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Aug 27 2014

NYIT Architecture Professor Helps Illuminate Burning Man Festival

Aug 26 2014

PA Grads Attain High Pass Rate on National Exam

Aug 19 2014

NYIT Cybersecurity Conference 2014

Aug 18 2014

NYIT and Turkish Partner YTU Offer Dual Master’s Degrees

Aug 08 2014

Student-Doctors Begin NYIT Osteopathic Medical Education

Sep 02 2014

New MFA Graduate Student Orientation

Sep 02 2014

Presidential and Academic Welcome Day

Sep 04 2014

Women’s Soccer vs. New Haven

Sep 05 2014

Career Services Welcome Back Breakfast

Sep 05 2014

Career Services Welcome Breakfast

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences News
May 01 2014

NYIT Students Compete in the 2014 VEX Robotics Championship, Place 11th Worldwide

Congratulations are in order for NYITs IEEE robotics team, who recently travelled to Anaheim, California for the 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship, and placed 11th out of 62 college teams worldwide. NYIT also placed 6th out of the 22 teams who competed in the Skills Challenges portion of the competition. The championship was held April 24 27, and brought more than 15,000 participants from 23 countries to the Anaheim Convention Center to compete at the elementary, high school, and college levels.  This years team from NYIT consisted of 9 students from across disciplines, who collaborated to build this years impressive and well-performing robot. Team members were Richard Mortimore, Matthew Wighton, Jesus Moo, Marissa Viggiano, Chinam Tomeda, Vito Cataccio, Kayla Ho, Nick Passaro, and Nurbolat Tulgenov. Saverio Marsicano, Senior Technician for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Old Westbury, serves as the team's coach.
 

The teams of programmers, engineers and strategists that compete in the VEX Robotics Competition must design and pilot a robot to outperform those of other teams on the playing field. In addition to technical skills and expertise in the games, the teams must exhibit an ability to communicate, collaborate, and work together under stressful conditions.

 

The central challenge of the games takes place on a 12’ by 12’ square field, which is populated by two different sizes of balls that can be thrown by the competing robots into opposing goal zones. The goal of each team that participates in the challenge is simple: to score more points than their competitor. In order to surmount the courses obstacles and defeat their opponent, the robots and their pilots must demonstrate dexterity, accuracy, speed, and power. NYIT’s robot was an especially exciting machine to watch, as it crushed all of its opponents in the opening rounds, even soaring to 1st place by the end of the 2nd day. The NYIT team finished with an exceptional 8-2 win ratio.
 

The competition was about more than winning to NYITs team of engineers and strategists, who bonded over the experience and forged lasting friendships in preparation for the competition. Team member Kayla Ho said of her experience, I always loved the idea of working with robots because they are the bridge between creativity and reality, and this team helped make that dream come true. Like all teams, we have had our ups and downs, but with teamwork, tenacity, and fun times all around, we rose above our challenges. This sense of pride, comradeship, and sportsmanship was shared by many team members. Chinam Tomeda, who will graduate NYIT this May, was especially glad to be on the IEEE robotics team. He said I am glad I was able to close out my NYIT education with this experienceit will stand out as one of my favorite memories of my college life.

Apr 30 2014

NYIT Hosts Third Engineering and Technology Showcase Competition for High School Students


ConnectToTech

Old Westbury, N.Y. (April 30, 2014) –Now in its third year, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) attracted more student teams to its annual competition for high school students to showcase and exhibit their ongoing projects based on science and/or engineering principles than in the competition’s first two years combined. Yesterday, 20 co-ed or all-female teams vied in this competition, hailing from Brentwood High School, Commack High School, John F. Kennedy High School Plainview-Old Bethpage, and Manhasset High School.  

The competition is offered through a partnership between NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and ConnectToTech, a volunteer organization whose mission is to inspire and support students to connect to technology educational and career opportunities through community, academic, and other partnerships. 

Students competed for awards and certificates; the top team, from Commack High School, consisting of students Anthony Bisculo and Kayla Housmand, won for its project, Low-Cost System to Detect the Occurrence of Solar Flares. A team from Commack High School has placed first in each of the three years that this competition has been held. A team comprised of Nicolette Almer and Kirina Ziadkhanpour from John F. Kennedy High School Plainview-Old Bethpage was awarded second place, as well as the distinction of Excellence in Research for its project, The Effect of TiO2 Nanoparticle Exposure on Adipose Derived Stem Cells. Third place, for the project, The Evaluation of Novel Conductive Gels for Studies on Biological Redox Reactions, also was awarded to John F. Kennedy High School Plainview-Old Bethpage, and its team member Reva Butensky.   

