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Cornell Engineering among best in U.S. News grad school rankings

Cornell Engineering ranks #14 among engineering colleges in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings released on March 12, 2019. Cornell also ranked highly in 11 specialty rankings: #12 Aerospace Engineering #03 Biological/Agricultural Engineering #14 Biomedical Engineering #18 Chemical Engineering #11 Civil Engineering #09 Computer Engineering #09 Electrical Engineering #10 Environmental Engineering #09 Industrial/Systems Engineering #08 Materials Engineering #08 Mechanical Engineering Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted... Read more

Zhiting Tian, assistant professor (MAE), was selected as a 2019 PMSE Young Investigator.

The American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering and invited Tian to present her work during a symposium at the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting in August. Dr. Zhiting Tian joined the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering on July 1, 2018, with the added title of Eugene A. Leinroth Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow. Between 2014 and 2018, she was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. She is also an affiliated faculty member of Macromolecules Innovation Institute at Virginia Tech. Her research interests are in Micro... Read more

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Bold Plan? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy–Water Corridor

By: Mark Fischetti - Scientific American

MAE's Professor Barthelmie and Profesor Sara Pryor (EAS) are part of this proposed project. Building solar, wind, natural gas and water infrastructure all along the U.S.–Mexico border would create economic opportunity rather than antagonism. Here’s an idea: Instead of an endless, inert wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, line the boundary with 2,000 miles of natural gas, solar and wind power plants. Use some of the energy to desalinate water from the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and ship it through pipelines to thirsty towns, businesses and new farms along the entire border zone. Hire... Read more

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"MIT Technology Review" China Science and Technology Youth Heroes List released!

By: Sina Technology - Self Media Synthesis

Award category: inventor Reasons for winning: Mainly engaged in interdisciplinary research in the field of nanoscale heat conduction and energy conversion. Related research breaks the traditional notion that polymers are only thermal insulators, laying a solid foundation for organic thermal diodes, thermal switches, and on-demand heat flow control. For the first time, the winners discovered significant thermal rectification in asymmetric polymers, as well as thermal switching in temperature-sensitive polymers, and demonstrated high-order phase transitions for the first time to demonstrate fast... Read more

Cornell Chronicle

Study creates roadmap for responsible geoengineering research

By: David Nutt - Cornell Chronicle

“Part of the genesis of this paper is that a long time ago I got tired of going to meetings and not being able to say much more than, ‘If you do geoengineering, it will get colder,’” said lead author Douglas MacMartin, senior research associate and senior lecturer in mechanical and aerospace engineering. “We actually need to do the research to understand what the impacts are and understand the uncertainties,” MacMartin said. Read more

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NSF Announces Awards for Soft Robotics Research

By: Sarah Bates, NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is investing $20 million in 10 research awards to push forward the frontiers of engineering research in soft robotics. “Configurable, strong, mobile robots could safely explore environments too hostile for humans, such as disaster zones and the deep ocean,” said Dawn Tilbury, NSF's assistant director for Engineering. “They could allow unprecedented extension of human perception and action to places we’ve only dreamed about, opening up vast reservoirs of knowledge and potential for innovation.” From robots with programmable “skins” that allow them to alter... Read more

Ankur Singh helps a student

Assistant Professor Ankur Singh received research excellence award

Ankur Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. Dr. Singh has strong expertise in the engineering of biomaterials-based platforms for cell and immune modulation, cell-biomaterial interactions, cell adhesion, stem cell engineering, and vaccines. He received his postdoctoral training at Georgia Tech where he employed engineering and molecular cell biology principles to understand human stem cell reprogramming and differentiation, stem and mature cell adhesion, force response and mechanotransduction. Dr. Singh received his Ph... Read more

Meinig Family Professor of Engineering

Brian Kirby named to endowed professorship

Brian J. Kirby, Professor with indefinite tenure, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, was elected the Meinig Family Professor of Engineering, effective November 1, 2018. Brian has long been distinguished in research, teaching and service, and this recognition is a wonderful testament to his impact and leadership. Education Stanford University 2001 Website Kirby Research Group Read more

John Brancaccio Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Silvia Ferrari named to endowed professorship

Silvia Ferrari, Professor with indefinite tenure, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, was elected the first John Brancaccio Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, effective November 1,2018. Biography Silvia Ferrari is a Professor of MAE at Cornell University. Prior to that, she was Professor of Engineering and Computer Science, and Founder and Director of the NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) and Fellowship program on Wireless Intelligent Sensor Networks (WISeNet) at Duke University. She is the Director of... Read more

Meredith Silberstein promoted

Biography Meredith Silberstein is an Assistant Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in June 2011 from the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering with a major in solid mechanics and a minor in energy. Afterward, she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, investigating mechanochemically active materials. Research Interests Meredith Silberstein's Mechanics for Materials Design (MMD) Lab is devoted to using mechanical experiments and modeling methods in... Read more