Cornell University’s New York City technological school has announced that they have secured the services of ex-Twitter chief technology officer Greg Pass, who will become the NYC campus’ ‘Founding Entrepreneurial Officer’. His duties will include maintaining a good relationship between the campus and the tech community and enhancing communication between academia and the city’s technology firms. He will run student workshops for coding, hacking and advanced programming while encouraging the development of entrepreneurial skills.
“The tech campus is all about bringing together academic research and industry know-how, and no one has more relevant industry experience than Greg Pass,” said Dan Huttenlocher, founding dean of CornellNYC Tech. “Greg advised Cornell throughout the proposal process, and now, by making the entrepreneurial officer one of the campus’s first hires, CornellNYC Tech is ensuring that the tech industry is a part of what we do from the start.”
Pass will be one of what Cornell hopes will be several key public faces of the new campus. His work as a leader at AOL and Twitter made him an expert on engineering problems associated with the Internet age and Cornell expect him to be an inspiration to their students. Pass will have a role in informing the curricula as well as direct teaching of advanced students.
“In the tech industry I’ve experienced first-hand how talented and entrepreneurial engineers are at the heart of productive change. Now, I am honored to be joining the Cornell Tech team as we build a new kind of applied science education — one that will better cultivate young engineers for technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and create new value in collaboration with the start-ups and creative companies that are making New York City a world tech leader.”
During his tenure at Twitter he spent three years constructing, recruiting and merging the team of engineers which kept Twitter stable, expanding and current. Pass graduated from Cornell in 1997 with a major in Computer Science.
“I see this as a unique opportunity to give back to my profession and figure out how to better cultivate the types of students interested in making an impact. How can we actually educate those types of students better and give them a better education to increase the size and quality of the talent pool.”
CornellNYCTech was chosen as the winner of the city’s Applied Sciences competition in December. Classes at CornellNYCTech are expected to begin in the fall in temporary space at Google’s Manhattan building, but as of now the admissions system is still in development.