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Matthew Reid

Welcome Matthew Reid ( 2016 )

Matthew Reid had an inkling that he might be well-suited to graduate school when he made it through a two-year stint in the United States Peace Corps. “I found I was adaptable when I spent two years...

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Samitha Samaranayake

Welcome Samitha Samaranayake ( 2016 )

Samitha Samaranayake believes that we’re at the dawn of a revolution in urban transportation systems. “This is a great time to study urban transportation problems and solutions,” says Samaranayake....

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John Albertson

Welcome John Albertson ( 2016 )

When John Albertson was starting his doctoral studies at UC-Davis in 1993, his advisor, Professor Marc Parlange, recommended he read two books to get a firm foundation in hydrology, fluid mechanics,...

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David Kammer

Welcome David Kammer ( 2016 )

David Kammer, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell, studies what happens at the interface where two materials slide against each other. For such a common phenomenon,...

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Meghan Furton

Senior Environmental Engineering major Meghan Furton did not know she wanted to spend a semester abroad until she sat to speak with an academic advisor named Melissa Bazley, of the Cornell Engineering...

  • Hometown: [empty string]
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Addie Lederman

What inspired you to pursue a degree in engineering? I chose to go into engineering because throughout high school, I enjoyed finding practical applications of the math and science I was learning....

  • Hometown: Yorktown, NY
  • Civil Engineering
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Valerie Shao

During the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I interned at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. My research focused on engineering an alternative combustion process within the...

  • Hometown: Celeveland, OH
  • Environmental Engineering
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Kimberly Bernstein

After my junior year at Cornell, I had the privilege to spend the summer as an intern for Turner Construction Company in New York City. I was assigned to work with the team on the World Trade Center...

  • Hometown: Englewood, NJ
  • Civil Engineering
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Inshera Abedin

What inspired you to pursue a degree in engineering and what drew you to Cornell CEE? During high school, I was always drawn to higher level math and physics. Even my choices in extracurriculars...

  • Hometown: Reading, PA
  • Civil Engineering
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