Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 p.m.

-Event will start with a networking reception
-University update by Cornell President Martha E. Pollack
-Presentations by eLab student entrepreneurs
-Panels featuring faculty discussing The 2030 Project and Computational Sustainability


Panel Descriptions
The 2030 Project: A Cornell Climate Initiative
Launching in 2022, The 2030 Project: A Cornell Climate Initiative is a transformative, university-wide initiative centered on accelerating breakthrough climate solutions through cross-disciplinary approaches in discovery, research, innovation, and education to do the greatest good for global sustainability. The 2030 Project will marshal the full breadth of Cornell’s transdisciplinary expertise, with an intentional focus on creating uncommon partnerships, both within and outside of Cornell. Join a group of university and academic leaders as we discuss this exciting new initiative and see how Cornell is uniquely positioned to meet the greatest challenge facing our global community today.

Moderator:
Ben Houlton, Ronald P. Lynch Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Panelists:
Lindsay Anderson, Interim Director, Cornell Energy Systems Institute; Kathy Dwyer Marble and Curt Marble Faculty Director for Energy, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability; Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering; Norman R. Scott Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow
Geoffrey Coates, Tisch University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Greeshma Gadikota, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Croll Sesquicentennial Fellow


eLab Presenters

Ludovico Cestarollo PhD ’24, CEO and Co-Founder, Rheo Hero
Kayla Foley MBA ’22, Founder and CEO, StaffOnTap


Computer Science for a Better World and Sustainable Future
“AI is being used by Wall Street, by social media, for all kinds of purposes – why not use AI to tackle serious problems like sustainability?” Carla Gomes
Computational Sustainability brings together Artificial Intelligence techniques and computational methods to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Created at Cornell more than a decade ago, the field has inspired the interest and investment of nearly every major science funder. It has attracted an international consortium of researchers to design sustainable solutions related to climate, conservation, biodiversity loss, renewable energy, and global food security. During this conversation, you will learn how Cornell researchers are using the most advanced technologies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the way we manage and allocate our natural resources.

Moderator:
Kavita Bala, Dean, Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science

Panelists:
Carla Gomes, Ronald and Antonia Nielsen Professor of Computing and Information Science, Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, and the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management; Director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell
Daniel Fink, Senior Research Associate, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Alexander Flecker, Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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