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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.

We invite you to learn more about Cornell Engineering and its programs.

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In 2011, Intel announced sponsorship of the newly created Cornell Cup. The international embeded technology competition challenges college students around the world to think of, design, and build the next generation of embedded systems technologies. It is the first competition of its kind at the international collegiate level.

The world’s first Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering awarded by Cornell in 1933 to Ralph M. Barnes, (M.S., 1924). During his career, he received numerous awards in the field. Building on the work of his predecessors, he has given a huge boost to method and time study and continued to build on the classic Gilbreth technique and philosophy and proclaimed that time study and micro-motions study were evidently different analysis techniques.

In 1922 Laurens Hammond (Mechanical Engineering, 1916) invented the first system for watching movies in 3D.

The late George David Low, (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1980), was an astronaut of three space flights, logging more than 714 hours in space, including nearly six hours on a spacewalk. On his first flight into space, an 11-day mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia, Low carried with him a pair of 159-year-old socks that had belonged to Ezra Cornell.

The Electric Wave Form Tracer was created by Harris J. Ryan, (Electrical Engineering, B.S., 1887). His new technology was applied to versatile monitors for modern cathode-ray oscilloscopes, television sets, radar and computers.