The Cornell University EERI Seismic Design Team designs, builds, and tests a scaled multi-story balsa wood tower for an international undergraduate competition hosted every spring at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) annual meeting. At competition, the tower is scored on a number of categories including architecture, model predictions, building revenue and costs, team presentations, and most importantly whether or not the structure survives all three ground motions. Our team offers a great opportunity for students interested in all engineering disciplines, especially those focused in construction, structures, architecture, seismology and more, to experience the process of bringing a project from an abstract thought to a tangible product. On our cohesive team, students have ample opportunities to experience hands-on construction, learn several different applicable softwares, use a laser cutter, acquire leadership positions, and above all, make a substantial impact on the final building!

The team was founded in 2013 by Victoria Rhodes ‘13 and has made great strides over the past few years improving its tower each year. We look forward to continuing improvements and successes! If you have any questions or would like more information, please email cornellseismicdesignteam@gmail.com. Thank you!


Faculty Advisors:
Mircea Grigoriu, CEE
Greg McLaskey, CEE

Student Leaders
Scott Kaufman, sk963@cornell.edu
Shannon Spiers, sss275@cornell.edu


For more info, please visit our team website!


Enigneers Without Border's mission is to implement sustainable engineering projects in developing communities around the world. We promote responsible engineering practices and establish strong, long-lasting connections with the communities we partner with. Through these partnerships, our team has the opportunity to learn many important skills, such as teamwork, management of resources and finances, and international cultures, to turn our ideas into reality. On campus, our team works year-round to address the many different aspects of a successful engineering project, including project design and evaluation, fundraising and publicity, travel logistics, community education, and team development.

Our team is currently working with the community of Calcha, Bolivia on a water storage system and a bridge. Students have traveled to Calcha every summer since 2014 for project assessment and implementation. This year, we are preparing for water system implementation and evaluation of our recently constructed bridge in the summer of 2017. We also hope to begin working with a second community in the near future.

Faculty Advisors:
Peter Hess, BEE

Student Leader
Susan McGrattan, sjm353@cornell.edu


For more info, please visit our team website!


Steel Bridge is an undergraduate project team under the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that annually competes in the American Institute of Steel Construction Student (AISC) Steel Bridge Competition. Each year, students spend the year designing, analyzing, fabricating, and constructing a bridge. The Steel Bridge team aspires to foster leadership, problem-solving skills, and hands-on field experience. Team members are able to utilize their classroom knowledge to optimize a bridge with the lightest weight, fastest constructability, and lowest deflection. All members of the team are additionally encouraged to participate in the hands-on experience of bringing the bridge from theory to reality. The Cornell Steel Bridge allows all team members the opportunity to partake in the fabrication and construction process, in which students learn how to cut, drill, and weld members of the bridge together.

Faculty Advisors:
Ken Hover, CEE

Student Leader
Ken Shimizu, kds76@cornell.edu

For more info, please visit our team website!