CCNY’s Akira Kawaguchi is named NYC Tech Innovator

The City College of New York’s Akira Kawaguchi, chair of the Department of Computer Science at The Grove School of Engineering, is named the 2019 NYC Tech Innovator from the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline. Kawaguchi and his team are recognized for their efforts in doubling the number of students graduating annually with tech-related bachelor’s degrees through the CUNY 2X Tech initiative.

Under the initiative, CCNY was awarded $2.3 million, and Kawaguchi implemented the Computer Science Co-op Program, a collaboration with the Career and Professional Development Institute the two-semester-long program is designed to deliver qualified tech talent to local employers and short-term professional opportunities to competitive NYC undergraduates.

He is recognized for offering students new advanced in-demand courses in emerging tech fields, as well as prioritizing the conversion of some of those courses into permanent offerings.  Kawaguchi convened an industry advisory board for the Department of Computer Science in order to have a sustainable feedback loop with the industry.

Prior to his academic career, Kawaguchi worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. as an assistant manager in its Tokyo presidential office. There he was awarded the Mitsubishi's two-year fellowship for his graduate studies at Columbia University. Since 1997, he has been a faculty member at CCNY and The Graduate Center, CUNY.

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