The General Counsel and Secretary of the Institute serves as the chief legal officer for the Institute, negotiating, writing, and executing agreements and contracts; providing legal counsel to the President and academic and administrative leaders; explaining legal language; and providing legal guidance on domestic and international joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.
Prior to joining Rensselaer, Cook served as an Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at IBM Corporation, leading a global team of intellectual property attorneys. He has more than 20 years of service with IBM, and has held several global legal leadership roles at IBM. He has worked with IBM's senior leadership, advising on and managing a broad array of significant legal and compliance matters.
Cook holds a Juris Doctorate degree with Highest Distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance with High Distinction from the University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business.