May 15 2012
NYIT Testifies: How Engineering Schools Prepare their Students for the Future
On May 9, 2012, Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, NYIT Provost, and Dr. Nada Marie Anid, NYIT Dean of the School of Engineering & Computing Sciences (SoECS), participated in an oversight hearing sponsored by the New York City Council's Committee on Higher Education and the Committee on Technology, to explore how engineering schools in New York City prepare their students for current and emerging occupations in engineering and technology.
Other schools providing testimony included: Columbia University, CCNY, Cooper Union, Manhattan College, and SUNY Maritime.
In the testimony, Dr. Shoureshi described NYIT's focus on energizing students and faculty to promote innovation and transform its campuses into "idea centers" to attract investors and entrepreneurs to the New York Metropolitan region from all over the world, and stressed how NYIT offers students experiential opportunities to work in close collaboration with industry, addressing the demand for job-ready graduates.
The testimony also differentiated NYIT as the single educational institution in the New York metropolitan area to receive New York State funding for technology initiatives to drive future economic growth in New York. Specifically, with partial funding from New York Empire State Development and a commitment from NYIT's senior administration, SoECS is creating a new Entrepreneurship and Technical Innovation Center
(ETIC) to facilitate industry-academe partnerships in three critical emerging areas: Bioengineering and Health Analytics; IT and Cyber Security, and Energy and Clean Technologies.
With a stated desire to build the New York version of Silicon Valley together, NYIT will be conducting follow up meetings with the City Council Committee on Higher Education, to provide additional information on NYIT, its cross-disciplinary programs and what SoECS is doing to stimulate entrepreneurship and create high-tech spin-off companies.