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

In 2011, Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology together won the City of New York’s competition to create an Applied Sciences graduate school. Today, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute embodies the academic partnership between the Technion and Cornell University on the Cornell Tech campus.

The institute’s masters degree programs—in Health Tech and Connective Media—focus on the need for innovation in industries where New York City has historically excelled, like healthcare and media, while always remaining anchored in technology. The Runway Startup Program, supports recent PhDs who are likewise able to draw on the resources New York City has to offer as they build on their research to develop tech companies on campus. 

Throughout its programming, the institute allows Cornell Tech to explore the emerging frontiers of the digital age without taking on risk. An initiative might be piloted at the institute to be later adopted across the campus.

Advantageous Partnership

While based in New York City, the institute has a strong collaboration with its partner in Israel, the Technion, that allows it to draw inspiration from two global cultures at the forefront of the digital age.

Known as the “Startup Nation,” Israel is home to the greatest concentration of high-tech startup companies outside of the Silicon Valley. Furthermore, 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.

It was in this context that Cornell recognized a common vision when they partnered with Technion to enter the competition for the new campus back in 2010. Today, the institute builds on its parent institutions shared strengths in research, entrepreneurialism, intellectual rigor and drive to grow the economy, creating a powerful catalyst for local and global transformation.

Areas of Impact + Masters Programs

The Jacobs masters programs are two-year dual-degree programs that provide breadth in key areas of digital technology and unprecedented depth in need-driven specialization areas. The institute's three "hubs" of innovation focus on the current needs of industries where New York City's historical strengths lie. The masters degree programs are informed by these hubs. As social and economic need changes, so, too, will the focus of these hubs.

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.

Learn more about the Masters in IS, Connective Media

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.

Learn more about the Masters in IS, Health Tech

Runway Startup Postdoc Program
The Runway Startup Postdoc Program is part business school, part research institution, and part startup incubator. Based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Runway ushers recent PhDs in digital technology fields through a paradigm shift — from an academic mindset to an entrepreneurial outlook.

Learn more about the Runway Startup Postdoc Program

Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Faculty


Shiri Azenkot

Shiri Azenkot is an assistant professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in accessibility and interaction on new platforms. She directs and conducts research with students at the Enhancing Ability Lab. Before Cornell Tech, Shiri was a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.


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Ron Brachman

Ron Brachman is the Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute and a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. He is responsible for the oversight of all Institute activities and programs, continuing to develop its vision and strategy and grow it into a completely new role model of innovation for graduate education. Prior to Cornell Tech, Ron had an outstanding career in research and leadership at Bell Labs, AT&T Labs, DARPA, and Yahoo Labs.


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Nicola Dell

Nicki Dell is an assistant professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. Her research interests are in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD), human-computer interaction (HCI) and mobile computing. Her focus is on designing, building and evaluating systems that improve the lives of under-served populations in low income regions. Nicki completed her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Deborah Estrin

Deborah Estrin is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. She is founder of the Health Tech Hub and directs the Small Data Lab at Cornell Tech, which develops new personal data APIs and applications for individuals to harvest the small data traces they generate daily. Estrin is also co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth


C. Richard Johnson

C. Richard Johnson Jr. is the Fellow in Computational Arts and Humanities at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, as well as the Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick Senior Professor of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1977 along with a PhD minor in Art History. He has been on the Cornell University faculty since 1981 and joined Cornell Tech in 2016.


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Ari Juels

Ari Juels is a professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in NYC. He was previously Chief Scientist of RSA, The Security Division of EMC. His recent interests include cloud security, defensive uses of deception, security for machine learning, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. He is a co-director of IC3 (Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts). 


Mor Naaman

Mor Naaman is an associate professor at Cornell Tech where he is the founder of the Connective Media hub and leads the Social Technologies research group and the Connected Experiences lab. Previously, Mor was an assistant professor at Rutgers SC&I, led a research team at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, and got a PhD from Stanford. Mor’s research lab designs, builds, and studies systems that support social interactions in online and physical spaces. 


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 in the  Cornell Chronicle.