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.
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Did you know?
Prof. Jack Oliver's research provided convincing proof that Earth’s continents are constantly moving. In 1968, Dr. Oliver, colleague Dr. Bryan Isacks and a former graduate student Lynn Sykes, wrote the paper “Seismology and the New Global Tectonics,” that put together earthquake evidence from around the world that made a convincing case that continental drift was indeed occurring.
Robert Thurston, the first director of the Sibley College of Engineering in 1885, held two patents: an autographic recording testing machine for material in torsion and a machine for testing lubricants. In 1875, he also developed the three-coordinate solid diagram for testing iron, steel and other metals. As College Director, he reorganized mechanical engineering and increased the program from 63 to 885 degree candidates.
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.
Folding wings for carrier-based airplanes were invented in 1941 by Leroy Grumman (Mechanical Engineering, 1916). Installed on the F6F Wildcat fighter planes, this innovation increased the number of fighter planes on World War II carriers by 50 percent.
Dr. Lev Zetlin was responsible for numerous inventions, including pre-stressed concrete for airport runways, and the space-frame roof, which uses light-gauge metal to form grand open-space enclosures with minimal interior supports (used for the first hangars housing jumbo jets). His most well known project is the World's Fair New York State Pavilion, called the Tent of Tomorrow, which still stands today.