News: MAE


Telescope upgrade, move will aid in search for exoplanets

By: Eric Laine

Dmitry Savransky, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is a co-investigator on a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant aiming to improve the search for exoplanets by upgrading the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a key instrument of the Gemini Observatory. Read more

Sophia with photo of Sanford Moss

Engineering Co-op Program continues relationship with GE Aviation, providing invaluable student experiences

By: Erin Philipson

Cornell Engineering has a long history with GE Aviation, most recently Sophia Norwood M.E. ’21 is completing her Co-op at their facility outside of Boston, MA. Sophia, junior in the Sibley School, has been able to apply skills she developed in MAE courses and her experience as a member of the Resistance Racing project team directly to her Co-op at GE Aviation. During her 16-week Co-op experience, she has been working on a project to move the center of gravity on an engine that doesn’t yet exist. Everyone in Mechanical Preliminary Design, the department in which Sophia works, was tasked with... Read more

Students go all in at Robotics Day

By: David Nutt

More than 100 engineering students from MAE 3780 - Mechatronics, taught by Lecturer Ben Finio, competed at the annual Robotics Day competition Dec. 10 in Duffield Hall atrium. Every year the winning student team battles a robot build by engineers from ASML, the sponsor of MAE 3780. Spoiler Alert - the students won! See the live coverage on WENY and! Read more

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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