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Project Team: Cornell Steel Bridge

Cornell Steel Bridge: Designing, structural analyzing, fabricating, welding, and constructing!

Cornell Engineering project team Cornell Steel Bridge Designing, structural analyzing, fabricating, welding, and constructing are the core experiences that Steel Bridge members gain from participating in a Cornell project team. Apart from providing hands-on experience simulating real-life practice in the industry, the Steel Bridge project team is also an opportunity for students to be involved in the nation-wide American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Student Steel Bridge Competition. During every academic year, our members create bridge designs under the proposed competition specifications and conduct structural analysis on the design. After electing a bridge design with the best structural efficiency, our team proceeds to fabricate and weld all bridge members in-house. The finished bridge members are assembled and constructed at the competition.

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Study Abroad: Semester at Sea

Program: Semester at Sea
Countries visited: Japan, Vietnam, Mauritius, South Africa

Semester at SeaIn my junior year, I participated in Semester at Sea as my study abroad program. It is a global voyage program, where students and professors live on a cruise ship together, and travel around the world in about 100 days. During those 100 days, we usually visit 10 countries, meanwhile taking up to 15 academic credits.

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Life Outside the Classroom

Cornell Engineering student StanleyBeing a Cornell Engineer isn’t only about taking classes, but also about working and interacting with other students, both in and outside of the engineering college. One of the most notable activities is project teams. Taking classes really focuses on giving you the foundation you need to understand important concepts in different engineering fields, but it usually doesn’t offer as many chances to apply that knowledge to real, physical projects. I joined a project team called Cornell Cup Robotics in my freshman year, and even though I was still new to developing large software projects at the time, I was immediately integrated into teams working on core features for the robot we were developing. I really appreciated being able to work on major parts of the project, all while learning about the tools commonly used in the industry. Another nice perk is that many project teams usually have large lab spaces, which are also open outside of regular club meetings, making it a perfect study spot!

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Senior Reflection: Navin’s Story

Cornell Engineering students NavinLooking back at the past four years, I see the evolution of an unconfident freshman uncertain of what he wanted to do, to a senior that is ready to graduate and face the challenges of the working world. My time as a senior, especially as a senior in the middle of a pandemic, has made me appreciate the people I’ve met, the education I’ve received, the events I’ve participated in. The struggles of my computer science problem sets were overshadowed by the triumphs of writing code that worked. The daunting tasks of certain projects were overshadowed by the relationships I developed with people who worked with me in classes over the past four years.

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Project Team: CUAUV

Project Team: Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV)

Project team CUAUVFor many of us on CUAUV, we have found our team to be like family. Every meeting is surrounded by an atmosphere of genuine curiosity for learning as well as light-hearted humor. Project teams at Cornell all offer this same type of experience: they allow students to practice their knowledge in real-life projects while finding your friends in the process. But for CUAUV at least, our experience goes beyond this. Many of our members have received full-time jobs from their experience through our large alumni network and sponsor relationships. Members have also found study partners for many of the classes they share and are able to depend on each other for advice. And, yes, we also have found our life-long friends here

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COVID-19 and Cornell: Daily Life in a Pandemic

Cornell Engineering student StephieMy typical day during the pandemic consists of fewer in-person activities than before the pandemic, but we are very lucky at Cornell that we have successfully pulled off a hybrid model and still have some in-person opportunities! Typically, I wake up and take any morning classes I have at home. I also try to take a break where I can run or go on a walk with a friend in the mornings (see picture). My afternoons are more variable, depending on whether or not I have something in person. If I have to go into lab, or if I have an in-person discussion or lab class, I usually go to Duffield with my friends to study before and after my in-person activity. If not, I stay home to study. Then I usually eat dinner with my roommates, or get takeout with some friends, and proceed to do my homework or club activities over Zoom. If I don’t have too much work, I try to bake or watch Netflix with my roommates.

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Undergraduate Research Experience

Cornell Engineering student RyanTo be honest, I didn’t even know research was something that people did in college until I got to Cornell. I thought engineering students took hard classes, looked for summer internships, and worked on some cool projects on the side (like project teams!). And while these are certainly all things that many engineering students do, I didn’t realize there were so many more possibilities to get involved.

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Project Team: Cornell FSAE Racing

Design, Build, and Win!

My name is Shota, and I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student at Cornell Engineering student ShotaCornell. I am here today to discuss one of the biggest reasons why I decided to attend this school. More specifically, I am writing to talk about Cornell FSAE Racing Team! Some people may refer to us as “Cornell Racing” or “FSAE” as well. Our team competes in a collegiate level design competition hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) each year. Furthermore, we design, build, test, and race an electric formula-style race car all from scratch with the various resources that we have access to. Some of the systems on the car that we design and manufacture include the: suspension, carbon fiber monocoque, aerodynamic wings, and 420V high voltage battery that powers the car. Our team motto is: Design, Build, and Win!

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Seeing the World: Study Abroad in France

Photograph of a student sitting on a wall in rural FranceDuring the spring of my junior year, I had the chance to study abroad in Metz, France through the Georgia Tech-Lorraine program. I had always wanted to study in France for a semester because of my experiences learning French in school, but I wasn’t sure I would ever fit it into my schedule as a Computer Science major. I’m here to tell you that not only can you study abroad as an engineer, you can have an amazing time while doing it! I’ll take you along for a day in the life of studying in Metz while discussing some of the things I learned from studying abroad.

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Why NS1150 is a must-take-class at Cornell

A photo of Cornell Engineering student GlennMy favorite non-engineering class is Nutrition, Health, and Society.  I found the course extremely interesting and relevant to my everyday life.  The core lesson of the class is one I feel every student at Cornell should learn — how you can live the longest, healthiest life possible.

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