Program status

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this program has been cancelled.

The good news is there are more than 100 Summer College online courses from which to choose. In addition to architecture, robotics, and sustainability, we are offering classes in subjects including physics, psychology, and transmedia. See the online course roster for all your options.

These regular Cornell courses give you a chance to study online with Cornell faculty, work alongside undergraduates, earn college credits, gain a Cornell transcript, and get a head start on preparing for college applications. We also will continue to offer you our one-on-one admissions counseling and other engaging ways to connect with Cornell.

Visit our online learning pages to read about course formats, academics, tuition, registration deadlines, and more.

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R. Bruce van Dover

Walter S. Carpenter, Jr., Professor of Engineering, Director, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

After earning a BS in electrical engineering/engineering physics from Princeton University and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, R. Bruce van Dover joined Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he conducted research in the science and technology of superconducting, magnetic, and electronic materials and devices. He is a co-inventor of an important high-temperature superconductor.

In 2002 van Dover joined Cornell University as a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering to more fully engage his interest in undergraduate and graduate education.

Van Dover has produced more than 300 research publications, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles and holds 69 U.S. and international patents. He has lectured on these materials in Europe and Asia and at many U.S. universities.

Van Dover is a senior member of the IEEE, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

"Engineering demands a unique mix of inspired creativity balanced with technical rigor and critical analysis. Engineers figure out how things work and use scientific discoveries to create innovative solutions to practical problems. They cover the spectrum from design and evaluation to testing and maintenance.

"Engineering is an activity that is as broad as the range of human endeavor, and engineers acquire valuable skills that can be applied anywhere. For me, the greatest thrills have come from working on projects that have the potential to make a positive difference in how we live. Students should realize that, as engineers, they can change the world."