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 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.
C dots were invented in 2005 by Prof. Uli Wiesner.These silica-based nanoparticles are less than 10 nanometers in size and are small enough to pass through the body undetected. Researchers are looking at C dots as a possible diagnostic tool for delivering treatments for cancer and other illnesses into targeted parts of the body.
In 2006, Cornell's Global Positioning System Laboratory cracked the so-called pseudo random number (PRNs) codes of Europe's first global navigation satellite. This gave free access for consumers who use navigation devices -- including handheld receivers and systems installed in vehicles -- that need PRNs to listen to satellites.
In 1974, Prof. Jack Blakely and his MSE students were first in the world to synthesize a single layer of graphene (a very thin, nearly transparent sheet, one atom thick) and determine its structure. Their method is the same used today by industries to make meter-sized sheets of graphene.
Cornell was the first among all U.S. colleges and universities to allow undergraduates to borrow books from its libraries.