Why Cornell Engineering?
"Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that never has been." Theodore von Karman
Cornell engineers challenge the status quo by breaking the rules to do great things. Steeped in an environment of questioning, and with a focus on innovation, Cornell Engineering pursues excellence in all areas. Its faculty, students, and alumni design, build, and test products, improve the world of medicine, inform and shape our laws, create and drive businesses, become research luminaries, and overcome real and perceived barriers to achieve scientific breakthroughs that advance the quality of life on our planet.
We invite you to learn more about Cornell Engineering and its programs.
Did you know?
Prof. Jon Kleinberg developed the HITS (Hyperlink-Induced Topic Search) link analysis algorithm to rate Web pages. It was developed in the late 1990s and provided a way to rank search results based on relative importance rather than mere inclusion of a term.
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.
Jonathan J. Rubenstein, (Electrical Engineering, B.S., 1978; M.S., 1979), as vice president at Apple led the effort to take the ipod from an idea to a market product in less than a year. The ipod remains unrivaled in popularity and success as a portable media device.
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.
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.