Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Jul 11, 2020  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Supporting Programs

In the College of Engineering 

Engineering Advising

167 Olin Hall, (607) 255-7414,

Entering first-year students are assigned a faculty advisor (who may or may not be in their intended major), who remains their advisor until affiliation with a major (normally during the fourth semester). The students are also under the administration of Engineering Advising in 167 Olin Hall, which implements the academic policies of the College Curriculum Governing Board. Engineering Advising serves as the primary resource center for undergraduate students in the college, offering general and academic advising. Other student services offices located in Olin Hall are Engineering Learning Initiatives and Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE), which are primary resources for academic advising, support, tutoring, and networking opportunities.

Engineering Registrar

158 Olin Hall, (607) 255-7140,

The Engineering Registrar’s Office is the main repository of all engineering undergraduate and Master of Engineering student records.  The Registrar’s Office oversees all course enrollment, grading, course scheduling, room assignments, and examination scheduling for the College of Engineering. It is responsible for maintaining current student information on the university’s student data systems, including all grade, enrollment, affiliation and transfer credit changes. Additionally, the office manages diploma ordering and official degree posting for all graduating engineering students, ensuring that all requirements are satisfied for the Bachelor of Science degree and the Master of Engineering degree. The office also provides student verification letters, Dean’s List posting, petition processing, and assistance with other student registration issues. Official documents relating to academic matters are filed as part of each student’s permanent record and held there. 

Students who need an official transcript or certification of enrollment should visit the Office of the University Registrar,, located in B07 Day Hall.

Engineering Communications Program

424 Hollister Hall, (607) 255-8558,

The Engineering Communications Program (ECP) provides instruction in technical and non-technical communication, oral presentation, the use of visuals, and group and/or team interaction.

ECP believes that communication is an important way of acting in the world. And, because that world is constantly changing, professionals in engineering must be prepared throughout their career to learn how to communicate. Consequently, the most important objective of the Engineering Communications Program (ECP) is to enable undergraduate engineering students to develop strategies for learning to learn how to act effectively and efficiently as communicators.

Enrollment in ECP courses is typically 20-30 students per section. Courses taught by the ECP are discussion classes. Students’ work and participation receives abundant response, and conferences are frequent.

ECP members are available to consult with the faculty teaching writing-intensive technical courses and anyone else interested in including communication instruction in their courses. They oversee the communications component of the Writing-Intensive Co-op and occasionally give talks to alumni and student groups.

Diversity Programs in Engineering

146 Olin Hall, (607) 255-6403,

The Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) office operates programs at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels to facilitate the outreach, recruitment, retention, and overall success of underrepresented minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups in engineering. The DPE office is responsible for fostering a vision of diversity appreciation reflective of the College of Engineering’s strategic plan, which enables students from all backgrounds and cultures to thrive and succeed at Cornell. The DPE office provides an institutionalized approach for meeting the needs of students by providing community, academic, professional, and personal development opportunities that support overall student success. Additionally, the DPE office works collaboratively with university partners to administer graduate fellowships, undergraduate research opportunities, high school outreach programs, as well as several mentoring initiatives. The DPE office supports and advises/co-advises six engineering student organizations: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers, and Striving for Excellence in Engineering.

Engineering Learning Initiatives

167 Olin Hall, (607) 255-9622,

The office of Engineering Learning Initiatives (ELI) offers programs designed to enhance the undergraduate academic experience through peer education, collaborative learning, research support, and teaching assistant development.

Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs), offered through ELI, are taken in conjunction with core engineering courses including math, computer science, statistics and chemistry. The 1-credit AEWs are weekly two-hour collaborative problem-solving sessions. Designed to enhance student understanding, they feature peer-facilitated group work on problems at or above the level of course material.

Undergraduate Research Grants, offered through ELI, facilitate opportunities for students to obtain hands-on research experience with a faculty mentor. Students and faculty may apply for funding to cover student wages and expense costs for the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Tutors-on-Call, offered through ELI, provides one-on-one peer tutoring free of charge for engineering students in many first- and second-year core courses, including math, statistics, chemistry, physics, computer science, and statistics courses.

Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services

201 Carpenter Hall, (607) 255-5006,

This office assists engineering students (freshmen through Ph.D.) on issues related to career development and job search through individual advising and group seminars. It also administers the Engineering Cooperative Education Program. Each year, more than 200 national employers visit the office to recruit technical interns and graduates; additional job opportunities are posted on Cornell’s electronic job posting service. Undergraduate and graduate students can use these resources to pursue permanent, summer, or co-op employment.

The Engineering Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) provides an opportunity for undergraduates to gain practical experience in engineering-related organizations before they graduate. By supplementing course work with carefully monitored, paid positions, Co-op students can explore their own interests and acquire a better understanding of engineering as a profession—and still graduate in four years.

To be eligible, a student must have been enrolled in the College of Engineering an equivalent of five semesters before starting the first work term. (Exceptions may be made for transfer students and others pursuing an accelerated curriculum.) Students majoring in computer science or biological engineering, but not registered in the College of Engineering, are also eligible. In most cases, a GPA ≥ 2.7 is required. Applicants interview with participating employers in February of the sophomore year. Those who receive offers and join the program usually complete their fifth-semester course work on campus during the summer after sophomore year and begin the first Co-op work term the following fall. They complete the sixth semester on campus with their classmates and then return to their Co-op employer (but not necessarily to the same department or location) the following summer to complete a second work term. Students then spend the senior year on campus, graduating on schedule with their class. Students who have flexible course curriculums may prefer to complete one 28-week spring/summer or summer/fall Co-op work term during the junior year.

Team Projects in Engineering

The College of Engineering’s student project teams are unsurpassed in terms of the range of experiences available to students and the success that the teams have enjoyed. Our student project teams bring together people whose collective experiences, perspectives, and creativity provide the foundation for solving problems that leave even the most astute individuals perplexed.

The success of our teams springs not only from the sound engineering principles they use but also from the diversity the teams bring to bear on the problems they encounter. Teams generally have members from several different majors, not only in engineering but across the campus.

There are over a dozen teams, ranging from Engineers for a Sustainable World, which focuses on engineering-based group service projects that offer real-life engineering research and design experience; to AguaClara, whose mission is to improve water treatment technologies so that communities in the Global South can afford safe, clean drinking water; to Formulae SAE, which has won the international competition 9 times since 1986; to Violet, a highly agile nanosatellite whose primary mission is to experimentally validate novel control-moment gyroscope (CMG) steering laws.

Check out the various teams on the web page listed above.

Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute

167 Olin Hall, (607) 254-6514,

The College of Engineering is committed to providing an outstanding education for its students. In support of this mission, Engineering’s Teaching Excellence Institute (ETEI) collaborates with faculty in developing innovative and effective teaching methods and in improving course design, supports faculty efforts in engineering education research, and assists faculty with the education or outreach components of grant proposals.

ETEI gives workshops and provides individual support to faculty on all aspects of education, including development of course syllabi, the use of technology in the classroom, active learning, learning styles, and assessment of student learning.

The ETEI collaborates with the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence on various events throughout the year.

International Programs

An international perspective, sensitivity to other cultures, and the ability to read and speak a second language are increasingly important for today’s engineers. The College of Engineering encourages students to study or work abroad during their undergraduate years. Currently, the college has study abroad agreements with École Centrale Paris, France; Cantabria, Spain; and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and is also working with IIT Kanpur, India, and the National University of Singapore. The college is working to facilitate study abroad in Dresden, Germany; and Guadalajara, Mexico. Students who plan to study abroad apply through Cornell Abroad . Visit and Engineering Advising, 167 Olin Hall, for the latest information. In addition, the college is working on developing international Co-op and internship work experiences. For information, visit the Engineering Cooperative Education and Career Services Office, 201 Carpenter Hall.

Cooperative Program with the Johnson Graduate School of Management

Undergraduates may be interested in a cooperative program at Cornell that leads to both master of engineering and master of business administration (M.B.A.) degrees. See Master of Engineering Degrees  for details.

Lester Knight Scholarship Program

The Lester Knight Scholarship Program is designed to assist and encourage Cornell Engineering students and alumni interested in combining their engineering graduate education with a business degree. See