“We are thrilled with the growth of this program and relish the opportunity to provide bright, ambitious high school students with a forum to showcase their ongoing science, technology, and engineering projects, while at the same time helping to build the pipeline for a new generation of researchers and professionals in the STEM fields,” said Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., Dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. 
 
The competition is open to high school students to showcase their ongoing science and technology projects. Teams must demonstrate understanding of the underlying science and technology concepts for their projects, which are evaluated based on originality, potential for practical application(s), and the significance of the problem they seek to address. Each team must include at least one female student.

“Our students reap many benefits from participating in competitions like this, but being an active part of the science community on Long Island is by far the most valuable,” said Gary Repetto, department head; Science, Brentwood High School, which entered 9 teams in the showcase.

Judith Murrah, ConnectToTech president said, “I want to thank NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences for its partnership with the ConnectToTech program. I am so happy that together, we can influence so many students and teachers.”

Manhasset High School entered five teams in the competition; Commack entered four, and John F. Kennedy High School Plainview-Old Bethpage entered two teams.

"Plainview-Old Bethpage has participated in ConnectToTech since its inception. Each year we return because the day provides our students with such a positive experience as they share their work with truly interested judges and faculty.  The cooperative exchange of ideas and opportunity to view the work of other young women is especially rewarding," noted Mary Lou O'Donnell, Research Coordinator at John F. Kennedy High School Plainview-Old Bethpage.

New York Community Bank Foundation and ConnectToTech were sponsors of the high school showcase. Judges in the competition included: Dr. Marian Conway, Executive Director and Cindy Krezel, Program Officer, New York Community Bank Foundation; ConnectToTech representatives were Judith Murrah, Rhonda Green, and Jesse Hayward. NYIT faculty judges included Fang Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical and Chemical Engineering; James Scire, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and Saviero Marsicano, Senior Technician, Telecomm and Electrical Engineering Technology. Student judges were Will Udoh, president, National Society of Black Engineers, NYIT-Old Westbury; Michelle Messenger, president, Society of Women Engineers, NYIT-Old Westbury, and Pranav Srinivas Krishnamurthy.   

The following prizes were also awarded:

  • Sustainability Award: Using Lemna Minor to Make Biodegradable Plastic, Brentwood High School
  • Dynamic Presentation Award: The use of Benthic Barrier for the Eradication of Variable Leaf Milfoil, Brentwood High School
  • Excellence in Physics: Determining the Superconductivity State of a Manufactured YBCO for Potential Energy Use, Brentwood High School
  • Greenest Project: Analyzing the Distance of Herbicide Encapsulated in a Calcium Alginate Bead, Brentwood High School
  • Promising Women in STEM Award: A Novel System Created to Assess the Formation of Marine Snow, Brentwood High School
  • Excellence in Chemistry: Analyzing the Efficacy of Algal Biofuel, Brentwood High School
  • Creativity Award: Dream Home 1, Brentwood High School
  • Design Award: Dream Home 2, Brentwood High School
  • Community Improvement Award: Dream Home 3, Brentwood High School
  • Excellence in Engineering: "The Active Mailbox" for People with Disabilities, Commack High School
  • Honorable Mention: Food Decontamination Chamber, Commack High School
  • Entrepreneurship Award: Automatic Plant Watering Device, Commack High School
  • STEAM Integration: Determination of the Most Effective Layering for Multilayer Quantum Dot Solar Cells, Manhasset High School
  • Excellence in Medical Science; Honorable Mention: The Effect of Metformin, Rosiglitazone, and Glyburide on the Lifespan, Locomotion, and Lipofuscin Accumulation of C. Elegans, Manhasset High School
  • Innovation Award: The Effects of Adenosine on the Memory of Sleep-Deprived Drosophila Melanogaster, Manhasset High School
  • Excellence in Biology: A Novel Analysis: The Effects if A-lipoic Acid, EGCG, and Ibuprofin on Amyloid-Beta and Tau in Neurodegenerative Teansgenic C. Elegans Models, Manhasset High School 
  • Energy Pioneer Award: A Model Approach to Harvesting Energy from a Marine Environment: The Engineering of Sediment Microbial Fuel Cells with a Modified Catalist and Diffusion Layer, Manhasset High School

