An Inside Look

We hope you will check out some short videos by our resident Cornell Engineering experts. You will find responses to frequently asked questions as well as conversations with engineering students and student services staff. We will continue to add videos, so check back periodically.

Sections include:
Q&A with Cornell Engineering Students
Advice from the Society of Women Engineers
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Student Project Teams: Everything You Need to Know
Learn How the Cornell Career Center Helps Students
Hear from Cornell Engineering Students
Hear from Our Alumni

Q&A with Cornell Engineering Students

A Conversation with College of Engineering Student Ambassadors

Student Q&A Panel

Uplifting Each Other: The Indigenous Community at Cornell Engineering

Advice from the Society of Women Engineers

Listen as five members of Cornell’s Society of Women Engineers talk about various aspects of life at Cornell Engineering.

Part 1: Introductions and First-Year Classes

Part 2: TAs, Office Hours and Other Resources

Part 3: Choosing a Major

Part 4: The Shift from High School to College

Part 5: Life Outside the Classroom

Part 6: The Cornell Vibe

Part 7: One Piece of Advice

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Ask Cornell: Frequently Asked Questions for the College of Engineering

What Makes Cornell Engineering Unique?

What is the Difference Between Early Decision and Regular Decision?

Please note that Cornell University has extended the deadline for Early Decision to November 16, 2020.

Are There Curricular Requirements When Applying to Cornell Engineering?

What Is the Application Process for International Applicants?

Please note that some changes have been made to the testing options for English proficiency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What is the Engineering Common Curriculum?

What are the Engineering Distribution Requirements and the Liberal Studies Requirements?

What is the Difference Between Computer Science in the College of Engineering vs. the College of Arts and Sciences?

What is the Weather Like in Ithaca?

What is the Independent Major?

Why is Aerospace Engineering Not a Major at Cornell Engineering?

Recommended viewing: How to Build Your Own Spacecraft, a TEDx Cornell University talk by Mason Peck, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Student Project Teams: Everything You Need to Know


Student Project Teams Part 1: What Are Student Project Teams

Student Project Teams Part 2: What Are the Benefits?

Student Project Teams Part 3: How to Get Involved

Student Project Teams Part 4: What is the Project Team Workspace Like?

Student Project Teams Part 5: How Do Project Teams Enhance an Engineering Education?

Student Project Teams Part 6: What Is Unique About Cornell Engineering's Project Teams?

Learn How the Cornell Career Center Helps Students

Cornell Engineering Career Center

Hear from Cornell Engineering Students

Smith Charles '23: A Cornell Story

Q&A with Caroline, a Rising Senior in Biomedical Engineering.

Cornell Engineering: iGem (project team)

Meet Saaj (engineering physics)

Meet Jamey (mechanical engineering)

Meet Jehron (computer science)

Meet Robert (engineering physics)

Meet Miah (computer science)

Meet Sofia (computer science)

Meet Katie (engineering physics)

Listen as Cornell Engineering senior, Katie, reflects on her journey at Cornell.

Meet Jordan (biomedical engineering)

Meet Evan (materials science and engineering)

Meet Nikita (computer science)

Meet Diego (mechanical engineering)

Meet Olav (mechanical engineering)

Meet Nicolette (civil engineering)

Hear from Our Alumni

2021 Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award: John A. Swanson

John A. Swanson ’61, M.Eng. ’63, internationally recognized authority and innovator in the application of finite-element methods of engineering, was honored with the 2021 Cornell Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award.

Swanson, elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2009, is founder and former president and CEO of ANSYS Inc. Founded in 1970 as Swanson Analysis Systems Inc., ANSYS develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries.

2020 Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award: Robert F. Smith

Robert F. Smith ’85, founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, was honored with Cornell Engineering’s 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Smith, named one of the “greatest living business minds” by Forbes magazine, founded Vista in 2002 as a private equity firm that invests in software-, data- and technology-driven companies. Under Smith’s leadership, it became the fastest-growing private equity company in America.

Smith received his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Cornell, and his MBA from Columbia Business School. He is chair of Carnegie Hall, chair of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and an emeritus member of the Cornell Engineering College Council.

2018 Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award: David Duffield

Cornell’s College of Engineering presented David A. Duffield ’62, MBA ’64, with the inaugural Cornell Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award – its highest alumni honor – which recognizes extraordinary leadership, vision and bringing distinction to the college.

An engineer, businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Duffield founded six companies, including two highly successful business enterprise software firms, PeopleSoft and Workday.