Due Date for Independent & Senior Design Project Reports

Good Morning,

All Independent and Senior Design Project Reports are due by Wednesday, December 13th. This gives your instructors time to read and grade reports by the grade submission deadline. Please contact your instructor with any concerns you have regarding the due date.

Senior Design Submission:

If you’re completing your senior design project this semester, please follow these instructions:

  • Submit your project report to your instructor.
  • Answer the 9 questions on the Senior Design Report Content Summary Form, based on the content of your senior design report, and attach them to the form.
  • Obtain a signature from your senior design project advisor on the front of the Content Summary Form.
  • Submit the Content Summary Form with answers attached, to 125 Upson (we do not need a copy of your actual report).
  • You may also obtain approval of your Content Summary answers by sending them to your project advisor via email, with a request for their approval. Please copy Kae-Lynn Wilson on the email (kbw28).


Sophomores and Juniors: Udall Scholarship Opportunity

Udall Scholarship Session

(Both programs take place in 103 Barnes Hall.)

Tuesday, November 14, 4:35 pm

To be repeated on:

Friday, November 17, 1:00 pm (Pre-registration for 1:00 pm session required at CLL4@cornell.edu)

Scholarships of up to $7,000 each to sophomores and juniors (including Native Americans and Alaska Natives) for leadership, public service, and a

commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.  A wide range of majors are eligible.  U.S. citizenship required.


If you can’t attend but are interested, review the above-mentioned Web site and then contact CLL4@cornell.edu for an appointment.

HIT Robot Group (HRG) Tech Talk Tonight, 11/7.

HIT Robot Group (HRG) will be coming to campus for a tech talk about current robotic trends and future opportunities in China and the U.S.! HRG is involved in industrial robot, service robot, special robot, and smart factory business unit.

If you want to learn more about robotics from one of China’s Top robot manufacturing companies, please feel free to attend.

Location: Phillips 307
Time: 5-6PM

Seniors: NY Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam for Engineering Professional Registration

Dear Seniors:

If you are considering Engineering Professional Registration, the first step is to take the NY Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE). Students who are within 20 credits of graduation or have graduated from an ABET accredited baccalaureate program in engineering are automatically eligible to sit for the FE Exam and no longer need to get approval from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying.

Students who graduated from a Non-ABET accredited baccalaureate program or who received their bachelor’s degree from an institution outside of the U.S. must get approval from NYSED before registering for the FE exam on the NCEES website.  Please go to http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pels/  for information on how to apply for approval and application forms.

The FE exam is now computer based and will be offered in four testing windows throughout the year (January-February, April-May, July-August, October-November).   Students can go directly to the NCEES web site http://ncees.org/engineering/  to register for the exam.  Once you have registered to sit for the FE exam directly at the NCEES site, you will schedule an exam date and location at a Pearson Vue Center anywhere in the US. The nearest centers to Ithaca are in Endicott, NY and Syracuse, NY but there may be a center near your home that you could access during January or Summer break.

If you plan to take the exam in another state you should look at that state’s licensing board requirements on the  NCEES website.

To assist you in preparing for the FE Exam, BEE (Professor Timmons) and CEE (Professor Stedinger) will teach BEE 5330 Engineering Professionalism for 1 credit in the Spring.   The class will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 8:50 pm for the first 10 weeks of the semester (finished one week beyond spring break). Any student is welcome to attend any of the review sessions even if they are not signed up for the course.

If you have questions, please contact: Professor Timmons at mbt3@cornell.edu or Professor Stedinger at jrs5@cornell.edu

Why do I need a PE License?
-Better chances (differentiation) during job interviews
-Opportunities for private practice and/or owning your own engineering firm
-Recognition as a professional
-Career advancement

For more information on the FE Exam please check out this website:  http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/FEExam .

AIAA Distinguished Lecture: Robert Mark, Aviation Expert and Senior Editor of Flying Magazine

Cornell AIAA Distinguished Lecture: Robert Mark, Aviation Expert and Senior Editor of Flying Magazine

When: Wednesday, October 18th, 5:00pm

Where: Phillips Hall 219

Food provided!

“The Importance of Communication in Aviation”

Rob Mark was an airplane geek long before the 10-year old podcast of the same name that he co-produces was ever created. Flying since he was 17, Rob’s logged nearly 7,000 flight hours in a variety of aircraft, from small trainers to business turboprops and jets and even Airbus’ A380. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, as well as flight instructor and control tower operator ratings.

Rob is Flying magazine’s Senior Editor. In addition to years writing for publications like Air and Space, AOPA Pilot, Aviation International News, and the Chicago Tribune, he’s the author of five McGraw Hill aviation books. He’s twice received the Airbus Aerospace Journalist of the Year award at the Paris Air Show, as well as the National Business Aviation Association’s Award for Outstanding Journalism.

