Cornell NYC Tech has hit several milestones in the past year, and last week, it hit another, receiving $2.5 million to establish a fellowship to support its graduate students, according to tech campus Dean Daniel Huttenlocher.
Citing the need to break down “major barriers” between industry and academia in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tapped President David Skorton earlier this month to help the state develop businesses.
On Monday, just one year after Cornell won its bid to build a tech campus in New York City, CornellNYC Tech welcomes its inaugural class of full-time students. While we are proud to witness this historic moment, the administration should ensure that this new endeavor fulfills, rather than detracts from, Cornell’s responsibility to its students on the Hill.
Queens community board members warned during a meeting on November 20 that the construction of Cornell NYC Tech will bring traffic and pollution to Astoria, a neighborhood in Queens across the East River from the future site of the tech campus.
Over the summer, Deborah Estrin, a computer science professor at UCLA, was named the first professor of Cornell’s NYC tech campus. The Sun interviewed Estrin about her role in developing the tech campus’ curriculum, how CornellNYC will influence technological innovation and the experience of being a woman in a notoriously male-dominated field.