The Project Team Experience
Students have a special, varied learning opportunity with Cornell Engineering Project Teams. Project teams are entirely run and led by undergraduates, who work together to solve challenging issues while gaining practical engineering experience. Participating in a project team gives students the chance to develop their leadership and professional skills alongside colleagues from across the college and university, complementing world-class classroom and laboratory learning. Innovation and teamwork drive the success of this unparalleled program.
Project teams are made up of students from various academic backgrounds, including all engineering disciplines, business, and the arts, to add depth and a multidisciplinary approach. Each team is divided into several sub-teams, allowing students to develop their business, design, marketing, fundraising, educational, operational, and logistical skills in addition to their technical ones. Each team and the overall program receives technical and administrative support from faculty advisors and a committed project team staff. A particularly special feature of this program is that participants can receive academic credit for their work on a project team.
Benefits of Project Team Participation
Project team members receive countless benefits for their commitment and labor Project team students:
- gain practical engineering knowledge and know-how;
- design and construct novel products and systems;
- experience a system, product, or service through its entire design and development cycle;
- learn how to work and problem-solve within a diverse team;
- earn academic course credit;
- create a professional network with former students, employers, and colleagues;
- develop life and career skills like professionalism, time management, and working within constraints;
- create life-long friendships and community with their teammates.
Four CU Air teammates get ready for a test flight with their aerial craft.
Cornell Engineering currently supports 34 project teams. With nearly 1,400 participants from across Cornell’s seven undergraduate colleges and schools and from all 14 engineering majors, this program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Membership in project teams closely aligns with the gender ratio of the undergraduate student body at Cornell, with 50% male and 50% female participation during the 2021%E2%80%9322 academic year Our project teams receive more than $1 million a year in funding from the university, businesses, and private donors. Teams have access to cutting-edge labs, workshops, and other specialized work areas across campus and beyond in addition to the Experiential Learning Lab, the designated “home” for project teams in Upson Hall. Navigation Heading for Screen Readers.
Consider joining a project team if you’re an engineer looking to get lots of practical experience. One of my best choices since arriving at Cornell has been joining a project team, without a doubt. — Zoe, operations research and engineering major.
Teamwork is Dream Work!
At their regional competition, the Cornell Concrete Canoe team members celebrate a successful paddling race. Photo by Emma Vedock.
A Great Way to Get Hired
“I would choose a Cornell project team student over anyone else if I were entering the job market or academia.” “.
– Erin Fischell 10, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Being a member of the project team Engineering World Health, where I work with businesses to find electrical engineering solutions to global health issues, allows me to put the knowledge I have learned in the classroom to use in real-world situations. — Samantha, biomedical engineering major.
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In projects, students engage in real-world activities while having a safety net. They can conduct experiments in a setting with little risk, but their choices have real repercussions. And that’s when the magic happens if you think about it, discuss it, and synthesize it. — Lauren Stulgis, Swanson Director of Student Project Teams.
Lauren Stulgis Swanson Director of Student Project Teams
Kate Reiter Assistant Director of Student Project Teams
Gibran El-Sulayman Student Project Teams Assistant
Experiential Learning Lab B06 Upson Hall (607) [email protected]
Cornell Engineering Project Teams: A Quick Overview
What is a project team Cornell?
Students have a special, varied learning opportunity with Cornell Engineering Project Teams. Project teams are entirely run and led by undergraduates, who work together to solve challenging issues while gaining practical engineering experience.
What is the acceptance rate for Cornell engineering?
We are the biggest and top-ranked engineering program in the Ivy League, which distinguishes Cornell Engineering from other programs. With 14 majors, 22 minors, and the range of academic opportunities available across the University, our program has incredible depth. Cornell Engineering sponsors 32 student-led project teams.
What is unique about Cornell engineering?
We are adaptable, and we can customize our business partnerships to meet your needs. Some of the brightest and best engineers in the world work at Cornell. You and Cornell both benefit from cooperating to support innovation, advance technological advancements, and forge enduring relationships.