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.


  • Svante Myrick

    Mayor, City of Ithaca

    Svante L. Myrick was sworn into office and became the City of Ithaca's youngest Mayor and first Mayor of color on January 1, 2012. After serving the 4th Ward of the city for 4 years on Common Council, Mayor Myrick brings several different perspectives to the office. Mayor Myrick has a deep understanding of the needs of the residents. As a passionate advocate for the youth in our community, Mayor Myrick chaired the committee that created the Ithaca Youth Council. He also chaired the Collegetown Vision Implementation Committee, which led to the creation and endorsement of a master plan for promoting development while still preserving neighborhoods in Collegetown.

  • Kate Hartman

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

    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.

  • Jason Whittet

    Business Development Manager, AT&T

    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

    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

    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.

  • Xanthe Matychak

    Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Science, Ithaca College
    Assistant Director of Hardware Accelerator, Rev Ithaca

    Xanthe Matychak is a designer, educator, and techno-futurist. She is the Assistant Director of the Hardware Accelerator at Rev Ithaca where she helps IoT startups develop prototypes with viable business models. She is an inventor herself having worked with local companies to acquire funding and develop IoT systems. At present, she runs the Make Better Stuff Lab in Ithaca College’s Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences. Xanthe has shared her work at SxSW Interactive, World Makerfaire, The White House OSTP, and MIT Fab Foundation. This past summer Xanthe helped develop and deliver technology programming at SABIC Chemical Co. in Saudi Arabia. She holds an MFA in Industrial Design from RIT.

  • John Lee

    Principal, Osage University Partners

    John Lee is a Principal at Osage University partners, where he focuses on investing in emerging technologies across enterprise software, cybersecurity, and hardware. At Osage, John has driven investments in startups such as Algorithmia, Body Labs, Clarifai, Corelight, Embodied, Jibo, Kymeta, Lastline, and Streetlight Data. John's current investment theses include automation, edge computing, and next generation encryption. Prior to Osage, John spent time at Lux Capital and was in the investment arm of Mahindra & Mahindra, one of Asia’s largest conglomerates, where he worked on diversified investments and in-house startups. John received a B.S. from Cornell University.

  • Tim Kostolansky

    Co-Founder, Build Rocket

    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.

  • Ely Greenberg

    Co-Founder & CTO, Lōtik - A Samsung NEXT Company

    Ely Greenberg is the co-founder of Lōtik, which deploys clip-on water sensors to understand water usage and detect leaks in multifamily and commercial buildings. Lōtik is a data company at the intersection of smart cities, real estate technology, and water. Lōtik is Ely's second company. His first company, Erg Process Energy, provided energy and data solutions to water and wastewater utilities. Before that, Ely was a principal engineer at Hazen and Sawyer where he designed and managed large scale wastewater treatment infrastructure projects in NYC. He worked on his first water projects as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. Ely has a MS and BS in Chemical Engineering.

  • Timur Dogan

    Assistant Professor, Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University

    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.

  • Gus Warren

    Managing Director, Samsung NEXT Ventures

    Gus Warren is a Managing Director at Samsung NEXT Ventures. Based in New York, Gus focuses on early stage investments in software, services, and media. Prior to Samsung, Gus was a Venture Partner at FirstMark Capital and Co-Founder and COO of Disconnect, a leading consumer privacy software company. Prior to FirstMark and Disconnect, Gus spent 4 years as a VP, SVP, and GM at Spot Runner, a digital video advertising platform whose investors included Battery Ventures, Index Ventures, WPP, and CBS. Prior to Spot Runner, Gus was a venture capitalist at Granite Ventures and Time Warner Ventures, where his portfolio included InfoGear (acquired by Cisco), Speakeasy (acquired by BestBuy), Digital Fountain (acquired by Qualcomm), Arroyo Video Solutions (acquired by Cisco), BigBand Networks (acquired by Arris Corporation), and SkyStream Networks (acquired by Ericsson Television). Earlier in his career, Gus was VP of Marketing and Business Development at NetMarket (acquired by Cendant) and Product Manager at Internet Profiles (acquired by Engage Technologies). Gus graduated with a BA in Government from Cornell University and serves on the advisory board of Red Bear Angels, a network of alumni that invest in Cornell-affiliated start-ups.

