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May 06 2014

Annual Reception Recognizes Faculty Scholarship

Shoureshi 2014 Scholars Old Westbury, N.Y. (May 6, 2014) –Research ranging from affordable housing prototypes to assistive rehabilitation systems for Parkinson’s Disease patients, and from cancer prevention to the impact of alumni on a university’s technology transfer process, was in the spotlight at New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT’s) Faculty Scholars Reception as faculty members shared their work with colleagues and celebrated each other’s academic achievements.

Held at NYIT de Seversky Mansion, the annual event, now in its 13th year, recognized the work of 160 members of the NYIT community who in 2013 received an external or internal research, pedagogical, or infrastructural grant; published or edited a book or journal; published original research in a nationally recognized peer-reviewed journal or in a book; presented original research or creative work in a major public forum; produced a major creative work; obtained a patent; or received a prize or award from an outside organization honoring creative activity or scholarly attainment.

Four faculty members presented brief updates of their research:

  • Associate Professor Matthias Altwicker, RA, AIA, LEED, AP, School of Architecture and Design, provided an overview of his “Affordable Passive Housing Prototype” research.
  • Assistant Professor Ziqian (Cecelia) Dong, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, summarized  her “Body Area Sensor Network for Posture Detection: Assistive Rehabilitation System for Parkinson’s Disease Patients” research, in which many students are engaged and which is being conducted in collaboration with NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
  • Associate Professor Niharika Nath, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences, presented highlights of her research on “Novel Compounds against Cancer; Mechanism and Molecular Targets.” 
  • Associate Professor Joanne Scillitoe, M.B.A., Ph.D., School of Management, shared insights into her research to identify “The Role of Alumni Attachment in the University Technology Transfer Process,” a collaboration with the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences as well as Stony Brook University.  

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., noted that the presenters provided outstanding examples of applications-oriented research and exemplified how this type of work benefits the larger world.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 13,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.

Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.


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