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.

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In 2005, Professor Dan Luo announced the discovery of DNA Buckyballs which are hybrid molecules that spontaneously self-assemble into hollow balls about 400 nanometers in diameter. These tiny geodesic spheres are seen as the next generation in the delivery of drugs and vaccines.

In 2006, the Fab@Home project, designed and produced by MAE students, was launched . This first fully open-source 3D printer in the U.S., helped launch the consumer 3D printing revolution. Within one year, the Fab@Home website received 17,000,000 hits and the project received a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award.

John Able created the CEE History Project, which provided detailed history of the founding of Cornell Engineering and Dept. of Civil Engineering. He spent years unearthing artifacts and details about how Cornell Engineering became what it is today.As faculty he was an expert in concrete shells, membrane roofs, domes, steel framed structures, earthquake engineering, computer-aided design, computational mechanics, and interactive computer graphics for engineering applications and education.

In 2004, the first patients received the fully implantable artificial heart developed by David M. Lederman (Applied and Engineering Physics, B.S., 1966, M.S. 1967 Aerospace, Ph.D. 1973 Aerospace). At the time it was the most sophisticated device ever implanted in a human and paved the way for further development of completely self-contained artificial heart technology.

The late George David Low, (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1980), was an astronaut of three space flights, logging more than 714 hours in space, including nearly six hours on a spacewalk. On his first flight into space, an 11-day mission aboard the space shuttle Columbia, Low carried with him a pair of 159-year-old socks that had belonged to Ezra Cornell.