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A journey in Engineering (why things work) -- Cornell Engineering Essay


saroth 11 / 47  
Dec 28, 2010   #1
Prompt: Engineers turn ideas (technical, scientific, mathematical) into reality. Tell us about an engineering idea you have or your interest in engineering. Explain how Cornell Engineering can help you further explore this idea or intrest.

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I have always been interested in how, and more importantly why, things worked. As a child, I use to often take things apart, mostly toys, and try to put them back together. Even when my toys broke, I would take them apart and entertain myself in this way instead of throwing them away. Unfortunately, I never truly understood how and why these marvels of Engineering worked, but as I grew older the Internet offered me a vast new dimension of knowledge from which I could draw from. In this way, I would take things apart and then research and study the reason these objects worked. As time passed, I naturally began to develop and further my interests in Math and Science through the various opportunities available to me at school. By partaking in competitions such as Science Olympiad and Science Bowl, I have been able to apply and share my knowledge and in the process even learn new things from others.

Just last year, I was introduced to computer science by a friend of mine, and since then we have ecstatically studied the various languages in computer science and have programmed a multitude of things. Over this past summer, I took various open courseware courses dealing with computer science from Stanford and MIT. These include Stanford's Programming Methodology course and MIT's Introduction to computer science and programming. Recently my friends and I began a computer programming/game design club where we applied our programming skills to not only create fun games, but to also teach others about computer programming.

An engineer's work can be found in even the most infinitesimal aspects of our lives. Their work ranges anywhere from printing the dictionaries that define an Engineer to constructing colossal buildings. As a result, the various disciplines of engineering offer Engineers a myriad of opportunities through which to contribute to society. A primary concern for me and many Engineers today is the rising prevalence of Global Warming and its caustic effects on society. In a recent science journal, I read about a group of various engineers who have come together to build a revolutionary underwater windmill called Deep Green. These new windmills use water's high density to create 800 times more energy than regular windmills spinning at the same speed. Breakthroughs like this have been instrumental in inspiring me to follow through with my passion of being an Engineer and trying to engineer something for society to advance and to help put a stop to Global Warming.

I am confident that the College of Engineering will provide me with the necessary academic instruction to succeed as an Engineer. Furthermore, I am eager to take advantage of Cornell's research opportunities to learn more about the world around me and in doing so satiate my curiosity and inquisitive yearning. I hope to be part of the unique and encouraging environment at Cornell University and to not only learn, but to also contribute to the diverse and vast intellectual dedication that defines a Cornell student.

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My main concerns are basically how it sounds and in answering the prompt does it say something meaningful about me and my engineering goals. This is actually a recycle essay, so I hope it works.

The other option I had for my Cornell essay was talking about my Engineering Idea. I was going to talk about how we can use these special Fernel lenses to increase solar panel power output by 70% and by putting them in space we could avoid problems with cloud cover and etc. I was also going to mention the argument about getting the energy down to earth, and rebuke it with info on wireless energy transmission with things like microwaves. So I personally think this would be a stronger topic, but I don't want to already have a great essay here and then write another one and waste my time ;) I actually got this idea from a discovery channel show. Anyways, let me know if I should do my other option instead and I could just do that instead.

Thanks a lot for any comments, and please be critical if you must :)

diboy2 6 / 23  
Dec 29, 2010   #2
Ok, I'm writing this essay also, so I've actually searched a lot of essays. Many of them start with childhood stories of breaking and rebuilding toys and gadgets. You have two options in this essay,

either create a profound interest in engineering or create an idea about engineering. I would really advise you to go in the idea region because it makes ur essay more personal. You have two days though, so I'll check this essay also .

Just last year, I was introduced to computer science by a friend of mine, and since then we have ecstatically studied the various languages in computer science and have programmed a multitude of things.

Over this past summer, I took various open courseware courses dealing with computer science from Stanford and MIT.
(I think describing your fascination for a computer science project or course paints a deeper picture and shows a greater interest in engineering then just saying you studied programs)

These include Stanford's Programming Methodology course and MIT's Introduction to computer science and programming.
(Tell us what happened at Methodology course or MIT's program)

Recently my friends and I began a computer programming/game design club where we applied our programming skills to not only create fun games, but to also teach others about computer programming.

( Be more specific)

An engineer's work can be found in even the most infinitesimal aspects of our lives. Their work ranges anywhere from printing the dictionaries that define an Engineer to constructing colossal buildings. As a result, the various disciplines of engineering offer Engineers a myriad of opportunities through which to contribute to society. A primary concern for me and many Engineers

(irrellevant because you already sight it at the next sentence)
today is the rising prevalence of Global Warming and its caustic effects on society.

In a recent science journal, I read about a group of various engineers who have come together to build a revolutionary underwater windmill called Deep Green. These new windmills use water's high density to create 800 times more energy than regular windmills spinning at the same speed. Breakthroughs like this have been instrumental in inspiring me to follow through with my passion of being an Engineer and trying to engineer something for society to advance and to help put a stop to Global Warming.

(This is more focused. Good.)
I am confident that the College of Engineering will provide me with the necessary academic instruction to succeed as an Engineer. Furthermore, I am eager to take advantage of Cornell's research opportunities to learn more about the world around me and in doing so satiate my curiosity and inquisitive yearning. I hope to be part of the unique and encouraging environment at Cornell University and to not only learn, but to also contribute to the diverse and vast intellectual dedication that defines a Cornell student.

(This sounds a little generic)

All in all. It just gives me an ok feeling. The part that I loved was the science journal.

I would highly advise you to write your idea. It provides more focus and it makes an essay sound more profound. It also implies your interest engineering more than just stating engineering courses and classes you took. Considering the time, though, it's your choice.

Good luck to both of us!!!!
OP saroth 11 / 47  
Dec 29, 2010   #3
Thanks a lot. I'll write one about my idea ASAP and post it. I'll also try to edit your essay soon too. And yes,

Good luck to both of us!!!!


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