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 and 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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Winfried Denk (Applied and Engineering Physics, Ph.D., 1989) developed serial block-face electron microscopy, in which detailed 3-D imagery of minute structures within tissue are generated by the repeated removal of thin slices and scanning the remaining cut surface of samples.

In 2013, late Prof. Ephrahim Garcia , and his graduate student Michael W. Shafer (Mechanical Engineering, M.S., 2012; Ph.D., 2013) invented a “bird backpack” weighing less than 12 grams. The devices are self-powered and provide a way to collect data from migrating birds without having to recharge batteries or weigh the bird down.

Assistant Professor Paul Hartman (Physics, Ph.D., 1938) was one of the first to investigate the use of X-rays generated as a byproduct of high-energy electron accelerators. This go on to inform the X-ray diffraction studies at facilities such as Cornell’s High-Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS).

1967 – Dick Conway, Bill Maxwell (both Cornell faculty), and Miller publish their landmark text, Theory of Scheduling, which placed on a formal foundation the study of the entire area of production scheduling. In the decades that followed, the automatic scheduling of computers, transportation models, and eventually all aspects of industrial production are shaped by the directions outlined in this book.

Art Ruoff, professor and founding faculty member of MSE, was first researcher in 1990 reaching a static pressure of 416 GPa, the first scientist to create a static pressure greater than at the center of the earth, 361 GPa. This research has been used to study the properties of materials and show that oxygen, sulphur and noble gases like xenon become metals under enormous pressure.