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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Cornell awarded the nation's first doctorates in electrical engineering and industrial engineering.
James W. Spencer (Civil Engineering, B.S., 1949, M.S. 1951) became the first "official" leader of the Cornell Local Roads Program (CLPR). Established after WWII in 1923, the program provided comprehensive applied research and extension support to highway superintendents and under Spencer hosted “Highway School” for 70 years.
The 1968 paper by Al Blumstein (OR PhD), “National program of research, development, test, and evaluation on law enforcement and criminal justice” introduced a quantitative modeling element to the study of criminal justice, thereby widening the scope of the methodology of operations research in this new direction.
S.C. Thomas Sze was one of the first Chinese students to graduate from Cornell in 1905 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He went on to become the driving force behind the building of China’s national railway system around 1909-1910.
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.