September 2021

After a year like no other, I am thrilled to be writing to you from our perch on Roosevelt Island, where campus is buzzing with students, faculty and staff as we start a new fall semester with in person instruction. It is also my pleasure to share with you our first annual report from the Urban Tech Hub at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

We launched the Hub at the beginning of the pandemic here in NYC and in spite of the challenging times, there is much to report and be proud of. From welcoming the first students of our new master’s degree with a concentration in urban technology, to our applied research project Rebooting NYC: An Urban Tech Agenda for the Next Administration, to collaborations with industry and government partners, this report is a testament to our commitment to helping the city build a stronger, fairer and more resilient future for all New Yorkers.

I would also like to express my special thanks to Stephen Ross for his generosity in supporting the creation of this Hub, these accomplishment would not have been possible without his gift.

I hope you enjoy this report, we are excited by this new expansion of our mission and the future that urban technology has to offer the city during this time of recovery.

Michael Samuelian Signature






Michael Samuelian

Founding Director, Urban Tech Hub