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 Research Opportunity in the Erickson Lab

MS/MEng/Undergraduate research opportunity in numerical simulations in the Erickson Lab 

The Erickson Lab ( seeks an MS/MEng/undergraduate student at Cornell with an interest in numerical simulations (heat & mass transfer, CFD, chemical reaction) with COMSOL. The available position will focus on the structure optimization for the HI-Light project, a solar-thermal chemical reactor technology for converting CO2 to fuels like syngas or methanol.

The expected qualifications include:

  • The position is available immediately and requires a minimum of one full academic year commitment (Aug 2019-May 2020).
  • Preferences will be given to Cornell MS/MEng students, and undergraduates in the junior/senior level, with a background in MechE, ChemE, MSE, AEP or relevant
  • Proficiency in CAD will be required. A basic understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and reaction kinetics will be
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in numerical simulations. Prior experience of using COMSOL will be preferred but not

The successful candidate will be working with Elvis Cao (, a Ph.D. student in the Erickson lab, and a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy. Publishing opportunities can be expected.

Interested candidates should send a CV, a brief statement outlining their qualifications for the position to Elvis Cao at Included the words “HI-Light Technology Simulation Research Position” in the subject line. Please elaborate on your relevant skills in the email body.

About HI-Light:

HI-Light is a solar-thermal chemical reactor technology for converting CO2 to fuels like syngas or methanol. The technology seeks to achieve a kind of artificial photosynthesis – combining sunlight, CO2 and chemicals to photocatalytically produce renewable fuels.

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

Independent and Senior Design Research Information for Summer and Fall 2016

There is no electronic pre-enrollment available for MAE 1900, MAE 4900,–independent research, or MAE 4291 Senior Design Independent Research.  Go to 104 Upson at the beginning of the Fall semester to enroll.

If you intend to perform research for credit over the summer, here at Cornell, you will need to add this as independent research through Summer Session .  Consult this site for costs.  Or you can register as a volunteer with Emily in 104 Upson.

Research opportunities in MAE include:

If interested, contact the faculty member offering research:




Enrolling in MAE 4900 and Senior Design MAE 4XX1

Go to 108 Upson Hall to get the paperwork needed to enroll.

To enroll for any independent research, MAE 4900, students will need to complete an Independent Research Project Approval Form, obtain a signature from the faculty advisor overseeing their work (not a PhD student), and bring the signed form to 108 Upson to obtain a permission number. They will then need to log onto Student Center and add the course to their schedule, using a permission number issued by Emily in 108 Upson.

For Seniors Only:

For Senior Design information: 

Go to 108 Upson Hall to get the paperwork needed to enroll.   All students enrolling for senior design, (independent research- MAE 4291),  including those enrolling in senior design version of regularly meeting courses, (e.g., MAE 4021, MAE 4701),  will need to complete the Senior Design Project Approval Form, obtain a signature from their instructor/supervising faculty member (not a PhD student), and bring the signed form to 108 Upson to obtain a permission number. They will then need to log onto Student Center and add the course to their schedule, using that permission number. Non-seniors may not enroll in senior design.


Enrollment Information Fall 2015

Here is your enrollment date link and deadlines for the Fall.

FALL 15 Dates and deadlines

For those registering for MAE project teams and/or  independent research, including senior design research,  you will need to complete paperwork and a  pin number to electronically enroll.  Emily will be posting instructions on this blog soon and will include instructions for those students registering for Innovative Product Design, MAE 4340/4341.

Participating in Independent Research and/or Project Teams?

Please check your schedule to make sure you are enrolled in your research or project team.  Check for number of credits.  Come to see Emily in 108 Upson if you need to add this to your Spring 2015 schedule or revise the number of credits.

Please be advised the deadline for submitting papers/projects is May 14, however, your final deadline may change based on your research/project team faculty advisor’s deadline.

Interested in Joining Independent Research?

Here are some suggestions:

1. Hands on Research Opportunities for Undergrads and M.Eng:

2.  Search faculty profiles for research interests:

3.  Contact faculty member and specify your interests.

4. After the faculty member has agreed to you joining their research, see Emily in 108 Upson to register.  There is no pre-enrollment for research.  You can sign-up for MAE 4900, which may be used to satisfy the technical elective and/or for advisor approved electives (with your faculty advisor’s approval).  For the technical elective description and other MechE program details, see:

5.  If you wish to use research to satisfy the senior design requirement, you would enroll in MAE 4291, which is research with a senior design report due at the end of the semester.  You are recommended to have at least one semester of MAE 4900, research, prior to enrolling in MAE 4291.  Speak with your research advisor for advice. For senior design information:


Interested in Farm Machinery or Sustainability for Organic Food?

Research begins this semester, MAE 4900, and can be also used next semester to fulfill the M.E. senior design or research requirement.  M.Eng. or seniors.  For details, contact Professor Paul Dawson,


Research Opportunity with Professor Louge for UG’s and M.Eng.’s

Prof. Louge is seeking undergraduate or MEng students to design and run an experiment on a microgravity airplane flying parabolic trajectories.

The experiment brings a spherical drop of water to touch a porous medium, thus simulating the absorption of dew on desert sand surfaces.

See previous involvement of Cornell students on the NASA airplane at

The experiment will be prototyped in the Upson droptower of Prof. Avedisian.

Contact Professor Louge at for details

New Faculty Member, Professor Daniel Selva, New Research Opportunities for UG’s and M.Eng.

Professor Daniel Selva’s research interests lie at the intersection of space systems and systems engineering, with emphasis in global optimization and data mining. In particular, Prof. Selva’s research group is developing an architecture development facility to support the high-level design of constellations of Earth observation and communication satellites. If interested, contact Professor Selva at


To: MechE seniors enrolled in MAE 4291 as independent research or project team, or MAE 4231, 4641, 4701, or 4861:

Pictorial Representation of Design Report Submission

Senior Design Report Content Summary Form

Instructions for Submission of Design Report:

  • Senior Design Report: Submit to your senior design instructor.
  • Senior Design Report Content Summary Form: Compose responses to the nine questions on the content summary form and attach them it. Submit this form with the responses, to your design instructor for his/her review and signature. After the instructor’s signature has been obtained, submit the content summary  form, with your responses, to Emily Tompkins, in 108 Upson Hall.
  • If the instructor is unavailable to sign (ex. traveling) you may send your responses to the 9 questions as an email attachment and ask them to approve via email. Please forward the approval email to Emily, at, or cc Emily on the initial email.