In addition to the Airplane Geeks podcast, Rob’s blog, Jetwhine.com, this month begins its 11th continuous year in production. He spent five years as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, from which he earned his MS in 1995.

Sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Contact ark83@cornell.edu for more information.


Trish Hevers, BS ’11, MEng AE ’12, Presentation and Discussion TODAY at 4:30 pm.

Attention Juniors and Seniors

Trish Hevers, BS ’11, MEng AE ’12, and currently at Boeing’s Satellite Development Center, Presentation and Open Discussion

Thursday October 12th 4:30 to 5:30

418 Upson Hall

Trish Hevers, BS ’11, MEng AE ’12, and currently  at Boeing’s Satellite Development Center, will be doing a Presentation and Open Discussion from in 418 Upson.  She’s going to share what her MEng program and job search were like,  what her current work is, insights about the industry and how MEng and  her time at Cornell has helped her.

This would be a valuable discussion for juniors and seniors thinking about MEng and/or a career in the spacecraft industry.

About Trish Hevers:  Trish  got her BS and MEng degrees at Cornell.  She was a member of Cornell’s  CUSAT (Cornell University Satellite) team for three years, concurrently  as Program Manager for the team in 2011-2012.  She also interned  at Sikorsky Aircraft.  She has been with Boeing since graduating from  Cornell in 2012.

This event is part of our MAE MEng Alums Embed Program where previous students come and spend the day and share insights and experiences with current students.

RESCHEDULED: Class of 2018 Senior Photo, Now Thurs. Oct. 19



If you anticipate graduating in 2018 (Dec. 17/May 18/August 18), with a B.S., M.E. degree or as an Independent Major with MechE as your primary or secondary Major, please join your classmates for the traditional senior class photo.  Your photo will replace the current Class of 2017 photo, posted on this blog, and will be available for purchase on the Cornell Photography website.

Prof. Callister has kindly agreed to conclude the MAE 4300 lecture a bit early on Thursday, Oct. 19th, so that all seniors may meet on the Engineering quad, near the steps up to Campus Rd., by 4:10 pm.  What not to wear: pajamas.  What to wear: business casual/casual.

If we can gather everyone quickly, arrangement and actual photography should not take more than 10-15 minutes.

We will postpone this event to the following Thursday in the event of inclement weather.

NASA Jet Propulsion Labs Co-op Opportunity

Mechanical Engineer – Co-op Internship

Students apply using Handshake: https://cornell.joinhandshake.com/jobs/1057236

Job Description

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?


Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication & Test Division – the place where spacecraft are born! We engage in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems from architectural concept through operations.

We lead the mechanical development and implementation of flight hardware and technology for NASA’s robotic space missions as part of the Engineering and Science Directorate.  Our expertise spans the full breadth of mechanical disciplines.

Members of this team investigate, plan, design and develop mechanical products and systems such as spacecraft, instruments, robots, packaged electronics, controls, engines, and machines, and mechanical, thermal, hydraulic, propulsion, or heat transfer systems for the production, transmission, measurement, and use of energy. They maintain cognizance of and are responsible for all technical and programmatic aspects of the product being developed, reporting the status and performance to the appropriate organizations.  Teams apply research to the planning, design, development, and testing of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, instruments, controls, engines, and/or machines.


What it takes:

  • Available to work full-time in Pasadena as a co-op intern
  • Must be pursuing a Bachelors degree or graduate degree in in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Material/Science, Physics, Robotics, Structural Engineering, or related technical discipline
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: mechanical design, computer aided design (CAD) and mechanical analysis tool (FEA).
  • Recently completed coursework providing an understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in mechanical systems including structures, configuration, mechanisms, structural analysis, and integration and test.
  • General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in mechanical design.

What would help:

  • Experience with computer aided design and drafting, and spacecraft flight hardware development and test. Working knowledge of mid-level CAD tools (i.e. Solidworks, Unigraphics).
  • Relevant internship experience
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, perform piece part design, and coordinate fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware.
  • Good verbal and written communications skills with ability to work in a team environment.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity, Erickson Lab

The Erickson Lab is engaged in the development of biomedical devices for solving healthcare problems in global settings.  One of our key projects is the development of a device for diagnosing Kaposi’s Sarcoma in Uganda.  As part of this project we require an undergraduate or M.Eng student with experience to develop a small unit that can heat up a sample to just over 50oC and maintain the temperature for a couple of hours.  Experience with electronics and software programming is required and this represents an excellent opportunity for a student to learn about biomedical engineering.  Interested students should send an email along with a CV to de54@cornell.edu.