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Insight Lecture Series

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Reinventing Graduate Tech Education and Research

Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Ph.D.
Dean and Vice Provost
Cornell NYC Tech

Cornell University’s new 12-acre tech campus on Roosevelt Island, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and Thom Mayne of Morphosis, is set to break ground in 2014.

Monday, October 14, 2013
6:00–7:00 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at East 66th Street
New York, NY 10065

For details please contact
Lindsey Cole at 212-327-8183

Cornell NYC Tech is a new graduate campus, set to move to Roosevelt Island in 2017, whose mission is to create to a new culture of engagement between academic research, technology commercialization and societal good, attracting students and faculty with a passion for combining academics with practical impact. The campus will offer graduate degrees in a range of digital technology disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary master’s degrees that combine technology and domain expertise in media, health or the built environment, a novel collaboration between Cornell and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Dr. Huttenlocher will discuss the campus’ initial programs, plans and lessons learned in its first few months of operation, including work on intellectual property and technology commercialization, creating everyday interactions with companies, infusing the campus with an entrepreneurial spirit and building an open, interactive environment. Established as a result of the Bloomberg Administration’s applied sciences competition in 2011, the new graduate school is currently housed in Manhattan in space donated by Google. Cornell Tech is envisioned to grow to about 2,000 students and 200 faculty members over the next two decades.

Dr. Huttenlocher has a mix of academic and industry background, having worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, as chief technology officer of Intelligent Markets, as well as being a faculty member at Cornell for about two decades, having taught in both the department of computer science and the MBA program. Dr. Huttenlocher has received a number of awards for his teaching and research, and holds over two dozen patents. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently also serves as a trustee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The Insight Lecture Series fosters wide-ranging discussion of issues of sciences, health, politics, and arts within our scientific community on campus. Over the years, the series has included writers Malcolm Gladwell and Joyce Carol Oates, economist Jeffrey Sachs, actor and filmmaker Alan Alda, architect Frank Gehry, and other leaders in their fields of endeavor.

In addition to Daniel Huttenlocher, the 2013-2014 Insight Lecture Series includes NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, economist Joseph Stiglitz, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and journalist and author Robert Caro. Please visit to view a complete list of dates and more information about our guest speakers.

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