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 2013, the Cornell University Satellite, a nanosatellite designed and built by students, was launched into space. It used a new algorithm called Carrier-phase Differential GPS (CDGPS) to calibrate global positioning systems to an accuracy of 3 millimeters and allows multiple spacecraft to travel close together.
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.
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.
Estevan Fuertes, former director and dean of civil engineering at Cornell in the late 1800's, brought the department’s equipment up to modern standard. In 1902, he became astronomy professor and supervised the construction of the A. C. Barnes Observatory. The Fuertes Observatory (completed in 1917) on North Campus is named in his honor.
The research by Thor Rhodin, a professor from 1958 to 1991 in Applied and Engineering Physics, was responsible for the birth and evolution of surface science, beginning with his research on surface sensitivity using auger electron spectroscopy.