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Engineering-Wide Project Teams teams provide students with the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary, multi-year teams and to develop their teamwork and engineering skills. Many projects participate in national competitions, of which Cornell has taken first place in many!

ACM Programming Team


2009 regional first-place team (l-r): Jong-Hwi Lee, JiaQi Zhai, Hooyeon 'Haden' Lee, and Yun Jiang

This team is devoted to competitive programming. In such environments you are given a limited amount of time to create solutions to problems that are correct and efficient. Their correctness and efficiency are usually automatically tested. Apart from having fun, being a part of this project helps students to think about their product before coding it, and to be able to create something that is always correct, on all corner cases. There are several programming competitions per year, like the Google Code Jam, the Facebook Hacker Cup, the Topcoder Open and the ACM ICPC (sponsored by IBM). While we do focus on all of them, the ACM ICPC receives special attention. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: Walker White, CS

ChemE Car Team


Cornell ChemE Car strives to teach newer members and learn as a team to be as successful as possible at the Regionals and Nationals competitions. We will never stop trying to improve our car, research better methods and beat the records we have set at competition. Our team wants to place first at nationals and regionals this year. In addition, we would love to continue helping enrich the community through outreach events like EYES, bring your child to work day, and Project Team Leadership roundtable discussion. We are also looking into the possiblity of hosting a regionals competition on campus and maybe even developing a more challenging ChemE Car competition.
Faculty Advisor: Roseanna Zia, CBE

Cornell App Development

AppDevelopment_teamlogoThe Cornell App Development Team is focused on iOS app development and education. Every semester, the team chooses an idea for a new app and take that idea from conception to completion, culminating with a release on Apple's app store. The core team is made up of experienced designers and developers who collaborate to turn ideas into finished products. in addition to the project process, the team also offers and education series for interested, but inexperienced developers. Students can apply to the training program with minimal experience in computer science and if accepted, will join the team as a Developer in Training. Through this program, trainees will learn the basics of iOS app development and learn the skills required to apply as a Junior Developer on the core team in the following semester.
Faculty Advisor: Walker White, CS

Cornell Baja SAE Racing

Cornell Baja

Cornell Baja SAE Racing is an engineering project team which annually designs, builds and races an off-road vehicle to compete in the SAE Collegiate Baja Design Series. The competition requires students to balance design and cost with dynamic performance while following a strict set of safety guidelines and standardized rules. There are three North American competitions annually: The East competition features an amphibious requirement of all vehicles and includes water maneuverability. The West competition includes a sales presentation and a rock crawl dynamic event. The Midwest competition has suspension and traction as the marquee event and also sometimes includes a mudbog. Each competition is four days long, with the first two days dedicated to static events and the last two days for dynamic events. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: Olivier Desjardins, MAE

Cornell Cup

CornellCup_teamlogoCornell Cup builds a robust robotics framework to solve interesting problems, from creating robots that can play laser tag or rock band, to developing smart droids that provide tools to users. Each year, the team hosts the Cornell Cup USA, presented by Intel, competition at Disney World, where university teams from across the country demonstrate their own robotics systems. Although Cornell's team does not compete in the event, we showcase our work and make documentation of our methods freely available. The true purpose of our robotic systems is to empower teams in future competitions to build off our work and develop their own innovative systems using our frameworks as a starting point. Cornell Cup utilizes the full breadth of engineering; mechanical engineers design and build robots, electrical engineers programs the power boards and provide power to the motors, computer scientists program the robot to perform intelligent tasks autonomously, and systems engineers tie all of the interfaces together. In addition to learning practical engineering skills, students also learn how to meticulously document their work so that other students from around the country can utilize it in their own designs.
Faculty Advisor: David Schneider, SYSEN

Cornell Data Science

Cornell Data Science seeks to prepare members for careers in machine learning, analytics, data-mining and other data-intensive careers. We work on a number of data science projects each semester. In the past, projects have included data-mining competitions through the website, consulting engagements with external companies, and research projects. Our members come from a diverse set of fields including CS, ORIE, AEM, Statistics, and Information Science.
Faculty Advisors: Dawn Woodard, ORIE and Thorsten Joachims, CS

Cornell Mars Rover

rover1-largeThe Cornell Mars Rover project team designs an innovative Mars rover to compete in the University Rover Challenge. We are an interdisciplinary student-run team that brings together talented minds from engineering, science, and business. Together, we foster creative and intellectual growth through the development of our competitive design.

