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.
Are you, or your company/business, foundation, or non-profit agency interested in exploring a project or research with the College of Engineering? The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations can help bridge connections. Below is a link to a form that will assist our office in determining how to best serve your project or research goals and connect you to the right faculty and staff members to support your partnership objectives.
Did you know?
Professor Robert K. Finn (B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1942) patented a process for treating wastes low in nitrogen with bacteria that fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. The process is still used today to treat certain types of food waste without creating any type of sludge and therefore without environmental damage.
Assistant Professor Paul Hartman (Physics, Ph.D., 1938) was one of the first to investigate the use of X-rays generated as a byproduct of high-energy electron accelerators. This go on to inform the X-ray diffraction studies at facilities such as Cornell’s High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS).
William Jewell, professor emeritus in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, developed a nationally recognized initiative that employs animal manure in anarerobic digestion systems to produce electricity and heat on a farm.
Charles Ward Hall (B.S., 1895) pioneered aluminum manufacturing procedures and tools in building aircraft. He developed the idea and tools to join duralumin – aircraft aluminum alloy skin – using cold-set rivets. This quickly revolutionized the manufacturing process and helped reduce drag.
In 2005, Professor Dan Luo announced the discovery of DNA Buckyballs which are hybrid molecules that spontaneously self-assemble into hollow balls about 400 nanometers in diameter. These tiny geodesic spheres are seen as the next generation in the delivery of drugs and vaccines.