ECON 3110: New Option for Math Elective

Good morning,

Another course has been added the list of acceptable math electives for Mechanical Engineering.

ECON 3110: Probability Models and Inference for the Social Sciences can satisfy the math elective as well as the probability and statistics requirement.

It will take some time for this course to be added to the lists on the website, but know that it has been approved as a math elective for Spring 2020 and beyond.

Senior Design Content Summary Form Submission

Good Morning, Seniors,

Below, please find instructions for submitting your senior design report content summary form:

  • In a separate document (please type), answer the 9 questions on the content summary form with a paragraph or so.
  • You have two options for obtaining a signature from your project advisor (this must be a faculty member; PhD student cannot sign this form):
    1. Option 1: Print the document containing your answers to the 9 questions and attach it to the form. Take the form and answers to your project advisor for review and a manual signature. Submit the signed content summary form and answers to Kae-Lynn in 125 Upson.
    2. Option 2: Send the content summary form and your answers to the 9 questions to your project advisor as email attachments and request email approval. Once your project advisor has replied with email approval, forward that (along with the attachments) to Kae-Lynn (kbw28).
  • Deadline: It is best to get your approved content summary form submitted before you leave for break. However, if the end of the semester is too hectic, you may submit your approved senior design content summary form up until December 31st.
  • Note: Your actual full senior design report is only submitted to your project advisor. The undergraduate office does not need a copy of it. We only need your approved content summary forms and answers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions.


Trek to Biomedical Companies with Career Services and BME

The Cornell Engineering Career Center and the Nancy E. and Peter C. Meining School of Biomedical Engineering are sponsoring two treks in January. These treks are a great opportunity to connect with professionals and alumni in the biomedical field. The first 25 students to register will be accepted. Additional students will be put on a waitlist in order of submission time.

Please note: transportation and hotel accommodations are not provided for either trek. Students must plan for travel to Boston or San Francisco and between companies.

The deadline to register is December 6, 2019.

Boston Trek – January 13 & 14, 2020

Below is a tentative agenda that is subject to change. Finalized schedules and more information will be emailed to students after the registration process. 

Monday, January 13

Morning Session: Company TBD

11:45 AM – 3:15 PM: Biogen

3:45-5:00 PM: Wyss Institute

6:00 PM: Cornell Biomedical Alumni – Student Reception

Tuesday, January 14

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Transmedics

Time TBD: Smith & Nephew



San Francisco Trek – January 15 & 16, 2020

Tentative Agenda: 

Wednesday, January 15

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Thoratec/Abbott

1:30-3:00 PM: Stryker

Time TBD: Student Reception with Alumni

Thursday, January 16:

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Siemens

2:00 PM – TBD: Intersect ENT


The Cornell Career Services No-Show Policy applies to these two treks.

Relationships with alumni and employers are an important aspect of career development.  As such, we hold our students to a strict attendance and cancellation policy. This policy is to ensure the maximum number of students are able to take advantage of this opportunity.

Due to the nature of this event, you must cancel by January 6th by 11:59pm or you may be subject to OCR Violation.

Alumni and Recruiter Events No-Show Policy

If you change your mind or your schedule changes after signing up for a Biomedical Trek, email to remove your registration by January 6th at 11:59. After that time, if you elect to cancel your registration or cannot attend, immediately notify our office by phone or email. Depending on the circumstances, this will result in your being considered a “late cancellation” or “no-show.” If so, you will not be allowed to participate in career conversations, other Engineering registration-required Networking events or on-campus recruiting until you speak with a Career Development staff member. A second “no-show” will result in automatic forfeiture of the right to participate in all Engineering Alumni Career Conversation for one semester, as well as the inability to participate in on-campus recruiting for 1 semester.


Funds are available to assist with costs associated with off-campus experiences to advance a student’s professional goals. Find more information about how to apply here.


Engineering Career Center

201 Carpenter Hall

We Inspire and empower Cornell Engineers to create lifelong career success


Professor Tian’s Lab is Recruiting Undergrad Researchers

ZT Group of Cornell MAE is recruiting!

ZT group is led by Professor Zhiting Tian in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Their research focuses on both computational and experimental studies of nanoscale thermal transport and energy conversion using cutting-edge research tools. Their research has a direct impact on thermal energy conversion and management in a diverse array of applications, including renewable energy generation, microelectronics cooling, space and building technologies, additive manufacturing, and biomedical engineering.  They have 1-2 openings for juniors starting in spring 2020. Prior experience in the related areas is NOT a must but a strong desire to conduct research is highly valued. Their group website is at

If you are interested and are willing to commit at least two terms, please send your CV to by December 20, 2019.

