We are pleased to share some exciting news
Irwin and Joan Jacobs on the Technion campus
Technion Guardians Joan and Irwin Jacobs, of San Diego, have
made a momentous gift of $133 million to name the Technion-Cornell Innovation
Institute. Dr. Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, and
his wife Joan will create the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation
Institute (JTCII). The JTCII is a key component of Cornell Tech, whose permanent
campus will eventually be located on Roosevelt Island. The funds will help
support curriculum initiatives, faculty and graduate students, and industry
interactions in a two-year graduate program.
The gift is being announced today by New York City Mayor
Michael R. Bloomberg during a press conference at New York City Hall, together
with Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Technion President Peretz Lavie and Cornell
President David J. Skorton. You can view the press conference at: www.nyc.gov starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT.
The Jacobses are both Cornell alumni who have a long history
of supporting both institutions. Their visionary support of the Technion
includes the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Graduate School and the Irwin and Joan
Jacobs Center for Communications and Information Technologies. A member of the
Technion International Board of Governors, Dr. Jacobs is a Life Trustee of the American
Technion Society National Board of Regents, and a member
of the ATS San Diego Chapter. He received the ATS’ highest honor, The Albert
Einstein Award, in 1996, and a Technion Honorary Doctorate in 2000.
The JTCII plans to offer a two-year interdisciplinary
program where students concurrently earn dual master's degrees — one from Cornell
and one from the Technion. This degree program will allow students to
specialize in applied information-based sciences in one of three hubs focused
around leading New York City industries — Connective Media, Healthier Living
and The Built Environment — while honing their entrepreneurial skills. The
first area of specialization will be in Connective Media, and is slated to
begin in the fall of 2014. Research will also be focused on the hub areas.
A novel program for Postdoctoral Innovation Fellows will
launch in fall 2013. The aim is to support individuals who seek to
commercialize their research ideas in the stimulating environment of the JTCII,
while taking full advantage of the entrepreneurial network of Cornell Tech and
the proximity to New York City-based markets. Dr. Jacobs, along with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Google
Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, serves as an advisor to Cornell Tech, the
overall campus that is part of Cornell University.
We thank the Jacobses for their generous support.
To view the JTCII webpage visit: tech.cornell.edu/jtcii
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