So I came across this tree today on campus:
After digging in some of my forestry books for an identification, I actually ruled out the possibility that it is the common "Hoptree" (I have never seen one of these before).
After a little more digging to procrastinate from actual work, I figured out it is actually in the Birch family. With those leaves I was expecting it to be one of the crazy cultivar varieties of disease resistant Elm. Alas, it is Ostrya arpinifolia
of the Betulaceae family. Googling the botanical name gave me the common name of "Hop Hornbeam".
And yes, I checked...The cones are aroma-free