Research & Faculty
Cornell Engineering’s leadership in research is evident through its current roster of world-class faculty and researchers, as well as its many centers and facilities.
Are you, or your company/business, foundation, or non-profit agency interested in exploring a project or research with the College of Engineering? The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations can help bridge connections. Below is a link to a form that will assist our office in determining how to best serve your project or research goals and connect you to the right faculty and staff members to support your partnership objectives.
Did you know?
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.
Cornell alums, Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for their groundbreaking achievements in optical microscopy where the pathways of individual molecules can be imaged inside living cells.
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.
In 1986, work of OR faculty Jim Renegar and Mike Todd helped break the rules in the conventional wisdom that the simplex method was the algorithm of choice to solve linear optimization problems; their work played a critical role in the development of a theory of interior-point methods for this application-rich problem domain.
The Journal Physical Review, America’s first physics-only scientific journal, was founded at Cornell in 1893 by faculty member, Edward L. Nichols, (Physics, 1875). He edited it with the help of two of his colleagues, Ernest Merritt (Physics, M.S., 1886) and Frederick Bedell (Physics, Ph.D., 1892). The journal is still thriving today.