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Nora Stanton Blatch Barney graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1905 as the first women to do so from any U.S. engineering school. The daughter and granddaughter of suffragists, her groundbreaking career included working for the NY Public Service Commission as an assistant engineer (1912-1913), and later for the Public Works Administration in CT and RI as architect, engineering inspector and structural-steel designer.

Research in Civil & Environmental Engineering covers an extremely broad range of topics. What binds them together is a context of public works and service - research that benefits the public good. Whether in civil infrastructure, engineering systems & management or environment, the research conducted in Cornell's CEE School is at the cutting edge of technological and scientific developments.