Milstein program celebrates students’ first trip to Cornell Tech

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Rebecca Valli


Ribbon-cutting event for the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity in New York City


Friday, April 12 at 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm


165 Bloomberg Center, Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island


Media members are asked to RSVP to Tricia Barry and 607-377-6596

New York, N.Y. – The Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, which offers selected undergraduates in Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences a specialized curriculum to prepare them as leaders in an increasingly digital world, is kickstarting its engagement with Cornell Tech and introducing the new advisory council for the program.

Created in 2017 with a $20 million gift from Howard Milstein, Abby Milstein, and Michael Milstein, the program aims to nurture a new generation of innovators uniquely conversant in the ways technology is transforming the world, as well as in the social and ethical implications of this change. The first cohort of students - who matriculated last fall – will be at the event, as this marks their first trip to Cornell Tech where they will spend two summers in Cornell’s New York City campus, taking courses and participating in experiential, industry-focused opportunities.

Journalists are invited for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that will feature remarks by:

  • Martha Pollack, President, Cornell University
  • Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech, Cornell University
  • Ray Jayawardhana, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University
  • James Patchett, CEO New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Howard Milstein, CEO and Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust
  • Michael Milstein, Co-Founder and Chairman of Grand Central Tech

Milstein Program Advisory Council members include Michael Milstein (chair), Chad Dickerson, former CEO of Etsy, current CEO of Reboot, and Cornell Tech Fellow; Ulfar Erlingsson, Head of Security Research, Google Brain; Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater; Peggy Koenig, Chair of Abry Partners, Cornell Trustee, and Cornell Tech Overseer; and Josh Wolfe, Co-Founder of Lux Capital.

The largest and oldest college at Cornell University, the College of Arts & Sciences is the nexus for liberal arts education and foundational theoretical research. Comprising 40 departments and academic programs, 700 faculty and 4,400 undergraduate students, the College embodies Ezra Cornell’s founding vision where “any person can find instruction in any study.”

Cornell Tech brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age. Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus opened in the fall of 2017. When fully completed, the campus will include two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings, over two acres of open space, and will be home to more than 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff.