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?
In 1971, Prof. Don Greenberg produced, an early sophisticated computer graphics movie, Cornell in Perspective, using the General Electric Visual Simulation Laboratory with the assistance of its director, Quill and Dagger classmate Rodney S. Rougelot. An internationally recognized pioneer in computer graphics, Greenberg has authored hundreds of articles and served as a teacher and mentor to many prominent computer graphic artists and animators, including 5 former students who have won Academy Awards.
Walter Lynn, a distinguished professor at Cornell for most of his academic career, was particularly interested in water quality. He was at the forefront of environmental studies and coined the term "sustainability."
Professor Christine Shoemaker initiated and led the United National Environment Program/Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment. The group focuses on groundwater contamination in development. She was also one of the first women engineering department chairs at an American university.
In 1962, Lester Ford and faculty member, Ray Fulkerson, published Flows in Networks, a groundbreaking treatise culminating a decade-long research initiative that developed the algorithmic foundations for analyzing the capacity of networks to supply services. These algorithmic insights continue to be the driver of methods in use today.
The world’s first Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering awarded by Cornell in 1933 to Ralph M. Barnes, (M.S., 1924). During his career, he received numerous awards in the field. Building on the work of his predecessors, he has given a huge boost to method and time study and continued to build on the classic Gilbreth technique and philosophy and proclaimed that time study and micro-motions study were evidently different analysis techniques.