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A photo of Cornell Engineering student Anuj

Meet Anuj

A photo of Cornell Engineering student AnujMajor: biological engineering

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Why did you choose Cornell Engineering?
The main reason I chose Cornell University was because of its biological engineering program which would allow me to explore areas like agriculture and health combined with engineering. There are abundant research opportunities and resources that I could rely on to learn about any topic that I am interested in. Cornell University also has one of the finest engineering programs in the world with the most distinguished faculty which would be a wonderful learning environment.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
I enjoy the way Cornell Engineering fosters my curiosity and I enjoy learning from people around me. Every individual has a unique story to tell and a fascinating culture to share.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
I work in Prof. Jung’s Lab in the BEE department where I do research about drop dynamics. Similarly, I am also a member of a professional fraternity, Theta Tau, and treasurer for the International Students Admissions Ambassador.

How was your experience adjusting to Cornell?
Being an international student, it was very interesting learning about college culture in a new country. The transition was mostly learning about the way things are here and getting used to the college lifestyle. I am glad I was accompanied by several other domestic as well as international students to help with my transition here.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Tao

Meet Tao

A photo of Cornell Engineering student TaoMajor: materials science & engineering
Hometown: Zhoushan, China

Tao, a MSE senior recently received the Bill Nye ’77 Award in Undergraduate Research, for his work on the HI-light project under the guidance of Ph.D. Candidate, Elvis Cao in the Erickson Lab. This work focused on the modification of a glass waveguide surface for uniform light refraction inside a optofluidic photoreactor. This project has challenged Tao to learn and apply his interdisciplinary knowledge to solve realistic engineering problems. Tao has had a variety of research experiences including work in the Xing group on the surface characterization of Ga2O3 single crystal.  Tao is excited about the new technologies enabled by novel materials and says, “The development of the new materials is like magic to me, and I want to be one of the magicians.”.

Tao came to Cornell because of the beautiful summer views in Ithaca.  He also enjoys the lovely and lively people on campus and the many opportunities for him to explore and develop his interests in a variety of areas. One of which is his practice of Shinto Muso Ryu Jo and Kendo, two Japanese martial arts. Tao is the current Vice President of the Kendo Club at Cornell University.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Barbara

Meet Barbara

A photo of Cornell Engineering student BarbaraMajor: environmental engineering
Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Can you describe a highlight from your time at Cornell?
My highlight of my time in Cornell is finding a group of amazing and determined women in Environmental Engineering who have now become life-long friends. They have brightened my time on campus and we are strong advocates for studying Environmental Engineering!

Did you have any extracurricular activities or project teams that you enjoyed during your time here?
Extracurriculars were a huge part of my Cornell experience. I was on the executive board for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) where I was able to meet other black engineers in different majors within Cornell and across the nation. NSBE has shown me the importance of diversity in STEM, and how to be an available resource within my community to help underclassmen. Additionally, I was in the engineering project team AguaClara since my sophomore year. AguaClara has pushed me to the “edge of knowledge” when it comes to innovative thinking needed to design sustainable, gravity-powered water treatment plants. I had an unforgettable experience in Honduras this January with the AguaClara team, where I was able to see my research come to life through numerous water treatment plant tours and meeting the incredible engineers and operators working there. These two organizations definitely have created a remarkable impact on my engineering career!

Do you have any plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan to return to Cornell to do my masters degree in Engineering Management. I’m looking forward to spending one more year in Ithaca!

What will you miss about your time here?
There are so many little things I’ll miss about Cornell, but I know I’ll miss bringing Willard Straight Popcorn back to Hollister and hanging out on the 4th floor student lounge where I admittedly may have done more socializing than actual studying!

Do you have any advice, parting words of wisdom for undergrads?
Never be afraid to ask for help and use all available resources! They are there for a reason. Be open to meeting different people! You have instant access to invaluable and diverse connections right in front of you everyday.

A photo of Cornell Engineering student Jacqueline

Meet Jacqueline

A photo of Cornell Engineering students workingMajor: environmental engineering
Hometown: Hong Kong

Highlight from your time at Cornell:
Getting involved with the Energy Warriors program as part of ESW. We worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension to develop and teach sustainability education lessons for incarcerated youth in Tompkins County. I learned a lot about the criminal justice system, especially the gender disparities that exist within their juvenile education systems.

Favorite Professor:
Prof. Damian Helbling! I took CEE 3510 with him, and really appreciate his approach to learning and great sense of humor. I also joined his lab sophomore fall – he and other members of his research group have been such wonderful role models these past 3 years.

Dream job:
Applying environmental engineering and human-centered design principles to build sustainable, affordable, quality water treatment systems for underserved communities!

What will you miss the most?
Living with 19 friends in a student-run cooperative, including other environmental engineers (such as fellow senior Ian, pictured)! I’ll also all miss the friendly faces of Hollister Hall, especially the second floor main office area.

Cornell Engineering student Gabe

Meet Gabe

Cornell Engineering student GabeMajor: operations research & engineering
Hometown: Salvador, Brazil

Why you choose Cornell Engineering?
I choose Cornell Engineering because I enjoy being academically challenged. It is beneficial to us to always be pushing ourselves to think about things differently and come up with new solutions.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell Engineering?
My favorite thing about Cornell Engineering is the faculty working with us. The school is made up of the best, most experienced professionals in the field.

What do you do outside of the classroom?
Outside of the classroom I enjoy working, hanging out with my family and friends, playing sports, and doing new things.

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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