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?
Cornell is the only Ivy League/Ancient Eight university that also is its state's federal land-grant institution
In 1955, Hugh DeHaven, of the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory invented the three-point seat belt which has saved millions of lives. His research into crash survival pioneered safety studies and helped shaped the modern automobile industry. "...people knew more about protecting eggs in transit than they did about protecting human heads,” he wrote.
Prof. William McGuire was an innovator in the application of interactive computer graphics techniques to structural engineering, in the computer-aided analysis and design of framed structures, and in establishing the importance of nonlinear analysis and design for steel structures. He also authored two influential textbooks: "Steel Structures" and "Matrix Structural Analysis."
In the late 1800s, Cornell Engineering awarded the nation’s first doctorates in Industrial Engineering and electrical engineering.
NYC’s Grand Central Terminal was conceived and designed in 1902 by William Wilgus, who completed correspondence courses from Cornell Engineering in 1883-1885. He coined the term "taking wealth from the air" from his idea to lease the area above the Park Avenue Tunnel in order to help finance the station.