Cornell Tech recently celebrated the official opening of its Roosevelt Island campus with a dedication ceremony attended by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, former mayor Mike Bloomberg, Cornell University President Martha Pollack, Technion President Peretz Lavie, and Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher. Cornell Tech, the first campus built for the digital age, brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and students to produce far-reaching results that will change the way we live in the digital age.
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Cornell Tech, which started in a temporary space provided by Google, has already graduated over 300 masters and doctoral students. Most of the grads entered the New York City tech sector by joining local companies or starting their own. Masters students in all programs — computer science, law, business, electrical engineering, operations research, connective media and health tech — spend time learning and working together in a Studio curriculum with broad engagement with the tech industry. Studio projects encourage students to practice entrepreneurship, product design, tech, and public policy, management and other skills, enabling them to graduate with concrete, marketable experience and a collection of completed work that will help launch their careers.
The Jacobson Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech is a one-of-a-kind academic collaboration of two top global universities, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell. The Institute is home of the Health Tech and Connective Media programs, where students receive dual degrees from Cornell and the Technion, and the Jacobs Runway Startup Postdoc program for recent tech PhDs.
According to Ron Brachman, Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, “The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a cornerstone of Cornell Tech, combining Cornell’s commitment to discovery with Technion’s global leadership in applied research and entrepreneurship. From our dual master’s degree programs, to our groundbreaking faculty research, to the innovative companies spinning out of the Jacobson Runway Startup Postdoc program, our partnership and impact will grow on our new campus. Through the Jacobs Institute, Cornell Tech and New York City as a whole will always be on the leading edge, experimenting with novel ways to educate, discover, and innovate.”
Cornell Tech’s objective of collaboration and innovations is manifested in the physical design of the campus. It is a new type of urban campus that provides space, but is also integrated, in both mission and design, with the city. Cornell Tech has some of the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings in the world. When completed within the next few decades, the 12-acre campus will serve more than 2,000 grad students and hundreds of faculty and staff.