Mark W. Zemansky Lecture
Wed, Apr 09
4:00 PM — 5:00 PM
Shepard HallCCNY 160 Convent AvenueNew York, NY 10031
Shepard Hall, 95 (Recital Hall)
"The Promise of Urban Science":"The Promise of Urban Science"
Steven E. Koonin, Center for Urban Science and Progress, NYU
For the first time in history, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas; in just a few more decades, the world's population will exceed 9 billion, 70 percent of whom will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effect ively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping their citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed will be among the most important undertakings in this century. I will review how we are establishing a center for urban science and focus on bringing informatics to the study and operation of big systems. I will touch on the rational, the structural, and the substance of the centers work and the ways in which it will enrich New York City and contribute to global issues.
Steven E. Koonin was appointed as the founding Director of NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress in April 2012. That consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners will pursue research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems in the "living laboratory" of New York City.
He previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy's second Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Science from May 19, 2009 through November 18, 2011. As Under Secretary for Science, Dr. Koonin functioned as the Department's chief scientific officer, coordinating and overseeing research across the DOE.