Welcome from the Director

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the MAE Web site. We hope you will find all the information you are looking for whether you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student, parent, alumnus or alumna, or member of the general public.

This is a very exciting time for the Sibley School, for mechanical engineering, and for engineering and science in general. Shedding our white shirt and slide rule image, engineering is now viewed as a place for creativity, for entrepreneurship, and for solving critical problems in a changing world. A few examples of research by faculty and students in MAE include: a microfluidic-based system to capture circulating tumor cells in lieu of biopsies, development of high-fidelity computational models of turbulent combustion that can be used to design systems with improve energy efficiency, design and analysis of robots that can walk using very low power, system level design of an energy grid that aggregates distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, application of optofluidic techniques to enhance production of algae for biofuels, and control of building systems to conserve energy while maintaining comfort.

Across the nation and at Cornell, mechanical engineering continues to see strong enrollments. In the Sibley School we awarded 130 B.S. degrees at the 2010 commencement, approximately 50 more degrees than the next largest engineering major at Cornell. These days ME is the hot ticket and rightly so, as our students gain a broad education covering engineering science, design, laboratory work, leadership and teamwork. Students see ME as the major from which they can launch a career in any number of directions, a perspective supported by the diverse job placements of our students.

We are also excited by the opportunity to redefine the school as we renew the faculty in the midst of a wave of anticipated retirements and a new college-wide effort to develop strength in key strategic topics. Current plans call for extensive faculty hiring over the next five years. These faculty will enhance our strengths in our core disciplinary subjects of thermal sciences, fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, dynamics and applied mathematics while simultaneously building teams of faculty to address important national needs in energy and sustainability, biomedical mechanics, nano-scale science and engineering, computational engineering, autonomy, complex systems and space.

Regards, Mark Campbell
S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering