Are you ready for Online Classes? Zoom Training/Help Sessions Available This Week!

We hope you are settling in well and getting ready to resume classes on April 6. We have heard that many students are concerned about the technical aspects of online learning, including Zoom, which will be used in many courses to provide a synchronous lecture or recitation.

In case you need help learning to use Zoom, or want to test your home internet connection or computer setup before the first day of online class, we will offer several Zoom training sessions for MAE students this week:

Please note that these sessions are specific to using Zoom. They are NOT to answer questions about the grading policy, exams, etc.  Such questions can be submitted here, and responses are posted to the MAE student FAQ.

Depending on how many people attend each session, our ability to help troubleshoot individual technical issues may be limited. If you have a technical problem (e.g. can’t get your sound to work, your internet is too slow, etc.) that cannot be resolved during the meeting, you should consult If you still have questions, or if you are aware of students lacking necessary hardware or internet access who are not already being helped, please email Kae-Lynn Wilson (

Internet Access and Computer Equipment Survey

Good morning,

The university has created a questionnaire to fill out by Friday 3/20, if you may be lacking the internet access or computer equipment needed to participate in online courses.  Alternatively you can go to the general university covid-19 FAQs, and scroll down to the second question under “Moving to Online Instruction.”

Please take a moment to complete the survey so we have a better idea of what our students have to work with and how we will need to offer our online lectures.


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

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.

As staff and faculty transition to online instruction and contact, I will be holding daily drop-in office hours from 10am-3pm weekdays at the zoom link below [beginning at 10am on Tuesday, March 17th]. As always, you can also schedule a private meeting on my calendar as well. 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.

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.