Cornell University has made some major leaps and bounds just recently. The brand new technology campus in New York City that has been touted revolutionary, gains former CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of Twitter, Greg Pass, who will fill the position of the “Founding Entrepreneurial Officer” at CornellNYC Tech.
The New Position & Responsibilities
The new campus is collaboration between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and Pass will be in charge of creating a network between the academic program and many of the technology firms in New York City. He is also expected to create new curricula that will help students to better develop their entrepreneurial skills. Pass will also be a public face for CornellNYC Tech in addition to assisting with holding student coding workshops and hackathons.
Pass’ Thoughts About the Changes
In an interview with Mashable, Pass said: “We want to make sure the academic program and the industry partnerships result in a successful relationship. I’ll be figuring out creative ways to get the technology industry collaborating with the academic program, including both students and faculty members.”
According to the new Founding Entrepreneurial Officer, “I think there’s an opportunity to be more creative. Internships are common now, but I think being in such proximity to the New York technology scene will allow us to do some deeper collaborations through project work and create interesting tie-ins to student and faculty resources.”
Although CornellNYC Tech will begin classes in the fall of 2012, students will not be able to enjoy the new facility right away. Fall 2012 classes for the university will be hosted on Roosevelt Island, in Google’s SoHo office and will continue there over the next five years as the new campus is constructed. This clearly shows that CornellNYC Tech has already created alliances in the tech industry in New York.
Compliments From the Dean
“The tech campus is all about bringing together academic research and industry know-how, and no one has more relevant industry experience than Greg Pass,” said Dan Huttenlocher, Dean of CornellNYC Tech. “Greg advised Cornell throughout the proposal process, and now, by making the Entrepreneurial Officer one of the campus’ first hires, CornellNYC Tech is ensuring that the tech industry is a part of what we do from the start.”
“It’s incredibly motivating to have the chance to give back to my profession through the school,” Pass acknowledged. “I think more and more engineers want to give back in some way. This is a really rare chance to try and help out.”
Do you think Greg Pass will create a new way of technology teaching, with real-world experience, networking and connections for CornellNYC Tech’s students?