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?
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.
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 2014, Prof. Lynden Archer in 2014 was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of nanoscale science for his pioneering and sustained research on nanoparticle-polymer hybrid materials and their applications in electrochemical energy storage technologies.
Morrill Hall was the first building constructed on the main Cornell campus, which today includes more than 260 major buildings on 745 acres.
Ever heard of "Bill Nye the Science Guy"? He's a 1977 Cornell mechanical engineering graduate who often returns to campus for lectures and special events.