The mission of the advisory council for the Milstein Program in Technology & Humanity is to serve as the primary source of external advice and support for the deans of the College of Arts & Sciences and Cornell Tech, as well as the program’s faculty directors at both A&S and Cornell Tech, regarding the development and implementation of the program.
Chair: Michael Milstein (Cornell Class of 2011, A&S), partner at New York Private Bank & Trust and Milstein Properties, CEO of Boylan Bottling Co., and Co-Founder and Chairman of Grand Central Tech
Michael graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and was a College Scholar. He is the CEO of Boylan Bottling Co., an artisanal beverage company, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Grand Central Tech, a unique community of startup businesses and strategic partners in New York City. He is also a partner at New York Private Bank and Trust and a partner at Milstein Properties, and serves on the boards of The Nicklaus Companies and Ostendo Technologies. Michael sits on the board of the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership Foundation.
Chad Dickerson, executive coach, former CEO of Etsy
Chad co-created and co-taught a class for three years at Cornell Tech, BigCo Studio, about building products that matter at big companies. Chad was the CEO of Etsy from July 2011 to May 2017 and led the company from a chaotic startup to a publicly-traded company, growing revenue 14x. Etsy made the Best Places to Work list from 2013 to 2016. Chad was CTO at Etsy from September 2008 until July 2011. Before joining Etsy, Chad held various leadership positions at Yahoo and a number of media companies. Chad holds a BA in English literature from Duke University where he focused on the works of Shakespeare.
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of the Public Theater
Oskar has produced two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals (Fun Home and Hamilton), and back-to-back winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton and Sweat. He came to The Public from Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI where he served as Artistic Director from 1994 to 2005. Eustis served as Associate Artistic Director at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum from 1989 to 1994, and prior to that he was with the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, serving as Resident Director and Dramaturg from 1981 to 1986 and Artistic Director from 1986 to1989. Eustis is currently a Professor of Dramatic Writing and Arts and Public Policy at New York University, and has held professorships at UCLA, Middlebury College, and Brown University, where he founded and chaired the Trinity Rep/Brown University Consortium for professional theater training.
Ulfar Erlingsson (Cornell PhD 2004, CIS), Chief Architect, Lacework
Ulfar is the chief architect of a cloud security company called Lacework and former head of security research at Google Brain and Machine Learning Privacy Technologies at Apple. Since the mid-1990's, his career has centered on research and advanced development of computer security and privacy technologies, most often with a systems-building and programming-language bent. This includes a decade in technical leadership at Google, as well as stints at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, and as an Associate Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland. He has also led the computer security and privacy technology at two startups: GreenBorder Technologies and deCODE Genetics. He holds a PhD in computer science and a PhD minor in English literature from Cornell University.
Peggy Koenig (Class of 1978, CALS), Chair of Abry Partners, Cornell Trustee, and Cornell Tech Overseer
Ms. Koenig is the Chair of Abry Partners, LLC, a top ranked North American private equity investment firm focused solely on investing in the media, communications, information and business services industries and was a 2018 Fellow in Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Program. Prior to ABRY, Ms. Koenig was a vice president, partner and member of the Board of Directors of Sillerman Communications Management Corporation, a merchant bank. She participated in the formation and success of SFX Broadcasting, a publicly traded radio industry consolidator. Earlier in her career, she was involved in motion picture financing (Columbia and TriStar Pictures), investment banking (Thomson McKinnon Securities), and the magazine publishing industry (Savvy and American Photographer magazines). Currently, Ms. Koenig is developing a musical dramatizing stories about coming of age undocumented in the U.S. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and a member of the Board of Overseers of Cornell’s NY Tech Campus.
Josh Wolfe (Class of 1999, CALS/Dyson), Co-Founder of Lux Capital
Josh is a Director at CTRL-Labs (brain machine interface) Shapeways (3D printing), 3Scan (digital pathology), Aira (augmented reality for blind and visually-impaired), Variant (finding genetically rare individuals globally) and Kallyope (gut-brain axis). He helped lead the firm’s investments in Planet, Echodyne, Clarifai and Authorea (sold to Wiley). He is a founding investor and board member with Bill Gates in Kymeta, making cutting-edge antennas for high-speed global satellite and space communications. Josh is a Westinghouse semi-finalist and published scientist. Josh co- founded and funded Kurion, that uses advanced robotics and state-of-the-art engineering and chemistry to clean up nuclear waste. Josh is a Trustee if the Santa Fe Institute—dedicated to the study of complex systems. He has been a columnist with Forbes and invited to The White House and Capitol Hill to advise on nanotechnology and emerging technologies, and as a lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia and NYU. He has been a term member at The Council on Foreign Relations. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance. Josh lives in TriBeCa with his wife and three kids.