Cornell MAE MEng

Cornell MAE MEng This is the page for current students, alumni, and faculty of the Cornell MAE MEng program to foster a community and communicate with one another.
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This Facebook group is for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or engineering mechanics at Cornell University. The program is a one-year professional course of study. It is designed for students to develop a high level of competence in engineering science, current technology, and/or engineering design, with a focus on those who want to go or are currently in industry. It program highly interdisciplinary in nature, and a great deal of flexibility is available in tailoring a program to fit individual needs and interests. Students study in a concentration area: Spacecraft Engineering, Biomechanics, Design, Controls, Robotics, Energy and Engineered Materials. And take supplemental courses in professional development (management, systems engineering, finance, leadership, etc) and develop their skills in the use of engineering tools (CFD, FEA, programming). The program has been in operation for over fifty years and has graduates all over the world in every industry. The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree program in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or engineering mechanics is a one-year professional course of study that allows students to develop a high level of competence in engineering science, current technology, and engineering design. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature, and a great deal of flexibility is available in tailoring a program to fit individual needs and interests. Typical M.Eng. graduates enter the work force with greater opportunities and at significantly higher salaries than those entering with a B.S. degree, and many are offered earlier chances of advancement. Although the majority of M.Eng. students start the program immediately following the completion of their B.S. degree, some are industrial employees who have enrolled through their companies' continuing education programs. Whereas the M.S. and Ph.D. programs are largely oriented towards research, the M.Eng. program is more directed to engineering design and professional employment in industry after graduation. Some M.Eng. students have successfully entered a Ph.D. program after completing the requirements for the M.Eng. degree but this is not an expected outcome for the program. Though the M.Eng. curriculum is flexible, many students choose to specialize within one of the following MAE focus areas: Astronautics Biomechanics Dynamics, Controls and Robotics Energy and the Environment Mechanics of Materials Micro and Nanoscale Engineering Thermal-Fluid Sciences 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.

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Don't forget to grab some breakfast in the MEng Lounge tomorrow morning. Yum!
09/18/2019

Don't forget to grab some breakfast in the MEng Lounge tomorrow morning. Yum!

Upson and Duffield got a new coating of snow this morning ❄️☃️❄️
03/04/2019

Upson and Duffield got a new coating of snow this morning ❄️☃️❄️

Last week, our students had the chance to put their physics knowledge to the test at the Helen Newman Bowling alley. The...
02/13/2019

Last week, our students had the chance to put their physics knowledge to the test at the Helen Newman Bowling alley. They were treated with pizza and drinks for a much-appreciated study break. 🎳🎳 @ Cornell University

a few weeks ago, we celebrated all of our May graduates with an end-of-semester BBQ! we’re so proud of all of the gradua...
05/23/2018

a few weeks ago, we celebrated all of our May graduates with an end-of-semester BBQ! we’re so proud of all of the graduates and can’t wait to see what big things you all do next 👩🏻‍🎓👨🏽‍🎓🍰🥔🍔🎉📚now the wait for graduation begins...

For the final spotlight of the semester, we “chatted” with the girl behind all of the spotlights this year, Christina Ke...
05/17/2018

For the final spotlight of the semester, we “chatted” with the girl behind all of the spotlights this year, Christina Keefe, from Belmont, MA!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “The undergraduate program in MAE at Cornell.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Mechanical Engineering, May 2018.”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working with Professor Keith Green on a project called “Learning with Mind, Machine, and Motor.” We are exploring the cognitive development and embodiment present both in humans and machine elements through a spatial cognition task. So physically we are working towards building a non-humanoid robot that can be a learning companion for children during a spatial cognition task, such as building shapes or a fort out of playpen pieces(using the pieces seen in the 2nd and 3rd pictures). Since I joined at the onset of the project, I was responsible for a lot of brainstorming, research with children, and the beginning of the technical implementation. I worked with the Sciencenter in Ithaca to explore how children play and communicate during spatial tasks. We are building the robot (seen in the 4th picture) using an iRobot Create, Amazon Echo, and Microsoft Kinects.”

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “Yes, I’ll be moving to New York City to work for DMC Engineering as a Systems Engineer.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most before graduation?
A: “One more trip to the taco truck!”

