Press Release: CUNY and NY Software Companies Team Up on New Technologies

The CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development (CISDD), housed at The Graduate Center, has been awarded a $600,000 “Partnerships for Innovation” grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Awarded in partnership with the New York Software Industry Association (NYSIA), the two-year grant will pair CUNY faculty with professionals from NYSIA affiliated companies to identify and develop advanced software technologies and software engineering methods in the NYC economic region. The project will be headed by Ted Brown, Executive Director of CISDD and Executive Officer of The Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in Computer Science.

CISDD is a university-wide consortium and thus can reach out to all of CUNY’s colleges and the 200 faculty members specializing in computer science. The companies will convey to the university their commercial software needs while the university will convey the expertise available and innovative approaches to design through appropriate pairing of participants. The project will help provide industry with access to software expertise at CUNY campuses, give students an opportunity to learn how to work with software companies, and will enable important development work with smaller software companies. Additionally, New York will benefit from research and development for small software companies that cannot afford to fund research at the universities.

“Professor Brown and his team of researchers at CUNY will most certainly be able to spur the development and commercialization of advanced software technologies and software engineering methods in the New York City region,” said Russell W. Bessette, M.D., Executive Director of the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR). “This project is a stellar example of a collaborative effort between university researchers and industry experts that will help foster the creation of new high-paying technology related jobs and companies in New York City. NYSTAR is also pleased to see that the project seeks to increase the participation of underserved populations in the development of new technologies.”

CISDD was established to foster just such partnerships and NYSTAR has provided significant funding in the past towards similar successful collaborations between CISDD and the software industry.

The focus will be on three aspects of the software industry: 1) security, 2) imaging and visualization and 3) software development and system design. To accomplish this, CUNY faculty will be paired with software industry professionals from companies that are members of NYSIA to develop and promote the research and development of new technologies, provide specialized development courses, create job opportunities and build upon CUNY's reputation. The expected outcome is to work with at least 50 companies, to get to know 30 well, and to work intensively with 15 of them.

The National Science Foundation also noted that: “This proposal is excellent in terms of broader impacts. This project is expected to have significant impact on expanding participation to underserved populations and among campuses that could then develop stronger industry relations. There was a good balance between broad involvement and focused implementation on selected high- success probability participants. The City University of New York has a long history of providing educational opportunities to minorities….”

The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York. The only consortium of its kind in the nation, The Graduate Center draws its faculty of more than 1,600 members mainly from the CUNY senior colleges and cultural and scientific institutions throughout New York City.

Established in 1961, The Graduate Center has grown to an enrollment of about 3,900 students in 30 doctoral programs and six master's degree programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The Graduate Center also houses 28 research centers and institutes, administers the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, and offers a wide range of continuing education and cultural programs of interest to the general public.

According to the most recent National Research Council report, more than a third of The Graduate Center's rated Ph.D. programs rank among the nation's top 20 at public and private institutions, nearly a quarter are among the top ten when compared to publicly supported institutions alone, and more than half are among the top five programs at publicly supported institutions in the northeast.

Submitted on: JUN 1, 2004

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