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Jan 02 2013

NYIT Experts Offer 2013 Predictions

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (January 2, 2013) ─ Experts from New York Institute of Technology predict 2013 will bring us innovations ranging from discoveries involving new enzymes and synthetic organisms to books on anatomy that take readers on a virtual voyage through the body, much like the Hollywood movie once depicted as fantasy.

The fields of education, engineering, medicine, and architecture are poised to greet new discoveries – including some with a futuristic bent alongside others with roots in simpler times.

 This is not your grandmother’s pop-up book

“Microsoft is already advertising 3-D virtual pop-up books based on their Kinect system for the PC and Xbox; electronic book creators are being developed that will allow authors to add video, interactives, social network, and even live synchronous communications to their ‘books,’” says Stan Silverman, director of NYIT’s Technology-Based Learning Systems at the School of Education and a nationally recognized expert in instructional technology.  “One can easily imagine a book on anatomy in which the reader takes a ‘Fantastic Voyage’ through the human body.  This voyage will take the reader through 3-D visualizations, allow them to take virtual measurements, interact with peers who are taking the voyage with them, and jump into a synchronous discussion with a faculty member or mentor.” 

 The doctor is in…and online

“Things are getting miniaturized and digitized,” says Lawrence Herman, an associate professor the department of physician assistant studies at NYIT’s School of Health Professions, referring to medical records and patient care. “In 2013 don’t be surprised if your health care provider takes out an iPad during your visit.”

The provider may go beyond a simple documentation of your visit and perusal of your electronic health records and prescriptions.

“They may take a look at x-rays and CT scans you had performed elsewhere,” Herman says. “They will be able to do things like download glucose results from finger sticks or even adjust your insulin pump (if you are diabetic).  They may use these devices to take photos of that mole that you just discovered and then send the photo to a consultant.  Or perhaps slap a tiny patch on your chest to monitor your EKG for the next two weeks, looking at the results downloaded via Bluetooth to a medical app and sent to that same iPad.”

Herman adds that patients will be online, too, perhaps increasing their email communication with health care providers or giving them ratings – “not on Facebook but on any one of many health care rating rubrics that are going to be incorporated into provider salaries and/or reimbursements.” 

 Biology break-outs

The powerful combination of molecular biology, engineering, nanotechnology, and computing has resulted in a form of “extreme genetic engineering” known as synthetic biology,  says Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D., professor and chair of life sciences at NYIT’s College of Arts & Sciences.  “Clearly, in the coming years we will witness the emergence of new redesigned molecules (i.e., new enzymes), genetic circuits (i.e., similar to electrical circuit but control activation/inactivation of genes), and even cells (i.e., redesigned with new metabolic pathways). The public should pay close attention to these advancements because they have the potential to alter life as we know it.”

Don’t fight the water – embrace it

In a post-Hurricane Sandy United States, architects, landscape architects, and urban designers alike will be pressed to confront the challenges of changing weather patterns and resulting storm surges with an unprecedented sense of urgency, says Farzana Gandhi, associate professor at NYIT’s School of Architecture & Design. “Innovative design solutions will emerge for the built environment that demonstrate resiliency through an adaptive approach, embracing water as a living protagonist in our buildings and infrastructure,” she says.  “While large-scale, technologically advanced methodologies may be proposed, it will become important that inexpensive and resourceful strategies not be discounted.  As my own research on India reveals, low-tech methods of water collection, drainage, and distribution have held a long history in the design of public spaces.” 

Gandhi continues: “These storm water control strategies often embrace the water, let it in, and control its flow rather than build against it.  Some natural solutions include the use of wetlands, artificial reefs, and grassland buffers.  Architecturally scaled systems of reservoirs, canals, and drainage channels have offered local resilience for years in the monsoon climates of India and Southeast Asia.”

Help Wanted – and keep your cell phone charged

 On the job front, NYIT’s Dean of Career Services John Hyde predicts growth in the retail, information/media, leisure/hospitality, and state government arenas.

“Recruiters have consistently ranked the health care industry as the greatest growth sector where the need for executive leadership will continue to expand,” says Hyde.  “Technology and engineering graduates as well as professional services staff are also showing major gains.”

Hyde says the trend of finding jobs and internships through connections and social media will continue.

“Those candidates that are engaged in and can leverage social media through a targeted outreach strategy for their search will be able to find jobs far quicker than those that don’t in the New Year,” says Hyde.

Around the world…and back to the United States

“There are questions about the old-fashioned study abroad programs….they’re being rethought towards something much more grounded in academia, with intentional and measurable learning outcomes, aligned with a goal to make students more globally competent, rather than just globally aware,” says Patricia Burlaud, Ph.D., dean of operations, assessments, and accreditation in the NYIT Office of Global Academic Programs.

Burlaud added that 2013 will continue to see less emphasis on brick-and-mortar campuses and more on program partnerships and international collaborations for dual degrees and other alliances.

The student population is also changing.

“There’s the potential for some major shifts in the international student population,” says Jonathan Hoggard, Ph.D., assistant provost for Global Academic Programs. “Brazil should go from 15th in the world to one of the top three exporters of students,” as India and China hope to keep more of their native students at their own university campuses and programs, he added.

Hoggard said Brazil recently provided scholarships for 100,000 students to study abroad, and Mexico and South Korea are also expected to send more students to the United States.

Water, Water Everywhere…

Climate change, flood defense, and water resources science and engineering will receive renewed attention in 2013, according to Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and amid the study and pursuit of significant rebuilding efforts, knowledge and expertise in coastal zone protection and geographic information, monitoring, and warning systems will be in high demand.”

Anid also noted that energy generation will remain in the spotlight for 2013, underscored by energy and water infrastructure overhaul priorities in both developed and developing nations. 

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