Sobhani Lab/Provided An artist’s rendering of fluid strategically guided through a ceramic structure’s pores. Using a manufacturing technique researched by Cornell’s Sadaf Sobhani, tailored porous structures hold new opportunities for applications in thermofluidic systems.

Engineered Materials Focus

The engineered materials focus is designed for students interested in the use, manufacturing and analysis of advanced materials.  Students in the program go into a variety of fields, from aerospace, to energy and the design of devices.  The program consists of courses in solid mechanics, computational analysis and materials.

Cornell is known for its work in computational mechanics and advanced materials analysis. From modeling, simulation, experimental characterization and synthesis to advance the state-of-the-art in materials design and discovery for engineering applications. Research ranges across length scales from nano to macroscopic and material classes that include metals, semiconductors, and polymers as well as biomaterials and biological tissues.

Our program has strong ties to Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) and Cornell NanoScale Science & Technology Facility (CNF).



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There are no required courses in the M.Eng. Program. Each student develops a Program of Study with the Director that fits their individual needs. The courses listed below are ones that provide knowledge and practice for those wishing to pursue careers in engineered materials.

A Sample Curriculum

There is no required program of courses, this is just a possible model


MAE 5700 Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical and Aerospace Design (4 cr.)

MAE 6110 Foundations of Solid Mechanics (4 cr.)

MAE 5250 Computer Aided Manufacture (1 cr.)

MAE 5270 Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (1 cr.)

MAE 5940 Professional Development for MEng in MAE (1 cr.)

MAE 6900 MEng Project (4 cr.)


MAE 5xxx Mechanics of Composite Structures (3 cr.)

MAE 5670 Polymer Mechanics (3 cr.)

MAE 5120 3D Printing Parts that Don’t Break (4 cr.)

MAE 5210 Dimensional Tolerancing in Mechanical Design (1 cr.)

MAE 5260 Design for Manufacture and Assembly (1 cr.)

MAE 6900 MEng Project (3 cr.)

A Sample of Other Possible Courses

There are hundreds of courses to choose from, this is just a short list to give you an idea of what is available.  The courses you take will be based on your specific goals.

Dimensional Tolerancing in Mechanical Design, Mechanical Properties for Materials Process and Design, Mechanical Properties of Materials: From Nanodevices to Superstructures, Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations, Thermo of Cond Systems, Intermediate Fluid Dynamics with CFD, Mechanical Properties of Thin Films, Materials Science Colloquium, Methods of Applied Mathematics I, Interface & Surface Phenomena, Advanced Composite Materials, Mat For Ener Production, Storage & Conversion, Structural Materials for Sustainable Energy, Mechanical Prop of Thin Films, Additive Manufacturing Fundamentals & Processes

Past Projects

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  • Design and Verification of High Throughput Cell Stiffness Tester
  • High Strain Composites
  • FoamSat: Electrically Insulating, thermally conductive FoamStructure
  • Structural Analysis and Optimization of Launch Vehicle Components
  • Structural Analysis of a 3U+ Cube Satellite. 
  • Designing Smart Garment for accurate VR body reconstruction
  • Soft Robot Surfaces and Plants
  • Low Density Microstructures with enhanced fatigue life
  • Computational Design of Metamaterials
  • 3d printing of metallic floss flakes
  • Smarticles: an updated granular robotics platform


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Companies past students have gone to work for include: 

  • Alcoa
  • Digital Alloys, Inc. Analog Devices
  • Digital Alloys, Inc.
  • Applied Materials
  • Carbon3D
  • Electric Boat
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat
  • Intel