Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Jan 31, 2023  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Information

In the College of Engineering .


Lynden Archer, dean,
José Martinez, associate dean for diversity and faculty development,
Erin Mulrooney, associate dean for administration,
Miranda Swanson, associate dean for student services,
Grace Xing, associate dean for research, entrepreneurship, and graduate studies,
Alan Zehnder, associate dean for undergraduate programs,
Carol Packard, associate dean for alumni affairs and development,
Yong Joo, associate dean of masters of engineering programs,
David Putnam, associate dean for innovation and entrepreneurship,

Engineering Advising

180 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-7414, Engineering Advising Website

Engineering Advising promotes a collaborative advising process of expansive inquiry, critical thought, and personal responsibility, thereby empowering the individual student to
make informed decisions regarding their academic and career goals.
Engineering Advising strives to:

  • Ensure that students have the information, counsel, and resources to succeed;
  • Offer multiple modes of access for students to connect with professional academic advisors;
  • Provide accurate and current information to current Engineering undergraduate students, prospective Engineering undergraduate students, and other interested students regarding major, College, and University degree requirements, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations;
  • Work in partnership with Engineering faculty advisors, peer advisors, administration and staff, as well as faculty from other Cornell colleges and schools and various other University entities, in order to promote student success within the College;
  • Work with students in an environment emphasizing the developmental process of student growth and success;
  • Keep abreast of relevant academic advising, student development, and related research and literature to constantly improve our services to students;
  • Promote the shared responsibility of academic advising between the student and the advisor;
  • Evaluate and assess our programs and services.

Professional Academic Advisor responsibilities:

  • Supplement advising provided by faculty advisors and major departments;
  • Focus on first- and second-year unaffiliated students, with continued access for upper-class students;
  • Focus primarily on issues related to the Engineering Common Curriculum and successfully affiliating with a major;
  • Provide specialty advising for:
    • Liberal Studies
    • Study abroad/international experiences;
    • Pre-health careers and how to integrate requirements into the curriculum;
    • Transferring internally (between colleges) within Cornell or concurrent degrees;
    • Student disability services;
    • Major exploration including the Independent Major and the affiliation process;
    • Minors, double majors;
    • Transfer credit, petitions, and curricular substitutions;
    • The criteria for good academic standing;
    • Voluntary, required, and health leaves of absence and withdrawals.
  • Coordinate the Early Intervention program; supporting students having academic or personal difficulties and referring students to appropriate campus resources;
  • Provide case management for students who are in need of academic consideration and/or in distress;
  • Protect the privacy of student education records as per FERPA.

Engineering Advising implements the academic policies of the College Curriculum Governing Board (CCGB). The professional academic advisors provide a variety of advising services and programs to assist students in achieving their undergraduate academic and personal goals. Engineering Advising and CCGB evaluates good academic standing for unaffiliated students at the end of each semester and supports students through the affiliation process during sophomore year.

Engineering Registrar

170 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-7140, Engineering Registrar Website

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. Cornell does not provide unofficial transcripts, but students can view and print their semester grade reports via their Student Center accounts.

Engineering Communications Program

465 Hollister Hall, (607) 255-7199, Engineering Communications Program Website

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 communication-intensive courses and anyone else interested in including communication instruction in their courses.

Diversity Programs in Engineering

146 Olin Hall, (607) 255-6403, Diversity Programs in Engineering Website

The Office of Diversity Programs in Engineering (DPE) offers a comprehensive portfolio of programs at the pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. These programs facilitate the recruitment, development, retention, and success of all members of the engineering community. To achieve our goals, we employ a systemic approach based upon core principles of composition, engagement, inclusion, and achievement to advance the success of students and faculty. We collaborate with university and external partners on initiatives enhancing equity within our community in terms of: ethnicity, race, sex, gender, orientation, identity, first generation status, socioeconomic class, and veteran status. Further, DPE offers graduate fellowships, undergraduate research opportunities, academic support, and high school outreach programs as well as several mentoring initiatives. We also advise/co-advise nine affinity professional engineering student organizations:

Engineering Learning Initiatives

175 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-9622, Engineering Learning Initiatives Website

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, chemistry and statistics. The 1-credit AEWs are weekly two-hour collaborative learning 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 free one-on-one peer tutoring for engineering students in many first- and second-year core courses, including math, chemistry, physics, computer science, statistics, and some distribution courses.

