicinity of coastal structures.

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 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.