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Student-built CubeSats to rendezvous in space

The Cornell Space Systems Design Studio is preparing to launch a pair of low-cost, modular satellites into low Earth orbit, where they will drift apart by up to 30 kilometers and then, using custom software, locate each other’s position, fire their thrusters and dock together. Read more

Sierra Space Dream Chaser

Space business: The final (profitable) frontier

By: Joshua Melvin

Mason Peck, an astronautics professor at Cornell University, said that until the last five years making things in space and bringing them back to Earth just didn't make sense. "Now there are companies... who are actually focused on this question: How can I make a buck in space?" he told AFP. Read more

Engineering students at the Robotics Day 2021 Competition

Students best corporate sponsors in robot contest

A bit of history was made in the annual robotics competition, Dec. 7 in the atrium of Duffield Hall, where a robot created by Cornell students defeated the corporate sponsor’s robot in a head-to-head block-gathering challenge. Read more

Robot wearing clothes

Do robots need clothes? Yes, for form and function

By: Adam Conner-Simons

Researchers from Cornell and New York University, including Guy Hoffman, are addressing the question of whether robots need clothes. They have determined yes, and these clothes can serve a practical purpose for robots. Read more

Future Professors Institute organizers and all concurrent panelists for "Concurrent Panels: Establishing Your Scholarship and Research Agenda as a New Faculty Member" on June 23, 2021.

Future professors prepare to improve academia for all

By: Katya Hrichak

The Future Professors Institute featured a panel, including Jennifer Bustillos, doctoral student in the Sibley School, who mentioned the importance of taking time to develop mentorship skills in addition to focusing on academics and research. Read more

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao

The Sibley School’s Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao Wins German Chancellor Fellowship

By: Erin Philipson

Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, a doctoral student in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, was selected for the 2021 German Chancellor Fellowship. Cao, who is working with Professor David Erickson on carbon conversion, will continue his work in the field of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) throughout the fellowship. Read more