  • H. Oliver Gao

    Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

    Dr. Gao, Director of Cornell Systems Engineering and Director of Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health (CTECH), is an Associate Professor with the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. He is an elected member in the graduate fields of 1) Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2) Air Quality in Earth and Atmospheric Science, 3) Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA), and 4) Systems Engineering at Cornell University. His research focuses on quantitative modeling and development of engineering systems solutions for sustainable and intelligent infrastructure and lifeline systems, low carbon and low emission transportation systems, and the closely related environment (especially air quality and climate change)-energy systems. He also studies alternative transportation/energy technologies, systems innovation, and green supply chain and logistics (e.g., sustainable food systems, quantifying and mitigating green-house gas emissions from food supply chains). He is a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Air Quality (ADC20), an academic member on the Federal Advisory Committee of US EPA MOVES model development, a member of Transportation Research Board Committee on Maintenance Equipment (AHD60), and a member of the Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF). Gao received his graduate degrees (Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, M.S. in Statistics, and M.S. in Agriculture and Resource Economics) from the University of California at Davis in 2004, M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1999, and duel undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and Civil Engineering in 1996 from Tsinghua University, China. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Before joining Cornell, Gao was a quant in the mathematical and econometrical modeling division at the Rohatyn Group, LLG, a Wall Street hedge fund specializing in emerging markets including the BRIC countries.

  • Peter I. Frazier

    Staff Data Scientist and Data Science Manager, Uber
    Associate Professor, Operations Research and Information Engineering, Cornell University

    Peter Frazier received a B.S. in Physics and Engineering/Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2000, after which he spent several years in industry as a software engineer, working for two different start-up companies and for the Teradata division of NCR. In 2005, he entered graduate school in the Department of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University, and received an M.A. in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2009. He joined the faculty at Cornell in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Operations Research & Information Engineering, where he is now an Associate Professor. His research is in sequential decision-making under uncertainty, optimal methods for collecting information, and machine learning, focusing on applications in simulation, e-commerce, medicine and biology. He is the recipient of a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He is currently on leave at Uber, where he is a Staff Data Scientist and Data Science Manager. At Uber, he worked on UberPOOL from 2015-17, and on broader pricing efforts from 2016-17. He now leads a data science team focused on pricing.

  • Rimas Gulbinas

    Chief Executive Officer, Maalka

    Dr. Gulbinas is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Maalka, Inc. Prior to starting Maalka, he researched and developed applications to engage commercial building occupants with data-driven insights to inform positive behavior change. His work has been published in leading international peer review publications, including: IEEE Smart Grid, Applied Energy, and Energy and Buildings. Maalka was founded to scale his research across communities, cities, and countries and has emerged as a leader in smart cities and open software architecture. Maalka's mission is to spread best practices across public and private domains through the use of scalable technologies and data-driven frameworks. Maalka is currently used in about 10 Cities and is expanding to the Corporate and Commercial Real Estate sectors across the US and Europe.

  • Mike Kanellos

    Head of Corporate Communications and Technology Analyst, OSISoft, LLC

    Mr. Michael Kanellos is an Industry Champion at OSIsoft where he helps customers understand how data is changing some of the biggest businesses in the world. He has worked as a reporter, analyst and marketing exec in Silicon Valley for over 20 years with a focus on energy, semiconductors and the startup economy. His work has appeared in the New York Times, CNET, Forbes, Newsweek, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and National Geographic. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of California, he has worked as an attorney, a travel writer and a busboy in a pancake house.

  • Alice Li

    Executive Director, Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University

    Alice Li is the Executive Director of the Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) at Cornell University. She oversees all aspects of technology management, marketing, license negotiation, outreach, and CTL activities to facilitate new venture creation in its services to all Cornell campuses and colleges.

    Alice has 14 years of experience in university technology transfer. She was the Director of Licensing of the Ithaca office from 2011 to 2014, providing mentorship for licensing professionals in intellectual property protection, license negotiation, and spearheading new commercialization initiatives. Alice joined CTL in 2002 and started with hands-on management of invention portfolios, negotiations of complex deals and engagement with startup companies.

    Prior to joining CTL, Alice was an R&D manager at BioArray Solutions, a NJ biotech company in diagnostic and drug discovery. During her five-year tenure there, the company grew from a two-person startup to an enterprise of fifty people. BioArray Solutions was acquired by a publicly traded company in 2008.

    Alice obtained her Ph.D. from Cornell University and B.S. from Tsinghua University. She is also an inventor and patent holder. Alice has been a Certified Licensing Professional since 2010.

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