Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


The mission of the Sibley School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE) is to conduct research, produce creative work, and disseminate knowledge in mechanical and aerospace sciences and engineering for the benefit of our students and professions, and most importantly for the common good. To accomplish this, we aim to be a program that:

  • Is highly ranked and well regarded by our peers, alumni, current and prospective students
  • Values diversity and inclusion as a strength of the department
  • Offers a broad education in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering while also recognizing the need for specific areas of strength
  • Values the world class research conducted by its faculty, students, and staff
  • Values leadership within and beyond the University including with federal government agencies, professional societies, industry, and community.

Engineering students gather in Duffield Hall Atrium to compete and cheer on classmates at the Robotics Day 2021 Competition.
(photo by Noël Heaney, Cornell University)

The MAE strategic plan will guide the investments in people, programs, and infrastructure needed to achieve these goals across the following five focus areas, where the school is positioned to have transformational impacts in all dimensions of its mission: Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Healthcare and Bioengineering, Robotics and Autonomy, Space Technology Engineering, and Energy and Sustainability. Specific priorities in each of these areas are summarized in the following sections.

  • Strategic Priority 1

  • Strategic Priority 2

  • Strategic Priority 3

  • Strategic Priority 4

  • Strategic Priority 5

Upson Hall

Upson Hall. (Photo by Jason Koski, Cornell University.)