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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.

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The research by Thor Rhodin, a professor from 1958 to 1991 in Applied and Engineering Physics, was responsible for the birth and evolution of surface science, beginning with his research on surface sensitivity using auger electron spectroscopy.

Professor Julius Lucks’ research on RNA is discovering new truths about what RNA does and what it impacts, crucial in discovering potential shortcuts in engineering tailor-made biological pathways that could advance discoveries in human health and medicine.

Cornell ranks among the top U.S. institutions of higher learning in National Science Foundation funding.

In 2011, Intel announced sponsorship of the newly created Cornell Cup. The international embeded technology competition challenges college students around the world to think of, design, and build the next generation of embedded systems technologies. It is the first competition of its kind at the international collegiate level.

William Durand, a mechanical engineering professor from 1891 to 1904, was instrumental in forming the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1915, which was the forerunner of NASA. Durand helped to plan the committee’s first laboratory at Langley Field.