Chris Bobko joins CCNY’s Zahn Innovation Center as its director

The Zahn Innovation Center at The City College of New York names Chris Bobko, former chief engineering officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, as its new director.

Bobko is a graduate of Princeton University and has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His background as chief engineering officer at HyperloopTT and associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University brings his academic and startup experience together. 

“I am incredibly excited to join the team at the Zahn Innovation Center and return to work with students,” said Bobko. “I look forward to providing opportunities for all CCNY students to develop great ideas, bring them into practice, and serve the local and global community.”

In his previous position, Bobko was responsible for developing technological plans, managing engineering projects, and leading collaborations and partnerships with other engineering companies. He also grew his engineering team from two contractors to twelve full-time employees and recruited more than 100 engineering contractors internationally. 

As a professor, he established an externally-funded research program focused on implementing more sustainable civil engineering materials and believes in challenging students at all levels to help them grow into more talented and motivated leaders. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to CCNY and the Zahn Center. Chris has a found success in both academic and entrepreneurial fields. A tenured professor of engineering at North Carolina State University, he left that position to assume the role of senior engineering specialist & manager at the start-up company, HyperloopTT,” said Dee Dee Mozeleski, vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement and Communications, executive director of the Foundation for City College and senior advisor to the president. “As such, Chris embodies both strands of the Zahn Center's programmatic footprint, and we are thrilled to be able to anticipate his leadership at the center. “

At CCNY, the Zahn Innovation Center serves to teach students about entrepreneurship and expand their knowledge about business, technology, and engineering. The center supports students through funding, mentorships, legal services, and provides access to prototyping facilities, such as 3D printing and laser cutting. 

Bringing his engineering, education and industry skills to the Zahn Center, Bobko will be responsible for developing and managing collaborative relationships between stakeholders, and creating programs to provide students with the best opportunities for launching innovative entrepreneurial activities and ventures. 

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