We bring life to engineering

Our unique focus to design and develop processes, products and systems using basic biological, environmental science and engineering tools generates solutions to societal problems involving water, food, energy and public health. Students increasingly need to participate in problem-solving across traditional boundaries. Rapid technological changes are an added challenge, with implications driven by diminishing resources and a growing population. We aim to enable our students to drive innovation as our discipline continues to be transformed by our changing world.


Patches of green fields taken from above


Cornell Atkinson awards $1.4 million to new sustainability projects

Cornell Atkinson has awarded seed funding to nine interdisciplinary projects that address a range of sustainability topics.

  • Animal Science
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management


Three Cornell scientists were honored during a June 1 ceremony promoting women’s engagement in innovation and commercialization – part of Cornell’s efforts to elevate women inventors, who were awarded just 12.8% of all U.S. patents in 2019.

  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Environment
  • Planet
dean ben houlton standing on the ag quad


Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, testified June 15 to the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on the role of climate research in supporting agricultural resiliency.

  • Cornell AgriTech
  • Cornell Atkinson
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension