Research & Faculty
Cornell Engineering’s leadership in research is evident through its current roster of world-class faculty and researchers, as well as its many centers and facilities.
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Did you know?
HC Torng (M.S. 1958, PhD. 1960) owns a patent for one of the key technologies which formed the foundation for many modern high-performance processors. The patent was first granted in 1989 to Cornell Research Foundation, covering a technique invented by HC Torng which enables microprocessors to increase processing speed by determining which instructions are not dependent on the results of others. This then allows the processor to execute those out of order, and more instructions to be executed during the same computer clock cycle.
Raymond Donald Starbuck (Civil Engineering, B.A., 1900) was an All-American fullback and captain on the varsity football team in 1899 and 1900 leading the Cornell team to its first victory over Princeton in the history of the rivalry. He then served as the team's head coach in 1901 and eventually became one the top executives at North York Central Railroad from 1917 to 1949.
In 1884, Kate Gleason was the first woman admitted to study engineering at Cornell. She left the engineering program after two years to work for her family’s business. She was later known as the “First Lady of Gearing” and perfected a technique for making beveled gears.
1972 – Jack Muckstadt (still active as a Cornell faculty member) develops the mathematical basis for determining the number and allocation of spare parts needed to repair aircraft having multiple indentured level subsystems (e.g., engines and avionics systems). This multi-echelon mathematical approach is used by all military services in the US and by militaries in many other countries. It has been used to manage and procure well over $100B of parts in the US since 1973.
The Journal Physical Review, America’s first physics-only scientific journal, was founded at Cornell in 1893 by faculty member, Edward L. Nichols, (Physics, 1875). He edited it with the help of two of his colleagues, Ernest Merritt (Physics, M.S., 1886) and Frederick Bedell (Physics, Ph.D., 1892). The journal is still thriving today.