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Prof. Juris Hartmanis was the founder and first chairman of Cornell's department of computer science—one of the first computer science departments in the world. In 1965,he wrote a seminal paper with Richard E. Stearns establishing foundations for the field of computational complexity theory. In 1993, Hartmanis was awarded the A.M. Turing Award recognizing the importance of these ideas.

Twenty-first century engineering is at the epicenter of an explosion in new knowledge. Revolutionary discoveries in science, engineering, medicine, mathematics, and the social sciences have not only changed the way we interact with the world around us, but have also blurred the boundaries between academic disciplines. Engineering is the catalyst for bringing disciplines together and pushing forward the amazing advances made possible by those collaborations.

The diverse personal, academic and professional backgrounds of our academic community gives depth and breadth to the interdisciplinary approach that is intrinsic to Cornell, unparalleled at other institutions. Cornell Engineering is one of a constellation of colleges and schools that make up a world-class research university. Engineering draws from and contributes to the university’s strengths in such fields as medicine, veterinary sciences, and the life sciences and we leverage that excellence through twelve academic units within engineering. Ezra Cornell sought to found an institution where "any person can find instruction in any study." Cornell Engineering is a showcase of his vision; the breadth of our program is nationally unique.

Links in the menu at left provide pages of detailed information about Cornell Engineering departments and schools, majors, minors, degree requirements, and special programs. We invite you to investigate these pages in pursuit of your own unique interests and discover the challenges and opportunities waiting for you.

Student Spotlight

Frances Zhu

Frances “Frankie” Zhu is used to having her work scrutinized by a PI (Principal Investigator). She is currently a Ph.D. student in the lab of Mason Peck, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in Cornell’s Sibley School. But before that, she grew up in a house that had not one but TWO PIs. “I grew up in Boston, but then we moved to Kansas City,” says Zhu. “Moving gave both of my parents the chance to be Principal Investigators—so I grew up around labs and research all the time.” read more

Malinka Walaliyadde

"I have no family [or] friends here. I was pretty lucky because I made some really good friends my first week and that really helped." read more

Latest Spotlights

Bonassar and bio-printer on BBC

The Bonassar lab is featured in part one of "Technobody" on BBC World News Horizons.

Solar Cooker Team in Nicaragua

Team members worked with the Solar Women of Totogalpa.