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We are grateful to alumni and friends for their generous support of the Smith School and its programs. Your continued generosity allows us to to sustain and enhance the quality of the School's programs and its reputation for educating engineers at the top of the field. Please review the list of giving opportunities below and consider a gift that will help the School accomplish one of the following objectives. You can also Give Now using our secure website.

Modernizing Olin Hall Infrastructure for Research & Education

  • Creation of a Cornell Institute for Biological Design and Manufacturing

    Chemical engineers at Cornell are using the principles of biological and engineering design to harness living organisms for manufacturing chemical products. The Insitute for Biological Design and Manufacturing will capitalize on this trend to catalyze progress towards a new 'biomanufacturing economy', in which engineers develop biological systems to manufacture new products - materials, therapeutic drugs, and fuels - that address some of the world's most pressing problems.

    Gifts in support of the institute will allow the school to renovate and upgrade space in Olin Hall which will house the institute. Your gift will also provide annual support for research and education programs that embody the mission of the institute. 

Attract and Retain Talented Faculty

  • Chaired Professorship of Industrial Practice

    Industrial Practitioners (IPs) are chemical engineers with considerable practical experience who return to Cornell to serve as lecturers. Since the mid 1990's, CBE undergraduates have benefited greatly from continuous service of IPs in our capstone Chemical Process Design Course and Unit Operations laboratory. More recently, IPs have played a central in the development of new components of our curriculum in Product Design and Energy Economics.

    A naming gift to endow a Professor of Practice position to a long-term IP would have major impact on our ability to attract and retain the highest quality individuals for our program. 

Enhance the Graduate Education Experience 

  • Graduate Fellowships

    Attracting talented graduate students to the School is a key goal in our pursuit of excellence in research. Your gift will allow the School to meet its goals of providing competitive graduate fellowships to every first year graduate student enrolled in the chemical engineering program.
  • Teaching Immersion Fellowships for Doctoral Students

    The goal of CBE's teaching immersion fellowship is to facilitate the development of doctoral students committed to careers in academia. Gifts in support of these fellowships will be used to fund graduate students who serve as TAs in multiple courses.
  • Graduate Student Research Symposium

    In 2010 CBE launched an annual graduate student research symposium where advanced graduate students present talks and junior students present research posters to an audience of peers, faculty, and guests from industry. This naming opportunity will provide endowed funds to be used continuously to support the graduate student research symposium.
  • Energy Economics and Engineering (EEE) Professional Masters Fellowships

    Our Energy Economics and Engineering Masters of Engineering concentration continues to provide a unique mechanism for preparing students with physical sciences and engineering backgrounds for careers in public policy, engineering management, and consulting. The high cost of matriculating in the program presents an insurmountable barrier to many talented applicants. Gifts will be used to provide named, competitive fellowships for select students pursuing the EEE Masters of Engineering concentration. 

For more information on these or any other giving opportunities, please contact June Losurdo, CBE’s Alumni Affairs and Development Director, at or (607) 254-1643.