Cornell Engineering: A Virtual Visit

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A photograph of Cornell Engineering student Rami

Meet Rami

A poster with Cornell Engineering student Rami pictured on itMajor: computer science
Hometown: Walnut, CA

Rami is Egyptian and writes and performs poetry and the spoken word.

Rami breaks the rules by paying more attention to his clubs and organizations than his classes, transferring into the CS major first semester of Junior year, turning down a Microsoft offer for Adobe, and drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day.

With regard to his experience in engineering, he wants prospective students to know that engineering is not as hard as you think. You are smart enough and you belong here. There will be people telling you different things along your journey, but at the end of the day, you know your worth. Show them.

Rami wants to live in a world where engineers will foster an “each one, teach one” environment to more easily pass knowledge down to younger peers.

After Cornell Engineering Rami hopes to apply his CS and product development knowledge to be the technical co-founder of a startup company aiming at bettering the Person of Color experience in colleges across America. Then, he hopes to move back to Egypt and work with the Egyptian government to better the living circumstances of poor people and their access to basic life necessities.

Current Cornell Engienering student Jensen sitting on Libe Slope

Meet Jensen

A photograph of the I am a Cornell Engineer poster with Jensen on it.Major: computer science
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Jensen is a member of Underrepresented Minorities in Computer and ColorStack, a mentorship-driven community of Black and Latinx engineering students. Jensen plays the saxophone and enjoys the scenic trails that are around Ithaca.

Jensen breaks the rules by pushing past the limitations placed on curiosity. Jensen believes all ideas are the starting point for brilliant solutions.

Jensen wants prospective students to know that “everyone has a unique path to pursue in this world. Keep pushing until your route is found.”

After Cornell, Jensen wants to pursue a career in software engineering so that he can build better products with diverse perspectives illuminated.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Navin

Meet Navin

A photo of Cornell Engineering student NavinMajor: computer science
Hometown: Edison, NJ

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell because I wanted to be more than just a technical engineer – I wanted to be exposed to other majors, ideas, classes, all while having time to explore wide ranging extracurriculars of my own choosing.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
Project teams have really helped me take the next step in becoming an engineer – the practical applications of engineering concepts I learn in class allow me to explore new areas I never thought I would enjoy. Cornell Engineering’s support for project teams lets us take on bigger and more impactful projects, allowing us so early in our careers to make a difference in a plethora of fields.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
I am a Teaching Assistant in one of the intro Computer Science courses, a job that I find quite rewarding, as I am able to act as a mentor for many students who are still trying to determine their correct path during college.

Cornell Engineering student Leul

Meet Leul

Cornell Engineering student LeulMajor: computer science
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose to attend Cornell Engineering mainly because of its collaborative environment. I wanted to be challenged by classes and at the same time learn from my peers. After touring the campus and talking with engineering students at the time, I realized this was the perfect fit for me.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the flexibility it affords you to explore your major. There are hundreds of classes ranging from introductory undergraduate to graduate level that allow you to not only learn about a topic but also challenge you to think differently about your interests, goals and what impact you can have in your field.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
Outside of classes, I was involved in independent research in the Cornell Computer Graphics lab. As an undergraduate researcher, I got a chance to be mentored by a professor and apply the things I learned about in my classes. Besides research, I loved hiking around the numerous trails in Ithaca, rock climbing at Lindseth and giving Engineering Quad tours as an Engineering Ambassador.

Cornell Engineering student Stanley

Meet Stanley

Cornell Engineering student StanleyMajor: computer science
Hometown: Corona, NY

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I knew I wanted to go to a school in a more rural setting, but still have some conveniences that are found in a city. Ithaca is a fantastic place to explore, with a large amount of parks all over the city. The TCAT bus also runs throughout campus, so getting places is relatively easy. Cornell Engineering also has a great variety of interesting classes as well, so I was confident Cornell was the right choice.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I really like how collaborative everything is as well as the opportunities that are present at the College. Not only can you learn the theory for a lot of subjects, you can also apply them to team-based projects, whether it be through project teams or research or something else entirely.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
I’m part of a Chinese Yoyo performance group called the Cornell Pro-Yos. Our team holds several performances a year and it’s a great way for me to unwind after classes and meet with friends. I’m also part of the Engineering Ambassadors, where I’m able to give tours to prospective students and share what I think makes Cornell Engineering so great. I also was part of a project team called Cornell Cup Robotics, which allowed me to work on interdisciplinary projects with a large group of students.

Cornell engineering student Charu

Meet Charu

Cornell engineering student CharuMajor: computer science
Hometown: Fremont, CA

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell because of their amazing programs with a focus on hands on learning experiences and the College’s culture which focuses on collaboration and exploring things out of your comfort zone.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the core curriculum that encourages you to explore different engineering disciplines before settling on one and the focus on hands on learning through project teams and labs.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom, one of the best ways to get involved is to join different clubs or project teams. There you will not only learn new things and get to use the things you learned in the classroom in a practical environment, but you will also meet a lot of new people.

Cornell engineering student Glenn

Meet Glenn

Cornell engineering student GlennMajor: computer science
Hometown: Longmeadow, MA

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose to attend Cornell University for its connections within the technology industry, the diverse, welcoming student body, and most importantly for its knockout campus. In my time here, I have found Cornell to have brilliant, enthusiastic professors who help motivate me to become a great student. I have also found lifelong friends. Cornell has such a unique student body that no matter your interests, you will feel like you have a place. The surrounding nature in Ithaca and on Cornell’s campus itself is also breathtaking. Only at Cornell is your morning walk to class over a gorgeous waterfall and gorge extending through the rest of campus.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is, although classes can be quite large, especially your first year, you are far from being just a number.  No matter the size of my classes, I could always find help from professors, TA’s, or fellow students. Cornell Engineering prioritizes every student’s success to make them feel comfortable and engaged.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
Outside the classroom I am involved in many other clubs on campus including Cornellians for Israel, Cornell Elderly Partnership, Hillel, and Association of Computer Science Undergraduates.  I am also a part of Greek Life and hold a board position in my fraternity.

Engineering student Peter

Meet Peter

Engineering student PeterMajor: computer science
Hometown: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I chose Cornell Engineering because I was very interested in a STEM focused career after college and I knew that Cornell offered so many great opportunities to explore different passions and interests. Looking back, I can say confidently that coming to Cornell has been one of the best decisions of my life; the people, the culture, and the opportunities have changed my life forever.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the people. The staff and students together make up an incredibly diverse body that is very collaborative, supportive, and welcoming.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
I get involved outside the classroom by playing tennis in Club tennis and hanging out with my friends in Greek life.

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