Q: If you had to describe yourself as a eatery on campus, which one would you be?
A: “Flora Rose House because they have the best taco nights.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: “I love to bake, go to the beach, follow Boston sports teams and explore outside, especially Ithaca’s gorges.”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “An unpopular opinion, but Welch’s fruit roll-ups. Also, the Rice Krispies with m&ms in them.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I rode on the longest and highest zipline in North America last Fall.”

For one of our final spotlights of the semester, we caught up with Emilie Camera from Long Island, NY!Q: What did you do...
05/12/2018

For one of our final spotlights of the semester, we caught up with Emilie Camera from Long Island, NY!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “The undergraduate program in MAE at Cornell.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Mechanical Engineering, May 2018.”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working on a project in Professor Robert Shepherd’s lab. My project consists of designing and 3D-printing dielectric elastomeric actuators. I design them in a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software and then print them on the Carbon M1 Stereolithographic printer in our lab (seen in the second picture). After they are printed, we put electrodes on either side, and when high voltage is applied to the electrodes, they squeeze the actuator and displace fluid inside (seen in the last picture). Right now, we’re exploring what shapes this technology can work with and what the limits are. We’re trying to build geometries that can only be 3D-printed, rather than built through any other traditional manufacturing technique. Throughout this whole project, I’ve been working with Maura O’Neill, a first year Ph.D. student, which has been an awesome experience. By the end of the semester, we’re aiming to quantify numerically what’s going on with the actuators.”

Q: Do you have any plans for after graduation?
A: “I’ll be going to Italy for 5 weeks to play violin at an opera festival!”

Q: What are you looking forward to most before graduation?
A: “Nice weather and going outside without a jacket on.”

Q: Do you have favorite study spot?
A: “The hallway of Upson with all of the windows along Hoy Road, and the Green Dragon cafe, that’s my most creative place.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: “I’ve been playing in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra for all 5 years of my years here. I’ve been able to travel to Argentina and Dublin with them, and the activity and the people are a great break from academics. I also played in the pit for some shows at Risley Hall during undergrad.”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “Welch’s fruit snacks.”

Q: Why did you choose to study engineering?
A: “I originally wanted to study music but decided instead to pursue engineering academically and save music for my other time, so I got to do both.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I like to Latin dance, which a friend taught me the summer before junior year.”

This week, we have a spotlight with with Alex Milde from Mattapoisett, MA!Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell fo...
05/04/2018

This week, we have a spotlight with with Alex Milde from Mattapoisett, MA!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering at Cornell.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Aerospace Engineering, May 2018”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working on the Pathfinder for Autonomous Navigation (PAN) CubeSat project in the Space Systems Design Studio (SSDS) under Professor Peck. The goal of the mission is to have two small 3U cube satellites autonomously rendezvous and dock in low Earth orbit. I’m responsible for the magnetic docking system, which consists of two permanent magnets that can be rotated in order to reverse their polarity for docking or undocking from the other satellite. I did a complete redesign, which involved switching to using a stepper motor and a bevel gear train. By the end of the semester, I should have a couple of working assemblies that have undergone some functional testing.”

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “Yes, I’ll be working as a Design Engineer at Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most before graduation?
A: “I don’t want to leave, but just hanging out after classes end.”

Q: What’s your favorite on-campus eatery?
A: “Mac’s because they have a wide variety. If it’s busy, you can always get in and out with something good from the pasta/enchilada station, but if it’s slow, the flatbreads are amazing.”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: “Club ski team, indoor and outdoor rock climbing, winning intramural sports championships, trying other random club sports, building a boat, trying to do anything other than work.”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “It’s a toss-up between Welch’s fruit snacks or plain rice krispy treats.”

Q: Why did you choose Mechanical Engineering?
A: “It was really the only thing I could see myself doing. My dad runs a boat-building business, so I’ve been exposed to a shop environment my whole life and had an early introduction to composites. I’ve built everything from carbon fiber shin guards for ski racing to a 14-foot outboard motor boat, so Mechanical Engineering seemed like a logical extension of that. Looking back now that I’m in my final year of MechE education, I can’t see myself having done anything else.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I drove 19 hours, each way, from Ithaca to Arkansas for a 24-hour long climbing competition!”

