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?
Sidney Kaufman (1930, AB; 1934, Ph.D.) collected the first off-shore seismic reflection profile and as chief of a water seismic crew that normally operated in bays, marshes, inlets and lagoons, Kaufman found a rock formation that extended from a bay near Corpus Christi into the Gulf. When his boss discovered what he was doing, he said "What the hell are you doing in 65 feet of water? You know we can't drill out there" and Kaufman returned to land. Decades later, the company put his findings to work in offshore production.His studies helped lead to petroleum production in the Gulf of Mexico. Kaufman later return to Cornell as a professor in geophysics.
Raymond Donald Starbuck (Civil Engineering, B.A., 1900) was an All-American fullback and captain on the varsity football team in 1899 and 1900 leading the Cornell team to its first victory over Princeton in the history of the rivalry. He then served as the team's head coach in 1901 and eventually became one the top executives at North York Central Railroad from 1917 to 1949.
In 2013, the Cornell University Satellite, a nanosatellite designed and built by students, was launched into space. It used a new algorithm called Carrier-phase Differential GPS (CDGPS) to calibrate global positioning systems to an accuracy of 3 millimeters and allows multiple spacecraft to travel close together.
1972 – Jack Muckstadt (still active as a Cornell faculty member) develops the mathematical basis for determining the number and allocation of spare parts needed to repair aircraft having multiple indentured level subsystems (e.g., engines and avionics systems). This multi-echelon mathematical approach is used by all military services in the US and by militaries in many other countries. It has been used to manage and procure well over $100B of parts in the US since 1973.
In 1986, work of OR faculty Jim Renegar and Mike Todd helped break the rules in the conventional wisdom that the simplex method was the algorithm of choice to solve linear optimization problems; their work played a critical role in the development of a theory of interior-point methods for this application-rich problem domain.