Sibley 150 Schedule of Events

Join us for the Sibley 150 - a celebration of 150 years of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell! 

Join us for a daylong event with keynote speaker Bill Nye ‘77! Reflect on our rich history and explore the future of space exploration, design and manufacturing, AI, and robotics. You must be registered to attend.

9:00 to 12:00 – Morning Events

Duffield Atrium 

·       Research Lab and Learning Studio Tours

·       Student Project Team Open House

·       Poster Session on the Future of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

12:00 to 1:00 – Welcome Lunch

Duffield Atrium

 ·       Reflections on the history, and future, of MAE at Cornell with former Directors of the Sibley School

o   David Erickson

o   Mark Campbell

o   Alan Zehnder

o   Lance Collins

o   Sidney Leibovich

o   Al George

o   David Caughey

o   Frank Moon

1:00 to 1:30 – Opening Ceremony and Welcome Remarks

Philips 101

·       Hosted by David Erickson

Remarks from:

·       Provost Michael Kotlikoff

·       Dean Lynden Archer

·       Marty Mack (Governor Hochul's designee to Cornell Board of Trustees)

·       NYS Assemblymember Anna Kelles

·       Senator Lea Webb

1:30 to 2:30 – Keynote from Bill Nye’77 – The future of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Philips 101

·       Hosted and Introduced by David Erickson

2:30 – 4:00 - Panel Discussion with Prominent Alumni: Future of Space and Aerospace

Philips 101

·       Hosted by Professor Elaine Petro 


·       Swati Mohan ’04, MLS Chief Engineer from NASA

·       Bill Riley ’99, VP Starship E­ngineering at SpaceX

·       Bill Nye ’77, Planetary Society

·       Mason Peck, Steven J. Fujikawa Professor

4:00 – 5:30 – Reception

Duffield Atrium

6:00 - Sibley 150 Dinner, Invitation Only

Statler Ballroom

 Invitees include: Sibley 150 Student Leadership Team, MAE Faculty & Staff, Invited Guests, Speakers, Etc.

·       History of the Sibley School from Professor Frank Moon

·       Closing remarks from Director

Pre-registration is required to attend