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Planning Veteran Samuelian to Lead New Cornell Tech Hub

Urban planner Michael Samuelian will be the founding director of Cornell Tech’s Urban Tech, a new hub that combines applied research, startups, and a first-of-its-kind dual master’s degree. Samuelian brings private- and public-sector leadership roles on projects throughout New York such as Governors Island, rebuilding Lower Manhattan, and the development of Hudson Yards to his new role.

“Throughout his career, Michael has transformed grand visions into real-world solutions, which is what we challenge our students to do every day at Cornell Tech,” said Greg Morrisett, vice provost of Cornell Tech, located on Roosevelt Island.

Samuelian most recently served as the President and CEO of The Trust for Governors Island, and before that was a VP at Related Companies, responsible for planning and design of Hudson Yards. After 9/11, he oversaw the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan as the director of Lower Manhattan special projects at the NYC Department of City Planning.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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