Innovation Community: Linking LIC through Tech

12:00Pm | bartos screening room

Smart technology can play a role in solving some of LIC’s greatest challenges, particularly those working to connect our diverse community across its large and complicated geography and multiple sectors.  Our current LIC Compass Smart Wayfinding project is at the forefront of re-thinking how we use technology in the public realm, and sparking an exciting conversation about inherent possibilities.  What other technology innovations can assist LIC grow in a smart, efficient and equitable manner?


SeeMa Shah (Moderator)

Director of Technology and Innovation Initiatives,
LaGuardia Community College

Seema B. Shah is the Director of Technology and Innovation Initiatives at LaGuardia Community College, working to increase educational and professional opportunities for students and faculty looking to enter New York City’s thriving technology sector. In her role, Seema works closely with key government, non-profit and private partners to help elevate the dialogue of LaGuardia’s tech education beyond its classroom.  Under President Mellow’s leadership, LaGuardia is seeking to develop programs that are highly connected to industry needs, continuously informed by industry professionals, led by LaGuardia faculty and instructors, and focused on building an upward-bound career pathway for students from their first jobs, and beyond. 

Prior to this role, she founded Urban Strategies & Solutions LLC, a strategic advisory firm that consulted with a range of nonprofit, government, academic and public entities around urban technology projects. Seema is passionate about fostering sound economic development strategies that engage diverse populations and stakeholders to help co-design and implement innovative solutions in public space. 

Seema earned her Master’s in Urban Policy from Milano, The New School University and her Bachelor's from Barnard College, Columbia University.  She is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.  


carl cornilsen

COO and Co-founder, Citiesense

Carl Cornilsen is the COO and a co-founder of Citiesense, a technology company creating a map-based Neighborhood Knowledge Platform™. The platform enables local community organizations and their members to create a valuable knowledge-base for data about their neighborhood by centralizing the tools used to manage community assets, such as local businesses, real estate, streets, and parks.
With 10+ years experience spanning real estate development, investment, and project design, Carl is focused on place-making and urban growth strategies. Carl received his MBA from Yale University’s School of Management, and his Master of Architecture from Yale School of Architecture, where he was Teaching Fellow for Planning & Development.

Christian Egeler

COO and Director of Product Development, Envrmnt by Verizon |5G|Render|AI|

Christian Egeler is Head of AR, VR, and 360 Product Development and Research for Envrmnt, a large creative and cross-disciplinary engineering organization that is centered around innovation and excellence in the XR space. As a Product Strategist, he explores new strategic and emerging mobile product areas for Verizon and is also a key contributor to the development of product road maps, business cases, proofs of concept, and commercial products around the integration of 5G, Mobile Edge Compute, Extended Reality (XR), AI, and Computer Vision technologies.
Before Envrmnt, Christian was the Advanced Concepts Development Manager for Verizon. While there, he led the Advanced Concepts team in the development of new intellectual property and concepts for innovative product introductions, including extending a web-based OS platform for low-cost, smart-feature phones, smartwatches and other types of wearable devices, low-power display accessories, and more.
 Before joining Verizon, Christian served as Senior Software Engineer for Motorola Solutions, where his work on wireless broadband applications enabled over $5 million in sales in his first. He also worked closely with leading vendors of License Plate Recognition and Mobile Video Recording technologies.
 Christian received his Executive MBA, Business Administration and Management, from the Jack Welch Management Institute and his BS, Computer Science, from Purdue University.
 Christian enjoys running for competitions and charity along with spending time with his family.


Ruth Fasdolt 


Ruth Fasoldt serves as the Director of External Affairs for Link, the most comprehensive, free public Wi-Fi network in the world. Ruth manages Intersection’s public-private partnership with the City of New York for LinkNYC, City of Philadelphia for LinkPHL and City of Newark for LinkNWK in addition to overseeing all community outreach and timely local partnerships to help make Link a welcome part of the community.
Prior to joining Intersection, Ruth was the Business Development Manager for ACCA USA. Previous to ACCA served as the Director of Membership and Special Events for the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). 


Melva Miller 

Queens Deputy Borough President,
Director, Economic Development at Queens Borough President's Office

Melva Miller was appointed Deputy Borough President in 2015 after serving as Director of Economic Development since 2007 for the Queens Borough President’s Office. Miller leads and supports the economic development agenda for the Borough President’s Office, from business and job development, to housing to quality-of-life to tourism and culture.


Tapan Parikh 

Associate Professor of Information Science,
Cornell Tech

Tapan Parikh is an Associate Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City. His research interests include human-computer interaction and the design and use of information technologies for supporting youth and community development. He currently teaches the Remaking the City course at Cornell Tech, which connects graduate students with civic organizations to work on service learning and design projects for local impact. Previously, he was a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information, where he was one of the founders of the field of Information and Communications Technologies and Development (ICTD), and helped start several international social enterprises working in this area. He has received the NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Fellowship, a UW Diamond Early Career Award and was named Technology Review magazine's Humanitarian of the Year in 2007.