Faculty Biographies

Dr. Michael Colef

Dr. Colef joined NYIT in 1989 as a faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of computer, information and network security. In 2003 he received the IBM Faculty Award and conducted research in conjunction with IBM and InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) in InfiniBand fabric networks modeling. Dr. Colef was instrumental in the design and development of the Computer, Network and Information Security (CNIS) lab at NYIT. Dr. Colef is currently the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at NYIT - Old Westbury Campus.  Dr. Colef  is a member of IEEE and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York.

Dr. Tao Zhang

Dr. Tao Zhang  joined the faculty at New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury in 2005 where she is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science. Dr. Zhang is conducting research in the areas of wireless communication networks and WDM optical networks focusing on the design and analysis of network architectures and protocols. She is aSenior Member of the IEEE since 2007.  Dr. Zhang received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong

Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She is the recipient of the 2006 and 2007 Hashimoto Fellowship for outstanding scholarship and recipient of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Graduate Student Award for her inventions in network switches.

She has four patent applications in network switch architecture filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Her research interests include architecture design and analysis of practical buffered crossbar packet switches, network security and forensics and wireless sensor networks. She has worked at the Networking Research Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology and the MySYNC Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology for her postdoctoral research. She has served as a technical committee member in IEEE HPSR, IEEE Sarnoff, IEEE Greencom and ChinaCom. She is a member of the IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Women in Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education.  Dr. Dong has received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China in 1999, her M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2002, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2008, both from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Dong was awarded the Hashimoto Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Xiaohui Cui

Dr. Xiaohui Cui is on the faculty of NYIT’s computer science department. Before joining NYIT, he served as a staff scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and as adjunct associate professor at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. His research interests include swarm intelligence, agent based modeling and simulation, cyber security, GIS and transportation, emergent behavior, complex systems, high performance computing, social computing, and information retrieval. His research programs have been supported by the Office of Navy Research, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Company. His research has been covered by MSNBC, New Scientist magazine and others. In 2008 and 2009, he received the Department of Energy Outstanding Mentor Award and the Significant Event Award.

Dr. Farshid Delgosha

Dr. Farshid Delgosha is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT since 2007. His current research interests are in the areas of cryptography and signal processing, in particular algebraic cryptography, security aspects of ad hoc networks, and finite-field wavelets. He has also conducted research on telecommunications, modulation techniques, and DSL systems. Dr. Delgosha received the Outstanding Research Award from the Center of Signal and Image Processing (CSIP) in 2006. He holds a patent entitled "Asymmetric Cryptography Employing Paraunitary Matrices,” and has been awarded a grant from CISCO to study alternate public-key cryptosystems. He is a Member of EEE. Dr. Delgosha received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007.

Dr. Huanying (Helen) Gu

Dr. Huanying (Helen) Gu is an associate professor of computer science at New York Institute of Technology. Her research interests include controlled terminologies, ontologies, object-oriented modeling, conceptual modeling, knowledge representation, and medical informatics with an emphasis on controlled medical terminologies.  Dr. Gu’s research has been supported by a National Library of Medicine (NLM) grant that focuses on partitioning and abstraction techniques for auditing and extending the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) and by the UMDNJ foundation.  Dr. Gu  has published numerous papers in international journals and conferences.  Before joining NYIT, Dr. Gu was an associate professor in University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ.   She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Wei Ding

Dr. Wei Ding is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at NYIT. Prior to joining NYIT, he was a faculty member at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2006, and his M. S. in Computer Science and Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and IEEE Communication Society. He is a registered engineer in China and has worked as a software engineer at Anhui Electric Power Design Institute in China. Dr. Ding’s research is in the area of sensor networks, mobile ad-hoc networks, network security, synergy of peer-to-peer systems with other distributed and decentralized computing technologies, and cyber-physical systems. He has published two books, five book chapters, and more than a dozen peer reviewed journal and conference papers. His design of an electronic ear received Chinese patent (Number 932229362). Dr. Ding has served as TPC (Technical Program Committee) member for IEEE ICC (2011, 2012), ICNC, IEEE GLOBECOM (2009, 1010, 2011), IEEE WiMob, iCOST, and as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Communication Letters, and the Journal of Supercomputing.

Dr. Kiran Balagani

Dr. Kiran Balagani is an assistant professor of computer science at NYIT’s Old Westbury campus. Previously, he was a research assistant professor at the Center for Secure Cyberspace, Louisiana Tech University. His research interests are in developing algorithms for detecting and mitigating cyber-behavioral anomalies (e.g., unauthorized user-access behaviors) and network-centric anomalies (e.g., network attacks). Dr. Balagani’s work has appeared in prestigious journals including the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, IEEE Computer, and Pattern Recognition Letters.  Additionally, Dr. Balagani holds two U.S. patents in network-centric attack detection. He received his Ph.D. in computer science, his M.S. in mathematics and computer science from Louisiana Tech University, and his B.S. in computer science and engineering from Bangalore University.

Dr. Ayat Jafari

Dr. Ayat Jafari is a Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYIT.  Prior to joining NYIT in 1986, he worked at Philips Laboratories, Briarcliff Manor, New York. At NYIT, he has chaired the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department. He is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Global, and Special Initiatives in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT. Dr. Jafari’s research interests span the areas of computer networks, cyber security, fuzzy logic and neural networks. He is a senior member of IEEE and the Director of the Computer, Network and Information Security (CNIS) laboratory at NYIT.  Dr. Jafari received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from City University of New York.

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