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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John W. Wells (M.A., 1930, Ph.D., 1933), professor of geology from 1948-1973, discovered that corals can be used to determine past rotational speeds of the Earth and that the planet has been slowing down. His research spurred a remarkable increase in similar research studies and lead to discoveries in the changes of the orbital patterns of the Earth and moon over geologic time.
The objectives of Wilfried H. Brutsaert's activities were mostly to develop physically based methods to calculate regional evaporation from natural land surfaces covered with different types of vegetation. One of these approaches makes use of meteorological data (wind speed, temperature, and humidity) observed in the outer regions of the atmospheric boundary. These techniques have been tested and calibrated in a number of large-scale field experiments in various types of terrain.
Richard W. Newman, (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1968) developed the first video endoscope. After a 40-year career designing medical diagnostic devices for Welch Allyn, Inc. Newman made significant contributions to the fields of flexible video endoscopy, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease.
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.
Andy Ruina, professor of mechanics, created the most efficient walking robot ever. It managed to walk more than 40 miles on one battery charge in 2011.