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Reed elected AGU Fellow

Patrick Reed, Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering, was elected as an American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Fellow. He joined 53 other individuals in the 2022 Class of Fellows. Since 1962, the AGU Union Fellows Committee has selected less than 0.1% of members as new Fellows. AGU notes that Fellows are selected because they have made outstanding achievements and contributions by pushing forward the frontiers of our science. Fellows embody AGU’s vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future powered by discovery, innovation, and action. “I am very humbled to join the 2022 class of AGU... Read more

United Nations energy council tabs Semida Silveira

By: Patrick Gillespie

Semida Silveira, a Professor of Practice in Cornell Engineering’s Systems Engineering program, has been appointed to the Council of Engineering for the Energy Transition (CEET), an independent advisory council to the United Nations Secretary-General. Under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General, the CEET is a global, high-level body of engineers and energy systems experts to contribute to the UN Secretary-General’s goal to build a coalition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, and to the UN generally on engineering pathways to achieve comprehensive decarbonization by mid-century. The CEET... Read more

Fengqi You featured in ORNL blog on quantum computing

Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering in Cornell University’s College of Engineering, is mentioned in ORNL’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility blog on quantum computing titled "Serving up bleeding-edge compute power and expertise to the world’s scientists." Fengqi You, the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering in Cornell University’s College of Engineering, used the program to successfully test a proposed quantum computer-based artificial intelligence system for identifying and diagnosing faults in electrical... Read more

Sheri Minarski named Administrative Director of Systems Engineering

Sheri Minarski has been appointed Administrative Director of the Systems Engineering Program, which was effective as of June 1, 2022. Minarski has filled in as acting program manager since stand-alone administrative services for Systems were established in 2021. As acting program manager, she has helped lead a smooth transition into a new era for Systems and capably steered multiple key initiatives that will ensure our future success. Minarski joined the program in 2010 as the director’s assistant, and she was promoted to the distance learning corporate recruiting associate position in 2019... Read more

Endowed award established for Systems M.Eng. students

By: Patrick Gillespie

An endowed fund to help Master of Engineering students has been established thanks to the generosity of Cornell Engineering alumnus Jeff Loren ’75. The Jeff Loren ’75 Fund will provide financial assistance to graduate students enrolled at Cornell University with preference being given to M.Eng students in the Systems Engineering Program in the College of Engineering. The first graduate student will be named this fall. “Systems engineers and systems thinkers have essential roles in shaping the future—the future of our country, the future of the global community, and the future of the entire... Read more

Fengqi You: Quantum Computing Perspective on the Cover of AIChE Journal

The cover of the June 2022 issue of AIChE Journal, the flagship journal of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), features an invited Perspective article by Professor Fengqi You, Systems Ph.D. student Akshay Ajagekar and their collaborators in NASA and ExxonMobil. This AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Perspectives of Quantum Computing for Chemical Engineering” (AIChE J. 2022; 68(6):e17651), discusses how quantum computing can positively impact chemical engineering and related fields. The realization of advantages promised by quantum algorithms for various applications is... Read more

Alum’s startup has roots in systems engineering

A few years after earning his master’s degree from Cornell, Nirav Patel M.Eng. ’12 realized there was a need and, like all good systems engineers, sought to fulfill that need. “I started a venture of my own approximately three years ago. We design and manufacture equipment that is used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetic production,” said Patel, director of engineering and operations for Accunova Engineering Pvt. Ltd. “I manage overall company operations such as sales, manufacturing, design, purchasing, installations and commissioning.” Accunova manufactures machinery for packaging, labeling and... Read more