Dan Huttenlocher, Founding Dean and Vice Provost of the visionary new Cornell Tech in New York City, is the rare leader who has excelled in both academia and in the business world. Calling upon his background as both an innovative researcher and a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he speaks to the need to effectively equip tomorrow's tech leaders with the range of skills necessary for success in an enterprise-driven world.
Technology is no longer an industry unto itself; it is part of every venture. As academic research begets potential commercial applications, there is an increasingly symbiotic relationship between the tech and business disciplines. To make transformative societal changes and create economic opportunity, whether in the form of healthcare advances or social network building or developing drones, engineers need an excellent technical education and expertise in business, law, and public policy — and they need to be informed by real-world conditions.
With a career spent at the crossroads of tech and business, Huttenlocher has been hailed as an exceptional, inspired choice to lead Cornell Tech. A major, groundbreaking institution, the school was conceived to answer the growing need for interdisciplinary collaboration, a learning center without silos. Further, headquartered in the commercial hub of Manhattan with access to start-ups and other enterprises, Huttenlocher has also strategically fostered unprecedented cooperation between academic, research, business, and government stakeholders, putting the school — and Huttenlocher — at the forefront of technology's applied future.
Huttenlocher's much-distinguished, two-decade career at Cornell has been informed by his own deep dives into research (on computer vision, autonomous vehicles, and online social networks), as well as his time in the private sector — on the senior management team at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and as CTO of Intelligent Markets, Inc. He holds 24 US patents for his work in computer vision. He currently serves as a Director of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Corning, Inc.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and both his Master’s and Doctorate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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