Cornell Mars Rover was established in 2010 as a student project team at Cornell University. In our short time, we have gotten off to an amazing start with the full support of Cornell. Our team has grown to have 6 sub-teams, over 40 members, and 3 rovers. Discover More...
Faculty Advisor: Matt Ulinski, MAE

Cornell Racing Formula SAE (FSAE)

cornell racing

Cornell Racing Formula SAE (FSAE) is a cross disciplinary project in which undergraduate and graduate students from several colleges work together to design, build, and test a formula-style racecar for the international competition at FSAE Michigan in May. FSAE team members have the unique opportunity to apply the skills and concepts acquired in their academic courses to a real world engineering and business venture. Team members must not only take the initiative to work and learn independently, but must also learn to accept guidance from leaders, peers, and faculty, and collaborate in a diverse group setting. Students develop engineering and project management skills that few courses can replicate. In addition, FSAE provides a lifetime network of alumni that can provide recommendations for internships and jobs post-graduation. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: Al George, MAE and John Callister, MAE/ORIE

Cornell Rocketry Team


The Cornell Rocketry Team designs, builds, and launches high-powered rockets. Each year the team participates in the NASA Student Launch (SL) competition. The competition typically involves launching a high-powered rocket to a predefined height with certain scientific payloads. Because the scope of the payloads change each year, students on the team have the opportunity to work on a multitude of different projects, from hazard detection cameras to thermal coatings. These projects give students hands on experiences with molding carbon fiber, utilizing a 3D printer, machining and laser cutting parts; all skills necessary in the work force. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: Matt Ulinski, MAE

CUSD-SRF (Sustainable Research Facility)


Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) promotes experiential education by providing our members with opportunities to engage in real world projects within an ecosystem of research-based, interdisciplinary learning. Our sustainability projects promote ecological, social, and economic sustainability to achieve the most innovative and resilient structures. Both locally and abroad, our projects range in scope from small innovations to entire buildings. Our projects include an early childhood education center in Johannesburg, South Africa; a model home with eco-technologies in Nagarote, Nicaragua; on-site energy generation research for the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City; hands on construction for a community building project in Lansing, NY; the concept design of a hub for student life and outdoor activities on Beebe Lake; and more. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: David Schneider, ORIE

CU Air

cuair_logo_1CU Air seeks to provide students of many disciplines at Cornell University with the opportunity to design and build an autonomous unmanned air system capable of reconnaissance missions. Each year the team works towards the annual AUVSI Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition. This competition judges the team on system performance in autonomous takeoff and landing, waypoint navigation, image capture, and target identification and on oral and written presentations of the teams' systems engineering approach. More points are awarded for an air system that performs its tasks with greater autonomy: a system that can fly itself, plan its own missions, recognize and report the type and location of targets with computer vision, reroute a network connection automatically (simulate a remote intelligence center), and stay within mission parameters. Members will work on aeronautic design, composite construction, mechatronics, electrical circuit design, high performance wireless networking, distributed computing software, computer vision software, autopilot software, system documentation, and various other system components. CU Air provides its members with hands on experience in real-world engineering challenges. The team has earned first in mission the last three years, placing second, first, then second overall during those years. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: C. Thomas Avedisian, MAE



The Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team (CUAUV) is an entirely undergraduate student project team of 43 students who work together to build robotic submarines. The team brings together students from 10 majors in 3 colleges. CUAUV's primary objective is the AUVSI Foundation and ONR's International RoboSub competition with a growing emphasis on using the technology we develop for research in Cayuga Lake. This engineering team offers a unique opportunity for students to gain experience working in a cross-disciplinary project environment. The project includes the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science classes through the design and construction of mechanical structures, custom electronics boards, and novel software for image processing and mission planning. As our vehicle's hardware and software platforms mature, we are constantly looking for novel ways to use our AUVs in real-world applications. Discover more...
Faculty Advisors: Professor Graeme Bailey, CS; Professor Alan Zehnder, MAE; Bruce Land, ECE

