The research mission of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering is produce disseminate knowledge in mechanical sciences and engineering for the benefit of our students, professions and the common good. The research by the faculty in the School is creative, diverse, collaborative, interdisciplinary and impactful.
The Sibley has five strategic research directions:
Biomedical Technology: Technology research translated to biomedical applications, such as early cancer detection, immunology treatments, and global and mobile health.
Energy and the Environment: Modeling and simulation of fuels, turbulence, and air pollution and emissions; wind energy, geoengineering, and energy/sustainable systems engineering. Strong ties to Cornell’s Energy Systems Institute and Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
Robotics: Variety of research in autonomy (e.g. perception, planning), form (e.g. soft robotics, walking robots), and interaction (e.g. with humans). Interdisciplinary collaborations across departments and Colleges at Cornell.
Space Technology: Technology to enable space missions, from Earth observing, to deep space, to exoplanet exploration; directions include novel spacecraft designs, mission design and operations, autonomy, and propulsion.
Our research is built on the foundations of the Disciplines of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering: Fluids and Thermal Sciences, Solid Mechanics and Materials, Dynamics and Control, and Design and Manufacturing. Much of our basic research is applicable to many applications, not just the five above.