Engineering Teaching Assistant Development Program, provides training sessions, development resources, and a midterm evaluation process for both graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants in the College of Engineering.

Engineering Career Center

201 Carpenter Hall, (607) 255-5006, Engineering Career Center Website

The Cornell Engineering Career Center inspires and empowers first-year through Ph.D. students to create lifelong career success.  We increase awareness, confidence, and career readiness by guiding students to discern their interests, talents, and paths forward through career exploration, personal development opportunities, and career planning tools and resources. Career Advisors and Office staff coordinate events for students to connect with alumni in and outside of Ithaca as well as instruct ENGRG 2350 ; Career Development in Engineering.  Whether searching for an internship or co-op, full-time position, exploring major, position, and industry interests, or looking for direction, the Office is staffed to support students in making informed career decisions. We are also dedicated to building and maintain relationships with employers seeking to recruit Cornell Engineering talent. Each year 200+ employers from throughout the U.S. visit the office to recruit engineering graduates with a B.S. through Ph.D. Additional job opportunities are posted in Handshake, Cornell’s electronic jobs database.

Engineering Leadership Program

194 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-9074, Engineering Leadership Program Website

Cornell engineering students use their technical skills to define problems and devise solutions.  To manifest the potential of their technical training, engineers must know how to lead others. Inventing and executing on innovations requires teamwork. The most successful engineers  pair their technical excellence with the ability to communicate a vision, motivate people to act, and guide and coordinate others’ efforts.

Our mission is to grow powerful leaders who take on our world’s biggest challenges with knowledge, skill, insight and courage. We achieve this through experiential seminars offered to all, stand-alone courses, leadership content integrated with existing engineering classes, the Engineering Leadership Certificate Program, and individual and team coaching. Because we believe great leadership development engages the heart and the mind, we emphasize empirically derived knowledge combined with personal inquiry and growth.

Cornell Engineering Leaders stand for integrity, curiosity, self-awareness, responsibility for impact, compassion, growth, and determination.

Cornell Engineering Student Project Teams

Cornell Engineering Student Project Teams mimic real-world engineering by bringing Cornell students, faculty, and staff together to solve complex problems in team-based settings. This is the largest program of its kind in the country with over 1,200 student participants from all 14 Engineering majors and from across Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges/schools​.

Engineering Student Project Teams provide students with a rich, multidisciplinary experience, working in diverse teams to tackle challenging, real-world problems. Many teams compete regionally, nationally, and internationally in engineering design and build competitions, others work with local and global community partners or develop open-source apps and data-driven solutions. And if you look below the surface, teams include students who specialize in a huge variety of technical challenges but also business, fundraising, operations, and logistics. ​The fact that students can earn course credit for their participation makes this program particularly unique​.

Visit to learn more about the current project teams.

Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute

190 Rhodes Hall, (607) 254-6514, Engineering Teaching Excellence Institute Website

The College of Engineering is committed to providing an outstanding education for its students. In support of this mission, Engineering’s James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute (MTEI) 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. MTEI plays a lead role in classroom redesign, innovation and support.

MTEI 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. MTEI runs a robust mid-semester feedback program enabling students to give anonymous feedback to their professors during the semester.

The MTEI collaborates with the university’s Center for Teaching Innovation on various aspects of teaching support.

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. As a result, the College of Engineering encourages students to study or work abroad during their undergraduate years. Students can participate in a variety of study abroad and international education opportunities and are encouraged to contact the Office of Global Learning at and the Engineering Advising office at for more information.

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 Lester Knight Scholarship Program Website.