After a short break from spotlights, we got back to it this week with Mickey Ahir from Patchogue, NY!Q: What did you do ...
04/17/2018

After a short break from spotlights, we got back to it this week with Mickey Ahir from Patchogue, NY!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “I got my Bachelor of Engineering degree in BioMedical Engineering at Stony Brook University.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Mechanical Engineering, May 2018.”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working on the Consumer Product Design (CPD) project with Professor Shepherd. I’ve worked on 3 different projects within that. The first product is an assistive device for the elderly. It’s a seat assist device that facilitates standing up (seen in the 2nd and 3rd pictures). It was an idea that came out of the CPD course. The second project involved working with Pepsi to redesign the vending machine experience. The last project, which I’m currently working on, is another product idea that came out of the CPD course. It’s called Easy Clasp, and it’s magnetic add-on for jewelry, designed to make putting jewelry on easier for people with inhibited dexterity. We’ve done some patent filing and are pursuing going to market.”

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “Yes, I’ll be a Systems Development Engineer for Moog in East Aurora, NY starting this July.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most before graduation?
A: “Seeing all the gorges one last time before leaving and seeing all my projects completed to best of my ability before I leave.”

Q: If you had to describe yourself as a eatery on campus, which one would you be?
A: “Mac’s because it’s got a little bit of everything, but it’s a master of nothing”

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: “Mostly watch TV shows, read books, and running outside when the weather is nice.”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “Definitely Welch’s fruit snacks.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I was on the pre-med track until my senior year of undergrad but decided then I was more interested in the Mechanical Engineering classes.”

#adayinthelifeof : MAE M.Eng students yesterday included an Oreo sampling study break and a playoff inner tube water pol...
03/27/2018

#adayinthelifeof : MAE M.Eng students yesterday included an Oreo sampling study break and a playoff inner tube water polo game 🍪🥛🤽🏽‍♀️🏊🏻‍♂️ never a dull day around here!

We had a great time chatting with Jimmy Gutierrez from Miami, FL this week!Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell f...
03/14/2018

We had a great time chatting with Jimmy Gutierrez from Miami, FL this week!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “The Cornell undergraduate program in MAE.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Mechanical Engineering, May 2018”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I'm currently working in Brian Kirby's microfluidics lab where I've been developing fixtures and revising macroscale fabrication techniques in order to ease data collection and reduce failure rates of various experiments carried out by the lab. At the moment, I've been designing and fabricating a new set of fixtures for a cell-differentiating microfluidic chip (seen in the second picture).”

Q: Are you involved with any other engineering-related activities this semester?
A: “I’m teaching Mountain Biking for Cornell Outdoor Education, helping Cornell transition to a new Computer-Aided-Manufacturing (CAM) software, and working with MAE 2250: Mechanical Synthesis to teach students about limitations of CNC machining.”

Q: What is your favorite M.Eng. memory?
A: "All of the late nights of work and studying in Upson that ended up becoming way too fun because of our collective lack of sleep."

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “I’ll be working at Mitre Corporation in the D.C. area as an End-to-End Systems Engineer”

Q: What are you looking forward to most?
A: “Just to keep making the most out of interacting with my peers!”

Q: Where’s your favorite study spot?
A: “Swanson Lab or my office in my lab”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “Dark Chocolate Nature Valley Bars, Judy led me to the discovery of them and they’re really good.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I’ve lived in the same apartment in Ithaca for the past 3 years.”

We’re back! We caught up with David Zurmuhl, from Perkasie, PA.Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.En...
03/07/2018

We’re back! We caught up with David Zurmuhl, from Perkasie, PA.

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “The undergraduate program in MAE at Cornell.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Mechanical Engineering, May 2018.”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working with Professor Jeff Tester, in the Chemical Engineering department, on numerical simulations of geothermal heat pumps for data centers. I use a program called Trnsys. We’re working with Verizon, on a experimental heat pump in Ithaca, to validate the models from that data. I presented a paper on the Ithaca site and parameter optimization at a conference a few weeks ago. My goal for the rest of the semester is to extend what I’ve done with the Ithaca site to nationwide.”

