Mechanical Engineering

Field Description

The program emphasizes basic mechanical sciences to prepare students for the diversity found at the frontiers of research and industrial development. The faculty is particularly strong and active in biomechanical engineering, fluid dynamics, turbulence, combustion, thermal systems engineering, multiphase flows, energy and power systems, transport processes in microgravity, mechanical systems and design, control and robotics, dynamics and control of space structures, mechanics of materials and materials processing, materials microgravity sciences and computational mechanics.

The Ph.D. programs provide advanced levels of training suitable for students pursuing careers in research and development, education, or advanced engineering analysis and design. The field does not admit students into an M.S.-only degree program; applicants may apply for the Ph.D. program directly from a bachelor's degree. Doctoral degree candidates must take a qualifying examination in addition to the examinations required by the Graduate School. Teaching experience for two semesters, normally satisfied by a teaching assistantship, is required of Ph.D. students.

The professional degree of Master of Engineering (Mechanical) provides a one-year course of study for those who want to develop a high level of competence in current technology and engineering design and who plan to practice engineering in industry or professionally. The program has a thirty-credit curriculum and requires an engineering design project.
Though the M.Eng. curriculum is flexible, many students choose to specialize within one of the the following MAE focus areas:

The formal requirements for obtaining an M.Eng. degree are outlined here. The M.Eng. degree is typically self-funded by the student. There are a handful of fellowships at the college level (typically one per field, or one out of ~80 students). There is also partial support as a TA for a small percentage of students.

Application:
Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or the physical sciences. All applicants must submit GRE general test scores. Submission of GRE subject test scores in engineering, mathematics, or physics is strongly recommended. Admission is offered only for the fall semester, except in unusual cases. A field brochure is available on request from the graduate field office.

Contact Information

Website: https://www.mae.cornell.edu/mae
Email: maephd@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-5250

107 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853


Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Data and Statistics

Subject and Degrees

Mechanical Engineering

Concentrations by Subject

Mechanical Engineering

  • biomedical mechanics
  • biomedical mechanics
  • dynamics and control
  • dynamics and control
  • energy and sustainability
  • energy and sustainability
  • fluid dynamics
  • fluid dynamics
  • micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • solid mechanics and materials
  • solid mechanics and materials
  • thermal science
  • thermal science

Faculty

John David Albertson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: the development of a comprehensive understanding of the exchange rates of mass (e.g. water and C02), energy, and momentum between the land and atmosphere

Nelly Andarawis-Puri

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics
  • Research Interests: the structural and regulatory function of the tendon ECM

C. Thomas Avedisian

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: heat transfer; fluid mechanics; combustion

Shefford P Baker

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: mechanical behavior of materials for structural, nano-scale, and biological applications

Rebecca Jane Barthelmie

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: Wind energy resources and wind turbine wakes within and downwind of large wind farms both on- and offshore

Nicole Ann Benedek

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: computational/theoretical materials science, materials physics and chemistry, functional materials

Gregory Paul Bewley

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: turbulence, both its intrinsic properties and its role in various environmental settings

Lawrence Bonassar

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: generation and characterization of muscoloskeletal tissues; mechanical regulation of cartilage

Nikolaos Bouklas

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: theoretical and computational solid mechanics

Jonathan T. Butcher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; dynamics and control; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; solid mechanics and materials; thermal science
  • Research Interests: bimechanics; tissue engineering; biomaterials

Mark Campbell

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: space systems; estimation and control; autonomy in aerospace systems; controlled structures

Itai Cohen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; solid mechanics and materials; Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: colloidal suspensions; biological tissues

Lance R Collins

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: turbulence physics; combustion; aerosol coagulation and breakup dynamics; polymer drag reduction

Edwin Alfred Cowen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: environmental fluid mechanics

Harold Gene Craighead

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • Research Interests: studies of microfluidics and micro/nanomechanical systems

Paul Richard Dawson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: material processing; plasticity; micromechanics; computational mechanics

Olivier Desjardins

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Peter J. Diamessis

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: environmental fluid mechanics; numerical simulation of stratified flows; modeling turbulence; interaction of hydrodynamics and biology in natural ecosystems

Eve Donnelly

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: microstructure-property relationships in bone and tendon; disease and treatment; induced changes in the properties of bone mineral and collagen; connections between fundamental properties and clinical impact

David Erickson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science
  • Research Interests: micro/nanofluidics; optical fluidics; labs-on-a-chip; nanoscale integration; single nuckotide polymorphisms

Mahdi Esmaily Moghadam

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: development of computational techniques related to cardiovascular mechanics and biological flows

Silvia Ferrari

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: Design and analysis of methods and algorithms for computational intelligence and sensorimotor learning and control

Elizabeth Mills Fisher-York

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; thermal science
  • Research Interests: combustion; combustion chemistry

Albert Richard George

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: acoustics; automotive engineering; fluid mechanics; aerodynamics; fluid dynamics

Tobias Hanrath

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • Research Interests: optoelectronic properties of semiconductor nanocrystals; solar energy conversion and energy storage devices

Christopher J. Hernandez

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: orthopaedic biomechanics; solid mechanics imaging

Guy Hoffman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: human-robot interaction

Chung-Yuen Hui

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: fracture mechanics; mechanics of materials

Anthony R Ingraffea

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: computational and experimental fracture mechanics

James Thomas Jenkins

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: continuum mechanics; biomechanics; mechanics of granular material

Malte Jung

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: computer-supported cooperative work; teamwork emotion;human-robot interaction and design

Brian J. Kirby

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science
  • Research Interests: micro- and nanofluidics; microbioanalytical devices; laser microfabrication; interface science

Ross A. Knepper

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: The algorithmic aspects of advanced factory automation, enabling autonomous robots to function safely and comprehensibly alongside humans in environments structured for people.