End-of-Semester Mental Health Support

Managing end-of-semester stress
It’s normal to feel more stressed than usual at this time of year. The good news is that there’s actually a lot you can do to help keep your stress in check so you can function at their best. Cornell Health’s Managing End-of-Semester Stress page lists tips, opportunities, and resources for extra support.

“Final Stretch” CAPS-led workshops
Stop by one of Cornell Health’s free drop-in workshops (through Dec. 12) to learn strategies to help you finish the semester strong. Topics include Stress Management, Test Anxiety, Breathing Through Finals, and Strategies to Calm the *Bleep* Down.

Need someone to talk to?
You can call Cornell Health 24/7 (607-255-5155) to speak with a professional counselor, or you can connect with a peer counselor through EARS. 24/7 support is also available through these local and national hotlines and text lines.


“Final Stretch” CAPS-Led Workshops, no Registration Required

No need to register or RSVP. Just show up at any workshops that you think might be useful.


Breathing Through Finals

Led by Maurice Haltom, LCSWR, Cornell Health counselor

  • Monday, Dec. 2, 4:30-5:30 pm  |  Cornell Health, Rm. 127C
  • Monday, Dec. 9, 4:30-5:30 pm  |  Cornell Health, Rm 621

Learn and practice breathing strategies to decrease anxiety, manage stress, and improve concentration to carry you through the final stretch of the semester.

Fall Semester: Finishing Strong

Led by Katrina Blomquist, PhD and Travis Winter, LCSW-R, Cornell Health counselors

  • “Stress Management” – Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5:00-6:00 pm  |  Cornell Health, Rm. 127D
  • “Test Anxiety” – Tuesday, Dec. 10, 5:00-6:00  |  Cornell Health, Rm. 127D

A two-session skills and discussion-based experience exploring evidence-based stress and anxiety management techniques. Come to one, or both.

Strategies to Calm the *Bleep* Down!

Led by Jennie Bernstein, PhD, Cornell Health counselor

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:00-5:00 pm  |  Cornell Health, Rm. 127A
  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 4:00-5:00 pm  |  Cornell Health, Rm. 501

Panicking while studying or during an exam? Difficulty falling asleep the night before a big test or presentation? Feeling just generally restless? Learn strategies to calm your body and mind including grounding exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and more.

Mark Schuster, ’92, of ASML Gives Talk at 4:30 Today

Mark Schuster ‘92
Director – Mechatronics and Defectivity ASML

“Engineering Challenges in Semiconductor Photolithography”

ASML is a Dutch company and currently the largest supplier in the world of photolithography systems for the semiconductor industry. The company manufactures machines for the production of integrated circuits. In 2018, the company had sales of $12.0 Billion, R&D spending of $1.60 Billion, and net income of $2.60 Billion.  Mark Schuster graduated from Cornell in 1992 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he worked in several industries including aerospace, and automation. Over the past 21 years at ASML, Mark worked as a mechanical design engineer, a task leader, an architect, a group leader, and a senior manager. His current position is Director of Mechatronics and Defectivity.

Enterprise Engineering Colloquium

open to the public

4:30 PM Wednesday, November 20, 2019

B-11 Kimball Hall

Engineering Management MEng Info. Session, this Friday

The Cornell Engineering Management program is hosting an info session on Friday, November 15 at 2:00 pm in Hollister 202. This M.Eng. degree is for anyone who wants to be a leader in a technical environment and advance into a managerial role. You will have the opportunity to learn more about this flexible graduate program, discuss career opportunities for our graduates, and talk with current students and staff.

To attend, please REGISTER HERE

Thank you and we hope to see you on Friday!

Campus Mental Health Review-Please Consider Participating

The internal Mental Health Review Committee (MHRC) has begun gathering input from students, staff, and faculty about the impact of campus culture on student mental health and well-being.

The External Review Team visited the Ithaca campus October 28-30 to meet with student, faculty, and staff representatives.


This fall, the internal (on-campus) Mental Health Review Committee (MHRC) is examining the impact of campus culture and policies related to student mental health and well-being, while an External Review Team will begin to review clinical services and campus-based strategies.

