Cornell University

Ithaca, New York, United States


Aerospace and Mechanical


The Aerospace Department of Cornell University operates under the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. The programs strike a proper balance between the basic and applied aspects of aerospace science and technology and assist students to find their niche in research, industrial development, and government agencies. The mechanical division at Cornell Engineering is one of the top ten departments for mechanical engineering in the United States.

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs with classroom training and experience in research methodology and prepares students for superior performance in the industry, government sector, and academia.

Prominent study and research fields include:

  • list items Energy and thermal systems engineering
  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Fluid dynamics
  • list items Granular flow
  • list items Engineering materials
  • list items Mechanics of solids
  • list items Aerospace engineering
  • list items Applied and computational mathematics
  • list items Dynamics
  • list items Nonlinear systems and controls.
  • The department offers BS in Mechanical, MS (Thesis/non-thesis) and MEng (Professional) in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Dynamics
  • list items Nonlinear Systems and Controls
  • list items Engineering Materials and Mechanics of Solids
  • list items Aerospace Engineering
  • list items Applied and Computational-Mathematics
  • list items Fluid Dynamics and Granular Flows
  • list items Biomechanics
  • list items Energy and Thermal Systems Engineering
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    Chemical and Biomolecular


    The chemical engineering department of Cornell University runs independently as the Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The school opens the gateway to a wide range of opportunities and plays a significant role in solving present-day societal issues. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are offered by the department.

    It covers domains like: 

  • list items Complex fluid and polymers
  • list items Nanoscale electronics
  • list items Photonics and materials processing
  • list items Computational and system biology
  • list items Biomolecular engineering
  • Students, especially in the field of sustainable energy systems, also take advantage of a large number of interdisciplinary laboratories and research centers within the university campus including the Cornell Energy Systems Institute (CESI) which is dedicated to developing smart energy systems with low carbon footprints which are safe for the society.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Computational and Systems Biology
  • list items Nanoscale Electronics, Photonics and Materials Processing
  • list items Sustainable Energy Systems
  • list items Complex Fluids and Polymers
  • list items Biomolecular Engineering
  • List of labs: Cornell Energy Institute


    Civil and Environmental


    The school of Civil and Environmental Engineering is known for constantly exploring and contributing to the fields of civil infrastructure, environment, and Engineering systems and management. Along with the academics, the department has an incredible depth of knowledge with 14 majors and 20 minors on the offer.

    Students can work in:

  • list items Transportation systems engineering
  • list items Computational solid mechanics
  • list items System engineering and engineering management
  • list items Structural engineering/engineering materials
  • list items Cross-disciplinary research and innovation in the spheres like environmental processes
  • list items Geotechnical and lifeline engineering
  • list items Environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology
  • list items Environmental and water resources systems
  • is a particular strength of the department which opens up opportunities for rewarding careers for the students. The transportation infrastructure research consortium and collaboration with the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering (MCEER) are the additional benefits for the aspiring candidates who will be admitted into the department.




    The undergraduate and graduate programs cover the fields applied climatology and forecasting, geophysics and upper atmospheric physics, igneous and metamorphic petrology, isotopes and rare-earth element geochemistry, and water resources systems and ocean science. The Department of Environmental and Biological Engineering of the university also offers M.S (Thesis/non-thesis) and M.Eng (Professional) programs which focus on fields like biogeochemistry, water, and wastewater treatment, transport of contaminants, environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology.  Students also get the opportunity to work on projects with eminent institutes like the New York State water resource institute. The programs offered by the department are B.S, M.S (Thesis/non-thesis), M.Eng (Professional), and  Ph.D. degree programs in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Sustainable Engineering
  • list items Biological Engineering
  • list items Structural Engineering/Engineering Materials
  • list items Renewable Energy
  • list items Computational Solid Mechanics
  • list items Industrial Biotechnology
  • list items Food and Bioprocess Engineering
  • list items Transportation Systems Engineering
  • list items Environmental Engineering
  • list items Environmental & Water Resources Systems
  • list items Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology
  • list items Geotechnical & Lifeline Engineering
  • list items Systems Engineering & Engineering Management
  • list items Environmental Processes
  • List of labs:

  • list items Transportation Infrastructure Research Consortium
  • list items MCEER
  • list items The New York State Water Resources Institute
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    Computer Science


    The Computer Science department is one of the oldest departments of Cornell Engineering. The department offers B.S., M.S, MEng (Professional) and Ph.D. degree programs in Computer Science.

    These courses include established domains like:

  • list items Programming languages, computer graphics, and vision
  • list items Theory of computation and algorithm
  • list items System engineering
  • list items System architecture
  • list items System modeling and analysis
  • list items Systems (networking, databases, and distribution)
  • with a focus on their latest trends.

    Students also get to contribute to and build their careers in the most recently and rapidly growing domains like:

  • list items Machine learning
  • list items Natural language processing
  • list items Artificial intelligence
  • list items Robotics
  • An inclusive approach brings different fields together like:

  • list items Biological, social statistics, mathematical, and engineering statistics
  • list items System engineering and system engineering management
  • list items Systems applications, and econometrics
  • thus helping the students to stand out in the market crowd.

