New York’s mayor Michael R Bloomberg and New York University’s president John Sexton announced in April an historic agreement between New York City, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a consortium of world-class academic institutions (including Warwick – the only European university in the agreement) and technology companies which will lead to the creation of a Center for Urban Science and Progress in New York.
The consortium of world-class universities includes: Warwick, Carnegie Mellon University, The City University of New York, The Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, and The University of Toronto. The industry partners include: IBM, Cisco, Siemens, Con Edison, National Grid, Xerox, Arup, IDEO, and AECOM. Steven E. Koonin, former US Under Secretary of Energy for Science was named director of CUSP in April. This collaboration further enhances Warwick’s position as a globally connected university.