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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Did you know?

Cornell awarded the nation's first doctorates in electrical engineering and industrial engineering.

The Cornell Center for Technology, Enterprise, and Commercialization facilitates the commercial development and use of technological innovations created by Cornell researchers. In 2009, 77 U.S. patents were issued to Cornell innovators.

Chris Prince (Ph.D., 1991) and Bobby Bringi (Chemical Engineering, Ph.D., 1991), formed Phyton Biotech that pioneered and commercialized a breakthrough plant-cell fermentation technology to produce the anti-cancer drug, Taxol, first extracted from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree.

Edward Wyckoff, a Cornell Engineering student in 1889, drew plans for the first suspension bridge spanning Fall Creek gorge as a course project. He failed the project course, but came back tweny plus years later, and then Wyckoff, heir to the Remington typewriter fortune, financed the construction of his bridge over the gorge.

The electric organ (Hammond Organ) was invented in 1934 by Laurens Hammond (Mechanical Engineering, 1916). This inexpensive alternative to costly pipe organs found immediate popularity with churches, ball parks and ice rinks. Later, the instrument became the default choice for many keyboardists in rock, jazz and blues.