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?
Grad students Ernest Schoder (Ph.D., 1902) and August Saph (Ph.D., 1902) working in the Hydraulics Laboratory authored a classic study in hydraulic experimentation. Their precise measurements on frictional water resistance in pipes verified the exponential relationship between velocity and head loss. Prof. Schoder’s commitment to hydraulic research and brought such renown to himself and Cornell that it could be said that the majority of the leading American hydraulicians of the first quarter of this century were educated, or participated in tests conducted at Cornell.
Edward W. Hart, a faculty member of both Materials Science and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from 1975 to 1988, developed “Hart’s Equations,” which were the first to incorporate time dependence into the analysis of deformation processes in a materials-specific way. His formulation is still the best available tool to test and evaluate materials under pressure and/or radiation in the power-generating industry.
The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico was designed by Engineering faculty member William E. Gordon. Built beginning in 1960, the observatory is the largest single-dish radar-radio telescope in the world and is home to numerous innovations including the discovery of the first exoplanets, creating a detailed map of the distribution of galaxies in the universe and mapping the surface of Venus.
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.
Bill Nye “The Science Guy” (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1977) popularized science for children (and their parents) with a PBS kids show from 1993-1998. Still enjoying widespread popularity today, Nye remains a staunch advocate for science education and appears frequently on television and radio programs.