Sibley 150 - Celebrating 150 Years of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell
The Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is celebrating 150 years of mechanical engineering at Cornell with a year of festivities that reflect on the school’s distinguished past and look forward to its exciting future.
150 years of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell
150 years ago, Cornell Engineering's Sibley School awarded its first Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree. Today, our community includes practitioners, researchers, and educators who have defined mechanical and aerospace engineering. Working together, we can transform teaching and technology in order to lead innovation for the next 150 years.
Join us for our celebration on April 25th, 2024
This year-long celebration will culminate in a live-streamed on-campus event April 25th, 2024 featuring food, talks, and honored alumni discussing the past, present, and future of the Sibley School and of mechanical and aerospace engineering. If you are interested in joining us for the event, click here to request more information.
How can I engage with this historical event?
We’ve come so far in the last 150 years. The first Sibley graduates with mechanical engineering degrees invented milling machines and new techniques for grinding ball bearings. Our recent graduates are sending rockets into space and developing biomaterials to fight infectious diseases. Over the course of the year we are pursing a number of initiatives looking to the future of the Sibley School. Find out more about them below and how you can help.
Sibley 300 - The future of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical Engineering has changed a lot over the first 150 years of the Sibley School. How will it change over the next 150 years??? What will Sibley 300 be like? Campuses on the moon? A.I. based instruction? What will future mechanical and aerospace engineers learn and create?
We want to hear what you think. Share your vision here for the future of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. A select few will be shared over the course of our Sibley 150 celebration year!
Cornell Lunar Lab - A permanent lunar presence
Cornell has campuses in Ithaca, New York City, and Doha, Qatar. What would it look like for Cornell to have a “permanent” presence on the moon? With the reduction in cost-of-launch, we are on the cusp of permanent, sustainable lunar settlement that will be used as a proving ground for exploration of Mars. A laboratory station that could enable some long-term scientific experimentation and discovery, technology or prototype development and validation, and student engagement via telepresence lab activities and experiential learning.
FLAME - Future Leaders in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
The Cornell MAE Future Leader in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (FLAME) program was launched in the summer of 2022. The goal of the program is to help students launch into a Ph.D. program through a 2-phase process. The program also offers participants a subsequent fast-tracked and prioritized admission into the Cornell MAE Ph.D. program with tailored programmatic and financial support.
Learn more about how you can contribute and support the Future Leaders in MAE program by connecting with us here.
Experiential Learning Studios--Revisioning Undergraduate Laboratories
The Sibley School is developing a new vision for how we do experiential learning – through the development of learning studios. These studios are an entirely new way of conducting undergraduate instructional labs allowing students to look at the way they learn from a system level, with real-world systems. These systems aim to become integrated learning spaces with enough complexity to serve a wide range of students, from first-year students to seniors.