Cornell University has revealed the brains behind its forthcoming city tech campus.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Cornell president David Skorton and provost Kent Fuchs in announcing Daniel Huttenlocher as the vice provost and founding dean of the university’s CornellNYC Tech campus – home of the Technicon-Cornell Innovation Institute (TCII) – on Roosevelt Island.
Also introduced were current associate dean Cathy Dove, named the new campus’ vice president, and computer science professor Craig Gotsom as the TCII director.
“New York City is quickly becoming the center of the digital universe, and today’s announcements will help us get there,” said Bloomberg. “Under Dean Huttenlocher, Cathy Dove and Craig Gotsman’s leadership, the tech campus will help us attract and develop more talent to energize our growing tech sector. And our social media platforms will give New Yorkers the information they need on the channels they want to use.”
Huttenlocher and Dove helped formulate and promote Cornell’s winning proposal and worked with the city during the selection process for the new state-of-the-art graduate campus, to be operated in partnership with Technicon, the Israel Institute of Technology.
Inaugural instruction will begin in off-site locations in the city this September, with groundbreaking scheduled for 2015 and on-campus operations slated to begin in 2017.
“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,” said Huttenlocher, who is currently Cornell’s dean of the faculty of computing and information science. “I look forward to working together with Cathy and Craig. 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.”
As dean, Huttenlocher will be responsible for the academic quality and direction of the campus’ hubs and their evolution over time. He will develop strategic plans for the most effective ways of working with companies and early stage investors in the city, and he will lead the campus’ faculty recruitment and entrepreneurial initiatives. He also will serve as a member of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute Joint Governance Board and oversee the Tech Campus Advisory Committee.