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College of Engineering

Message from Dean Collins

Our goals for the next decade will propel the College of Engineering to the forefront of education and research in Engineering and a position among the top-five best engineering schools in the United States.

First, we will broaden our students’ technical knowledge and skills, while also fostering their development as leaders who are truly global.  We will continue to produce Ivy League graduates who possess advanced knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, along with unparalleled engineering expertise. We recruit our students nationally and globally, many aspiring to high levels in large corporations or to create tomorrow’s leading companies. We give them outstanding opportunities to study in a variety of settings -- including project work in other countries -- that broadens their view of how to impact the world.

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Our Strategic Vision

VisionTo create a better future for all through leadership in research and excellence in engineering education by fostering a challenging, enlightened, and collaborative academic environment and a supportive environment for ground-breaking discovery and problem solving.

Mission. Make a direct impact on some of the biggest problems facing our world, and produce leaders who take the world in new directions, solving problems and creating new opportunities

Aspiration.   The College of Engineering at Cornell University will be widely recognized as a top-five engineering college in undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Our Plan

Largely due to the generosity of its alumni, parents, and friends, Cornell University’s College of Engineering has flourished, enabling greater funding of professorships, programs, and facilities.  This tradition of giving is more critical now when Cornell University overall embarks on the most ambitious capital campaign in its history and the College of Engineering, supported by CornellNOW!, strives to reach goals that propel us to our vision. We will make strategic investments in the following areas of special focus:


Recruit, retain, and enable a diverse community of exceptional faculty, students, and staff. At the absolute core of achieving top-five recognition is superb people in every category–a goal that drives all our strategic objectives. Numbers are not enough.  Our objective is to attract the best people to Ithaca and to the College of Engineering.


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The Role of Research

We are already recognized as international leaders in three important areas that continue to present new opportunities to address worldwide challenges: Advanced Materials; Nanoscience; and Complex Systems, Network Science, and Computation. We will be actively expanding coordination across disciplines, such as the proposed transition of the Center for Applied Mathematics (CAM) and  Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) into  a single entity, Computational and Applied Mathematics. 

Two other research areas stand out in terms of the magnitude and criticality of world challenges and the contributions Cornell can make because of our extensive talent: Bioengineering; and Energy and the Environment. Careful cross-disciplinary coordination around Bioengineering and Energy and the Environment will allow us to leverage our existing resources effectively.

We will support activities at these intersections while our departments maintain their critical focus areas.

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Highlights of Recent Gifts

Some of our recent gifts reflect the College of Engineering’s focus over the past year:

Michele ’85 and Burt Kaliski have recently committed to a $250,000 gift to the College of Engineering: $125,000 seed funding to launch the Innovators Award Competition in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with an additional $125,000 in two years, pending the successful launch of the program. The competition will award $10,000 cash prizes annually to six teams that design and develop a commercially viable technology based on electrical and computer engineering. Part of the Kaliskis’ gift will go towards establishing the endowed Ronald ’57 and Frederick ’86 Fichtl Innovation Fund, named in honor of Michele's father and brother, respectively, who both also graduated from the College of Engineering. 

Jim Ricotta ’81, a former member of the Cornell University Council and a newly appointed member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, has made a $250,000 gift to the College of Engineering in support of faculty recruitment. The funds will be used at the dean’s discretion to support hiring efforts and start-up costs in the college. Trustee and Major Gifts Committee member David Croll ’70 was instrumental in furthering Jim’s relationship with Cornell and cultivating this major gift. 

Thomas Moore ’67, MEN ’68, has made an advised bequest of $1,182,700, discounted to $662,312, for an undergraduate scholarship for students in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

Ed Plummer ’82 also took advantage of the scholarship match and established an endowed scholarship in the College of Engineering in honor of his wife, Susan C. Schnabel ’83. Preference will be given to women studying engineering. This was the couple’s first major gift, and they each received credit for their respective 30th Reunions.

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Our Priority Areas

Faculty Renewal and Recruitment

Graduate Fellowships

Excellence in Education Initiatives

Sustainability & Energy Initiatives

Undergraduate Scholarships

Annual Fund

Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Diversity

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Faculty Renewal And Recruitment

The College of Engineering faces a difficult period over the next 5 years to recruit and retain nearly a third of our faculty who will be retiring. It is imperative that we engage unique ways of doing this and not wait till the need is right upon us. New funding will now allow us to be opportunistic and set up programs to find and hire the best faculty, which will include underrepresented minorities and women. Priorities will be funding additional professorships and increased research capacity in areas such as Energy and Bioengineering.

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Graduate Fellowships

To remain competitive, Cornell’s College of Engineering should be in the position to offer fellowships to every first year graduate student. Being able to recruit top talent nationally and internationally to work with Cornell faculty requires providing more assistance in the form of graduate fellowships. Currently the college provides fellowships to less than half of it graduate students. The majority of graduate students recieve financial support. However Cornell's support for graduate fellowships lags behind most of our peer institutions. Increasing the number of graduate fellowships and offering stipends that are competitive with peer universities will enable Cornell to sustain and reach beyond its current level of excellence in fundamental disciplines and in key interdisciplinary domains. Graduate students are among the univerity's most valuable assets, and Cornell remains committed to providing advanced education to a large, diverse, and intellectually impressive cohort of student scholars.

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College Fundraising Opportunities


There are many types of gift designations that are beneficial across the College. These include support for faculty positions, undergraduate and graduate student support, and discretionary funds for use by the Dean or by department chairs and school directors. The naming opportunities below can be established at the College level or can be directed toward individual Schools or Departments. 

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College Naming Opportunities

For those whose most profound interest is in the specific needs of a School or Department, there are unique giving opportunities within each area that can have an impact. 

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Applied & Engineering Physics

The School of Applied and Engineering Physics (AEP) boasts one of the premier applied physics research programs in the world as well as the country's premier undergraduate engineering physics program. Our faculty members, their research groups, and the quality of our educational programs and graduates are all internationally recognized.

The mission of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics is to create and disseminate knowledge in intellectual areas at the interface between physics and traditional engineering or scientific disciplines, using the techniques, skills and principles commonly associated with physics. We create knowledge through research and scholarly activity. We disseminate knowledge both by educating undergraduate and graduate students and by performing service to industry, government and professional societies. In all of the endeavors required to fulfill this mission, we aim to maintain the highest standards of excellence.

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Biomedical Engineering

The primary mission of the Department of Biomedical Engineering is to educate students to understand the human body as an integrated system and the mechanisms of disease through quantitative engineering analysis, and to use that understanding to design better therapeutic strategies, devices, and diagnostics to improve human health.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University is building research and educational programs around a vision that a quantitative understanding of the human body can be used as a foundation for the rational design of therapies, molecules, devices, and diagnostic procedures to improve human health.

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Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering


Great teaching. Ground-breaking research. Cornell’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, combines these in a highly collaborative environment. They’re just some of the reasons that CBE is internationally recognized and has been highly ranked among the top programs in our fields.

We have two complementary missions:

To prepare our students for life-long achievement through education in the principles of chemical engineering by methods which encourage the development of communication, teamwork and leadership skills, and by guidance on the application of these principles and skills to societal needs.

To advance, through research and scholarship, an understanding of the fundamentals of chemical engineering and apply those principles to the creation of new devices or strategies for the solution of societal problems

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a distinguished history and a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and service. The School currently offers premier educational and research programs in three broad intellectual areas: Civil Infrastructure, Environment, and Engineering Systems and Management.

The Mission of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is:

To educate future creators, innovators, and communicators who will employ their grounding in engineering to become leaders in many spheres of society.

To discover and develop new knowledge and sustainable technologies that improve the practice of engineering in service to society.

To serve and improve the University, the engineering profession, and society at large.


The Vision of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is:

Undergraduate, professional, and graduate education that inspires students, confers mastery, and promotes ethical behavior.

Research that transforms the art and practice of engineering.

Flexibility in innovation and expertise that meets the growing challenges of human society through technology advanced, yet sustainable solutions.

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Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

EAS is part of a fast moving, interdisciplinary, field of knowledge. Our research responsibility is very broad: to gain a better understanding of how the natural earth systems function, and to work with others to apply this knowledge to develop sustainable relationships. Current challenges call upon us to help society meet its many needs. We are dedicated to training the next generation of specialists who will use earth system sciences in their careers and to providing broad education to the campus community and society beyond Cornell.  Join us in learning about geosciences, atmospheric sciences, ocean sciences, and many interdisciplinary variations.

EAS’s mission is to advance knowledge of Earth's natural systems and history, and to develop future leaders.

EAS’s vision is to understanding of Earth's system is essential to the prosperity and future of society. Our graduates will be leaders in the application of earth sciences to betterment of life, in setting public policy, in education of an earth-savvy public, and in better understanding the earth system.

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Electrical & Computer Engineering

 Electrical and Computer Engineering is among the largest schools in College of Engineering, and consistently ranks among the top ECE schools nationally.

Our programs encompass digital and computer systems, embedded processors, digital signal processing, RF (wireless) systems, optical communications, atmospheric and space plasmas, energy and power engineering, solid-state electronics, integrated circuit design and fabrication, bioelectrical devices and circuits, and biomedical applications such as image processing, sensors, and signal analysis, and more.

Cornell ECE remains at the forefront of these fields, educating and training the next generation of engineers while driving the leading edge of technology.

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Materials Science & Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University is one of the premier MSE programs internationally. We earned this position through our leadership in innovative interdisciplinary research and our dedication to providing an exceptional education at all levels.

Our vision is to be a vibrant, supportive community of materials scientists and engineers developing fundamental understanding, enabling advanced technologies, and providing world leadership through education and innovative research.

Our mission is to:

Create a stimulating and nurturing educational environment broadly preparing students at all    levels for successful careers;

Advance a fundamental understanding of materials properties, processing and applications by performing leading edge, world class research in collaboration with industry and academic leaders;

     Engage in collaborative research efforts with corporate and academic partners worldwide;

     Train the most highly valued materials science and engineering students in the nation;

     Lead the advanced materials effort at Cornell University;

     Maintain partnerships with the premier materials research centers housed on-campus.

