Cornell Engineering Quad

Cornell’s Pew Engineering Quadrangle

Cornell Engineering Quad

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

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Tour Information

An Unofficial Cornell Tour

Let's take a walk! This is a self-guided tour of Cornell’s Pew Engineering Quadrangle.

The tour starts in front of Carpenter Hall on Campus Rd.

For more information contact:

Engineering Admissions

Swanson Center

102 Hollister Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853-3501


Phone: 607-255-5008

PocketSights is not affiliated or endorsed by Cornell University.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Begin your tour in front of Carpenter Hall. Look north, across the street. Olin Hall was built in 1942, endowed by Cornell trustee Franklin W. Olin, Class of 1886, as a tribute to his son, Franklin Jr., Class of 1912, who died at age 30. Ol... Read more
You will find the College of Engineering administration, including the dean, in Carpenter Hall, as well as the Engineering Library, which hosts the Academic Computing Center. Carpenter Hall, built in 1957, is named for Walter S. Carpenter J... Read more
*Walk east up the walkway and into the Engineering Quad Joseph N. Pew is the benefactor of the Engineering Quad. He earned his Cornell degree in mechanical engineering. Joe and his brother Howard later founded Pew Charitable Trusts and endo... Read more
Duffield Hall, the newest building on the Quad, opened in 2004. Its primary benefactor is David Duffield, a 1962 graduate of the College of Engineering and founder of PeopleSoft. The focus of Duffield is interdisciplinary research in nanosc... Read more
One of the country's first academic programs in electrical engineering was introduced at Cornell in 1883. It is now called Electrical and Computer Engineering and has its home base in Phillips Hall, which was opened in 1955, honoring Ellis ... Read more
Completed in 1991, Rhodes Hall is headquarters for the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering and provides space for other departments as well. The building was named for Frank H.T. Rhodes, an emeritus member of the facul... Read more
Upson Hall occupies the southeast corner of the Engineering Quad. Upson is a horizontal block with a flat roof. It sits on a blind loggia supported by rectangular supports clad in gray Ithaca stone. The infill between the piers is glass. Th... Read more
At the east end of the building complex known as Kimball-Thurston-Bard, you’ll find Kimball Halland one of the college’s newest research facilities: the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energyand Sustainability, which investigates organic-inorg... Read more
Next in the complex is Thurston Hall, named for Robert Henry Thurston who was director of the Sibley School in the late 1800s. The glass windows in the hallway on the first floor provide a bird’s-eye view of the George Winter High Bay, on... Read more
Over the past 100 years, materials scientists have made tremendous advances in developing revolutionary materials that shape everyday life. They work to create and improve the materials from which all engineered objects are made. MSE gradua... Read more
Snee Hall is a must-see. In the atrium, check the seismograph to see if there’s significant seismic activity anywhere on the planet. Down the hall to the left you’ll find a comfortable reading room; to the right, the Timothy N. Heasley ... Read more
Hollister Hall is headquarters for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). CEE has three broad intellectual areas: Civil Infrastructure, Environment, and Engineering Systems and Management. A favorite among CEE’s sophisti... Read more
Beyond the Engineering Quad The Physical Sciences Building is located on East Avenue, across the street from the Arts and Sciences quadrangle, about 10 walking minutes from the Engineering Quad. Completed in 2010, the Physical Sciences Buil... Read more
Clark Hall is directly east of the Physical Sciences Building. Clark’s second floor houses administrative and faculty offices of the School of Applied and Engineering Physics; research and teaching labs are adjacent in the new Physical Sc... Read more
Weill Hall is on Tower Road just east of Corson-Mudd Hall. Weill Hall (named for benefactors Sanford I. Weill ’55 and Joan Weill) is one of the nation’s premier life sciences facilities. The $162 million, 263,000-square-foot facility op... Read more
The Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) is housed in Riley-Robb Hall. BEE is one of the largest departments of its kind in the country; its research is focused on problems in agriculture, biology, and the environmen... Read more


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