December 2022
From the Director
Hello Sibley School Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well. It’s been another exciting year for the Sibley School and in this newsletter you will find updates on the amazing accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni.

What I’m perhaps most excited to let you know about is a very special anniversary we have coming up: The 2023-24 academic year will be Cornell’s 150th anniversary of awarding degrees in Mechanical Engineering. To recognize this important milestone we’ll be holding several events that year as part of our “Sibley 150” celebration.

Featured News

Forklifts are most often used for moving goods and materials, but a new Forklift Learning Studio at the Sibley School is being used to elevate engineering education, turning the vehicles into interactive tools for studying thermofluids, modeling structural mechanics, and experimenting with control dynamics. Located on the first floor of Thurston Hall, the studio launched in April thanks to a partnership with Toyota Material Handling. Take a look inside and read more about its origins in the Cornell Chronicle.

To celebrate 150 years of the mechanical engineering degree at Cornell, the Sibley School presents seven extraordinary MAE alumni you may not have known, but should.

Varda Space Industries, co-founded by an alum of MAE's Space Systems Design Studio, is sending satellites to space, where products used on Earth can be created in zero-gravity.

For over 15 years, Michelle Stevens ’97 has made significant contributions at Sandia National Laboratories. She currently serves as the director for the Weapons Design and Assurance Center.

While in Ithaca, the "Science Guy" met with MAE students and was able to inspect the work done to refurbish the Bill Nye Solar Noon Clock on Rhodes Hall.
Research Briefs
Giving Opportunities

The Cornell FLAME Summer Program (Future Leaders in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) provides rising college seniors from historically underrepresented backgrounds a unique opportunity to launch into a Ph.D. degree through an enhanced summer research experience. Read more about the program and its talented first cohort.

The Cornell FLAME Summer Program exists because of the generosity of alumni. Please visit our giving opportunities webpage to see other impactful initiatives in need of support.
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