CU GEM (Genetically Engineered Machines)

Cornell iGEM (CUGEM) is a platform for undergraduate scientists and engineers to gain valuable experience in project development and research in the biological sciences. Our team treats the cell as a programmable entity, and by using the principles of synthetic biology we are capable of modifying organisms to address pressing issues in the environment, manufacturing, and medicine. While the team is primarily focused on biological engineering work, the dry lab component of each project provides mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers the opportunity to tailor mechanical systems to the special needs of biological entities. This year we are tackling the issue of heavy metal contamination. We aim to develop three distinct bacterial sequestration systems for the toxic metals lead, nickel, and mercury. These genetically engineered organisms will be incorporated into a field-deployable reactor system specially designed to maximize metal sequestration and prevent cellular escape. An improvement our team hoped to make this year was to choose a feasible, yet impactful project for our limited time frame. At this point, we are on track to attend our competition in November with completed sequestration systems for all three metals, opening the door to overall awards that have eluded the team in the past. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: Xiling Shen, ECE

Engineers for a Sustainable World

esw_logo_medres_-_copyThe goal of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is to stimulate and foster the growth of a more diverse and networked community of engineers by collaborating on sustainable energy projects. We hope to create lasting solutions with immediate impacts and infuse sustainability-oriented design into our projects. In order to accomplish this, we want to encourage innovative ideas that promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability. There are three main projects under this branch of ESW: Solar Ovens, Human Power Electric Generator (HPEG), and Solar Kiosk. Solar Ovens and HPEG are working with two groups in Nicaragua, Grupo Fenix and Las Mujeres Solares de Totogalpa, to increase the use of solar ovens and local energy production. Solar Ovens and HPEG help the groups in Nicaragua to design, build, and implement their designs. Solar Kiosk is building a solar powered cart that will be used in third world countries to provide a portable, economically and environmentally sustainable infrastructure where food vendors can sell their fares. It is our intention to bring together these three groups next semester to travel to the local elementary school and introduce children to sustainable engineering. Discover more...
Faculty Advisors: Ruth Richardson, CEE

Resistance Racing: Cornell Electric Motorcycle

ResistanceRacing_teamlogo-50-percentResistance Racing is an engineering project team that builds an electric motorcycle to compete in eMotoRacing. The team gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge from classes to modern issues facing society, such as sustainable design and electric mobility (a field that no other project team covers). This unique project incorporates and integrates analog and power systems, digital and microcontroller design, mechanical design, and chemical design, and has direct applications to the growing fields of power storage and energy management. It is fundamental to the operation of the team that everyone is able to research and work on topics in which they are interested. Key projects include a student-designed motor controller, chassis, and selection and refinement of battery technology in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The team plans to build a powertrain by the end of the Spring semester 2015 and have a competition-ready motorcycle by the end of Spring semester 2016.
Faculty Advisor: Michael G. Spencer, ECE

Violet (Nanosat-6)

violet ops1 Violet is a nanosatellite utilizing eight CMGs to experimentally validate high-agility attitude control and novel CMG steering laws. Guest investigators will be able to use Violets multiple CMG architectures for experimental validation of CMG steering technologies Violet will also perform science observations as a pathfinder for future missions using a spectrometer. The Violet Satellite Project requires talented engineers from all disciplines. Computer Programming, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Applied Physics all play large roles in the design, construction, and operation of a successful spacecraft. Systems Engineering, Managing, and Communications are also very important skills that Violets program develops in its students. Each student on Violet takes what they learn in the class room and applies it to a real world engineering situation. Not only was Violet a part of a competition, but students on Violet work side-by-side with engineering firms from industry in addition to collaborating with the Air Force Research Labs. Violet is an incredible learning experience, and it also provides the rare opportunity to learn from and have an impact on the professional aerospace industry as a student. Discover more...
Faculty Advisor: Mason Peck, MAE