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 Systems Engineering.

The M.Eng. program requires an engineering project of 6-9 credits completed over two 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 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.

Fall 2019

Faculty AdvisorProject TeamProject TitleProject Description
Al GeorgeCornell FSAECornell RacingThe goal of this project is to improve the information retention on the Cornell FSAE team using Systems Engineering.
Al GeorgeCornell RacingVehicle & Powertrain Systems IntegrationThe purpose of this project is to help Cornell FSAE produce a competitive car for their first year as an electric team.
David EricksonCornell HealthTechINDAGOThe project INDAGO was created by a team member who worked with a pharmaceutical company and saw many problems when it came to navigation of the path towards clinical trials. INDAGO aims to mitigate the challenges researchers face when proceeding to clinical trials.
Rob Shepherd, Sirietta SimonciniCCPDKeep Going, Keep Glowing - GlowThe purpose of this project addresses the challenge presented to our team: to set a new standard for the elder care industry by redesigning the senior experience.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDThe Feasibility of a Rainfall Energy HarvesterThe goal, initially, was to construct a rainfall energy harvester using piezoelectirc beams, which generate a voltage and a current when deflected
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainability Mobility- ShelterThe CUSD is dedicated to re-designing public transportation in Tompkins County, N.Y. The Shelter design team has been working for the past three years on creating a student-designed, solar-powered bus shelter.
David SchneiderCUSDSustainable Infrastructure DesignThe goal of ORD was to design an environmentally friendly residential community equipped with a conference center.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Mobility - GarageThe Garage team is working with the City of Ithaca in order to analyze and optimize three public parking garages located at Green Street, Seneca Street and Dryden Road.
H. Oliver GaoCUSDSustainable Transportation and Environmental Preservation (STEP)The objective of this project was to apply systems engineering principles in order to conceptualize and architect a system, known as Sustainable Transportation & Environmental Preservation System.
David SchneiderCUSDCornado - Carbon Capture & Climate Strategy for the US MilitaryThis report began to create a policy proposal for the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Defense to advance the development of renewable energy with the support of military human resources.
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDSustainable Education Nepal - IndiaSustainable Education Partnership focused on creating new,innovative,sustainable design incorporation, and addressing those challenges with well thought out design. SE team started a new partnership with the Doon School in India. In this new partnership the goal is to design and construct drawings sets for a school for students from class 6-12 in Dehradun, India
Sirietta SimonciniCUSDCUSD Roots/ SolarizeIt was found out that the stakeholder is not the rural Indian farmer that the project team was catering to, but the urban city dweller (from New Delhi) who could practice sustainable agriculture practices in his/her balcony or terrace garden. Problems plaguing the urban dweller in Delhi are food insecurity, water shortage/contamination, and pollution, and the sustainable practices represented in the plot should directly/indirectly be aimed towards mitigating these.
H. Oliver Gao Inventory Routing of EV'sThe objective of this project is to construct a new model of battery swapping charging system and optimize the battery dispatching between Battery Swapping Stations and Battery Charging Stations.
Max Zhang Modeling Renewable Energy Futures in NYSThe goal of this project is to provide a basis for how the energy goals of the state can be achieved.
Al George Bio- Inspired Diving ProbeThe report describes the BDP life-cycle from initial analysis to implementation plan, outlines the phases already completed and, serves as documentation and reference for SOI completion in the future.