Invitation to Focus Group on Online Learning

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate majors in the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022:  MAE wants to learn about your online learning experience!  While we all hope to have in-person instruction this fall, we also need to be prepared for possible online or mixed-mode teaching.  We are planning to conduct a zoom focus group during the week of June 8.  We would like to get your input on what has worked well and what has worked poorly for you in your online studies, in order to provide recommendations to the faculty.  We plan to talk about different aspects of the courses you took, as well as the operation of the undergrad office.   Prof. Elizabeth Fisher (emf4) will run the focus group and will ensure that your comments are anonymized before they are relayed to other faculty.   We’d be particularly interested in hearing from people who are currently taking online STEM courses, either at Cornell or elsewhere.

The focus group is tentatively scheduled for 2-3 PM on Monday 6/8 or Tuesday 6/9, or 1-2 PM on Wednesday 6/10.  Please click here to sign up and to indicate which times are possible for you.

Info Session Recording and Internship Op

The MAE MEng Information Session recording can be viewed here.



Internship Opportunity Below!


Mechanical Engineering Internship to assist in Development of Gear-driven Consumer Product

Note: this is an unpaid, remote internship

About this Job

Black Cat company (currently a subsidiary of GURU Adventure Travel) is looking for a part-time intern to help with gear design and integration into a new consumer product being developed. The product is for outdoor use and may live in the cleantech space.

Currently seeking part-time or full-time interns for fall, winter, spring or summer internships.

We may be working with established mechanical engineering firms, prototyping companies, incubators & accelerators, & various manufacturers & suppliers, so future employment and networking contacts are potential opportunities for high performing interns.

We will work with each intern to craft a learning plan that benefits the intern and the company, utilizing your current skills and expanding your knowledge and abilities. This is a great opportunity to work on a variety of high impact projects and see immediate, tangible results.

Potential Internship Responsibilities depending on role/skill set:

*assist with gear set evaluation, identification, creation, iteration, and optimization.

*assist with 2D & 3D drawings of gear set options

*assist with 2D & 3D design of product body around gear sets

*assist with 2D & 3D drawings of product parts

*identify and develop relationships with start-up support organizations, potential student support for product development, potential incubator/accelerator involvement, prototype services, manufacturing services, and other supply chain support options

Internship Requirements:

* Gear engineering experience highly desirable

*3D design software capabilities highly desirable

* Positive attitude and ability to be proactive

* Outstanding verbal and written communication skill

* Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail

* Interest in working in a socially responsible, consumer- focused start-up environment

*For this role we will hire both local and remote interns

Many schools offer credit for internships, check with you advisor to confirm your eligibility.

Check with your internship coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine if you might complete this internship for credit.

About Black Cat

Black Cat is a small start-up working on a proprietary design for a category-disrupting product to enter the retail market with.

About GURU Adventure Travel

GURU provides immersive small group vacations focused around action-sports, each developed and hosted by a Pro Athlete.

Adventure Travel Company. We create custom all-inclusive action-sport vacations,
designed & hosted by the world’s top Pro Athletes.

* GURU Adventure Travel is launching a subsidiary called Black Cat that is developing a proprietary consumer product in the cleantech space in conjunction with rapid prototyping & accelerator/incubator support.

Senior Form Submission

Senior Design Content Summary Form Submission

Good Afternoon, 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 must obtain a signature from your project advisor (this must be a faculty member; PhD student cannot sign this form):
    • 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 as soon as possible. However, if the end of the semester is too hectic, you may submit your approved senior design content summary form up until May 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 me with questions [kbw28].

Advisor Approved Electives

Please also obtain email approval for your advisor approved electives and forward to Kae-Lynn [kbw28].

  • Deadline: It is best to get your advisor approved electives submitted as soon as possible. However, if the end of the semester is too hectic, you may submit your advisor approved electives up until May 31st.


These are the final two tasks to officially clear you to graduate! If you’re not sure you’ve completed one of these, feel free to email Kae-Lynn to verify what she has on file, or forward the old emails again. Do Not send these to Emily as she is now the Registrar of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions [and we miss her].

MAE MEng Info Session – Monday May 18th at 5 PM

Interested in learning about MAE’s MEng Program?  The one year MEng degree is a great way to enhance your engineering skills or do a deep dive into a specialty area that interests you.  Focused on getting you the job you want after graduation the program is flexible, with each student’s goals used to create an individual program of courses.  All programs have a major project as a core of their experience.

MAE (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) will be holding a live Zoom info MEng Info Session on Monday May 18th.

There will be a short presentation about the program followed by a question and answer session.

Sign up here to get zoom information:

MAE MEng Info Session

Summer Opportunities

Several summer lab, research, and internship opportunities available. Please see below!

