Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Cornell University is both a private endowed university and the federal land-grant institution of New York State. Each of the fourteen colleges and schools listed below defines its own academic programs; admits its own students; provides a faculty, and advising and support for its students; and confers degrees on its own students, although all degrees are attributed to Cornell University.

Martha Pollack, President, Cornell University
Office of the President

At Cornell, Pollack will have tenured appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science. She currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, the academic partnership between Cornell and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology at Cornell Tech.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), Pollack’s research has been in the area of artificial intelligence, where she has published widely on topics including automated planning, natural-language processing, temporal reasoning and constraint satisfaction.

In addition to receiving a number of awards for her research, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, as president of AAAI, as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Division, and as a member of the board of directors of the Computing Research Association.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second-largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third-largest college of its kind in the United States. It has been ranked in national surveys as the best college of agriculture and related sciences in the country.

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Kathryn J. Boor, Dean, CALS
Office of the Dean

Kathryn J. Boor, professor and chair of the Department of Food Science at Cornell, is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences. As the chief academic and administrative officer for CALS, Boor has the primary responsibility for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the college. In addition, she shares responsibility for leadership and advancement of Cornell Cooperative Extension throughout New York state with the dean of Cornell’s College of Human Ecology.


New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES)

Cornell University
Geneva, New York

The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station is one of the premier horticulture research and extension institutes in the world. The outstanding faculty, high quality laboratory, greenhouse, and field facilities; state-of-the-art electronic and information resources; and friendly and dedicated employees make the Station an exciting and pleasant place to study and conduct research. The focus of both research and extension programs at Geneva is on the production, protection, and processing of horticulture food crops.

Jan Nyrop, Director, NYSAES

Jan Nyrop has served as a Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences senior associate dean since January 2007. In that role, his responsibilities have included faculty affairs, department and program reviews, sponsored research oversight, management of core research funds, and academic aspects of facilities and human resources. His academic appointment is in the Department of Entomology with responsibilities for research, teaching and extension. The goal of his research is to develop concepts and tools that support biologically based management of arthropod pests.

“The Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station plays a crucial role in providing facilities and resources that enable faculty and staff to contribute towards nutritional security, food safety and sustainable development of communities in New York, the region and the world,” Nyrop says. “I look forward to working with faculty and staff to identify how this important mission should continue to evolve in response to a rapidly changing world.”


North East Center for Food Entreprenuership (NYSAES)

Geneva, New York

NECFE provides comprehensive assistance to beginning and established food entrepreneurs promoting sustainable economic development of rural communities. The Center offers services, outreach and research development opportunities in four critical areas: business and product process development, product safety, process/product technology transfer and product commercialization.

Olga Padilla Zakour

Olga I. Padilla-Zakour, Associate Professor of Food Processing, Director of the New York State Food Venture Center, Associate Chair Food Science & Technology
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