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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Prof. and alum Lester Eastman, contributed to the pioneering advances in communications technology resulting from the development of high-speed and high-frequency gallium arsenide devices. His research now permeates cell phone technology and radar and satellite communication applications.
C dots were invented in 2005 by Prof. Uli Wiesner.These silica-based nanoparticles are less than 10 nanometers in size and are small enough to pass through the body undetected. Researchers are looking at C dots as a possible diagnostic tool for delivering treatments for cancer and other illnesses into targeted parts of the body.
In 1965, MSE faculty, Ulrich Bonse and Michael Hart, made x-ray interferometry possible. This pioneering work made it feasible to see smaller details in an x-ray and is used in a wide range of biological and medical studies.
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.
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.