Two Summer Programs

The Life Changing Labs Summer Incubator Program is an 8-week program that enables founders and life changers to develop their company and consult with experts in fields ranging from legal corporations to branding and marketing. The companies engage in weekly programming sessions to practice and refine their pitches and have the opportunity to listen to influential speakers who come to share their know-how.  To get more information, please contact John Callister,

The Johnson Summer Startup Accelerator is a 10-week summer intensive that will continue the momentum for student startups finishing their spring semester. Supported by the numerous Cornell and Ithaca entrepreneurial resources, teams will participate in weekly workshops and regularly meet with Entrepreneurs in Residence. The Kadiyali Fund will support student participation in the summer Accelerator. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

To apply go to:


Remote Summer Research Opportunity in the Space Systems Design Studio

Project: CFD Simulation – ChipSat Atmospheric Entry in ANSYS Fluent

ChipSats, short for satellite-on-a-chip technology, are a revolutionary approach to space exploration. Thanks to the miniaturization of electronics in the smartphone era, our lab is able to pack all the essential components of a functioning spacecraft onto a single gram-scale circuit board. ChipSats have been successfully demonstrated in previous missions (see KickSat 2), but research is currently being done to increase their capability. My research centers on atmospheric entry. If ChipSats are able to survive and land back on earth, they could physically transport large amounts of data, bypassing the bottleneck of traditional radio communication. Just think about how much can be stored on a microSD card these days! Due to their low ballistic coefficient, it is hypothesized that ChipSats will not generate as much heat while slowing down in the atmosphere, and therefore maintain survivable temperatures.

I am looking for a student to help me model and simulate parts of this using ANSYS Fluent, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software widely used in industry. Both the thermal issue and how far the ChipSats scatter when landing are dependent on a number of factors (aspect ratio, thickness, position of the center of mass). Tweaking these parameters can result in different modes of motion – tumbling, fluttering, spiralling – as the chips fall through the sky. By running batch simulations in which we vary one parameter, we can learn how these factors affect the modes of motion, which modes are most probable, and which will result in the greatest chance for survival -a key finding for future ChipSat design. Software can be accessed remotely via the Swanson Lab computers and collaboration will occur over screen sharing. Previous CFD experience is not required. If interested, please email me with your resume.

Contact: Joshua Umansky-Castro, Aerospace Engineering PhD Student <>
This would be for MAE 4900 Independent Research Credit for Fall 2020 after the completion of a final report.


ZT Group Summer Research Opportunities

We are looking for self-motivated undergraduate students to join our group. Computational programming skills are strong plus. CAD experience is required.

If interested, please send your CV (including GRE and TOFEL scores if you are international students) and transcript to Prof. Zhiting Tian at

This would be for MAE 4900 Independent Research Credit for Fall 2020 after the completion of a final report.


Carnegie Mellon Master’s Program Applications Open


We hope you are doing well during this time. We understand that some students’ plans may have changed due the COVID-19 pandemic. For our Fall 2020 Master’s programs, we are reopening our application from May 6 – June 15, on a rolling admission basis, to support those students considering graduate education. Students interested in applying for the Fall 2020 term of entry can learn more about our Master’s programs and application requirements here:

Melissa Brown
Manager of MS Programs | Mechanical Engineering | Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue, SH 407 | Pittsburgh, PA 15213 | 412-268-1562

Undergraduate Student Zoom Office Hours

Office hours will be offered with Professor Elizabeth Fisher via zoom the week of May 11-15.

Prof. Fisher will hold office hours to answer your questions about affiliation, course selection, S/U grading, dropping courses, or whatever else is on your mind about the undergraduate program.

Once you click on the zoom link, you will be connected with a waiting room and will be admitted from the waiting room when someone is available to see you. Please email Prof. Fisher ( if you are in the waiting room for more than 20 minutes without attention, or if you need to arrange for a phone call instead of zoom session.

Office Hours Zoom Link

Monday 5/11, 2:30-4:30 PM

Tuesday 5/12, 2:30-5:30 PM

Wednesday 5/13, 2-3:30 PM

Friday 5/15, 3:30-5 PM.



Appointments can also be scheduled with Kae-Lynn on her calendar. A link to the zoom room will be emailed to you before your scheduled appointment.

MAE & COVID-19 Update

Good morning, MAE undergraduate students,

We hope you are well and taking all of the necessary precautions in our current situation. We are here to answer any questions you might have as quickly as we can. While we won’t be in our physical offices, we will be working remotely and will reply to you as quickly as possible.

Please visit our MAE FAQ site for answers to the current commonly asked questions.

If your question hasn’t yet been answered, please feel free to anonymously submit your question here.

Another useful resource is the University Coronavirus FAQ site located here.

You can also schedule a private meeting on my calendar. I can hold meetings via Zoom, Skype, or over the phone. Please email me your contact information after scheduling a meeting.

I will continue to work as normal just from a new location :] , so please contact me for all of your graduation audit and undergraduate needs.

