Engineering/Clinical Medicine Project in NYC Available Starting Early June

Measurement of Intra-Operative Bone Quality in Patients Having Spinal Fusion Surgery 

Sponsors: Eve Donnelly PhD, Emily Stein MD (Hospital for Special Surgery, HSS)

Over 250,000 patients have spine fusion surgery every year in the United States. Patients undergo this complex procedure to correct scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and other spinal deformities. Complications occur in up to 30% of patients and can be devastating. We are conducting a group of studies to understand how the material properties of a patient’s bones affects their outcomes after surgery. Patients will undergo a comprehensive pre-operative evaluation of their bone with several imaging tests, blood analyses of bone metabolism as well as a novel hand-held indentation test to measure resistance to induction of microcracks.

The student’s role on this project will be to work closely with a team of metabolic bone specialists, orthopedic surgeons, and biomechanical engineers at HSS to design a device for measurement of intra-operative bone quality, specifically the insertional torque of pedicle screws (torqe range 0-5Nm). The device must be biocompatible and work with the standard pedicle screw instrumentation.  The device, once designed, would be manufactured and piloted in the clinical setting.

This project would provide a student with the experience of working on an important clinical problem, using computer-aided design (CAD) and finite element analysis (FEA), and interacting with both scientists and clinicians. Applicants should have a background in engineering and CAD.

We are looking for a student to work at HSS on this project for the summer of 2019, beginning either June 3 or June 10. A stipend of $3500 with additional funds for supplies will be provided.

Interested students should email Prof. Eve Donnelly at with subject line: Engineering/Clinical Medicine Summer Project; a cover letter in the body of the email; and two .pdf attachments: 1) resume (filename: FirstnameLastnameResume.pdf) and 2) transcript (filename: FirstnameLastnameTranscript.pdf).

Senior Design Submission Information

The standard deadline for submission of your senior design report will be Wednesday, May 15th, by 5 pm. This will give your instructor time to read your report, will provide you with time to make any necessary edits, and for the instructor to provide you with a grade. Should you have any concerns about this deadline, please contact your senior design instructor.

Regarding the Senior Design Report Content Summary Form:

Answer the 9 questions on the form in a separate document. You can either 1) print your answers, attach them to the paper form, get a written signature from your senior design instructor, and turn the form in to Kae-Lynn or 2) email your answers to you instructor, requesting email approval, and then forward that approval to Kae-Lynn (kbw28) or copy her on the whole email chain.

The undergraduate office does not need a copy of your actual report, just the answers to the questions on the content summary form and approval of them by your senior design instructor.

Please let us know if you have other questions about senior design.

Scholarship Opportunities

Science & Engineering Scholarships

Tues., Apr. 23, 12:00 pm, 103 Barnes (Pre-registration required at
An overview of major science-based awards of interest to rising sophomores, juniors, and also to rising and current seniors.

Luce Scholarship

Tues., Apr. 23, 4:35 pm, 103 Barnes
For rising and current seniors.  Provides stipends and individually arranged 1-year internships to increase awareness of Asia among future leaders in American society.  U.S. citizenship required. May NOT have a professed career interest in Asian affairs or have had significant exposure to Asia.

Truman Scholarship

Wed., Apr. 24, 4:35 pm, 103 Barnes
Provides up to $30,000 for graduate school.  For rising juniors committed to a career related to social justice issues, planning to work in government or the non-profit sector, with a solid record of leadership and public/community service.  U.S. citizenship required.

Dinner and Lunch Spaces Available with Jesse Miller, nuTomony

Dinner and Lunch Spaces Available with Jesse Miller, nuTomony

There are several space available with Jesse Miller from nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software development company.  It is part of Aptiv, a smart mobility company.

Jesse got his BS (’15) and MEng (’16) degrees at Cornell.  During his time at Cornell he was on the Autonomous Sailboat Team, worked in the Autonomous Systems Lab and interned at Amazon Robotics, Innovative Scientific Solutions and BioTeknica.  After leaving Cornell he worked at Sandia National Laboratories before moving to nuTonomy in 2017.

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.

