Carnegie Mellon University
January 17, 2014

News Brief: CMU's Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology To Speak On Transatlantic Science Forum Panel In New York

Contact: Abby Simmons / / 412-268-4290

PITTSBURGH—Thanassis Rikakis, vice provost for Design, Arts and Technology at Carnegie Mellon, will represent the university on a Transatlantic Science Forum panel at New York University's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) on Friday, Jan. 17.

Panelists and more than two-dozen thought leaders will discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership under negotiation between the European Union and the United States. This forum is one of a series of meetings around the world that will focus on the potential impact of proposed free trade measures on science collaboration and economic growth.

Rikakis will join leaders from universities involved with New York City's Applied Sciences NYC initiative in discussing how similar regional efforts can foster international research collaborations. Fellow panelists include Steve Koonin, director of CUSP; Dan Huttenlocher, dean and vice provost of Cornell NYC Tech; and Patricia Culligan, associate director of Columbia University's Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering.

CUSP Executive-in-Residence Shelley Harrison, senior advisor and head of Corporate Portfolio Ventures at Coller Capital, will moderate the panel.

CMU is involved in two of the four Applied Sciences NYC programs. The university joined several partner organizations in launching the CUSP in 2012 and announced its Integrative Media Program at Steiner Studios at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2013.

Forum participants will develop a series of recommendations for President Barack Obama on how to improve the policy and regulatory framework for public and private investment in collaborative science between the European Union and the United States.

For more information on the Transatlantic Science Forum, visit