Becomes First Dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Founding Dean, Vice Provost Dan Huttenlocher Leaving Cornell Tech

David Stone
Dan Huttenlocher (R) manages and gaggle of reporters during a pre-opening tour of the campus in 2017. Andrew Winter is behind him.
Dan Huttenlocher (R) manages and gaggle of reporters during a pre-opening tour of the campus in 2017. Andrew Winter is behind him.
© David Stone /Roosevelt Island Daily

Roosevelt Island joins Cornell Tech in losing a star as computing pioneer and Cornell Tech's founding Dean Dan Huttenlocher departs for MIT to become the inaugural Dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing on August 1st.

Unassuming as he may have seen, traveling the emerging campus in blue jeans, easy to approach and down to earth in conversation, Huttenlocher is a brilliant, internationally recognized pioneer in computing research, holding both a masters and doctorate from MIT.

Returning to his alma mater, he assumes leadership of MIT Schwarzman College, just announced as the school's computing future in October, and "an ambitious experiment in educating the leaders society needs to navigate the algorithmic future,” according to MIT President L. Rafael Reif in an article in MIT News.

“For its founding dean, we looked for someone who combined educational creativity, instinctive collegiality, intellectual depth and breadth, institutional savvy, and industry experience. In Dan Huttenlocher, we found all these qualities — along with the signature MIT combination of boldness, enthusiasm, and humility," Reif added.

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As Cornell Tech's first hire, Huttenlocher formed a tandem with Andrew Winter who oversaw the political and physical realization of the Roosevelt Island campus, through ULURP to Opening Day. Both men built careers launching unique, new projects, and it's no surprise that both moved on once the Roosevelt Island campus was poised for longterm success.

"It is both a challenge and fun to work with such broad and different groups of folks," Huttenlocher told me for a Q&A in the Main Street WIRE, back in 2012, gearing up for the first Cornell Tech class, then housed in Google's Chelsea headquarters.

He's probably thinking similar thoughts, today, as he prepares for his next adventure in Cambridge.

 

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