Thursday April 11, 7PM, Dinner at Mahogany Grill (downtown)

Friday April 12, Noon, Lunch in the Lounge (447 Upson)

Sign up for meals here:

Matt Ulinski
Master of Engineering Program Director

Summer Internships with the Campus Sustainability Office

Apply Now: Summer Internships with the Campus Sustainability Office

Applications due April 18th, 2019

Interested in working for one of the nation’s leading sustainability offices in higher education?

The Campus Sustainability Office is seeking applications for summer positions, open to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students at Cornell University.  Internships begin Summer 2019 with possibility for extension through the Fall or academic year.

Apply Now
  • Communications Specialist
  • AASHE STARS Student Coordinator
  • Energy Dashboard Coordinator
  • ECO/Student Engagement Coordinator (Undergraduate only)

Cornell University Campus Sustainability Office
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Non-Required MAE Electives Offered Fall 2019

ENGRG 1112: Practical Computing for Engineering (1 credit)
ENGRG 2270: Introduction to Entrepreneurship for Engineers
MAE 3050: Introduction to Aeronautics
MAE 4020/4021/5020: Wind Power
MAE 4060: Introduction to Spaceflight Mechanics
MAE 4130/4131: Mechanics of Composite Structures
MAE 4320: Integrated Micro Sensors and Actuators: Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds
MAE 4340/4341/5340: Innovative Product Design via Digital Manufacturing
MAE 4351: Interdisciplinary Design Concepts
MAE 4510/5510: Aerospace Propulsion
MAE 4580: Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering
MAE 4660: Biomedical Engineering Analysis of Metabolic and Structural Systems
MAE 4700/5701/5700: Finite Element Analysis for Mech. & Aerospace Design
MAE 4730/5730: Intermediate Dynamics
MAE 4760: Foundations of Robotics
MAE 4770/5770: Engineering Vibrations
MAE 4780/5780: Feedback Control Systems
MAE 5250: Intro to Computer-Aided Manufacture (1 credit)
MAE 5270: Design Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (1 credit)
MAE 5430: Combustion Processes
MAE 5680: Soft Tissue Biomechanics

Consult the Fall 2019 Class Roster for more information (this list does not include 6000-level electives).

Notes Regarding Pre-Enroll

Dear students,

As pre-enroll approaches, it’s important to keep a few things in mind:

  • Courses that show a padlock next to them on the roster are “department consent” classes and you won’t be able to enroll in them until the start of the Fall 2019 add period (examples are independent research and project teams).
  • If you are interested in taking MAE 4340, 4341, or 5340, the application for enrollment will open on Friday, August 2nd, at noon. I will post a reminder on the blog when the date gets closer.
  • If you are graduating after completing your B.S. degree this semester and plan on continuing with M.Eng., you will be unable to pre-enroll for the Fall 2019 term until electronic enrollment resumes in August for graduate students.
  • If you are completing your B.S. degree and beginning your early M.Eng. in Fall 2019, you are still considered a senior and will pre-enroll with seniors.
  • If you are unable to get into a class/lab/discussion that you need, there will be time to sort out your schedule during electronic enrollment for Fall 2019. You will be able to take the required classes that you need. Please note that you may need to prioritize your major required courses over minor courses and other electives.

Pre-enroll schedule:

All periods begin at 7:00am and end at 4:30pm
Graduate/Professional 4/10/19 – 4/12/19
Senior Students (as of FA19) 4/15/19 – 4/17/19
Junior Students (as of FA19) 4/17/19 – 4/19/19
Sophomore/Freshmen Students (as of FA19) 4/22/19 – 4/24/19

Cornell in Washington Summer Program Still Accepting Applications

Please find information below about the Cornell in Washington Program.  Note that they do have a summer program which may work for Engineering students who hold internships in DC.  The summer program is still accepting students.  Students can email the Director, Professor David Pelletier, for more information:

Summer Courses:  (Note, the one required summer course meets Mon/Wed 6:30-9:30 pm).

Each semester, the Cornell in Washington Program provides an “out of Ithaca” experience for about 30 Cornell undergraduates. That experience includes working as an intern, taking small classes with great teachers, and getting to know one of the world’s most interesting cities –the nation’s capital. Most students come away saying it was their best semester at Cornell.

