Did you know?
The electric elevator was invented in 1891 by Frederick Bedell (Physics, Ph.D., 1892) while he was still a grad student. His invention was an improvement over the hydraulic elevators that couldn’t reach the upper floors of New York City’s rising skyline. Bedell was later appointed to the Cornell faculty as an instructor and in 1904 had risen to the rank of full professor.
The School of Applied and Engineering Physics boasts one of the premier applied physics research programs in the world as well as the country's premier undergraduate engineering physics program. Our faculty members, their research groups, and the quality of our educational programs and graduates are all internationally recognized.
The departmental faculty and graduate field members of Applied and Engineering Physics specialize in seven primary research areas: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Physics; Astrophysics and Plasma Physics; Biophysics; Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science; Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; Optical Physics, Quantum Electronics and Photonics; and Renewable Energy.
Director: Professor Lois Pollack
Director of Undergraduate Studies: Assistant Professor Lena Kourkoutis
Director of Graduate Studies: Professor Gennady Shvets
Director of the Master of Engineering Program: Professor Joel Brock
Academic Programs Administrator: Cynthia Reynolds