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?
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.
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.
George Biddle Kelley (BS, Civil Engineering 1908), was one of the seven founders of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Cornell University in 1906, and Alpha chapter’s first President. At the start of the 20th century, black students at American universities were often excluded from fraternal organizations enjoyed by the predominantly white student population. During the 1905–06 school year, black students at Cornell organized the first Greek letter fraternity with the aim to provide an opportunity for association and mutual support among African-American students.
In 2009, Eureqa, a mathematical program that distills scientific laws from raw data, was developed and made freely available to researchers. Created by Cornell's Creative Machines Lab, the program was based on faculty member Hod Lipson’s work on robots that can independently repair themselves. The program evaluates a large amount of data in the search of mathematical formulas and relationships.
In 2006, the Fab@Home project, designed and produced by MAE students, was launched . This first fully open-source 3D printer in the U.S., helped launch the consumer 3D printing revolution. Within one year, the Fab@Home website received 17,000,000 hits and the project received a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award.