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Apr 17 2014

SoECS to Debut Computer Science Courses in Big Data Analytics

As the internet continues its spread into every aspect of the average American’s day to day life, the amount of data generated by web users has ballooned into what Computer Scientists call “big data.” Big data is a mainly unstructured and untapped array of information that consists of videos, photos, emails, tweets, likes, clicks, and more. While current technology enables us to reliably and cheaply store such data, the sheer volume of it makes it difficult to analyze and extract relevant social and business information from it. This has led to an ever-increasing demand for workers skilled in “big data analytics,” the new and continually evolving set of tools and techniques for discovering and decoding the relevant pieces of big data. Big data can be used to make vital decisions in fields as diverse as science, politics, health, crime, security, and energy use.

The research arm of the American global management consulting firm, McKinsey and Company, Inc., projects that by 2020, the U.S. will need between 140,000 and 190,000 additional workers with deep analytic skills, and up to 1.5 million more data-literate managers. To meet this demand, NYIT will begin offering a course, “Big Data Analytics,” along with a Computer Science program concentration in “Big Data Management and Analytics.” The new CS concentration is a revision of the currently offered concentration in “Information Management,” and is designed to equip Computer Science students with both the technical knowledge and analytic acumen necessary to extract meaning from big data.

Because all computer science-related fields are being transformed by data-driven discovery and decision-making, NYIT’s computer science faculty has identified the necessity of preparing our students with deep analytic skills. The job market for college graduates with these skills is growing rapidly, increasing at more than 30 percent a year, and is likely to become a $24 billion industry by 2016, as forecasted by the research firm IDC.

Several major technology companies and a host of start-ups are aggressively pursuing the big data business. IBM, a leader in big data management and analytics and NYIT partner, has agreed to assist the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences in the implementation of the new Big Data Analytics concentration and courses. With their “System z Academic Initiative,” IBM will enable NYIT to use and teach IBM enterprise systems and connect IBM clients with NYIT to hire students who are learning these critical system skills.

Thanks to this new level of partnership with IBM and the innovative addition of Big Data Analytics to the B.S. in Computer Science program at NYIT, graduates will be endowed with the inquisitive, analytical, and detail-oriented skills necessary to succeed in the ever-evolving technology market.

Apr 17 2014

Dean Nada Anid Serves as Co-Chair for Engineering at LI STEM Hub Celebration

On April 9, 2014, Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, attended the second annual Stars of STEM event, a celebration in honor of the Long Island Regional STEM Hub. The Stars of STEM event, which was held at The Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, consisted of a Long Island STEM Student Showcase, an exhibit of Long Island businesses, and distinguished guest speakers such as Al Bunshaft, President and CEO of Dassault Systems. The LI STEM Hub seeks to bring together various sectors of the educational and industrial sectors of the Long Island community through eight focus groups: energy and environment, engineering and architecture, manufacturing, aerospace, information technology, healthcare and life sciences, homeland security, and global business.

This past year, Dr. Anid served as Co-Chair for the Engineering and Architecture Regional Industry Council (RIC) alongside John Cameron, CEO of Cameron Engineering. In this leadership role Dr. Anid was a part of the team that decided on which STEM Hub activities will take place, in particular the “Reconstruction and Resilience ” theme of this year's high school's challenge for rebuilding and reinforcing Long Island's infrastructure post-Sandy.

LI STEM Hub is a network of businesses and academic institutions that are dedicated to advancing the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in order to create a more vibrant and dynamic economy in Long Island. The LI STEM Hub is one of 10 such initiatives throughout New York State, created as part of the Empire State STEM Learning Network. The organization, which is led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and the North-Shore LIJ Health System, connects  businesses, public schools, universities, museums, research institutions, parents, and teachers based in Long Island in order to forge STEM education programs and partnerships that expand and improve college and career opportunities for students.

Apr 16 2014

Owl Computing Technologies Contributes to NYIT Learning Resources

April 16, 2014 - Owl Computing Technologies, Inc., a network security and information solutions provider, has recently announced that it will collaborate with NYIT to contribute equipment that will enhance learning in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences' programs. The donated equipment will update SoECS classrooms by providing students the opportunity to receive hands-on experience with equipment that is prevalent within the industry. This hands-on experience will help students to understand aspects of network security that are otherwise difficult to conceptualize without practical application. 

