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Chemists create faster-degrading plastic for marine uses

By: Blaine Friedlander

A collaboration between Sibley School Professor, Meredith Silberstein, Cornell University Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and the College of Wooster produced a new plastic that can degrade on a realistic time scale if lost in an aquatic environment. Read more

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Cornell Online Classes Gain Popularity with Alumni and General Public

By: Tamara Kamis

Rajesh Bhaskaran, Swanson Director of Engineering Simulation in the Sibley School, has seen increased enrollment in his free EdX online course called "A Hands-On Introduction to Engineering Simulations" since the COVID-19 pandemic. “The computer can be a great learning platform and teaching platform, and I was interested in experimenting with that,” said Bhaskaran. Read more

Akane Wakai

Akane Wakai, Sibley Ph.D. Student, wins NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Grant

By: Erin Philipson

Akane Wakai, a Ph.D. student working in Assistant Professor Atieh Moridi’s group, recently won a NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Grant. She will be working on 3D printing of high entropy alloys. Her research project seeks to combine the advantages of the unique characteristics of high entropy alloys and the additive manufacturing process to push the limits of materials. This program funded by NASA, seeks to sponsor graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for the Nation’s science, exploration and... Read more

Carolyn Barrera

The Wind Energy Lab sends another student to work on complex problems in the Energy Industry

By: Erin Philipson

Carolyn Barrera CEE ‘20 is one of eight people selected to join Siemens Gamesa as an engineer specializing in wind engineering after graduation. Siemens Gamesa is a leader in the renewable energy industry, working to provide the world's best offshore and onshore wind turbines and services. Carolyn has been a member of Professor Barthelmie’s Wind Energy Lab for over 2 years, working on wind turbine blade leading edge erosion. Barrera has also taken both of Barthelmie’s wind courses; MAE4020 Wind Power and MAE4120 Community Wind Energy Research. “I’ve learnt almost everything I know about wind... Read more


Active Learning Initiative Makes Big Impact on Transition to Online Instruction

By: Erin Philipson

In 2019, the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering embarked on a project to transform the way students learn in their junior year courses. The project, called Active Learning Initiative (ALI), is funded by Cornell’s Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation and the Center for Teaching Innovation through grants, with the overall goal to facilitate the redesign of courses to implement research-based active learning strategies and create sustainable improvements to undergraduate education. Faculty in the Sibley School, including Hadas Ritz and Elizabeth Fisher, were... Read more

2020 Kessler Fellows

Five Sibley School students have been selected as 2020 Kessler Fellows

By: Casey Verderosa

Five Sibley School students have been selected as 2020 Kessler Fellows. The Kessler Fellows program is designed to help cultivate entrepreneurial readiness – preparing students to spend their summer with a startup. "I believe entrepreneurship is the vessel by which companies can affect massive change. For me, I would like to be in the forefront of the renewable energy shift in the automotive industry,” said Lineker Ono ME ‘20 Read more


Professor Mason Peck on Cosmos

By: Linda G. Glaser

Professor Mason Peck will be a science advisor on the new season of COSMOS, the show first introduced 40 years ago by Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan. The series started on 3/9 on National Geographic. Read more