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Cornell University is a first-class research and teaching university and a world leader in nanotechnology and materials research; with active strategic research thrusts in advanced materials, the life sciences, information technology, and a new initiative in sustainable development.

Researcher
Geoff Genesky adjusting the position of a sample of a polymer solution in the laser beam.

The Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is within walking distance of some of the best facilities for basic research. We are unique in having an on-site high energy synchrotron source (CHESS), the nation's number 1 ranked College of Veterinary Medicine, and a synergistic relationship between private and state colleges within the university. Collaborations between faculty on the main campus and Cornell's top-ranked Weill Medical School located in New York City are facilitated by a dedicated shuttle service that links the two campuses. Cornell has satellite programs in New York City, Washington, D.C., and overseas in Doha, Qatar.

Specialized facilities for nanobiotechnology, materials research, nanofabrication facilities and nanoscale systems are open to all Cornell faculty and students. A state-of-the-art building for nanotechnology was dedicated in October 2004 as part of the $100 million investment in nanotechnology. Large-scale high performance computing is available free of charge to Cornell researchers at the Center for Advanced Computing.

The Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has extensive resources for applications as diverse as polymer science, electronic materials fabrication, and high-speed computing. Shared facilities for biological research form a vital part of our Biomolecular Engineering program. The Smith School owns a well-staffed machine shop for custom fabrication of specialized equipment for research.