Faculty Mentors

Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong
Principal investigator of the NYIT REU program

She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing, China in 1999. She received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ in 2002 and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in January 2008.

She was awarded the Hashimoto Prize for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering. She is the recipient of 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. Her research interests include architecture design and analysis of practical buffered crossbar packet switches, network security and forensics, wireless sensor networks, social networks and assistive medical devices. She was associated with Networking Research Laboratory at New Jersey Institute of Technology and MySYNC Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology for her postdoctoral research. Her research has been funded by the NSF, DoD, Motorola and NYIT. She has served as a technical committee member in IEEE HPSR 2011, IEEE Sarnoff 2010 and 2011, IEEE Greencom 2011 and ChinaCom 2008. She is a member of IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Women in Engineering and American Society for Engineering Education.

Dr. Kiran Balagani
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NYIT-Old Westbury

Before joining NYIT, he served as a research assistant professor at the Center for Secure Cyberspace, Louisiana Tech University.

Dr. Balagani’s current research focuses on cyber-behavioral authentication and adversarial learning in behavior-centric systems. His research has been sponsored by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and US Air Force.

Dr. Balagani received the BS degree from Bangalore University, India, and the MS and PhD degrees from Louisiana Tech University, USA. He is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Dr. Paolo Gasti
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NYIT-Manhattan

Prof. Gasti served as a member of the NDN project, which is an NSF-sponsored endeavor with the goal of designing a new Internet architecture. His work has been featured in articles by the New Scientist and MIT Technology review. His research focuses on privacy-preserving genomic computation, biometrics, secure multi-party protocols, and network security.

Prof. Gasti worked as a research scholar at University of California, Irvine. He received a Fulbright scholarship, under which he visited Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Genoa, Italy when his research pertained to the design of cryptographic schemes and network security.

Dr. Huanying (Helen) Gu
Associate Professor of Computer Science at NYIT-Manhattan

Her research interests include controlled terminologies, ontologies, object-oriented modeling, conceptual modeling, 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 more than 30 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. Tao Zhang
Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NYIT-Old Westbury

She is conducting research in the areas of wireless communications networking and WDM optical networks focusing on the design and analysis of network architectures and protocols. She is currently working on a NSF funded project.

She is a senior member of the IEEE since 2007. She served on NSF proposal Review Panel.

Dr. Zhang received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. She joined the faculty at New York Institute of Technology at Old Westbury in 2005.

Dr. N. Sertac Artan
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYIT-Manhattan

N. Sertac Artan got his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University (formerly Polytechnic University). Dr. Artan was on the faculty of the New York University School of Engineering before he joined the New York Institute of Technology. He also worked as an ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) Design Engineer and designed integrated circuits for commercial, academic and military applications.

Dr. Artan served in the organizing committees of the ACM/IEEE Symposium on Architectures for Networking and Communications Systems (ANCS), and IEEE Sarnoff Symposium in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  Dr. Artan’s current research interests include low-power embedded systems and VLSI circuits for implantable medical devices, efficient algorithms for epileptic seizure detection and prediction, and end-to-end optimization of chronic sensory systems.

Dr. Jonathan Voris
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NYIT-Manhattan

Dr. Jonathan Voris recently joined the Computer Science Department of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology. He obtained his Ph.D. from Polytechnic Institute of New York University in 2012.

He previously served as an adjunct assistant professor and postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, where he was a member of the Intrusion Detection Systems Lab.  

Dr. Voris is interested in improving security and privacy, particularly that of wireless, ubiquitous, and embedded systems. His recent work has been focused on developing techniques to combat insider threats.

Dr. Wenjia Li
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NYIT-Manhattan

Dr. Li joined NYIT as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science in Fall 2014. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Georgia Southern University from August 2011 to July 2014. Dr. Li’s primary research interests are in the wide areas of wireless networking, mobile computing, and cyber security, especially security, trust, and privacy issues in cyber-physical systems, wireless networks, internet of things, mobile (Android) applications, and intelligent transportation systems. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in computer science from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in August 2011. Prior to that, he got his Master’s degree in computer science and Bachelor’s degree in telecommunication engineering, both from Hunan University, Changsha, China, in 2005 and 2002, respectively. 

