School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News
May 04 2012
SoECS Hosts High School Science and Technology Showcase

The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences hosted its first competition for high school students to showcase their science and technology projects. Eleven teams representing Brooklyn Tech High School, Commack High School, John F. Kennedy High School Plainview-Old Bethpage, Massapequa High School, and the Girl Scouts of Nassau County vied in this inaugural competition in Harry Schure Hall.  Judges included industry representatives, alumni, NYIT faculty, and several students.  

New York Community Bank Foundation-Roslyn Savings Foundation sponsored the event, which was a joint partnership between NYIT and ConnectToTech


  • 1st place ($1,000): Commack High School; Commack, Suffolk County
    Joseph Castrogivanni; Technology Teacher
    Team 1a:  CHS Animatronics (animatronics and electronics) using stuffed animals with servo motors inside; programmed to move in coordination with audio tracks and flashing lights.
  • 2nd place ($800): John F. Kennedy High School; Plainview, Old Bethpage
    MaryLou O'Donnell; High School Research Coordinator
    Team 4b, "EneRGy ReBELs": Reva Butensky, Elana Laster and Ravid Granov. Electricity harnessed from anaerobic respiration of mud.
  • 3rd place ($600): Brooklyn Tech High School
    Team 2b:  A nanoscopic and microscopic examination of the dose-response relationship between a mixture of safe aqueous organic solvents and masses of hair embedded in chewing gum.
  • Honorable Mention:
    Massapequa UFSD ; Massapequa, NY
    Team 5a:  Robotics – FIRST Tech Challenge Robot
  • Teamwork Award:
    Girl Scouts Team “Ice Breakers” (FIRST Robotics)
  • Sportsmanship Award:
    “Rainy Ladies,” JFK High School
    Determining Water Footprints:  Every Drop Counts
  • Excellence in Engineering:
    Commack High School
    Team 1c:  Autonomous robot using Vex Robotic System
  • Innovation Award:
    Commack High School – Height Sensor
    Team 1b: Students Height Sensor for nurse station; hands-free device to measure height accurately.
  • Excellence in Science Award:
    “Polymer Girls,” JFK High School
    Strategies to increase chain length of protease-catalyzed oligopeptides


  • Mr. John Koziatek, Senior Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mr. James Marsanico, Senior Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ms. Kubra Kuzu, Senior Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mr. Patrick Guillaume, Sophomore Student, Mechanical Engineering President, National Society of Black Engineers
  • Dr. Frank Lee, Chair, SoECS Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering/Computer Science
  • Mr. Andrew Parton, Executive Director, Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • Ms. Mary Frost Distler ’09, Energy Management, Advanced Certificate in Energy Technology, Founder and CEO of Power to Change US
  • Dr. Sabiha Wadoo, Assistant Professor, SoECS Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ms. Judith Murrah, Senior Director, IT, Motorola
  • Mr. John D. Cameron, Jr., P.E., Managing Partner, Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP


  • Ms. Rosalind Hudnell, Chief Diversity Officer, Global Director of Education and External Relations, Intel
  • Ms. Dawn A. Kogler, Director Systems Development, Long Island Rail Road
  • Mr. Peter Curtis, President & Sole Owner, Power Management Concepts LLC

Read more at NYIT News: NYIT Hosts Inaugural Engineering and Technology Competition for High School Students.

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