     Promote a greater understanding of the role of materials science in society; and

     Actively participate in national and international professional societies.

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Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has roots at Cornell that go back to the founding of the University in 1865. Since then the Sibley School has grown to become one of the largest academic units in the University. Currently housed in Thurston, Kimball, Upson, Grumman and Rhodes Halls, the Sibley School is home of the mechanical engineering (ME) B.S. degree program as well as graduate programs in the fields of mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering (AE) and theoretical and applied mechanics (TAM).

Our mission is to conduct visionary research in pursuit of the world's next great advances while providing a world-class education to tomorrow’s leaders in the fields of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

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Operations Research & Information Engineering

The School of Operations Research and Information Engineering maintains a leading international reputation resting on core expertise in optimization, probability and statistics. The high quality of ORIE students and faculty ensure that Cornell will retain its preeminence in the world of operations research.

ORIE focuses on fundamental principles and methods but also uses contextual learning and design experiences to integrate the science with engineering. Our approach to engineering education, both graduate and undergraduate, emphasizes broad mastery of core areas of the discipline:

          methods of optimization

          applied probability modeling and statistical analysis

          manufacturing systems design and operation

          systems analysis and methodology.

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Engineering Events


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The Chronicle of Higher Education: When the machines take over, much will change. But perhaps not the exquisite …
Dallas News: A graduate student in Ithaca, N.Y., is using Texas Instruments Inc.?s technology to launch tiny spacecraft …
Skaneateles Journal: When she heads to the International Science and Technology Fair in Los Angeles next month, Olivia …
NBC News: The seismic fault that gave way off the coast of Chile on Tuesday has long been overdue for a big earthquake, …
Chicago Tribune: The fault that triggered a magnitude 8.2 quake off the northern Chilean coast was overdue for a …
A student team that devised a plan to sell certain public tweets to Google and Microsoft has won first prize in the …
William H. “Bill” Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be on …
At a March 22 workshop aimed to encourage grade-school girls to pursue science and technology, Girl Scouts decoded secret …
The 17th annual Bits On Our Minds exhibition shows off student computing projects from games to robotics, as faculty and …
Cornell's three-wheeled vehicle shows what it would be like to ride a bike in zero gravity and offers insights into the …
Cornell celebrated Dragon Day, a project by first-year architecture students preceding the exodus from the Hill for spring …
The ExxonMobil Foundation has given Cornell $466,555 through its Educational Matching Gifts Program.
Firstpost: Scientists have developed a computer algorithm that predicts whether a photo will go viral on Facebook by …
The Ithaca Journal: Undergraduate and graduate students from Cornell Computing and Information Science, and the College of …
Two neuroscience graduate students have created regular cross-campus events at which to share and discuss varied research …
Engineered molecules called ubiquibodies can mark specific proteins inside a cell for destruction, paving the way for new …
A new study provides a deeper understanding of block copolymer nanoparticle self-assembly processes, paving the way for …
Olivier Desjardins, David Steurer, Ross Tate and Roseanna Zia have received NSF CAREER awards.
Cornell researchers have developed a new way to precisely measure the extremely subtle movement of heat in nanostructures.
Science: A love of science can inspire a career in research, but it is not enough to deliver the goods: Only about 15% of …
Cornell Chronicle: The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech has announced that six …
The Ithaca Journal: The Cornell chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers presented ?Dia de Ciencias? …
Democrat & Chronicle: Carol Romanowski did not take the traditional route to becoming a tenured faculty member in computer …
The Cornell Daily Sun: Advocates for the humanities have expressed concerns in the past few years about the looming …
The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech has announced that six postdocs are …
The Cornell Daily Sun: Since Cornell announced its plans to build its tech campus on New York City?s Roosevelt Island, …
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named Cornell's Steven Strogatz the recipient of the 2013 AAAS …
Jery Stedinger, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Computer analysis of Facebook connections can identify which friend is the romantic partner.
A free smartphone app, ResCUer, connects users to police, taxis, friends and other safety resources with just a few taps …
Sound engineer for highly successful recording artists Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton spoke Feb. 1 at the STEM Men of Color …
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Sea Grant has funded two Cornell projects to help officials …
By turning down temperatures and unplugging electric devices over the holidays, the Cornell campus combined to save 1,200 …
A free smartphone app, ResCUer, connects users to police, taxis, friends and other safety resources with just a few taps …
Engineering students build an electronic instrument that lets them shape music with their hands.
nyc.gov: Construction on a Sustainable, Innovative Technology Campus Will Begin in January; First Phase to Open in 2017
By attaching a cancer-killer protein to white blood cells, Cornell biomedical engineers have demonstrated the annihilation …
Greg Fuchs and Noah Snavely are among 102 recipients of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the …
A common pathogen that can lay dormant in healthy individuals becomes virulent in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients, …
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington has opened a new exhibit “Spirit & Opportunity: 10 Years …

College of Engineering Contacts

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Michael M. Moyer
Assistant Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development

Dawn S. McWilliams
Director of Marketing and Communications




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