Please let me know if there is anything I can assist you with.


Kae-Lynn Wilson
Assistant Undergraduate Coordinator
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University
127 Upson Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: (607) 255-3573
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm

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Good morning, everyone.

A quick note from me: Emily has started a new position as the Registrar for the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. We miss her greatly in MAE but are so glad she has gotten this great opportunity. I am still here for all of your needs. Add a meeting to my calendar. Meetings can occur in person or over the phone. Drop-ins are still welcome. If you have urgent concerns, please send me an email  ( or call me at 607-255-3573. I will be continuing graduation audits over the phone after break.

SENIOR Physical Education Notice:

Update: 2nd PE requirement and swim test waived for graduating seniors.


Below are some updates and announcements from MAE Director, David Erickson.

Dear Cornell MAE Students,

In response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), President Martha Pollock has announced that Cornell University, including MAE, will be moving promptly to online delivery of all courses with complete remote delivery by the end of spring break.  A number of new travel and Cornell related event restrictions have been announced as well.  The full text of the letter is available here (

The faculty and staff in MAE are working hard on the transition to on-line delivery of courses and student services.   As part of this we will host a series of open online listening sessions for students in all degree programs to voice their concerns, specifically those related to the MAE program.   These might include concerns about the operation of MAE classes, access to facilities, completion of graduation requirements, etc.  Understanding your concerns will help us manage the transition as well as we can.

The time and date of the meeting for undergraduate students is Thursday (March 12th) 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  Zoom information included below.

To facilitate the meeting, please submit your questions in advance through the link below (  This meeting will be recorded and made accessible to those who cannot attend.

Thank you very much,


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LSC Summer Scholarships Available

The primary objective of the Learning Strategies Center (LSC) Scholarship is to enable current full-time undergraduate students to graduate on schedule by providing financial support to attend Summer or Winter Session at Cornell.  Although many students wish to attend Summer or Winter Session, limited funding restricts us to awarding scholarships to eligible applicants who receive Cornell grant aid and demonstrate both an academic and financial need. LSC Scholarships are for Cornell courses only, and cover the cost of tuition.

Priority for scholarships is given in the following order:

  1. Seniors who need to fulfill requirements for graduation.
  2. Upper-class students who did not successfully complete a core course.
  3. Students who need Summer or Winter Session credits to place them on schedule for graduation.
  4. Students who have been encouraged to moderate their course load by an advisor due to extenuating circumstances.
  5. Supporting students’ participation in a broad range of academic enrichment opportunities provided by Cornell.

If you wish to be nominated you must meet with, and receive approval from, Emily Iv

IMPORTANT NOTE: The LSC Scholarship is not granted for academic acceleration.

IMPORTANT: Hard Deadline Approaching for Research and Project Team Enrollment!!

Good afternoon,

For the Spring 2020 semester, students have the ability to add/drop project team and independent research classes through Friday, February 21, 2020 using the university add/drop system.

NO enrollment requests will be accepted after this deadline, without exception, so please take care to get enrolled as soon as you’re able.

Please share this information widely.

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training, Feb. 18

LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

When: February 18th 2020 – 6:00PM to 9:30 PM

Where: Cornell – Hollister Hall – Room 206



Other Identical courses in NY:

February 9 – New York City –

February 17 – Binghamton –

February 19 – Syracuse –

February 20 – Rochester –

February 22 – Buffalo –

Or take the identical course Online – Any time – Any where – 

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

To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 9000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and allows students to graduate with letters after their name!

This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. 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: $200 for students ($300 otherwise)

To register for the class please visit:

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at

Participate in a Study of Problem Solving and Earn $20

Would you like to participate in a study about heat transfer problem solving? Your help will be valuable in improving education at Cornell. Participants will also receive a $20 gift card.

During the study we will ask you to solve some conceptual problems from MAE 3240 (Heat Transfer) and talk about your thought process as you solve them. We are looking for students who have already taken MAE 3240. Your responses are valuable regardless of what grade you received. We expect each session to take no more than an hour. Your participation is voluntary.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Hadas Ritz ( or Carolyn Aslan (

Please fill out the form below to sign up:

IMPORTANT: Extended Hard Deadline for Research and Project Team Enrollment!

Good morning,

A new add deadline has been established for Independent Research and Project Team enrollment (all other classes will still adhere to the University add deadline of Feb. 4). Considering the extra effort required in sorting out enrollment for these kinds of courses, the deadline has been extended to the end of the fifth week of classes, which allows students to add/drop electronically slightly later into the semester.  For the Spring 2020 semester, students have the ability to add/drop project team and independent research classes through Friday, February 21, 2020 using the university add/drop system.

NO enrollment requests will be accepted after this deadline, without exception, so please take care to get enrolled as soon as you’re able.

Please share this information widely.


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.