Cornell Tech Opens Campus on Roosevelt Island

On September 13, 2017, Cornell Tech officially opened its campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island, with 30 faculty members and nearly 300 graduate students.

It has been almost seven years since then Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a competition for a new city-incubated research campus. Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, has long worked to strengthen ties to New York City, and won the competition for the new campus in part by forming a partnership with the Technion-Israel Institute for Technology.

Officials stress the campus’s capacity to mix academics, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and graduate students in a setting to advance research and business start-ups. Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Cornell Tech’s founding dean and vice provost, comments, “If we were going to be interacting with a wide range of corporate and other actors, it had to be in a major metro area. If you’re in New York State, New York City is the major metro area.”

Only the first phase of the campus has been completed, including a $700 million 700,000-square foot area with an academic building, an open-floor-plan incubator, and an environmentally friendly high-rise. An executive education center and hotel are planned to open in 2019 and more than two million square feet of building space will eventually be constructed on the 12-acre campus at completion.

For additional information on the Cornell Tech campus, visit their Web site.

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