Event Details

Return to the Classroom at Cornell Tech

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Tune in here!

Join Cornell Alumni Affairs for your Cornell Tech experience! Gain exclusive access to select spaces on the Roosevelt Island campus and learn about what makes the new graduate school unique. Enjoy a fun reception with live music by Mod Society, food, drinks and a chance to meet Cornell Tech students, alumni and friends. Plus, extend your day on the island with an optional tour of the campus’ outdoor public spaces and pick up some new Cornell and Cornell Tech swag at the Cornell Store pop-up.

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.*
Location: Cornell Tech, 2 West Loop Road, New York, NY (Roosevelt Island) 10044

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Check-In – Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. – Welcome + Cornell Tech overview, Mukti Khaire, Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of the Practice
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. – Experiments on Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech: A Conversation
2:45 – 3:00 p.m. – Break with refreshments
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. – New World, Old Rules: Digital Technology in the Business of Culture
by Professor Mukti Khaire + Q&A
3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Closing remarks, Miwa Takaki MBA ’15, Vice President, Cornell Tech Alumni Council
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Reception with attendees, Cornell Ithaca, and Cornell Tech alumni

*Public Spaces Tours (all outdoors): Please note both tours are the same.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon – 30 minute tours
3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – 30 minute tours (Note, this tour conflicts with the second half of the program. This tour was designed for those who would like to see the campus and attend the reception from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., or only take an afternoon tour. If you are attending the 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. program, please only register for this tour if you intend to leave miss the 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. session).

GA = General Admission | YA = Young Alumni, classes 2008 – 2017 | Includes all Food and Drink

1. Full Program + Reception – $45 GA/ $35 YA SOLD OUT**
2. Reception Only – $25 GA & YA
3. AM Tour – No Charge SOLD OUT**
4. PM Tour – No Charge SOLD OUT**
**Please register here for the waitlist for SOLD OUT activities. More spaces may become available.

Experiments on Entrepreneurship at Cornell Tech: A Conversation
Cornell Tech’s unique focus on entrepreneurship puts its academic experience in a league of its own. Combining practical knowledge, technical training, education, real-world practice and a unique funding support model, students and postdocs get a solid foundation to start their own ventures. In this session, learn about Cornell Tech’s “Studio†and the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute “Runway Startup Postdoc†programs, and how they’re training and creating our future tech and business leaders. Featuring:
•    David Cheng, Johnson Cornell Tech MBA ’17; Start Up Award Winner 2017; Co-Founder & CEO, Speech Up
•    Fernando Gómez-Baquero, Director, Jacobs Institute Runway Postdoc Program and Spinouts
•    Ardalan Khosrowpour, Ph.D, CEO, OnSiteIQ; Jacobs-Technion Institute Runway Postdoc

New World, Old Rules: Digital Technology in the Business of Culture

Art and business are often described as worlds apart, even diametric opposites. However, artistic worth is readily decoded, translated and converted to economic value in markets for cultural goods.  Digital technology has further accelerated and deepened these interactions. Mukti Khaire, Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of the Practice, and Program Director of the Johnson-Cornell Tech MBA, will share her expertise on the intersection of culture and commerce, especially in today’s digital world.  How is digitalization influencing and changing the art world as we know it? How is technology changing how we access, see, and experience art, even as the process to define “good art†remains the same? How, in turn are these interactions changing culture and society? Learn and explore this topic, as well as how Professor Khaire’s teaching fits in at Cornell Tech.

All-Alumni Reception
Come together with other event attendees! Talk about what you learned and mix with Cornell Tech alums and other Cornell alumni, parents and friends. See the beautiful Tata Innovation Center. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks, plus live music by Mod Society!

David Cheng, Johnson Cornell Tech MBA ’17; Start Up Award Winner 2017; Co-Founder & CEO, Speech Up

David (MBA ’17) is the co-founder and CEO of Speech Up, a Cornell Tech spinout using speech recognition technology to digitize traditional speech therapy methods for children. In addition to managing the company vision and corporate strategy, David leads the research and development of the company’s speech recognition platform. Prior to Cornell Tech, David received his B.S. from the University of Virginia before working as a software engineer at IBM and a technology consultant at Deloitte, specializing in pharmaceutical retail, healthcare, and
mobile products.

Fernando Gómez-Baquero Ph.D, Director, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Runway Postdoc Program and Spinouts
Fernando Gómez-Baquero holds a Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science and Engineering from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany SUNY.  His research has focused on advanced nanomaterials for energy storage applications, on the economic impact of pervasive nanotechnologies, and on tech entrepreneurship. Dr. Gómez-Baquero has more than 15 years of experience in the nanotechnology industry, starting with production and characterization of carbon nanotubes and developing of polymer/nanotube composite materials. Dr. Gómez-Baquero is recognized as a leader on the fabrication of nanoengineered electrodes for lithium ion batteries using semiconductor processes and using nanotechnology to improve the performance of lithium ion batteries. Dr. Gómez-Baquero has several publications in nanomaterials research and on the economic impact of nanotechnologies and number of patent applications in diverse applications of nanomaterials. Dr. Gómez-Baquero is also de Director of Runway and Spinoffs at the Jacobs Technion – Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, where he is helping posdoctoral entrepreneurs build companies out of digital technologies in diverse fields such as digital health, telecommunications, education, cybersecurity, and IoT.

Mukti Khaire, Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of the Practice
Mukti Khaire is Girish and Jaidev Reddy Professor of Practice at Cornell Tech and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. She received a PhD in Management in 2006 from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Before that, she completed a Masters in Management from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Bombay and a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Pune, India. Prior to joining Cornell Tech in 2016, she was on the faculty of Harvard Business School (Entrepreneurial Management Unit; 2005-2016) and spent a year as Visiting Faculty in Brown University (Sociology; 2015-2016). Mukti’s research focuses on entrepreneurship in the creative industries, such as art, advertising, architecture and design, fashion, film, music, publishing, and theater. In particular, she is interested in understanding how entrepreneurs create markets for new categories of cultural goods by constructing their value, while also changing consumers’ beliefs about what attributes of cultural goods are appropriate and valuable. In this vein, Mukti studied the creation of a market for modern Indian art and the rise and establishment of the high-end fashion industry in India. Her work, which has been published in leading business and management journals, has shed light on the structure and functioning of creative industries and the business and societal implications of entrepreneurship in the cultural sector. Mukti has also authored 35 teaching cases on firms in the creative industries.

Ardalan Khosrowpour Ph.D, Jacobs-Technion Institute Runway Postdoc

Ardalan is a co-founder and CEO of OnSiteIQ. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the Department of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign respectively where his research focused on the integration of artificial intelligence techniques with various construction management applications. Upon his graduation, Ardalan accepted a Startup post-doctoral appointment at Cornell Tech, where he founded OnSiteIQ intending to improve safety, quality, and productivity in the construction industry.

Miwa Takaki, Johnson Cornell Tech MBA ’15, Vice President, Cornell Tech Alumni Council
Miwa Takaki is Vice President of the Cornell Tech Alumni Council and Senior Technical Product Manager on the Algorithmic Merchandising team at eBay, where she drives product and research initiatives for Recommendations. Prior to eBay, Miwa graduated in the inaugural MBA class at Cornell Tech and was awarded the Johnson Fried Fellowship, Forte Fellowship, Cornell Tech Social Impact Award, and was featured in Poets and Quants 2015 Top 50 Global MBA report. Before Cornell Tech, Miwa led performance improvement projects at Nestle. In addition to her MBA, Miwa has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University.

Event questions? Please contact Ilana Carlin Dimbleby.
Registration questions? Please contact Karen Barnes.

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