Collins is not concerned solely with the next five
years of Cornell Tech’s development, but rather the next
20 or 50 years. He believes strongly that Cornell Tech
must evolve in order to be a campus that remains cutting
edge and relevant.
“The idea that Cornell Tech will stay focused
solely on technology is wrong. I foresee a future for
Cornell Tech where every single college and school at
Cornell will interact and be part of the Roosevelt Island
campus,” he said. “There will be a time when technology
like social media platforms will be ubiquitous, but the
questions that need to be explored will be asked by
social scientists and psychologists. Understanding how
technology is used and creating new designs will require
a shift in focus from pure engineering. Cornell Tech will
eventually need input from the arts and sciences, human
ecology and architecture to remain an innovative and
impactful enterprise,” Collins said.
Outside of academia, Cornell Tech continues to
work with the greater New York City community to
encourage K- 12 students and support small businesses.
During the summer, Cornell Tech offered summer
programming for New York City middle and high school
students as part of the “To Code and Beyond” conference
as an effort to encourage and support technology
education in the city. It has even opened its offices to
five start-ups founded by Cornell alumni to help nurture
new businesses by providing highly sought after work
Collins envisions a day when the campus is
complete and the public spaces are filled with people—
not just students and faculty, but corporate CEOs,
entrepreneurs, and start-up teams. “It’s this kind of
activity that really spurs economic development in
the tech sector,” says Collins. “It’s these unanticipated
connections made between people with different areas
of expertise and different backgrounds that will fuel our
—Ellen James Mbuqe
A NYC Tech Information Session and Press Conference.
From left: Kent Fuchs, Dan Huttenlocher, Lance Collins, Cathy Dove.