Out of State Applicants
Among out-of-town schools, Stanford University has proposed starting construction on the campus’ first phase in 2013, to focus on information technology, electrical engineering, computer science, and possibly management science and engineering. The university would enroll 440 master’s and Ph.D. students by the fall of 2015. Over 25 years, Stanford envisions as many as 2,200 graduate students and 100 faculty members possibly based in New York City, on 10 acres within Roosevelt Island.
“I can see broadening the base of subjects offered to include green technology, biomedical engineering, new media, financial mathematics, and urban studies, just to name a few,” Stanford president, John L. Hennessy, Ph.D., stated.
Last week, a Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin told GEN that the university’s academic plans have not developed beyond the initial concept. “While bioengineering may eventually be possible in New York City, our initial intention and emphasis is on computer science and information technology. All programs in New York City would be considered extensions of the programs offered on the home campus, with very close ties to our school of engineering.”
Stanford is one of 13 institutions or consortia based outside the New York area to respond. That list includes two upstate New York schools, Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and four based outside the Empire State—Stanford, Carnegie Mellon University (partnering with Brooklyn-based Steiner Studios), the University of Chicago, and Purdue University.
“While Purdue has strengths in the biotechnology arena and significant collaboration with Indiana University and IUPUI, including the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the applied sciences facility and campus in NYC is necessarily focused in other directions,” Richard Buckius, Ph.D., Purdue’s vp for research, told GEN. “Purdue University is proposing phased introductions of research and education programs that will leverage our proven leadership in areas of applied engineering and pioneering cyberinfrastructure.”
New Jersey’s Stevens Institute of Technology envisions a Stevens Innovation and Entrepreneurship Campus (SIEC). It would house the Graduate School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology Management (ASET), dedicated to highly interdisciplinary and market-relevant research and education; the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where ASET research would be prototyped and associated business models tested to prove real-market viability; Satellite Technology Enterprises, where startup companies working with ASET innovations will gain access to SIEC resources and support; and mixed-use residential and commercial space for faculty and students that would provide revenue for the SIEC. Details have not been decided.
Over time, Stevens hopes to triple its current “45 to 50” students and faculty carrying out research and study in those programs, George P. Korfiatis, Ph.D., Stevens interim president and provost, told GEN: “Creating the appropriate environment where the concepts of academic entrepreneurship and innovation can flourish is the target here.”
Proximity to New York’s financial community is one key reason why the city is an attractive location for Stevens. “The money flows there. The money deals are there. It’s a great location to have an endeavor like that. Plus it can become a global magnet for a lot more expansion for academic innovation,” Dr. Korfiatis added.
Seven responses came from overseas: Finland’s Abo Akadmi University; India’s Amity University and Indian Institute of Technology; Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; and the U.K.’s University of Warwick.
While it is true the campus envisioned by the city would correct a longstanding weakness in engineering, there’s no reason it shouldn’t also embrace commercializing technologies in other emerging areas of science, from nascent artificial intelligence to more established molecular and structural biology. If anything, those areas play more to New York’s long-time strengths in biomedical research and education, forming a more solid foundation for the translation effort the campus endeavors to anchor.