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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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1967 – Dick Conway, Bill Maxwell (both Cornell faculty), and Miller publish their landmark text, Theory of Scheduling, which placed on a formal foundation the study of the entire area of production scheduling. In the decades that followed, the automatic scheduling of computers, transportation models, and eventually all aspects of industrial production are shaped by the directions outlined in this book.

Multiphoto microscopy was developed in 1990 by Professor Watt Webb and Winfried Denk (Physics, Ph.D., 1989). This innovation was first used in biological studies, where it produced high-resolution, 3-D images without damaging living tissues.

The objectives of Wilfried H. Brutsaert's activities were mostly to develop physically based methods to calculate regional evaporation from natural land surfaces covered with different types of vegetation. One of these approaches makes use of meteorological data (wind speed, temperature, and humidity) observed in the outer regions of the atmospheric boundary. These techniques have been tested and calibrated in a number of large-scale field experiments in various types of terrain.

Albert F. Zahm, (Engineering, M.E., 1892) an early aeronautical experimenter and a chief of the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Library of Congress built America’s first significant wind tunnel and helped organize the first international conference on aeronautics in 1893.

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.