    The department of computer science also jointly works with:

  • list items The Center of Advanced Computing
  • list items The Institute for Computational Sustainability
  • list items Intelligent Information Systems Institute
  • list items Jacobs Technion
  • which are in-house sites for research.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Artificial Intelligence
  • list items Machine Learning
  • list items Robotics, and Natural Language Processing
  • list items Computer Graphics and Vision
  • list items Theory of Computation and Algorithms
  • list items Scientific Computing
  • list items Systems Architecture, Behavior and Optimization
  • list items Systems Modeling and Analysis
  • list items Systems (Networking, Databases and Distributed Systems)
  • list items Systems Engineering
  • list items Systems Engineering Management
  • list items Systems and Technology Integration
  • list items Programming Languages
  • list items Systems Applications
  • List of labs:

  • list items Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute
  • list items Cornell University Center for Advanced Computing
  • list items Intelligent Information Systems Institute
  • list items Program of Computer Graphics
  • list items Institute for Computational Sustainability
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    Electrical and Computer Engineering


    The study at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Cornell University, takes place in subjects ranging from nanoscale integrated electronics to terrestrial scale power grids, from single transistor device to billion node networks, from microscopic ICs and biological systems to large scale energy generator, and from maker movements to theoretical quantum mechanics. Both B.S. and M.Eng (Project) programs are offered by the department. ECE department also includes a number of centers and labs to support research and innovation.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Information, Networks and Communication Systems
  • list items Circuits, Devices, MEMS and Photonics
  • list items Energy and Power Systems
  • list items Computing Systems
  • list items Space Engineering and Plasma Physics
  • list items Bio-Electrical Engineering
  • list items Circuits, Device
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    Engineering Management


    The Engineering Management program of the Cornell University caters to students who want to focus on managerial roles while being in the technological environment. The engineering management division offers a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree which can be completed in 2 semesters through a thorough and exhaustive study. Students can also choose to complete the course in 3 semesters in case they need to include an internship or extra electives or need time to adjust with the study. College of Engineering and Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, together offer a dual degree program with the help of which students can obtain M.Eng. and MBA degrees in 5 semesters.

    The focus study areas include applied:

  • list items Probability
  • list items Dynamic programming
  • list items Statistics
  • list items Financial engineering
  • list items Manufacturing and service system logistics
  • list items Game theory
  • list items Discrete event simulation and combinational
  • list items Linear and non-linear optimization.
  • Engineering management students are also benefited by the on-campus recruitments which see the participation of top companies across the world looking for talent in fields like:

  • list items Production management
  • list items Finance
  • list items Entrepreneurship
  • list items Engineering leadership
  • list items Data analytics
  • list items Real estate management
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    Materials Science


    The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is a global leader in producing and cultivating materials scientists and engineers of the new generation. With a flexible curriculum for the undergraduate program and an emphasis on strong collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture for the graduate program, MSE has become one of the top educators in materials science.

    The importance is given to the key areas of energy production and storage, biomaterials and systems, electronics and photonics, and green technologies, which have been chosen by the department after brainstorming and analyzing the current trends in the sphere of material science and engineering. Cornell University also has centers for material research and nanomaterials engineering and technology which facilitate and promote groundbreaking research in the branches of science related to materials. The department offers BS, MS, MEng in the Materials Science and Engineering

    Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Energy Production and Storage
  • list items Electronics and Photonics
  • list items Green Technologies
  • list items Biomaterials and Systems
  • List of labs:

  • list items Platform for the Accelerated Realization, Analysis, and Discovery of Interface Materials
  • list items Center for Nanomaterials Engineering and Technology
  • list items Cornell Center for Materials Research
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    Pure Science

  • list items B.S. degrees in physics
  • list items Mathematics
  • list items Biology
  • list items Chemistry
  • are offered by the respective departments.

    After exploring the detailed sub-streams in these domains, students can choose expertise from areas:

  • list items Biological physics and biotechnology
  • list items Energy resources and technology
  • list items Plasma physics
  • list items Nanobiotechnology
  • list items Nanotechnology
  • list items Laser physics and technology
  • list items Photonics and applications
  • list items Electron
  • list items Ion
  • list items X-ray
  • list items Scanned probe
  • list items Quantum optics
  • list items Material physics
  • list items Solid-state devices
  • The Laboratory of Plasma Studies is a benchmark establishment to facilitate students' research in the field of plasma.

    Other programs offered in:

  • list items Pure Sciences are Applied Physics (M.S.)
  • list items Applied Mathematics (M.S.)
  • Areas of Expertise:

  • list items Biological Physics and Biotechnology
  • list items Econometrics
  • list items Photonics and Applications
  • list items Engineering Statistics
  • list items Mathematical Statistics
  • list items Biological Statistics
  • list items Nanotechnology
  • list items Energy, Resources and Technologies
  • list items Dynamical Systems
  • list items Optimization
  • list items Mathematical Biology
  • list items Quantum Optics
  • list items Mathematical Physics
  • list items Plasma Physics
  • list items Nanobiotechnology
  • list items Probability
  • list items Social Statistics
  • list items Electron, Ion, Xray, and scanned probe
  • list items Mathematical Finance
  • list items Laser physics and technology
  • list items Probability Theory
  • list items Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • list items Materials Physics and Solid State Devices
  • List of labs: Laboratory of Plasma Studies