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  • ECE faculty include 12 IEEE Fellows, 13 National Science CAREER recipients, 9 DARPA/ONR/AFSOR Young Investigators, 2 PECASE recipients, and 1 MacArthur Fellow, just to name a few.

  • Cornell ECE has been consistently among the top ten nationally ranked programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

  • U.S. Patent 502,384, the Dynamo-Electric Machine or Motor, was created by Harris J. Ryan 1887. It overcame a major defect in the operation of DC (direct-current) machinery.

  • The Electric Wave Form Tracer was created by Harris J. Ryan 1887. his new technology was applied to versatile monitors for modern cathode-ray oscilloscopes, television sets, radar, and computers.

  • Harris J. Ryan 1887 built one of America’s first high voltage transformers in Ithaca, N.Y.

  • Malcolm S. McIlroy ‘23 created the Electric Analyzer for Fluid Distribution Systems (Patent 2,509,024) a device whose tungsten lamp lit up with varying degrees of intensity to indicate change in fluid pressure of municipal gas or water pipes.

  • Wilson Greatbatch ‘50 is responsible for inventing the cardiac pacemaker.

  • Edward D. Wolf and facility staff member Nelson Allen designed and built the biolistic particle delivery system popularly called the Gene Gun. When purchased by DuPont in 1990, it generated the largest single royalty payment ever made in University history to date.

  • The 2013 class mean starting salary for a Cornell ECE Bachelor's degree recipient was $72,637.

  • Hwa C. Torng’s, ‘60, research was the benchmark for Intel’s Pentium chips which enabled processors to read, evaluate, and execute instructions. It is widely, if not universally, installed in processors, and is the 7th most cited hardware patent in the U.S.

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