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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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Did you know?

Winfried Denk (Applied and Engineering Physics, Ph.D., 1989) developed serial block-face electron microscopy, in which detailed 3-D imagery of minute structures within tissue are generated by the repeated removal of thin slices and scanning the remaining cut surface of samples.

In 2014, Prof. Michael King and his team unveiled a new method for killing metastatic cancer cells directly in the bloodstream.  Almost 90 percent of all cancer deaths are caused by metastases and this new method could prove a valuable weapon in the fight against cancer.

In 2008, Todd E. Humphreys, Paul Kintner and Mark Psiaki, and Brent Ledvina, demonstrated the first known GPS spoofing attack, where a hacker can fool a targeted GPS receiver to misestimating its position, time or both. This has guided the development of a new generation of spoofing detection countermeasures to ensure the security of civilian GPS.

Kate Gleason, who in 1884 was the first woman admitted to study engineering at Cornell, was in 1918, the first woman elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She also designed low-cost housing in Rochester using a concrete-pouring process that she invented.

The first American headquarters and student chapter for Engineers for a Sustainable World was established in 2001 at Cornell Engineering. The organization aims to engage engineers in reducing poverty by improving environmental, social and economic sustainability worldwide.