The Campus Story
December 2010
Bloomberg Administration announces Applied Sciences competition, receiving 18 proposals from 27 world-class institutions around the world
December 2011
Charles F. Feeney of Atlantic Philanthropies donates $350 million to Cornell Tech
December 2011
Cornell University with its academic partner, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, named the winner of the Bloomberg Administration's Applied Sciences competition and awarded $100M City funds and City-owned land
May 2012
Google donates 40,000 SF to Cornell Tech in its headquarters in Chelsea to enable Cornell Tech to open prior to the construction of Cornell Tech's new campus on Roosevelt Island campus is under construction, with the option to expand to 58,000 square feet
November 2012
Cornell releases RFP to identify a real estate developer to partner with Cornell in the development of the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island
January 2013
Cornell Tech welcomes its first students – the "beta class" – in January, and first fall class in September – all MEng students
January 2013
Forest City Ratner Companies submits its response to the RFP having selected award winning architecture firm, WEISS / MANFREDI to be the architect of The Bridge at Cornell Tech
April 2013
Cornell Tech and the Technion announce a $133 million gift from Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, and his wife Joan Klein Jacobs to create the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute
Cornell Tech announces Greg Pass
(former Twitter CTO) has joined as the founding Chief Entrepreneurial Officer (May 2012), announces first faculty member Deborah Estrin (June 2012)
June 2013
Cornell selects Forest City Ratner Companies to be its Development Manager of its new campus on Roosevelt Island, and to be the Developer of the first office building on campus, The Bridge at Cornell Tech. Forest City & WEISS / MANFREDI architects commence design of The Bridge
October 2013
Cornell Tech announces Connective Media degree with corporate collaborators including Hearst, Medium, Facebook, Betaworks, Tumblr, WordPress, and The New York Times
December 2013
City officially transfers 12 acres of land of Roosevelt Island to Cornell Tech with lease signing with Mayor Bloomberg, Cornell President David Skorton, and Technion President Peretz Lavie
February 2014
Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute announces Runway program postdocs to join campus to advance and commercialize cutting-edge research
September 2014
Cornell Tech welcomes first class of MBA students and Connective Media students in the Jacobs Institute
October 2014
The Bridge receives Public Design Commission approval
November 2014
AOL and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute announce in November the formation of the Connected Experiences Lab
December 2014
Cornell Tech announces David Tisch, co-founder and chairman of Spring, to join as Head of Startup Studio
December 2014
Cornell Tech announces Health Tech degree, with input from industry leaders including Pfizer, UnitedHealth Group, Web MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Wellcoin
January 2015
Construction starts in January on the Roosevelt Island campus
February 2015
Verizon announces $50 million gift for the Verizon Executive Education Center, a place for the entire tech community to gather, a convening place to leverage the impact the campus has on tech beyond degree programs
May 2015
Cornell Tech launches the inaugural Startup Awards, with five companies receiving $40,000 in pre-seed funding and co-working space at the NY Times Building with generous support from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Forest City Ratner Companies
May 2015
Construction commences on The Bridge
June 2015
Former Mayor Bloomberg announces $100 million gift to Cornell Tech at campus groundbreaking celebration in June, first academic building to be named The Bloomberg Center
September 2015
Cornell Tech welcomes MEng, MBA, Connective Media, and first class of Health Tech (Jacobs Institute) students in September
September 2015
100% of graduating students seeking employment find placements. Hiring companies include Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, WebMD, and others
March 2016
Cornell Tech, CUNY and Verizon
Communications announce the Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in NY (WiTNY) intiative to empower young women in NYC to pursue careers in technology
May 2016
Ron Brachman, former Yahoo Chief Scientist and Head of Yahoo Labs, joins as the Director of the Jacobs Institute
June 2016
Cornell graduates its largest class yet—
99 students across 3 programs
September 2016
Cornell Tech welcomes first class of Master of Laws students, focused on law, technology and entrepreneurship
January 2017
Two Sigma chosen as the inaugural tenant at The Bridge where it will open its Collision Lab
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