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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CDMA (Code Division and Multiple Access) technology for cell phones was developed in 1989 by alum Irwin Jacobs , co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm. This innovation greatly increased the number of calls cell phone towers could handle simultaneously and became the world’s fastest-growing and most advanced voice and data wireless communications technology.
George Burr Upton (Mechanical Engineering, B.S., 1904; M.S., 1905) co-invented (with George Lewis) the Upton-Lewis Fatigue Testing Machine to quantify the stress experienced by automobile axles in the early days of automobiles. Prof. Upton was responsible for many advances and developments in the technique of testing materials and in the improvement of the physical and mechanical properties of materials.
Andy Ruina, professor of mechanics, created the most efficient walking robot ever. It managed to walk more than 40 miles on one battery charge in 2011.
The lab of Abe Stroock, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, developed synthetic blood vessels leading to new techniques in regenerative medicine and better drug delivery strategies.
In 1922 Laurens Hammond (Mechanical Engineering, 1916) invented the first system for watching movies in 3D.