M.Eng. Projects

Key to the success of developing Systems Engineers who are well prepared to make a significant difference in the world is the M.Eng. project experience. These two-semester projects go beyond our diverse coursework and provide a more in-depth, hands on, and real-world opportunity to gain valuable experience in the application of the Systems Engineering. 

The M.Eng. program requires an engineering project of 6-9 credits completed over 2 semesters. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, students will work with a team to solve a real-world problem. The projects vary considerably in structure, length and topic. Students will have an opportunity to select from an array of cutting edge project topics including both existing projects that are continuations year after year or from the list of new projects created every year.

We encourage you to look at some of our on-going projects listed in the M.Eng. Project Portal below. You may also want to view our faculty websites to learn more about some of their latest research projects.

M.Eng. Project Portal Link


Past Systems Engineering M.Eng. Projects

Fall 2020


Faculty AdvisorProject TeamProject TitleProject Description
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsC1C0 RobotThis team worked on a full redesign of the R2 system, developing a new robot that was able to incorporate many more sub-systems to better meet our overall goals. In that year, the team completed the work in the concept stage and moved into the development stage. Each sub-team had all of their required parts ordered and were ready to move into production.
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsC1C0 RobotThe chatbot subsystem is responsible for handling some or all functions for all use cases involving a user speaking to the C1C0 robot. These use cases include a user asking C1C0 a question about a given topic to the user asking C1C0 to retrieve for them some object present in the environment.
Al GeorgeCornell Formula SAECornell RacingThe objective of this project was to address key pitfalls in Cornell FSAE’s project and system management processes, as well as to outline to the future team and sub-team leaders the elements of ISO 29110 which could be realistically adapted or appended to the team’s current processes to correct them.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable MobilityShelter design implementation documentation for any reminaing systems to progress a full-system test. Widening the scope of the project to capture users and sustems that interface with the shelter, furthering the team's mission to bring enjoyment, safety, and legibility to all aspects of the rider experience. Ensuring organization continuity and sufficient knowledge transfer.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDCUSD Sustainable Mobility - GarageThe team focused on using Systems Engineering and Design Thinking tools to understand how to tackle challenges regarding wayfinding. This included understanding various user needs, analyzing how users interact with the system, and figuring out effective ways to communicate important information.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDCUSD Sustainable Mobility - PlanningBy devoting additional time to empathy fieldwork and implementing quantitative ethnography, the team aims to deliver robust solutions to the dissatisfaction within the transportation system at Cornell. The team has been reframing the challenge and developing their own solutions and designs.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDCURRENTS - Sustainable DesignThermal Modeling
David SchneiderMoogMoog Aircraft Group: A Universal Automated RVDT Test StandThis project is building a Universal Automated RVDT Test Stand. A Rotary Variable Differential Transformer (RVDT) is an electromechanical sensor used to measure rotational position.
Max Zhang Measuring the Impact of a Real-World Electric Heat Pump Conversion Project on Thermal ComfortThis project did a review of the systems engineering methods that were employed in the development of the thermal comfort survey system. Two thermal comfort surveys will be developed -one will be sent out regarding the fuel oil boiler system, and another will be sent out regarding the air-source heat pumps. The four key groups of stakeholders in this project were the building tenants, the team from the Energy and the Environment Lab at Cornell,Taitem Engineering, and Daikin. Taitem Engineering provided building energy consulting services throughout the project, while Daikin provided the heat pumps used in the building transition.

Mason Peck

Hunter Adams

 Demonstration of Suborbital Chipsats Ejected from New Shepard Test Flight (DeSCENT)The Demonstration of Suborbital Chipsats Ejected from New Shepard Test Flight (DeSCENT) mission will conduct the first ever test of chip-scale satellite (chipsat) deployment from a com-mercial reusable launch vehicle to test operational and survival capability during suborbital re-entry.
   This project worked on designing and implementing a robust system that a high school or college football team could use to improve the analytics and information processing capabilities of any team.
Jingjie Yeo Potential Energy Surface Models for Hydrothermal Liquefaction Biocrude Oils: Machine Learning in Molecular DynamicsThe objective of this project was to investigate how deep learning and deep neural networks may have applications to molecular dynamics.
  MicrogridThis project focuses on the rural community of Corcovada and their needs for an independent and resilient energy generation system.
  Energy Disaggregation System Design with Federated LearningTo address NILM’s privacy concerns, this work proposes a design of NILM using Federated Learning. The name of the proposed system design is FedNILM. In addition, the Log Line of the proposed system is: An energy disaggregation system that leverages federated learning as a novel way to improve data privacy, increase accuracy of energy disaggregation, and ultimately increase user’s trust in real-time appliance-level feedback data.
  Combined Solar Heating and Thermoelectric Generation (CSHTEG)The Combined Solar Heating and Thermoelectric Generation (CSHTEG) Project addresses the wide gap between on-grid and off-grid communities. This system, which is intended for small households in off-grid communities, builds off existing solar energy technology, converts solar energy into electricity, and uses excess thermal energy for other daily functions, such as cooking.
  Low Thrust Cubesat Trajectory Determination and Operational PreparationThe pair of 3U cubesats are designed to prove two major technological break-throughs: simple optical navigation and water electrolysis propulsion. The simple optical navigation system is attempting to use three off-the-shelf cameras to deter-mine the satellites’ location in space, so that future cubesats can effectively determine their position cheaply and consistently.
Buz Barstow Bacterial Colony Picking from Segmented Plate Using Norgren CP7200 Colony PickerIt would be beneficial to modify the current functionality of the CP7200 Colony Picker to include segmented picking capabilities. In order to do so, there are two parts to this project: new hardware to section the plate and software updates on the colony picker to recognize  and pick from a segmented plate.