Participation in the Review by faculty, staff, and students will be critical in understanding what we do well as a university, the challenges we face, and the opportunities for improvement. The MHRC has developed several processes for stakeholders to provide feedback:

You can participate in one or more of the following ways:

  • Take this survey to address any or all of the following questions related to campus health and well-being:
    • What does Cornell do well in support of student mental health? What opportunities do you see to improve mental health on campus
    • What is the impact of social identity on student mental health at Cornell?
    • What impact does the Cornell culture have on student stress?
    • What ideas do you have to reduce the impact of stress on students?
    • What questions do you want the Mental Health Review Committee to consider
    • What else do you want us to know?
  • MHRC listening sessions for student groups and organizations, faculty, and student support staff.
    Listening sessions will be scheduled throughout the fall semester and will be offered in the following forms:

    • Focus Groups
    • World Cafés
    • “Telling Stories” sessions

Review the list of planned participation so far.

  • Direct email feedback to share information, questions, or concerns

Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

at the Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery

We welcome Cornell’s international community, all Cornellians, and friends in the local community for the 32nd Annual Traditional American Thanksgiving Feast! Tickets will be available online at beginning November 19th at 9am for members of the Cornell community and November 25th at 9am for the general public.

Seatings at Robert Purcell Marketplace Eatery on the third floor of RPCC are at noon and 1:30 pm. Please pick your preferred seating before you purchase your tickets online! Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. (You will need to log in or create an account if you have not previously done so to purchase tickets.)

Our festive menu includes New England Clam Chowder and Lentil and Butternut Stew, Whipped Pesto Goat Cheese Spread, Cumin Flatbread, Beet Hummus, Roast Turkey with Gravy, Poached Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc, Millet Stuffed Peppers, Cranberry Sauce, Buttered Corn, Szechuan Green Beans, Purple Jasmine Rice with Mango, Olive Whipped Red Potatoes, Candied Yams, Pumpkin and Apple Pie, Assorted Cheesecakes, Petit Four and lots more!

This event is sponsored by the Office of Global Learning and Cornell Dining.

$14 Adults • $8 Children 6-12 years old • Children 5 & younger eat FREE!

Volunteer and eat for free!

Needed: Responsible students and scholars who are willing to work one three-hour shift in serving food, cleaning tables, and/or washing dishes in exchange for a free ticket. Mandatory information session for volunteers on Thursday, November 21st at 4:30pm at 276 Caldwell Hall.

Sign up to volunteer by November 20th:

Talk with Cornell MechE Alum, Tricia Hevers, this Thursday!

Tricia Hevers is visiting campus and will be chatting about her experience in the Upson Lounge from 5-6pm on Thursday, 11/7/19. Please take a moment to stop in and talk with her about life after Cornell. There will be pizza!

Trish Hevers is a Space Systems Engineer for L3Harris Technologies based in Washington DC.Trish got her BS (’11) and MEng (’12) degrees at Cornell.  While at Cornell, she was a member of the CUSAT (Cornell University Satellite) team for three years serving as a technical lead and Program Manager. Trish also co-oped at Sikorsky Aircraft working in the dynamics and acoustics area. After graduation she spent the first 5 years at Boeing’s Satellite Development Center in Los Angeles. At Boeing she worked in a variety of roles, including: attitude control systems, mission operations, and new business development.  She is currently working at L3Harris Technologies in Washington, D.C. as a Space Systems Engineer.

She’s offered to discuss how her experiences at Cornell have shaped her professional development, life after graduation, the job search process, and offer tips on resume writing and interviewing! Past year’s students found her very helpful so I encourage you to talk to her!

Funded Summer Teaching Program in China

Explore China on a funded trip with Gotoco! (

Interested in traveling abroad this summer? Join Gotoco in China to gain a TEFL certificate and useful work experience in teaching, education and activity leadership. No prior experience in China, Chinese or teaching is required—just a passion for education and travel.


— Earn a TEFL certificate (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)

— Explore China and its diverse culture

— Learn some Mandarin, and take part in fun cultural exchange activities

— Gain valuable work experience and references

— Begin a summer of backpacking across Asia

— Give Chinese students the chance to experience a new style of teaching

— See stunning scenery, including the Karst mountains around Yangshuo, Guangxi

— Check our website for more information:

*We hope to boost the number of Cornell University students taking part in future, so are reserving 10 positions for any students that apply with this link

**Gotoco is a social enterprise focused on boosting a broad range of cultural exchange and exploration opportunities between China and the West. One of our main projects is our annual China Summer Camp TEFL Teaching project. This is a FREE and FUNDED opportunity offered to 500 students per year from across the US, Canada, and the UK. All participants on this program are provided with free TEFL certification, meals, accommodation, beginner Chinese lessons and a 5-day tour of our base in the beautiful mountains of Yangshuo – a small town not far from the Vietnamese border. This is an excellent way to undertake useful work experience while exploring a fascinating country.