The donated equipment will also facilitiate research that is underway at NYIT. The new equipment has a ranging utility, which includes electronic communication for surgically implanted devices, assisted living technologies, mobile device security, and healthcare information security. 

"The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at New York Institute of Technology is thrilled about its partnership with Owl Computing Technologies," says Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of SoECS. "We consider the donation a first step into infusing our curricula, research, and classroom projects with advanced, industry-grade technology."

As part of a series of equipment donations, Owl provided NYIT the following resources: Small Form Factor products, including the world's smallest CDS 002DS, Owl Perimeter Defense Solution, in Single Purpose and Multi-Purpose configurations; and Oracle 5120 Servers to support the University infrastructure.

NYIT is excited to build a strong relationship with Owl, a collaboration which will aid in the cultivation of the next generation of technology leaders.

Owl Computing Technologies is the leading source for next generation cyber security. Owl's DualDiode Technology, a proprietary data diode, has been successfully deployed in solutions across government, military, and critical infrastructure networks. Owl's hardware-enforced technology enables secure, reliable, and robust information sharing for streaming data files of all sizes and data types. For more information about Owl Computing Technologies, please visit www.owlcti.com.

Apr 16 2014

SWE Members Attend Regional Conference, Volunteer at FIRST Robotics

The Old Westbury chapter of Society of Engineers is keeping busy in the Long Island community.

Among their recent activities is their attendance of the SWE Regional E Conference in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech from March 28-30. At the conference, SWE members networked with other chapters of the national organization, attended collegiate and professional development workshops, and met with industry professionals from across the mid-Atlantic region. A major component of the Region E conference was a career fair, which afforded NYIT SWE members the opportunity to meet with recruiters from prestigious companies and organizations such as NASA, PSEG, CISCO, and Boeing. In addition to these activities, attendees sat in on a professional meeting which featured distinguished speakers such as Terry McAuliffe, the Governor of Virginia. SWE members are looking forward to the SWE National Conference in Los Angeles, CA in October. 

Recent SWE activities don't stop there! Old Westbury members Rita Sobhy and Michelle Messenger volunteered with the professional chapter SWE-NY at the 2014 FIRST Robotics competition on April 6. This global competition, held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City featured 200 robotics teams from the tri-state area, Brazil, Canada, Turkey, and the UK. The teams of high school students competed for 3 days for the chance to move forward to the global competition. Alongside members of SWE-NY, Sobhy and Messenger helped children at the event to build wheel baloon cars, among other hands-on experiments. Of the event, Messenger says, "We had fun watching the robotics competition, and the event was inspiring to all who attended."

Apr 14 2014

Join us for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Expo!

The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences is hosting a three-in-one event at the Old Westbury campus on Sunday, April 28, 2014. Prospective and Admitted students are invited to attend the SoECS Expo, which includes information sessions with faculty members, a club presentation by current NYIT students, a tour of NYIT lab facilites in Harry Schure Hall, and the opportunity to meet the Dean!

For admitted students who have been accepted into the Dean of Engineering Honors Program, there will be a special information session available with Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. 

Attendees of this event will also have the chance to check out the Society of Automotive Engineers' second annual SAE Car Show, a charity event that will feature dozens of rare, vintage, and exotic cars, and a complimentary barbeque. 

Don't miss out on this exciting chance to see what life as an SoECS student at NYIT is all about! To RSVP to the SoECS Expo, send an email to RSVP@nyit.edu. If you have been invited to the Dean of Engineering honors Program, and would like to attend the information session, please email deanofengineering@nyit.edu.

Apr 11 2014

SoECS Faculty Explore Research Collaborations at Bioelectronics Conference

On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, Dean Nada Anid, Ph.D., of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (SoECS), Dr. Marta Panero, SoECS Director of Strategic Partnerships, and a group of SoECS faculty members including Drs. Aydin Farajidavar, Wei Ding, Ziqian Dong, Huanying Gu, and Tao Zhang, attended the “Centricity Series” conference on Bioelectronic Medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research (a North Shore Long Island Jewish Health Systems affiliate).

