Educational Objectives of the B.S. Program in Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University is a learning community that seeks to serve society by educating the leaders of tomorrow and extending the frontiers of knowledge. The faculty and staff of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as members of this community, affirm these objectives. Specifically, the Sibley School is committed to excellence and seeks to graduate mechanical engineers who, collectively:

  • assume leadership positions in technology-based industries;
  • conceive, design, and realize useful products, systems, and services, properly respecting economic, environmental, cultural, life safety, and ethical standards or constraints;
  • discover and apply new knowledge, and develop new tools for the practice of engineering;
  • complete programs of graduate and/or professional studies and continue to learn throughout their lives;
  • are valued in their careers, whether for mastery of the disciplines central to mechanical engineering or for the broader analytical or creative abilities fostered by their engineering education;
  • and engage with their communities, profession, and the world.

These Program Educational Objectives describe long-term accomplishments for which we seek to prepare our graduates. Progress toward these objectives is expected to be measurable within three to five years of graduation.