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

Spring 2021

Faculty AdvisorProject TeamProject TitleProject Description
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsC1C0 Autonomous RobotSpring 2021 was largely focused on assembly and integration of the C1C0 Autonomous Robot.
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsminiBot - Modular Educational Robotics KitminiBot is a modular educational robotics kit designed to equip young students with the necessary tools needed to understand the basics of computer science.
David SchneiderCornell Cup RoboticsC1C0 RobotThe C1C0 project is a continuation of the R2  project from past years but with are developed system and design. The top need for sparking an interest in robotics inpotential participants is having many awesome features. In order to meet this need, the team designed C1C0with the following features. ●Facial recognition ●Chat functions(ChatBot), ●Alocomotion system and ability to direct itself in physical spaces (PathPlanning), ●The ability to grasp and interact with objects (ObjectDetection)
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDGarage & Downtown WayfingingFocused on finalizing the Garage Wayfinding System for implementation in the summer. This system comprises a series of signage updates to the Seneca Street Parking Garage designed to improve the usability and attractiveness of the garage, such as floor navigation aids and parking payment flow changes.
 CUSDSmithsonianThis project is about providing a sustainable solution for its National Museum of African American History and Culture(NMAAHC) building whose LEED certification is about to expire. SI expects a better evaluation of building energy efficiency, human health and others with updated information. Fewer changes and costs will be a plus, but generally SI accepts the renew of LEED, completely new application of another certification or a hybrid plan
 CUSDREALResilient Environment Agriculture Laboratory (REAL) is a project formed in response to the ongoing problem of food insecurity in communities across the world.
 CUSD2030 Carbon NeutralityThe purpose of this team, as reflected in the vision statement, is to assist the City of Ithaca in their pursuit to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. As this is a complex and massive undertaking, the Ithaca Carbon Neutrality team focused the original scope of work to address the city’s building's energy usage.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Mobility - ShelterTCAT approached our team with an ask to create a database for Shelter information that could help them streamline their shelter data collection internally, understand where needs must be met, and aid in the eventual selection of shelter prototypes from our design team.
David SchneiderCUSDCurrentsCurrents a student lead project team having a main goal of reducing carbon emissions and unnecessary energy usage from heating ventilation and air conditioning(HVAC)units in commercial buildings.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDNepal ProjectIn the Spring of 2021, the SE team continued its prior collaboration with a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Nepal, the United World Schools (UWS), with which the SE team has had a relationship for several years. UWS, the stakeholder for the Nepal project, requested the SE team to deliver a design proposal for a new dormitory design, with the purpose of housing 100 students in the village of Mude, Nepal, located approximately 480 kilometers East of Kathmandu.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Mobility:Planning–RoadTrainThe vision for RoadTrain is an intercity high-speed transit system on the New York State Thruway, with a dedicated right-of-way lane. Ideally, the vehicle would be an electric, articulated bus-type capable of high speeds to initially travel on the I-90 Thruway.
David SchneiderCUSD - CurrentsThermal Modeling & Systems Engineering TeamThe renovations underway to Upson Hall and proposed the idea of developing a technology that would allow for the heating, ventilation,and air conditioning (HVAC) system to be turned on when a space was occupied and off when vacant. The theory was that this could result in significant energy savings (and monetary savings) for the Cornell facilities team and could potentially be expanded to other buildings across campus. The challenge (and focus of the ensuing project)examined the best ways to go about developing and implementing this technology.

Patrick Reed and Antonia Hadjimichael

Droughts and Deep WaterA Data Science Exploration of Dynamic Water Rights and Vulnerabilities in the Upper Colorado River BasinThis project studies how past droughts and other hydroclimatic events have propagated through the UCRB water allocation network to affect users of varying seniority, location and demand.
 Moog Aircraft GroupA Universal Automated RVDT Test StandThis project involves designing and building a Universal Automated RVDT Test Stand.A Rotary Variable Differential Transformer (RVDT) is an electromechanical sensor used to measure rotational position.The Universal Automated RVDT Test Stand will replace the existing manual method for testing RVDTs which is tedious, labor intensive, and prone to human error.
Jeff TesterRethaneTechno-Economic Review of Coupled HydrothermalLiquefaction and Anaerobic Digestion for Energy Recovery from FoodWasteTechnical and economic feasibility of using a combined hydrothermal processing (HTP) and Anaerobic digestion system to convert food waste to energy.
David SchneiderSolarize By harnessing the sun’s radiative energy, solar cells are capable of producing electricity that can then be used to power everything from electric versions of leaf blowers to lawn mowers to even chain saws, all of which have been shown to be equivalent or in some ways superior to their gas counterparts. Given these technology trends and the trend of decreasing solar power component costs, the Solarize team has developed a landscaping trailer attachment that has shown to be effective in eliminating greenhouse gas emission and in generating significant financial savings for landscapers who move away from using gas power.
Dr. Sung hwa n Ju ngThe SnailbotA Bio-Inspired Robot for Collecting Microplastics from the Water SurfaceIf this idea is ever to see realization as a complete system solution to the problem of microplastic pollution, then a more multi-disciplinary approach will be necessary to carry this project from initial concept generation through the five subsequent life cycle stages of development, production, utilization, support, and retirement.
David Schneider Kidney Exchange Program Modernization using Machine Learning AlgorithmsKidney Exchange Platform (KEP) is a system where doctors and patients register themselves as users to get an appointment for the analysis and operations of a Kidney transplant. KEP also matches the kidney of the patient with the donor’s kidney. This report consists of system engineering tools that will help to create KEP from the beginning till the end in a timely and efficient manner.

 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.