American Innovation and the Bell Labs model in the 21st Century

For NYU Community

Bell Labs Event


Much of the technology with which we interact every day can be traced back to the pioneering work done at Bell Labs. Their long-renowned model for innovation made its way from the Bell research and development campuses in New Jersey across the country to California, where it inspired the early founders of Silicon Valley. The Bell Labs ethos can still be seen at companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, and within many of today's fast-growing startup communities.

MIT Enterprise Forum members and NYU alumni attendees are invited to join NYU Tandon Dean Jelena Kovačević for a fireside chat entitled "American Innovation and the Bell Labs Model," led by PAA board member Daniel O' Sullivan (Tandon ’78) of the MIT Enterprise Forum. The event is an opportunity for us to showcase Jelena's own journey from her early days at Bell Labs, where she spent 12 years to her appointment as the first female dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and to hear her insights on innovation and technological advancement.

Our topics for the evening will include:

  • Where does big science and fundamental research fit in today’s shareholder value driven technology world?

  • What aspects of the Bell Labs innovation model should 21st century companies adopt?

  • What can universities do to further align with the technology community?

  • Where do you think the NYC area will be as a technology hub in 10 or 20 years?

  • What specific STEM disciplines do you think would be good choices for young people entering college today?