Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

Seminar: Building a 21st Century Tech Campus – The Cornell Tech Experience in New York City

We are pleased to invite you to the Skoltech Seminar. This week Prof. Craig Gotsman of Cornell University and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute shares his rich experience of establishing a new university – in this case Cornell Tech in New York City.

When: March 10, 2015; 13.30 – 15.00

Where: Beijing-2 auditorium, China cluster, Skolkovo School of Management

Cornell proposed campus in NYC. Image courtesy of  Cornell University.

Cornell proposed campus in NYC. Image courtesy of Cornell University.


A tech campus should look and function in the 21st century radically different from the way a tech campus looked and functioned in the 20th century. In this talk I will share some thoughts on how this is done, based on my experiences in the recent past at the Technion in Israel, and especially in founding the new Technion-Cornell Institute in New York.

The Institute, part of the broader Cornell Tech campus, combines the cultures and expertise of two world-class universities, adapted to a 21st century campus for Applied Sciences. The new campus bridges traditional gaps between academia and industry, provides an “engaged” learning experience, and is a fertile breeding ground for “entrepreneurial engineers”. The campus is designed to impact not just the academic world, but to significantly contribute to the growth of the hi-tech sector in New York City.


Professor Craig Gotsman, Cornell University and Cornell Tech, NYC. Guest speaker at the Skoltech seminar

Professor Craig Gotsman, Cornell Tech and Technion-Cornell Institute , NYC. Guest speaker at the Skoltech seminar


Professor Craig Gotsman was the first and founding director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech in New York City, and is currently a professor at the Institute.

Holding Technion’s Hewlett-Packard Chair in Computer Engineering, Prof. Gotsman co-founded the Technion Center for Graphics and Geometric Computing and is active in research on 3D computer graphics, geometric modeling, animation and computational geometry. Straddling academia and industry, Prof. Gotsman holds ten U.S. patents, and started three companies, some commercializing his academic research. Prof. Gotsman has also consulted for numerous small and large companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nokia, Shell Oil, Autodesk and Disney.

Prof. Gotsman received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1991. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and a research scientist at MIT. He has published more than 150 papers in the professional literature, won eight best paper awards at leading conferences and mentored more than 50 postgraduate level students (MS, PhD and postdoc).




* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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