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A photograph of Cornell Engineering student Anita.

Meet Anita

Major: civil engineering
Hometown: Great Neck, NY

Anita is the team lead for Cornell Seismic Design, is part of the McLaskey Research Group, which studies earthquake physics, and sings with the Cornell Chorale. Anita loves Cornell Dining’s buffalo chicken wings and started jogging regularly after taking a Cornell PE class on jogging.

Anita breaks the rules by going beyond building codes and trying to design truly sustainable and resilient structures using physics, statistics, and data.

Anita wants the world to know that women can be as successful as men in STEM! With regard to my experience in engineering, I want prospective students to know that it is important to face challenges and learn new things that are outside your discipline. Nowadays, different engineering fields are so interconnected that we as engineers need to diversify our toolbox.

Anita feels that the most incredible thing about being an engineer is that you fell like you are making the world a better place. For her, engineering is about finding innovative solutions to problems and creating a more resilient future.

Cornell engineering student Samuel

Meet Samuel

Cornell Engineering student SamuelMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I knew Cornell was a wonderful place, a place that’s vast, with immense opportunities. A place known for it’s academic rigor and it’s rewarding programs.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
At Cornell Engineering the professors are personable and supportive. Classmates are go-getters and friendly. It really makes for an inspiring community of like-minded individuals. You will certainly make friends.

How do you get involved outside of the classroom?
I have been part of multiple student organizations on campus such as S.O.S.A. (Scholars in Our Society and Africa) and EAST. I was also part of a project team which was quite an experience!

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Vanessa

Meet Vanessa

A photo of Cornell Engineering student VanessaMajor: civil engineering
Hometown: Memphis, TN

Highlight from your time at Cornell:
Besides meeting so many incredible people and making great friends, my highlight was being able to spend a year in Spain. Studying abroad was always at the top of my bucket list and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go to Santander. It was definitely one of best years of my life!

Favorite Professor and/or class:
Professor Hover and all of his concrete classes!

What inspires you?
My parents have always been my inspiration for everything I do. I would not be graduating from Cornell without their love, support, and the sacrifices they have made.

What are your plans after graduation?
I will be interning at Clark Construction for the summer and then coming back to Cornell for a semester to complete my MEng in Engineering Management.

What will you miss the most about Cornell Engineering?
Everything: the amazing professors, the campus, the beautiful sunsets, hanging out in Bovay and the Hollister lounge when we should have been working, but most of all, the friends I made at Cornell.

Advice for incoming students:
Always try something new and take risks. Never in a million years would I have thought I would love construction and researching concrete. All it takes is one yes to change your life. Trust yourself and your capabilities! You deserve to be here no matter what people (including yourself) might think!

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