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.

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:

Kessler Fellows Program Information Session

When: November 4, 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Where: Upson Hall Lounge
Free Pizza:  yes

Learn more about Kessler Fellows at this information session. The Kessler Fellows Program is an entrepreneurship program rooted in the College of Engineering. The program is open to juniors studying a STEM-related field that have a strong interest in entrepreneurship.

Students will engage in a semester-long immersion aimed to help them cultivate their entrepreneurial readiness before their summer experience with a startup.

Applications are open now through November 15.


Invitation to SkyHack at Kent State University

SkyHack is a weekend long event in which students will come together to provide a solution to a challenge or “pain point” relating to the aviation industry. The solution may be a procedure, an idea, an app, a “widget,” an article of clothing, etc. The students arrive (Kent State Kent campus) on a Friday afternoon Nov. 1, form teams, decide which challenge they want to spend the weekend on and present their idea to judges on Sunday morning, Nov. 3. The grand prize is $10,000 (supplied by BDM), but we also award $1,000 to each of the challenge winning teams.


  • Students from any college or university with any major may participate
  • It is strongly recommended that students bring a resume. A resume book will be given to the top sponsors.
  • Students may come with a team or form a team when they arrive
  • Each team will choose a challenge it will work on during the weekend
  • The event is FREE to participants

Resources: Participants will have access to supplies and labs within ATB although bringing your own laptop or tablet is highly recommended. Mentors and industry experts will be on hand to offer assistance.

Accommodations: There will be spaces in ATB designated as quiet areas for participants who wish to sleep, but no other sleeping accommodations will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring sleeping bags.

Food is provided throughout the weekend.

Participants will have access to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (showers, exercise equipment, etc.) for the weekend.

There may be some travel reimbursement funds available for participants who are not from the area.

More information is at the link above and here:

In October 2017, Burton D. Morgan (BDM) Foundation sponsored the inaugural SkyHack –hackathon event. We had 120 college students from 14 different universities and 4 different states. A link to the projects from that event are on the webpage:

To Mentor/judge register here:

All majors are welcome.

Available Electives for Spring 2020

Here is a list of the non-required electives available for Spring 2020 in MAE (courses in bold have a senior design version):

  • ENGRI 1510: Modeling and Simulation of Real-World Scientific Problems
  • MAE 4120/4121: Community Wind Energy Research
  • MAE 4150/5150: GPS: Theory and Design: Spacecraft Technology and Systems Architecture
  • MAE 4180/5180: Autonomous Mobile Robots
  • MAE 4230/4231/5230: Intermediate Fluid Dynamics
  • MAE 4530: Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biomedical Processes
  • MAE 4590: Introduction to Controlled Fusion: Principles and Technology
  • MAE 4610: Entrepreneurship for Engineers
  • MAE 4650/4651/5650: Biofluid Mechanics
  • MAE 4710/5710: Applied Dynamics: Robotics, Vehicles, Machines and Biomechanics
  • MAE 4860/4861/5860: Automotive Engineering
  • MAE 5010: Future Energy Systems
  • MAE 5070: Dynamics of Flight Vehicles
  • MAE 5270: Design for Manufacture and Assembly
  • MAE 5469: Energy Seminar II
  • MAE 5790: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
  • MAE 5920: Systems Analysis Behavior and Optimization
  • MAE 5940: Professional Development for Master of Engineering in MAE
  • MAE 5949: Enterprise Engineering Colloquium
  • MAE 6230: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MAE 6270: Experimental Methods in Fluid Dynamics
  • MAE 6310: Turbulence and Turbulent Flow
  • MAE 6510: Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MAE 6560: Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion
  • MAE 6640: Mechanics of Bone
  • MAE 6670: Soft Tissue Biomechanics: Phasic Theory and Viscoelasticity II
  • MAE 6680: Cancer for Engineers and Physicists
  • MAE 6710: Human-Robot Interaction: Algorithms and Experiments
  • MAE 6720: Celestial Mechanics
  • MAE 6780: Multivariable Control Theory
  • MAE 6950: Community Engagement and Technology