Stanford, arguably the mother of all technology incubators (see Hewlett Packard, Google, Silicon Valley, etc.), has “expressed interest” in opening an engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The initial tremors of this earth shaking bit of news–the University that breeds America’s tech talent is extending its brand to startup hotbed New York–started last month when the Standford Daily reported:
“University President John Hennessy announced during Thursday afternoon’s Faculty Senate meeting that Stanford is investigating the invitation to establish a New York City campus focused on applied science and technology.
The University is ‘exploring’ the possibility, said spokeswoman Lisa Lapin ahead of Thursday’s meeting.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced in December that the city was seeking a ‘world-class university’ to partner with and build an engineering school on public land. The idea grew from the city’s concern over attracting technology companies and jobs to New York, which lacks a top graduate school in engineering.”
The search for a viable University candidate fell to the NYCEDC, which was actively screening schools (some big names from South Korea, Finland) that would fulfill Mayor Bloomberg’s vision. On Monday, the Standford Daily finally broke the news of Stanford’s earnest bid for NYC real estate:
“If selected, Stanford’s New York campus would not only provide an opportunity for education and research, but would also enable students to start companies and take technologies into existing companies on the East Coast — in short, to bring the innovative spirit of the West Coast to the East Coast.
With an initial focus on information technology, such as computer science and electrical engineering, the New York campus would draw especially from the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, the Graduate School of Business and the Technology Ventures Program. Stanford hopes to later expand the campus to include fields like green technology and biomedical engineering.”