Donald L Koch

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science
  • Research Interests: particulate and multiphase flows; colloids and aerosols; non-continuum gas flows

Hadas Kress-Gazit

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: autonomous systems; hybrid systems; control; robotics

Amit Lal

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • Research Interests: Developing concepts and technologies leading to integrated microsystems using micro and nanoscale fabrication techniques.

Jan Lammerding

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics
  • Research Interests: Developing and applying novel experimental techniques to investigate this important interplay between cellular structure and function, with a particular emphasis on the cell nucleus.

Michel Yves Louge

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: gas-solid flows; fluidized beds; gas-solid flow instrumentation; dielectric properties of snow, granular segregation; experiments in microgravity

Douglas MacMartin

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: dynamics, feedback analysis, control design primarily related to climate science

Natalie M. Mahowald

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: interaction between climate and biogeochemistry through aerosols

Matthew Peter Miller

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: experimentally based material model development; effect of processing on properties

Atieh Moridi

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: micro- and nanoscale engineering; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: advanced materials and manufacturing, synthesizing novel high-performance materials

Mason A. Peck

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: dynamics and control; spacecraft design; systems engineering

Perrine Pepiot

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics

Kirstin Hagelskjaer Petersen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: design & coordination of large robot collectives able to achieve complex behaviors; swarm intelligence; embodied intelligence; autonomous construction

Stephen Bailey Pope

  • Campus: Ithaca - (Graduate School Professor)
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: combustion; fluid mechanics; turbulence; numerical methods; aerospace propulsion

Richard Herbert Rand

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: nonlinear dynamics; biomechanics

Andy Lee Ruina

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; dynamics and control; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: biomechanics; dynamics; robotics; solid mechanics

Dmitry Savransky

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: Estimation and control theory; computer vision and machine learning applications for automated optical system alignment and image processing; optimal scheduling for autonomous space observatories; and statistical analysis of astronomical data sets

Ashutosh Saxena

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: robotics; machine learning; perception

Daniel Selva

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control
  • Research Interests: Systems engineering and architecture with emphasis on space systems: global optimization, multi-agent systems, machine learning, and knowledge-based systems

Robert Shepherd

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: dynamics and control; micro- and nanoscale engineering
  • Research Interests: Soft Robotics, Material Intelligence for Control Systems, Microcombustion for actuation, and Concentrated particle flow through micronozzles.

Meredith Silberstein

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: polymer physics, mechanochemistry, micromechanical experiments and modeling, continuum mechanics

Ankur Singh

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics
  • Research Interests: Engineering of biomaterials-based platforms for cell and immune modulation, cell-biomaterial interactions, cell adhesion, stem cell engineering, and vaccines.

Paul Herman Steen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics; thermal science

Abraham Duncan Stroock

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science
  • Research Interests: microfluidics; biomedical engineering; transport phenomena; colloid science

Zhiting Tian

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; solid mechanics and materials; thermal science; Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; micro- and nanoscale engineering; thermal science
  • Research Interests: micro/nanoscale heat transfer, thermal energy conversion and storage thermal management, multiscale thermal transport in organic, inorganic and hybrid materials

Marjolein van der Meulen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: biomedical mechanics; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: orthopedic biomechanics; skeletal functional adaptation; bone structural behavior; mechanics of musculoskeletal tissues

Zheng Jane Wang

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: biological fluid dynamics; scientific computing and modeling; statistical physics

Zellman Warhaft

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: experimental fluid mechanics; turbulence; micrometeorology; fundamental vortex interactions

Derek H. Warner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: Illuminating and modeling the underlying physical mechanisms that control the failure of engineering materials.

Charles Harvey Kaye Williamson

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics
  • Research Interests: fluid dynamics; aircraft vortex instabilities; vortex-induced vibration; wakes; turbulence; fundamental vortex interaction

Alan Taylor Zehnder

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: micro- and nanoscale engineering; solid mechanics and materials
  • Research Interests: fracture and fatigue; experimental mechanics; metal cutting; mechanics of materials

Ke Max Zhang

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: energy and sustainability; fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: air pollution; environmental nanoparticles; transportation and air quality; energy systems; climate changes

Roseanna Zia

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Mechanical Engineering: fluid dynamics; thermal science
  • Research Interests: fluid mechanics, suspension mechanics, complex fluids, micro hydro dynamics, rheology