At Cornell Tech, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a place for organized experimentation, where the boundaries of academia are tested.

The Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute embodies the academic partnership between the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University on the Cornell Tech campus.

The Institute promotes and leverages a synergy between its parent institutions to offer a global perspective on technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship.

The Institute is a place for experimentation on campus, where traditional institutional boundaries disappear. That leads to academic programs focused on domains of economic need, or “hubs,” instead of disciplines; a postdoctoral program aimed at turning research into startup companies; and the introduction of commercial models for the monetization of intellectual property (IP) to drive university innovation.

Advantageous Partnership

The Jacobs Institute builds on the Technion’s and Cornell’s shared strengths in research, entrepreneurialism, intellectual rigor and drive to grow the economy, creating a powerful catalyst for local and global transformation.

With Israel’s reputation as the “Startup Nation” and the Technion’s history of producing the country’s leading tech entrepreneurs, Cornell knew there was a common vision when the university initiated their partnership in 2010:

  • Israel is home to the greatest concentration of high-tech startup companies outside of the Silicon Valley.
  • Technion graduates comprise the majority of Israeli-educated scientists and engineers, constituting over 70% of the country’s founders and managers of high-tech industries.

Watch this tribute to former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to see how a shared vision came together to become the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech.

Areas of Impact

The hubs of innovation at the Jacobs Institute build on New York City’s historically core industries, taking these strengths to build new economies for the city reflective of the city’s current economic need. Reflecting the city’s ever-evolving need, these hubs will be reevaluated regularly:

  • Connective Media
    Focuses on the technology driving digital media, as well as the psychological, social and business forces at play in today’s connected media. Spans mining and analysis of structured and unstructured online sources; machine learning and big data; and mobile platforms.
  • Health Tech
    Emphasizes individual healthcare technology to promote healthier living. Aims to create better healthcare information systems, mobile healthcare applications and medical devices for medical monitoring.
  • Built Environment
    Seeks to increase the efficiency and sustainability of urban environments at all scales. Research focuses on building, infrastructure, and urban-scale information processing; transportation and energy systems optimization; and the design of smart buildings.

Institute Programs


The core of the Jacobs Institute is its tenure-track faculty, featuring leading scientists with a passion for and a demonstrated record of industrial engagement and entrepreneurship. Each faculty member has an academic appointment at Cornell University or at the Technion.

Joan & Irwin Jacobs

On April 22, 2013, Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan Klein Jacobs, announced a $133 million gift to Cornell University and the Technion to create the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

Read more about this historic gift, and Joan and Irwin’s visionary support of Cornell and the Technion, in the Cornell Chronicle.


Jobs at Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute are available through both Cornell University and the Technion.