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Real work on CornellNYC Tech campus now begins

Cornell President David Skorton and Technion President Peretz Lavie

Cornell President David Skorton and Technion President Peretz Lavie, left, at the Dec. 19 press conference in New York City.

Dan Huttenlocher, vice provost and founding dean of CornellNYC Tech

Dan Huttenlocher, vice provost and founding dean of CornellNYC Tech - Home of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute. See larger image

In December 2011, Cornell learned it had won an intensely fought competition to build an applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City. CornellNYC Tech – Home of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, which pairs Cornell with its partner, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, will have an economic development and entrepreneurship-oriented curriculum aimed at turning the best ideas of faculty and graduate students into new technologies and commercial applications.

Cathy Dove, vice president of CornellNYC Tech

Cathy Dove, vice president for the CornellNYC Tech campus. See larger image

Cornell and Technion's proposal, which combines two of the world's top institutions in science, engineering and technology, looks to increase New York City's capacity for applied sciences and to transform the city's economy.

Dan Huttenlocher, dean of computing and information science, has been named vice provost and founding dean of the CornellNYC Tech campus, and Cathy Dove, associate dean in the College of Engineering, has been named the campus's vice president.

"Dan Huttenlocher and Cathy Dove employed their extensive knowledge, as well as their well-recognized leadership skills, during every step of the development of our proposal, and they are continuing to drive our effort to bring the new campus to fruition, expeditiously and expertly, for the people of New York," Skorton said. The addition of Gotsman "brings added luster to this impressive team. Cornell and the city are very lucky to have such talented people leading this new – and new type of – campus."

TCII will be a centerpiece of the Roosevelt Island campus. After receiving accreditation from the state of New York, it will confer dual Cornell/Technion Master of Applied Sciences degrees, based on a curriculum with an emphasis on the application of sciences, entrepreneurship and management, as well as other graduate degrees.

interior rendering of part of the proposed CornellNYC Tech campus

An interior rendering of part of the proposed CornellNYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Photo illustration by Cornell. See larger image

Huttenlocher and Dove will oversee the formation of the environmentally sustainable campus, whose operational costs are expected to exceed $2 billion over 30 years; the building of the campus's expert faculty, planned to be about 280 strong in 30 years; its highly selective graduate student population, targeted at about 2,500 by 2043; as well as capital construction of the 2 million-square-foot campus.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity to build a new kind of university campus, focused on technology commercialization rooted in the very best academic research, with educational programs that tie fundamentals to practice, and strong ties to the tech sector of the city's economy," Huttenlocher said. "The planned professional master's degrees will combine business and entrepreneurship with technology, both in the classroom and in engagements with local companies."

"I look forward to working together with Cathy and Craig," Huttenlocher continued. "We are already actively working towards identifying leased space for the start-up phase before we move to Roosevelt Island, gaining approvals for degree programs, involving local tech leaders in our planning, and preparing to hire world-class faculty."

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