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?
In 1922 Laurens Hammond (Mechanical Engineering, 1916) invented the first system for watching movies in 3D.
Charles Manly (M.S., 1898) invented and built the first gasoline engine used for aviation. He also piloted an early experimental aircraft called the Great Aerodrome, built in collaboration with the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (Samuel Langley), but the early experiments were not successful and Manly crashed it into the Potomac River.
Professor Christine Shoemaker initiated and led the United National Environment Program/Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment. The group focuses on groundwater contamination in development. She was also one of the first women engineering department chairs at an American university.
Brenda Dietrich (ORIE PhD, 1986), is currently IBM Fellow and VP in IBM Research Divisions, has been a leader in persuading a wide range of businesses and industries to benefit from the use of Analystics/ “fact-based decision making”. She transformed IBM’s largely-academic research center into a highly successful consulting operation oriented towards the service industries. INFORMS, gained worldwide recognition for being the world’s foremost community of experts in Analytics under her leadership and the prevalence of “analytics” in business discussions nowadays is in no small part due to her.
In 1884, Kate Gleason was the first woman admitted to study engineering at Cornell. She left the engineering program after two years to work for her family’s business. She was later known as the “First Lady of Gearing” and perfected a technique for making beveled gears.