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Sunday August 31, 2014

NY: Reaping the Rewards of Higher #STEM Education

New York Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg knows how to leverage an investment. Even though Cornell won NY’s $100 million competition for a state-of-the art tech school, other institutions of higher learning are also reaping rewards. The New York Daily News reports that NYU, the Genome Center, the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, the Polytechnic Institute of New York and City University of New York are also creating specialized tech centers.

NYU received $15 million from the city to create an urban science institute, which will be housed in a soon-to-be refurbished former MTA building on Jay St. in Brooklyn. CUSP, an amalgam of Carnegie Mellon, Polytechnic Institute of NY and CUNY, will address future urban challenges, including infrastructure, tech integration, transportation, public safety and health.

The NY Genome Center received $2.5 million from Bloomberg himself and $5 million in city loans to create an expansive 170,000 square foot facility in SoHo. Scheduled for a mid-2013 completion, it will include labs and an innovation center to advance new technologies. Columbia University’s Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering will be located in Morningside Heights by 2016. “The more of this we can do as a city, the more we will all benefit,” Catherine Dove, the Institute’s VP, told the News, “There’s such a demand for talent. There’s certainly going to be capacity for all of these schools.”

New York Daily News