Spring 2020

Faculty AdvisorProject TeamProject TitleProject Description
 AMATAnalysis of Multi Armed Bandit Algorithms and Applications in Semiconductor Wafer Inspection and MetrologyOne of the objectives of this project is to provide an empirical analysis of existing bandit algorithms along different dimensions such as, expected regret, regret distribution. The study should also identify for each algorithm the settings where it performs well on simulated data, and the settings where it performs poorly.
Keith GreenArchitectural Robotics LabDesign, Kinematics, Prototyping, and System Analysis of SPACE (Surface by Pneumatic Actuation to Configure Environment), a Continuum Robot Surface “Shaping” Human Activity Focuses on the systems engineering process concerning the design, kinematics, physical prototyping, and testing of the second iteration of a continuum, human assistive surface, SPACE.
Sirietta SimociniCCPDGlow; Keep going, Keep glowingThe team designed and prototyped a product that enables seniors to maintain  common daily tasks despite changes in their physical or mental capabilities. The product  LeverEdge is intended to enhance safety and promote independence in the senior community.
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsBusiness/ Communications SubteamThe Spring 2020 objectives for the Business/Communications subteam was split into three major focus areas: logistics, finance, and external outreach. Logistics dealt with coordination with respect to recruitment, social events, and apparel; finance is related to procurement and budgeting for all subteams; external outreach consisted of the development of the Big Dreams to Big Screens (BDBS) initiative and social media.
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsMinibot - Modular Educational Robotics KitCS Documentation
Al George           John CallisterCornell FSAEWind Tunnel System Design and IntegrationRegular access to the HVL wind tunnel, complete with a robust testing infrastructure, would prove transformative for the future development and success of not only the aerodynamics package but the project team as a whole. Thus, the task of designing, manufacturing, and assembling the entire wind tunnel testing system was the focus of my MEng project.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Education – Nepal & IndiaCornell University Sustainable Education’s (SE) mission is to incorporate the sustainable design framework into schools and dormitories in developing and rural regions.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Mobility Group - ShelterWithin the larger Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD), the Shelter Design Team enacts the mission of designing, constructing, and implementing a solar powered bus shelter for use by residents of the Ithaca, and the Cornell community.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Mobility Group - GarageThe Garage Team transitioned to the larger scope of a Downtown Ithaca Wayfinding System. The broadened scope of the project is a pedestrian wayfinding system in downtown Ithaca that helps any user navigate and explore Ithaca and includes Ithaca’s garages as portals in and out of downtown Ithaca.
Tobias HanrathCUSDSolarizeSolarize aims to create a mobile solar trailer that provides clean electricity to charge batteries for weed whackers, hedge trimmers, and other tools on the go.
Al GeorgeCUSDIthaca Carbon Neutrality CUSD project was launched to support the City of Ithaca's Green New Deal program. The project team was tasked with providing a consulting report to inform the building retrofit policy that would be enacted as part of the Green New Deal legislation.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Mobility - PlanningThe Planning team examined the current state of transportation on Cornell's Ithaca campus and how it might be improved.
 CUSD REALSubscale Aquaponics System Design for Cold ClimateThis project aims to address this food security issue by designing and validating a small-scale aquaponics system that could encourage farming activities within small communities and communities where it is difficult to access food and resources.
Amit LalECETemperature Error Compensation on IntegratedThe major goal of this project is to reduce the extreme temperature impact on integrated circuit design.
Rob ShepherdMAE & Systems EngineeringCornell Geoengineering Aircraft DesignThis project addresses the feasibility of injecting sulfuric acid aerosols at altitudes above 20 km. A conventional transport aircraft with modifications in the propulsion and wings subsystems is proposed as the optimal design for the geoengineering mission yielding a peak altitude of 26.6 km with a 35-ton payload of sulfuric acid aerosols.
H. Oliver GaoMITRE GroupArchitecting Urban Air Mobility Airport Shuttling Systems with Case Studies: Atlanta, Los Angeles, and DallasThis study aims to define how one can effectively architect an UAM system for transportation to and from any given airport.
Sunghwan Jung Systems M.Eng. Project ReportThis project specifically focuses on the instrumentation and electromechanical design for the use of fish bladders to create more efficient underwater sound projector and receiver subsystems as part of a larger sonar system.