NYU Selects Mitchell Giurgola Architects, LLP to Design the New Headquarters for CUSP, NYU’s New Applied Science Center

New York University announced today that the firm of Mitchell|Giurgola Architects, LLP (M|G) has been selected to design the renovation of 370 Jay Street, the future headquarters for the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), NYU’s new applied science research center.

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Executive Perspective: Steven Koonin at NYU finds pathway from energy innovation to energy transformation

There are compelling reasons to improve our energy system – to increase accessibility, affordability and reliability and to reduce environmental impacts. Yet the energy system has historically evolved much more slowly than other technology-dependent sectors. It took eight decades for oil to overtake coal as the US primary energy source, while mp3s replaced CDs and tapes in only three years. If we aspire to improve the energy system, it is important understand both the reasons why our energy system changes so slowly and the motivations of those with the resources to affect true transformation.

Big data can turn real estate industry on its head: A dispatch from NYU’s Schack Institute conference

Big data — the collection of large and complex data sets — can transform building construction and management, investment, leasing and even government policy, according to scholars and experts on sustainable real estate. Read the full story on the Real Deal New York Real Estate News website.

A First Look At NYU’s Big Data Campus

Noise, pollution, parking: A high profile physicist takes on the quest to solve the daily miseries of city living. Learn how NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress aims to use big data to help mitigate urban issues. Read the full story in Crain’s New York Business’s profile of the New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress with thoughts from CUSP Director Steve Koonin.

SimCity, for Real: Measuring an Untidy Metropolis

NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (NYU-CUSP) develops a “science of cities.” A public-private partnership between the city of New York and NYU-CUSP will use big data to tackle urban issues and help build better “SimCities.”

Join CUSP for Science and the City Hackfest

New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress is proud to sponsor the “Science and the City,” a hackfest dedicated to science for cities, in collaboration with the Citizen Cyberscience Centre.

Topics range from tracking your trash, measuring the carbs in a restaurant meal, preparing for the next hurricane and even putting New York in space. Pitch your own project*, or join a team. Come for a few hours, a whole day or the entire weekend. Doors open from 9am to 11pm each day. Project pitches at 10am each day.

When: Saturday, February 9th at 9:00 AM thru Sunday, February 10th at 6:00 PM
Where: NYU ITP
721 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY

NYU’s CUSP Assembles Leadership Team with Appointment of Deputy Director & Chief of Staff & Welcomes Associate Director For External Affairs

NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) has added new members to its leadership team with the appointment of Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE, as Deputy Director, Dr. Michael Holland as Chief of Staff, and Kimonia Alfred as Associate Director for External Affairs.

Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE has been selected as CUSP’s Deputy Director. As a member of the Center’s senior leadership team, Dr. Kontokosta works with CUSP Director Steven Koonin to define and implement the strategic priorities of CUSP and leads the creation of its educational program and research projects in the area of building efficiency. He is also the Founding Director of the NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, a research center focused on data-driven finance and policy innovations for sustainable property markets, located at NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. Dr. Kontokosta holds a faculty appointment as an adjunct associate professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Dr. Kontokosta has been a leader in the area of urban sustainability in the academic, public, and private sectors. He serves on the Americas Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), is a founding member of the Urban Systems Collaborative, and is an Academic Partner and recent Board Member of the UNEP Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. Dr. Kontokosta’s research – on topics ranging from the diffusion of green building policies to the economic impact of the Olympics to the behavioral effects of building energy data – has been published in leading academic journals. He has worked on research projects with numerous NYC agencies, most recently providing the analysis for the Local Law 84 Building Energy Benchmarking Report. In addition, he is an accomplished entrepreneur in the real estate sector and recently served as Vice Chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission.

Dr. Kontokosta holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University; an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from NYU; and a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering Systems from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a USGBC LEED AP, and has been elected a Fellow of RICS. He has been named a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the field of Urban Planning and has received Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Service awards at NYU.

Dr. Michael Holland has joined the team as CUSP’s Chief of Staff. Dr. Holland is coordinating all of the functions and activities of the Director’s Offices, as well as advising senior CUSP leadership to ensure the effectiveness of day-to-day operations and the optimal use of available resources. He also provides direction for budget and financial planning, and manages special projects and strategic planning.

Dr. Holland comes to CUSP with a strong background in research policy and the oversight of Federal research programs. He previously worked with Director Koonin, as Senior Advisor and Staff Director in the Office of the Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Dr. Holland also oversaw the DOE’s Office of Science for a decade as a program examiner in the White House Office of Management and Budget, as a policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and as a Chairman’s Designee for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science. He earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Chemistry from North Carolina State University.

CUSP has also appointed Kimonia Alfred as Associate Director for External Affairs. Ms. Alfred is responsible for creating and maintaining CUSP’s relationships with its academic, corporate and municipal partners, its advisory boards, other stakeholders, the community and the media. Before coming to CUSP, she served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security. She previously worked as Special Assistant to then-Under Secretary Steven Koonin at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Previously, Ms. Alfred served as a legislative aide to Representative Henry Waxman, a financial compliance officer for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, and a grassroots finance director for President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. She served a similar role on the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2008 and 2009. Ms. Alfred earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

About CUSP

CUSP is an applied science research institute created by New York University and NYU-Poly with a consortium of world-class universities and leading international tech companies. At the heart of its academic program, CUSP will investigate and develop solutions to the challenges that face cities around the world. The Center will be the first program to assemble a global consortium to focus on this area of research and development at this scale, making it the world’s leading authority in the emerging field of “urban informatics.” For more news and information on CUSP, click here.

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Data Scientists Will Unlock Big Data’s Promise

CUSP executive-in-residence, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, talks big data on the CIO Journal blog from the Wall Street Journal and articulates the important distinction between big data and data science.

From the PhD to Research Policy

Michael Holland, Chief of Staff at NYU’s Center for Urban Science & Progress discusses how he went from imaging aluminum uptake in soybean roots to overseeing multi-billion dollar federal research programs in a talk at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).

> Watch Michael Holland’s talk at the NYAS

Physics: A Different Kind of Impact Factor

“Physicists are good at finding [the data] and ferreting out new phenomena,” said Koonin [CUSP Director], who likes to joke that his ideal candidate is a graduate student that helped discover the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider, but now wants to do something with more immediate social impact

The American Physical Society discusses how applied science is taking off in New York with initiatives like CUSP, and how physics skills are in demand in these new programs.