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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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From research to published articles to key presentations, read this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements or review NYIT's archive of faculty and staff accomplishments.

NYIT Celebrates Convocation

NYIT Convocation

President Guiliano shared his vision for "a 21st-century connected and networked higher education community," among other goals for the upcoming academic year at the 2011-12 Convocation on Sept. 1. He praised the efforts of faculty and staff members in making "NYIT stronger than it has ever been" and challenged them to "create a level of interactivity and involvement that we as educators can, and must, learn from." Read his full speech, including why video game Angry Birds is integral to his vision.

View the Convocation photo gallery.

Meet the Presidential Technology Award Winners


All five of this year's Presidential Technology Award Winners echoed President Guiliano's call to "use technology to refine and improve our communications and to improve our presentation of material." Pictured with President Guiliano and NYIT's new Provost Rahmat Shoureshi (far right) are (from left): Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture, Monika Schueren, director of the advising and enrichment program, David Hogsette, associate professor of English, Dave Voci, adjunct instructor of fine arts, and Ranja Roy, associate professor of mathematics. Read more about this year's awardees:

  • David Hogsette, winner for technology in the teaching and learning process for full-time faculty
  • Tobias Holler, winner for using technology in research and/or creative expression
  • Ranja Roy, winner for first-time use of online or other technological resources in the teaching and learning process
  • Monika Schueren, winner for using technology in the service of students
  • Dave Voci, winner for using technology in the teaching and learning process for part-time faculty

NYIT Hosts Second Annual Cyber Security Conference

Cyber Security

Don't miss NYIT's Cyber Security Conference on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Manhattan campus. The daylong event will convene information technology experts and government officials to discuss vulnerabilities, privacy issues, and widespread security breaches. Register today for your spot at the conference.



Architecture and Engineering Programs Earn Reaccreditation

Architecture and Engineering

NYIT's architecture and engineering programs received high points for innovation by earning reaccreditation through 2017 from their industry accrediting bodies this past August. Read more.

NYIT Welcomes New Faculty

New Faculty

New professors received a warm welcome and quick tips for success in the classroom at this year's faculty orientation on Sept. 6. The professors will teach subjects ranging from criminal justice to computer science to instructional technology. At the new faculty reception, President Guiliano expressed how pleased he was with the quality of faculty applicants this year and noted that NYIT is in a unique situation among many U.S. universities because it is still recruiting and hiring new faculty.

The new faculty members include:

  • Mohammad Ali, assistant professor of human resource management
  • Melanie Austin-McCain, assistant professor of occupational therapy
  • Kiran Balagani, assistant professor of computer science
  • Sean Cui, assistant professor of computer science
  • Brigitte C. Desport, assistant professor of occupational therapy
  • Wei Ding, assistant professor of computer science
  • Blair Hoplight, assistant professor of pyschology
  • Jaime Martinez, assistant professor of instructional technology
  • Eleni Nikitopoulos, assistant professor of life sciences
  • Emily (Ciaravolo) Restivo, assistant professor of criminal justice
  • Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture

President Guiliano Makes Air Waves in China

President Guiliano

President Guiliano is making news in Asia. Building on his recent address at the World University Presidents Forum in Shenzhen, China, he gave a radio interview about globalism and higher education on China Radio International at the end of August. The interview aired in a dozen major Chinese cities and also was heard in North America, Europe, and Africa.

To listen to the interview, download the MP3 file.

Calling All Cast Iron Chefs

Cast Iron Chef

NYIT Dining Services presents the first staff and faculty culinary cook-off judged by celebrity chef George Hirsch on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the NYIT de Seversky Mansion Patio. To compete, submit your application by Sept. 15.

NYIT Explores Cooperative Education with Chinese Partner Institution

Project 211

Delegates from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China toured NYIT's New York campuses on Aug. 23 and discussed cooperative efforts in international education. The day's program presented an opportunity for the university to strengthen its relationship with NYIT and better prepare its students for graduate study in business administration. Read more.

New OneCard Rules for Faculty, Staff, and Commuter Students

For a limited time only, dining dollars can only be put on cards during the first two weeks of a semester, Sept. 6-16 and Jan. 2-Feb. 3. Learn more at

Need a Student Worker?

Are you looking to hire a federal work-study student? If so, contact Caren Sobier, assistant director of student employment, at or call 516.686.7606.

Upcoming Events

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Need Certification in Blackboard?
Blackboard certification workshops are running throughout the summer. Register online or call TBLS at 631.348.3317.

Free Flick On Wednesday, Sept. 21, watch the German science-fiction film, Metropolis, at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

Architecture and Design Lecture Jason Van Nest, associate professor of architectural building technology, and Farzana Gandhi, visiting assistant professor of architecture, present their lecture, "Thatch for a New Century: Bottle Roofing," on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. Read more.

Propagation Seems Good Here Tonight Terry Nauheim, associate professor of fine arts, performs her latest art project on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Lak Amara (, associate professor of electrical engineering technology, submitted the paper, "Design of an FPGA-Based Controller for a Train Station," to the Journal of Engineering Technology and attended the Symposium on Wireless Personal Communications, June 1-3, at Virginia Tech, during which he also participated in tutorials on "Antennas for Wireless Communications," "Model-Based Waveform Design for Heterogeneous SDR Platforms with Simulink," and "Multi-Rate Signal Processing for Communication System Applications."

Brian Beatty, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of anatomy, presented his research on the histology of tooth tissues in the unusual pterygoid teeth of mosasaurs at the First International Symposium on Paleohistology, July 18-20, Barcelona, Spain. He also presented research on the ossification of soft tissues that surround the brains of whales and dolphins at the 6th Triennial Meeting of Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water, June 6-10, San Diego, Calif.

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, conducted the workshop "Section Vitality" at the IEEE Sections Congress 2011, Aug. 18-22, San Francisco. He also served as a member of its organizing committee.

Teresa Coe (, adjunct professor of English, published the poem, "Houston and Sixth," in the Aug. 22 Metropolitan Diary section of the New York Times. Read more.

Jonathan Goldman (, assistant professor of English, published the review, "Tardy Moderns," in Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

Hui-Yin Hsu (, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang (, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, presented "New Literacies and Science Education" on Aug. 16 at National Taichung University in Taiwan. At left, Dr. Hsu is pictured with Yang Szu-Wei, the university's president.

Terry Nauheim (, associate professor of fine arts, has published her artwork "Propagation Seems Good Here Tonight" in the book, Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves. Learn more about her art.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, had his article, "A 'Girlboy's' Own Story: Non-Masculine Narrativity in MA VIE EN ROSE," reprinted in The Gender and Media Reader.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, chairperson of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and director of the mental health counseling program, gave the presentation, "Six-Month Follow-Up on Risk Factors for Suicidal Ideation Among College Students: A Longitudinal Examination" and participated in a discussion panel at the 12th International Mental Health Conference, Aug. 24-26, Gold Coast, Australia.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), was quoted in the article, "The Girl Who Played with an Imaginary Rope," on Aug. 26 in the Huffington Post. Read more.

James Wyckoff (, adjunct assistant professor of communication arts, played in the Supergrandmasters division (ages 52 and older) of the annual Lake Placid, N.Y., lacrosse tournament, Aug. 3-5. This was the fourth year that he played (pictured at left) in the tournament on a team of mostly Huntington (N.Y.) High School graduates. He also played on University of Virginia's 1970 national championship team.

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