Phillip Cornwell has taught at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology since 1989 when he came to the college as a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. In 2011, he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, Cornwell served as visiting faculty and staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in positions at Princeton University. He serves as a visitng faculty member at Los Alamos.
Cornwell was named in the Princeton Review's book, The Best 300 Professors in 2012 as a teacher at Rose-Hulman. He was named a Rose-Hulman Board of Trustees Outstanding Scholar Award winner in 2001 and earned the Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000. Cornwell has earned several other awards throughout his years of teaching.
He is also active beyond the Rose-Hulman campus. He was asked by the governor of Indiana to serve on the Indiana Automotive Council and also serves on the ASEE Global Forum on Engineering Education. In addition, he has been published in numerous journals and books and has served on many Rose-Hulman committees.
He holds a PhD and master's degree from Princeton University's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He also has a BS degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Texas Tech University's Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Cornwell is married to Rachel and the couple has two sons, Wesley and Stephen.