***On a summer program in China you will teach English or lead outdoor activities to help Chinese students (usually from 7-16 years of age) grow in confidence, develop their language skills and foster soft skills which will be invaluable to them throughout their life. You will receive TEFL training online prior to departure, and will work towards your TEFL certificate during your time in China, with the time you spend in the classroom building up your teaching experience. These skills will be extremely useful in any career you wish to pursue, and an understanding of Chinese culture will be vital to your international career.

For more info, please check out our website, or email

Like on us Facebook at to learn more about China and to stay updated on our future programs.

To hear from past participants, check out our reviews on Trustpilot:

Gotoco is a certified social enterprise with a presence in the UK, China, USA and Hong Kong. We are rated highly by the 1000s of participants that have taken part in programmes with us, and for our work we have been shortlisted for various awards. For our efforts in building a community of young China watchers and offering support to educational institutions across China we are finalists in the China Social Impact Awards, an award organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in China in partnership with the United Nations. For our TEFL and China education initiatives, we are finalists for Best Educational Product with the British Youth Travel Awards. Also, for our provision of summer internships in China to students from Oxford University we were granted Gold Star Host status.

Dominion Engineering, Inc. is Looking for MechEs

Dominion Engineering Inc. (DEI) provides expert consulting, R&D, and equipment design for the nuclear power industry.  From supporting currently operating reactors to advanced reactor designs, and nuclear waste management to nuclear thermal propulsion and cogeneration applications, we believe that nuclear energy is essential for deep decarbonization to tackle climate change and for continuing to advance the boundaries of scientific exploration – and we are passionate about being a part of the technical solution.  DEI’s primary asset is its staff, with a healthy mix of senior and younger personnel with expertise in mechanical, chemical, and materials science. Projects often include laboratory investigations, technical report writing, hardware and product design, computer simulations, custom software development, and theoretical modeling. We have been working with utilities, government agencies, national labs, other engineering firms, and private contractors for over 40 years with a focus on maintaining technical quality, client satisfaction, and a dynamic and fulfilling work environment.

We seek top students who desire a technical career path, and who are motivated, creative, and adaptable. Success at DEI requires not only the aptitude to perform detailed engineering work, but also interface with clients and communicate effectively. We believe that with the support our other staff provide, you can become an industry expert. DEI engineers often work on up to a dozen projects at once. This keeps work varied, allows us to maximize each of our individual talents, and allows each person to develop expertise in new areas. Our compensation is extremely competitive, because we believe that you should be paid for the value you provide. We provide mentoring, technical resources, and our open-door atmosphere allows you to learn from other industry experts as you find what problems you are passionate about solving. Interested in joining the team? Email me at

Recent Changes to Business Minors Program

Please read about recent changes to the business minors program.  We’ve moved offices, have a new website and a new team!

Check out our new business minors website<>.This is the best place to find information about each of the minors, requirements and policies to ensure students they are on track for completing the minor. Questions can be directed to our new email,<> or appointments can be made with the Business Minors Office<>.  We’re in B38 Warren Hall.

Denise Ramzy is the new faculty director for the business minors and Jennifer Alcaine is the business minors coordinator.

When students sign up for one of the business minors, they will create a Business Minors Dashboard<>.  This is where students will track the courses for the minor, update grades, and plan ahead. We encourage students to update their dashboard at the beginning and end of each semester to ensure timely processing of courses. Once a minor is complete, this is where students certify completion.

As students plan ahead, they will need to petition for any study abroad, transfer, or Cornell substitution courses in advance. Petitions must be submitted before taking a course or going abroad, and require information on the institution, class format and a current syllabus. Petitions made after a course has been taken will not be considered.  Also, it’s important that students are aware of their home college policies regarding transfer credit as any transfer courses need to be listed on their transcript.

We look forward to working with you this year. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.


Denise Ramzy
Faculty Director, Business Minors

Jennifer Alcaine
Business Minors Coordinator