Aidan Collins ’23

Aidan Collins wearing a blue shirt and smiling outside.

Aidan Collins ’23, a fiber science major, shares his thoughts on his time in Cornell Human Ecology and his advice for new students.


What’s one of your favorite memories (or favorite class or professor) from your time in Cornell Human Ecology?

FSAD 6860 [Mechanics of Fibrous Assemblies and their Composites] was a very interesting course that allowed me to apply my knowledge in structural fabric design, mechanical properties of materials, computer science and linear algebra to create an innovative composite prototype. Special shout-out to Fran Kozen who has guided me since Day One and whose laughter always brightens the room. 

My favorite memory is undoubtedly presenting at this year's CFC show; it was a pleasure working with my models and alongside other talented designers.

What surprised you most about CHE?

I was surprised and appreciative of the holistic education I received within the College of Human Ecology. I took classes in the College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, which overall expanded my knowledge and sharpened my skills to solve multifaceted issues.

What will you be doing next?

After graduating, I will be finishing up my master's degree in materials science and engineering at Cornell, so I have a bit more time to enjoy Ithaca.

Do you have any tips or words of wisdom for incoming first-year students?

For incoming students, join a new club every semester, schedule a permanent weekly dinner with your friends, enroll in courses you have burgeoning interest in, adventure outside of Ithaca to enjoy the natural landscape, be kind to yourself, and simply enjoy your time at Cornell. The four years go by quickly!