Dr. Li is a member of ACM and IEEE. He has also served on the technical program committee for numerous international conferences, including IEEE GLOBECOM, IPCCC, WCNC, MDM, AINA, ICNC, ICCVE, CollaborateCom, etc. Dr. Li has also served as reviewers for many prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (T-IFS), IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (TWC), ACM/Springer Wireless Network (WINET), Elsevier Computer Networks, Ad Hoc Networks, Springer Wireless Personal Communications, etc.


Dr. Anand Santhanakrishnan
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at NYIT-Manhattan

Prof. Santhanakrishnan 's research focuses on wireless networks security and resource management, big data analytics for social media, Internet measurements and peer production projects, biometrics for tele robotics and molecular communications.

Prof. Santhanakrishnan worked as a research and teaching faculty at Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Communication Engineering  from Indian Institute of Science, India where his PhD thesis on Resource Allocation in 2G and 3G wireless networks was awarded the best dissertation in the electrical sciences division. He also has experience in standardization of 4G-LTE networks, WiMAX, IEEE 802.20, IEEE 802.21 MIH and 1900.3A. 

Program Manager

Dr. Marta A. Panero
Associate for Strategic Partnerships and Adjunct Professor at NYIT-Manhattan

Dr. Panero works with the school’s Dean to coordinate an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center and to develop and fund multidisciplinary initiatives. Currently, she coordinates a multi-national educational effort that incorporates business, engineering, and environmental education to provide technically innovative skills training to support the workforce that will implement cleaner production practices in Latin America. With previous appointments at New York University and the NY Academy of Sciences, her research interests span from sustainable economics to industrial ecology, material flow accounting and pollution prevention, to greening transportation and freight logistics. Panero received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research with a concentration in economic development and environmental economics. She graduated Summa cum Laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in Social Studies. Panero grew up in Latin America and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Previous Year's Mentor

Dr. Xiaohui Cui
Faculty of Computer Science at NYIT-Manhattan

His research interests include swarm intelligence, GPU computing, agent based modeling and simulation, cyber security, GIS and transportation, emergent behavior, complex system, high performance computing, social computing, and information retrieval. His research programs have been supported by Office of Navy Research, Department of Homeland Security, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Company.

He and his researches have been reported by MSNBC, New Scientist magazine etc. In 2008 and 2009, he received the Department of Energy Outstanding Mentor Award and the Significant Event Award.

Dr. Farshid Delgosha
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYIT-Old Westbury

He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007.

The focus of his Ph.D. dissertation was in wavelet transform over finite fields, algebraic cryptography, and security aspects of wireless sensor networks. In 2006, he received the outstanding research award from the Center for Signal and Image Processing (CSIP), School of ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology.

He has been with the New York Institute of Technology since 2007, and has been an IEEE member since 2002.

Dr. Wei Ding
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at NYIT-Manhattan

He received Ph.D. and M.S. from Louisiana State University and University of Science and Technology of China, respectively, both in Computer Science. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, and IEEE Communication Society. He is a registered engineer in China. He worked as a software engineer in China before he came to U. S. to pursue his Ph.D. Dr. Ding’s recent research involved sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, content-centric networking, network security, and synergy of peer-to-peer systems with other decentralized technologies.

He has published two books, five book chapters, and many peer reviewed journal and conference papers. He is the first author for majority of his publications. He has served as TPC (Technical Program Committee) member for IEEE ICC (2011, 2012), ICNC, IEEE GLOBECOM (2009 - 2013), IEEE WiMob, and iCOST, etc. He also served as reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Communication Letters, and Journal of Supercomputing, etc.


Graduate Students

Randolf Espejo received his B.S. in Computer Science from NYIT in 2012. Randy is now pursuing his Master's in Computer Science and conducting research on Smartphone Geolocation with Dr Dong. He is a Graduate Assistant and the Social Media Coordinator for the 2013 REU program.