A photograph of Cornell Engineering student Francis Major: electrical and computer engineering
Hometown: Forest Hills, NY

Francis aspires to be a professional digital photographer someday and would live in Amsterdam for the rest of his life, if he had the choice.

He wants the world to know that people might say that your path is defined for you, but it’s not their life. It’s yours, and you have the power to define and achieve your own success.

Francis wants prospective students to know that taking risks is the only way to  tap into your true potential.

After Cornell Engineering, Francis plans to delve into the world of product management and hopefully go to graduate school to pursue a Masters after a few years in the tech industry.

My wish for future engineering students is that they will figure out the world’s most crucial problems and use their gift of a Cornell education to tackle those first. They should be excited, rather than intimidated, when confronted with the most challenging problems.

Francis wants to live in a world where engineers will be the shapers of society. From the products they create to the problems they solve to the ideas they generate, engineers will leave a lasting impact on the world well beyond their years.