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The Missing Link: Cornell Prof. finds Hidden Connections Between Energy and the Environment

By: Tucker Hwang

With the introduction of congressional bills like the Green New Deal, climate change and the environment have been at the forefront of the nation’s mind. However, for Prof. K. Max Zhang, mechanical and aerospace engineering, it was a class at Cornell that inspired his current research on High Energy Demand Days — days during the year when energy demand is particularly high. Read more


Astronaut conducts Cornell experiment on space station

By: Syl Kacapyr

Orbiting 250 miles above the Earth on the International Space Station, astronaut and station commander Luca Parmitano conducted an experiment designed by Professor Michel Louge that will help validate numerical models used for a number of industrial and geophysical applications. Read more

Physical forces affect bacteria’s toxin resistance, study finds

By: Chris Dawson

A random conversation between Associate Professor Christopher Hernandez (MAE) and Professor Peng Cheng (Cornell University Chemistry & Chemical Biology) at a child’s birthday party led to a collaboration and new understanding of how bacteria resist toxins, which may lead to new tools in the fight against harmful infections Read more

Professors Thomas Avedisian and Sanjeev Chandra receive the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' "Classic Paper Award"

The Heat Transfer Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has announced the selection of a paper co-authored by Professor Thomas Avedisian and his former student Professor Sanjeev Chandra (Ph.D '90) of the University of Toronto for the 2019 ASME Classic Paper Award. This award recognizes a paper that has high impact and enduring value long after its publication in any archival journal and on any topic of the thermal sciences. Only papers in print for at least fifteen years are eligible for consideration. An award is made only when suitable nominations arise. The paper... Read more

Bone inspired material being tested for durability

Bone breakthrough may lead to more durable airplane wings

By: David Nutt

Associate Professor Christopher Hernandez and his team have made a breakthrough discovery about how the internal structure of bone can be strengthened to withstand repeated wear and tear. This finding could help treat osteoporosis patients and could also lead to the... Read more

Virginia McAuley

Staff in MAE recognized as Person of the Month by DPE

Virginia McAuley, Executive Assistant to the Director of MAE, was chosen to be recognized as the Person of the Month for November 2019 by Diversity Programs in Engineering! This recognition comes as a result of outstanding leadership, participation in DPE-related initiatives, the achievement of excellence, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity efforts. Read more

Faculty receive major grant from the Department of Energy Office of Science

Professors Sara C Pryor (EAS) and Rebecca J Barthelmie (MAE) are partners on a new major grant from the Department of Energy Office of Science "An integrated evaluation of the simulated hydroclimate system of the continental US" administered by the University of California, Davis. The focus of the project is to advance our understanding of processes at the climate-water-energy-land-decision interface while fundamentally improving our ability to perform credible climate modeling of particular regions. "We are at a critical juncture where major innovations in numerical modeling on high... Read more