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 2004, the first patients received the fully implantable artificial heart developed by David M. Lederman (Applied and Engineering Physics, B.S., 1966, M.S. 1967 Aerospace, Ph.D. 1973 Aerospace). At the time it was the most sophisticated device ever implanted in a human and paved the way for further development of completely self-contained artificial heart technology.
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.
The 1968 paper by Al Blumstein (OR PhD), “National program of research, development, test, and evaluation on law enforcement and criminal justice” introduced a quantitative modeling element to the study of criminal justice, thereby widening the scope of the methodology of operations research in this new direction.
In 2011, Cornell University was designated by New York City to build a sustainable campus on Roosevelt Island for graduate tech education. Cornell Tech (created under Dean Lance R. Collins) is an innovative, sustainable academic campus made up of a combination of state of the art academic space, along with housing for faculty, students, and staff, and publicly accessible open space.
In 2009, Eureqa, a mathematical program that distills scientific laws from raw data, was developed and made freely available to researchers. Created by Cornell's Creative Machines Lab, the program was based on faculty member Hod Lipson’s work on robots that can independently repair themselves. The program evaluates a large amount of data in the search of mathematical formulas and relationships.