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Research Engineering Spring Co-op

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Date: Oct 1, 2022

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 57729


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

At Corning, our growth is fueled by a commitment to innovation. We succeed through sustained investment in research & development, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. We are a four-time National Medal of Technology winner thanks to our technology leadership and R&D environment, which attract and enable the best scientific minds in the world. This pipeline of talent has brought life-changing innovation to your fingertips for more than 160 years.

Scope of Position (i.e. projects involved with and role within group):
During the Spring 2023 semester, the research engineering co-op student will engage in hands-on experimental work and collaborate with ASTM to explore testing methods for the fracture toughness of glass. This work involves design of experiment spanning different glass types, testing parameters, and environmental conditions. The student will be expected to perform a literature review, learn new experimental techniques, analyze data, and document/present findings. Results will increase Corning’s fundamental understanding of glass testing.


Day to Day Responsibilities:

  • Work independently and on a team researching the mechanical properties of glass
  • Analyze and organize data and document findings
  • Present findings to the broader community of Corning scientists 
  • Experimental characterization of glass fracture
  • Critical thinking and sense of ownership over work performed
  • Utilize existing or build new experimental setups for collecting data
  • Schedule testing and meetings to review progress


Travel requirements: None

Hours of work/work schedule/flex-time: 40 hours per week

Education and Experience (minimum required for consideration):
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status in a mechanical engineering, materials engineering, physics, or a closely related program at a college or university; hands-on lab experience


Required Skills: 

  • Basic understanding of mechanical properties of materials and fracture mechanics
  • Ability to read and follow technical papers, standards, and operating procedures
  • Strong desire to perform hands-on experiments and solve fundamental and applied problems in glass science
  • Lab experience 
  • Careful note-taking and documentation
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel


Desired Skills:

  • Design of parts or equipment
  • Experience operating universal test machines and setting up fixtures
  • Microscopy


Soft Skills (Communication/Team/Leadership):

  • Ability to work independently and with people of diverse technical and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent communication skills (oral & written)
  • Self-motivated
  • Confidence in asking for help, scheduling testing/meetings, and discussing technical data


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.



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We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Corning