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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.

Sibley School of Mechanical and 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).

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Recent News

Insect flight--still a mystery

The flight capabilities of insects are nature’s solution to locomotion in air, according to Z. Jane...

Campbell reappointed as Director of MAE for one-year term

Professor Mark Campbell has been reappointed for a one-year term as the S.C. Thomas Sze Director...

MAE professor Wolfgang Sachse approved for emeritus status

Wolfgang Sachse, Meinig Family Professor of Engineering Emeritus, has been approved for emeritus...

Savransky proposal selected in phase one NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program

Dmitry Savransky, assistant professor (MAE), had his proposal "Modular Active Self-Assembling Space...

MAE's Max Zhang quoted in Newsweek story about toxic smog in China

Associate Professor Max Zhang was quoted in a recent Newsweek story about toxic smog in China.

Latest Spotlights

Autonomous vehicles for air, land, and sea

Ferrari and the LISC are working on a multitude of projects, many of them focusing on autonomous sensor technologies installed on ground, air, or water vehicles.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket poised to change space exploration forever

“In a few years we'll have an unprecedented set of choices for heavy lift. That will change the world — for science, exploration, and commercial use of space..."

Welcome Nikolaos Bouklas, Assistant Professor

Bouklas is interested in the fundamental study of soft materials, active materials and biomaterials, fracture and instabilities, as well as multiscale modeling in coupled multi-physical systems.

Science Question - From a Toddler

Online Science & Health asks Professor Peck, "How much sugar would it take to get a rocket to the moon?" that was asked by Jacob P., age 4.5.