Cornell University

As part of the university's commitment to economic development and outreach, CTL hosts a variety of events to create connections between the Cornell campuses, industry members, entrepreneurs, and investors.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Cornell University Statler Hotel Ballroom


  • Kate Hartman

    Chief, Research, Evaluation, & Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program, US Department of Transportation

    "Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program and Smart Columbus"
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    Kate is currently serving as the Chief – Research, Evaluation and Program Management in the ITS Joint Program Office at the US DOT. She serves as the Program Manager for both the Connected Vehicle Pilot and Smart City Programs. She has a diverse background, including work as a marketing manager, financial researcher, a paralegal and serving in the Peace Corps. She has both a BA in Economics and an MBA as well as being a certified PMP.

  • Tim Kostolansky

    Co-Founder, Build Rocket

    "Selling Smart Cities to Cities"
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    Tim Kostolansky is co-founder of Build Rocket, a boutique strategy and business development firm focused on helping hi-tech and health sciences startups succeed. Tim is the former Director of Business Development and Product Management at Silver Spring Networks, a leading IoT Smart Grid & Smart City solutions provider. He has also worked at Agilent Technologies, Go Corporation (AT&T), and Microsoft along with starting several software / consulting companies and working extensively in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He graduated from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business (MBA) and Cornell University (BS) in Electrical Engineering.

  • Timur Dogan

    Assistant Professor, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University

    "Optimizing urban energy demand and supply, comfort, and livability through the use of big data?"
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    Dr. Timur Dogan is an architect, building scientist and educator and holds a PhD form MIT, an MDes from Harvard GSD and a Dipl.Ing. from TU Darmstadt. His work investigates the intersections of architectural design, sustainability, building performance simulation and computational design. At Cornell AAP he is an Assistant Professor in the area of Building Technology and Environmental Systems. Timur's research expertise is in daylight and energy modeling, passive climate control strategies and performance driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scales. His academic work was supported by an MIT Presidential Fellowship, Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, the German Academic Exchange Service-DAAD and the German National Academic Foundation. The outcomes of Timur's research are sustainable design analysis methods, workflows, teaching concepts, computer-based design tools and patented building components.

  • Jason Whittet

    Business Development Manager, AT&T

    "The Smart Cities Market: The Companies, Projects and Technologies that are Creating the Cities of the Future"
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    Jason Whittet is on the leading edge of the smart cities movement as part of the AT&T Smart Cities team deploying smart, connected solutions for communities. He came to AT&T from GE's Intelligent Cities team in a groundbreaking partnership agreement between the two companies in 2017. Before GE, Jason worked with the International Data Corporation's (IDC) public sector practice where he led local, state and federal government business development for the global technology research and advisory firm. Before IDC, he helped launch the Massachusetts Broadband Institute As Deputy Director and contributed to the successful completion of the $100MM, 1,200 mile MassBroadband 123 fiber-optic network in western Massachusetts. Jason has also held positions with Comcast in government relations, with the Massachusetts State Senate Ways and Means Committee as Project Director, and with the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. Jason has a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Northeastern. Jason also served in Massachusetts Army National Guard and was an Elector in the 2008 Electoral College.

  • Adria Finch

    Director of Innovation, City of Syracuse

    "What makes a city smart and innovative?"
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    Adria Finch is a member of the City of Syracuse's Office of Innovation. As the Director of Innovation she embeds innovation throughout City Hall, and has introduced programs that empower employees to incorporate innovative practices into their daily tasks. Adria also identifies challenges that exist within the city and works with others to generate new ideas and solutions to address those challenges. She is currently overseeing the launch of a series of initiatives to address housing conditions in Syracuse’s low-income communities. Previously, she developed and implemented thirteen initiatives to improve Syracuse’s infrastructure. Adria holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Masters of Science in Biomechanics from East Carolina University, and a Bachelors of Science in Physiology from Ithaca College.

  • Samitha Samaranayake

    Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

    "Enhancing Urban Mobility with On-Demand Transit Services"
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    Samitha Samaranayake is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, and a graduate field faculty in areas of Operations Research & Information Engineering and the Center for Applied Math. His research interests are in the modeling, analysis and control of networked infrastructure systems with a focus on transportation systems. Prior to joining Cornell he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at MIT. He completed his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in December 2014. He has worked in the server technologies group at Oracle, the design for test (DFT) group at Synopsys, the transit algorithms team at Google and the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA). Samitha received his Bachelors and M.Eng. in Computer Science from MIT and an M.Sc. in MS&E from Stanford University.