Prof. Mert Sabuncu teaching

Recruiting World-Class Faculty

Cornell Engineering is currently recruiting nearly a third of our faculty who will be retiring within the next five years. Donor support allows us to be opportunistic to recruit and hire the very best faculty, which will include underrepresented minorities and women. Priorities will be funding endowed professorships along with increased research capacity in areas such as Energy and Bioengineering.

On average, Cornell Engineering has been hiring 13 faculty each year to replace retiring faculty and augment curricular priorities.  Intensive faculty hiring often requires lab renovations, new computer software and hardware, and research funding.  Gifts to support faculty start-up funds, endowed professorships, and professors of practice fund faculty at every level.  Donors who support faculty will have opportunities to learn more about the research and teaching of these faculty and meet them in person whenever possible.

  • An endowed chair (school director) is established with a gift of $5 million.
  • An endowed professorship is established with a gift of $3 million.
  • An endowed professor of practice is established with a gift of $3 million.