Posts Tagged ‘institute for data sciences and engineering’
The News Desk’s Avantika Kumar brings you the highlights from last night’s Engineering Student Council meeting:
- Carleton lounging: The current engineering library in Mudd Hall will be phased out to accommodate the new Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, and its resources will be redistributed to other libraries. As a result, SEAS Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Soulaymane Kachani said on Monday night, Carleton Lounge, Mudd’s only “student space,” may be partially converted to a digital library. The “digital library” would include computer terminals with special digital resources and technology tools. Check back in the morning for a full story from the News Desk. More »
Spectator journeyed deep into Mudd this month to chat with Donald Goldfarb. He may be the interim dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, but he said he’d be happy to take on the job permanently. Below, some other highlights from the interview, including the fundraising and recruiting the school is doing, study abroad for SEAS students, and the development of the Institute for Data Sciences:
- Although Goldfarb, who was appointed interim dean in July, is not involved directly in the search process for a permanent SEAS dean, he said that he suggested a few search committee members to University Provost John Coatsworth last month. Goldfarb said he’d be honored if he were considered as a candidate. “I would be happy to be a candidate,” he said. “I would hope that the committee would view me favorably. I would hope that the Provost and the President enjoy interacting with me.”
- One of the primary complaints lodged about former dean Feniosky Peña-Mora, who resigned in July, was that he did not understand the atmosphere and operations of the school because he did not have a background at Columbia. While the dean search committee has made the decision to consider both internal and external candidates, Goldfarb acknowledged that the move to any institution is often a difficult one. “Every University is different,” he said. “Every school has its own culture and history. Very often, when you bring someone from the outside, they don’t understand the culture and it’s hard.” More »
As we reported on Monday, Cornell University, in partnership with Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, won $100 million from the city to build a new engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. Among the highlights of the proposal, from a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg:
- It’s not scheduled to be completely finished until 2037, but will establish an institutional presence offsite in 2012 and will open on Roosevelt Island in 2017, gradually increasing students and faculty.
- When fully completed, the campus will house approximately 2500 students and 280 faculty members in over 2 million square feet.
- The first academic building will be net-zero energy, meaning it will harvest all the energy it emits on-site. It is the largest such building in the eastern U.S.
- Academics will be divided into “hubs” for different curricula and research in multiple disciplines, with initial hubs focusing on media, healthcare, and integrating applied sciences and architecture.
Columbia’s proposal looked to build the Institute for Data Science and Engineering in Manhattanville. The competition was widely seen as a legacy-defining investment by Bloomberg to rival Silicon Valley as well as to bring a new tech presence to New York; Columbia’s proposal played up its already existing presence in New York. Check after the jump for more on the proposal that beat it out. More »