Q: Are you involved with any other engineering-related activities this semester?
A: “Last semester I was a TA for MAE 1170: Intro to Mechanical Engineering, and this semester I’m TAing MAE 3260: System Dynamics.”

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “Not yet.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most?
A: “My 5th and hopefully final Slope Day.”

Q: Where’s your favorite study spot?
A: “My office in Snee Hall, or the M.Eng. lounge.”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “Frito’s”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I was on the Cornell swim team during undergrad. I swam the sprint freestyle.”
“I play acoustic guitar.”

This week we chatted with Armen Samurkashian from Redwoods City, CA!Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your...
02/15/2018

This week we chatted with Armen Samurkashian from Redwoods City, CA!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “I was an undergrad at M.I.T. with a major in Aerospace Engineering.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Aerospace Engineering, May 2018.”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working on a 1U CubeSat, which means it is 10 cm by 10 cm by 10 cm in volume. It’s a project within Professor Mason Peck’s Space Systems Design Studio. We’re designing the satellite and integrating and testing it, aiming to finish it by May. We’re hoping to launch with NASA. It’s a technology-demo mission. It will deploy a light-sail that is 4 m by 4 m once in orbit.”

Q: Are you involved with any campus activities?
A: “I’m member of the Armenian Student Association.”

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “I’m going to Armenia for 2 months, but after that, employment.”

Q: What is your favorite thing about Cornell?
A: “The people here in the MAE M.Eng. program.”

Q: Where’s your favorite study spot?
A: “Olin library or eHub.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most this semester?
A: “Getting a full satellite finished before graduation!”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “Fruit snacks. They make me feel like I’m a kid again.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I’m fluent in Armenian, and I’m a private pilot.

We had a blast at Bowling last night!! Lots of strikes and spares to be seen 👀
02/09/2018

We had a blast at Bowling last night!! Lots of strikes and spares to be seen 👀

For our first spotlight this semester, Andrew Tan originally from Hong Kong (and now the Bay Area) chatted with us!Q: Wh...
02/01/2018

For our first spotlight this semester, Andrew Tan originally from Hong Kong (and now the Bay Area) chatted with us!

Q: What did you do before coming to Cornell for your M.Eng.?
A: “The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering here at Cornell.”

Q: What degree program are you in and when are you graduating?
A: “Mechanical Engineering, May 2018.”

Q: Tell us about your M.Eng. project.
A: “I’m working with a project team called Cornell University Micro-G, advised by Professor Diaz. We work with NASA to solve various astronaut problems. This year, we’re working on a problem that will hopefully be a part of a mission that they send to Europa, Jupiter’s moon. We’re building a 3 inch diameter, 6 inch tall can that will cut into the ice under Europa’s surface, collect some ice, and store it. It has to be super insulated since we want to look at stratigraphic samples of the ice once it gets back to Earth. We’re in the second semester of it now, so we’re finished designing and now focused on manufacturing and 3D-printing. [Andrew is pictured with past year's projects in the 2nd picture]. In May, we’re going to Texas to test it at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab!”

Q: Are you involved with any other engineering-related activities this semester?
A: “I’m the only 5th year veteran on the Club Tennis team. I’ve been playing since I was 3.”

Q: What is your favorite M.Eng. memory?
A: “Wine tour.”

Q: Do you have plans for after graduation?
A: “Not yet.”

Q: What are you looking forward to most before leaving Cornell?
A: “Finally climbing the clocktower and my last slope day.”

Q: Where’s your favorite study spot?
A: “M.Eng. lounge.”

Q: What is your favorite Judy snack?
A: “Oreos, sometimes Doritos, and Fruit by the Foot.”

Q: Any fun facts?
A: “I’ve touched Roger Federer’s hand, when I was a ball boy in one of his matches”
“I never been pulled over.”

01/31/2018
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Welcome back everyone!! after a long winter break, we’re back with our first full week of classes 🤓 Upson is looking emp...
01/30/2018

Welcome back everyone!! after a long winter break, we’re back with our first full week of classes 🤓 Upson is looking empty on this Monday evening before the semester work ramps up! More spotlights to come soon 👀

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