Why not join us? If you do, you will be able to get “real world” experience working in a public agency, a private firm, a think tank, a non-profit or another organization of your choosing. Over the years, students have worked in places like:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
  • Chamber of Commerce: Business Information and Development
  • S. Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Amnesty International: Human Rights Education
  • Brookings Institution: Foreign Policy Studies Program
  • Center for American Progress
  • Sierra Club
  • NASA
  • The Climate Institute
  • Talk Radio News Service
  • The White House
  • The Federal Reserve Board
  • Federal agencies (various)
  • Congressional offices and committees (various)

And those are just examples. You may find something more interesting. Not only can such an experience help you refine your career goals, but it can quite possibly lead to letters of recommendation, summer jobs, and even a job after graduation.

In addition to this “real world” experience, you will take courses at the Cornell University Wolpe Center so that you still make progress towards graduation. The courses are simply first rate. This is a Cornell program and we maintain the level of excellence that you are accustomed to in Ithaca. Moreover, classes are small, and there is plenty of opportunity to bring Washington into the classroom. That can mean everything from invited speakers, to class trips around town, to lively discussions about today’s headlines. And incidentally, Cornell in Washington can be a great place to discover the topic of an honors thesis and even begin work on it.

Interested? I hope you will consider applying for Cornell in Washington. You can find more information on this website and at our Information Meeting (held on campus each semester), where you can talk to me, other CIW staff, and former CIW students.  And, shoot me an email ( and stop by the CIW office, 300 Kennedy Hall. We’d be delighted to talk with you.

David Pelletier, PhD
Professor of Nutrition Policy
Division of Nutritional Sciences
212 Savage Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel. 607-255-1086
Fax: 607-255-1033

Volunteer for Expanding Your Horizons!

Call for volunteers!

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference for 7th-9th grade girls designed to introduce them to amazing math and science experiences and give them access to great role models. Over 400 girls will be participating in this year’s conference and each one will attend 2-3 hands-on workshops that have been developed by Cornell graduate students and faculty. This year, conference will be held on Saturday April 27th, 2019. We have many great opportunities for volunteers to get involved. Please consider helping for this great event! All volunteers receive a free EYH T-shirt to be worn the day of the conference, as well as free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon reception!

EYH Buddies accompany girls without an adult chaperone on the day of the conference. This allows a much wider diversity of girls to participate and gives them the added benefit of close contact with a potentially great role model. Because EYH is a conference for girls, we are looking for buddies who can represent the experience of women in STEM fields and act as role models for the girls attending the conference. Please contact if you have any questions about your eligibility to be a buddy. Note: Buddies must be able to attend the entire conference (8:00 am-5:00 pm).

General volunteers are also needed to help direct girls and their parents around campus, help set up the event, and with other important and fun tasks. General volunteers can be any gender and do not need to stay the entire day!

If you would like to sign up to be a buddy or volunteer, please go to our Registration Form and submit your registration:

Please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the form or if you have questions about EYH.

Hillis Johnson
EYH Buddy Coordinator

Kara Andres
EYH Volunteer Coordinator

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: March 28th 2019 – 6:00PM to 9:30 PM 

Where: Cornell – Hollister Hall – Room 206 


If you are worried about your busy schedule or distance from the course location, fear not, as the workshop is entirely recorded and you can watch the part that you cannot attend or take the whole course online.

This professional designation never expires and you will never have to retest if you pass now!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!

This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center. Save money by reserving your spot today and make a positive difference in your career!

Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)

To register for the class please visit:

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at

Other Courses in NY:

March 26 2019 – Binghamton

March 27 2019 – Syracuse

March 30 2019 – Rochester

March 31 2019 – Buffalo

April 13 2019 – Brooklyn

April 15 2019 – Newark



Lorne Mlotek BASc., LEED AP BD+C, O+M

President, LeadingGreen

USGBC Faculty

416-824-2677 / 585-764-5423

B740 Sandford Fleming Building

10 King’s College Road, Toronto, M5S 3G4