The emerging and cross-disciplinary field of bioelectronic medicine is a promising research thrust for collaboration between NYIT’s Engineering and Computer Science faculty and researchers at the Feinstein Institute. Hailed as the next generation of medical treatment, bioelectronics is the synergy between biology and technology, using electronics to harness the power of nerve signals to treat a spectrum of inflammatory conditions and other health ailments. The Centricity Series on Bioelectronic Medicine included panels on a variety of medical conditions, and highlighted many avenues for exploring the use of bioelectronics in both diagnosis and treatment. Among the panels were “Bioelectronics and Intestinal Motility,” “Robotics and Neuro-Recovery,” “Integrated Biosensors,” and “Monitoring the Injured Brain.”

The series allowed SoECS faculty members who are engaged in research in electrical and biomedical engineering and medical devices development to explore collaborations with researchers at FIMR,  including Dr. Aydin Farajidavar (ECE), who specializes in biomedical instrumentation (wearable and implantable medical devices for wireless acquisition of gastric electrical activity), and biological signal processing, and Dr. Helen Gu (CS) who is working on medical informatics with an emphasis on controlled medical terminologies.

Several other promising synergies between NYIT and FIMR research were discussed at the conference. For example, Dr. Tao Zhang (ECE) discussed potential collaborations with researchers at Cushing Neuroscience Laboratory on developing medical technologies such as wireless catheters or microfluidic devices. Dr. Wei Ding (CS) discussed the possibility of working with researchers at FIMR on the development of wireless surgical devices. Dr. Chung Hyuk Park (ECE) also found that rehabilitation via a robotic system at FIMR can be aligned with his haptic and assistive robotics through expanded research methodologies. Dr. Ziqian Dong (ECE) suggested collaborating on assistive devices and efficient signal processing techniques for real-time data collection and analysis to understand and assist in the rehabilitation of Parkinson’s Disease patients. 

The Feinstein Institute is a state-of-the-art medical research and training facility in Manhasset, New York, with pioneering discoveries and cutting-edge clinical research on the areas of immunology, inflammation, neuroscience, behavioral medicine, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Institute’s Centricity lecture series is a good platform for sharing of knowledge, expertise, and innovative ideas among clinicians and the larger research community, by presenting novel biomedical research and clinical observations and enabling key collaborations between medical practitioners and other scientists.

The presence of SoECS faculty at this exciting and pioneering conference is a first step towards a research partnership between NYIT’s SoECS and the Feinstein Institute. 

Apr 09 2014

Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honors Society Inducts New Members

In recognition of student outstanding academic record, the New York Institute of Technology chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at the de Seversky Mansion at New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus.

UPE is an international honor society for students in the Computer and Information Sciences; it is recognized by both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-CS), the two major international professional societies for Computer Science and Engineering.

The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. UPE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). 

The NYIT chapter of UPE is pleased to announce this year’s new inductees. Pictured in photo from left to right are: Bryan Farrell, Kavin Patel, Amritpal Singh, Tracy Cohen, Faculty Advisor: Tao Zhang, Juliano Cerri, Dean of SoECS: Dr. Nada Anid, Ashwin Rao, Jun Zhang, Luis Buitrago, Kannan Ramamoorthi Baaskar, Hurneet Singh

Not pictured are: Anthony Bertolino, Nicholas Corso Passaro, Paul Oliva, Nikhil Jaiswal, and Krina Parikh

Apr 09 2014

NSBE-Manhattan Make Connections at Annual National Convention

The 2014 National National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Conference took place March 27-28 in Nashville Tennessee, and the NYIT Manhattan chapter of the organization was there in full force to network with industry prodessionals, present their hard work, and learn from NSBE members and affiliates. While in attendance, NSBE members saw cutting-edge exos, attended development workshops, competed in engineering challenges, and participated in a two-day career and graduate school fair with recruiters from over 300 companies and universites, including MIT, NASA, Ford, Boeing, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, and Goldman Sachs. 

The highlight of the event for NYIT students was the election of Omari Adams, President of the Manhattan chapter, to the position of Metro - Long Island Zone Chairperson, a position that oversees over 12 different NSBE chapters in New York. In addition to Omari's promotion, NSBE at NYIT has also been elected to host the next NSBE Metro-LI Zone Conference in the fall, which will convene Engineers and STEM students from schools around the New York metropolitan area for workshops, lectures and a career fair at the Manhattan campus. 

NSBE Manhattan attendees at the National Convention included Joanna De Los Santos, Jamiah Braithwaite, Serge Jerome, Princessa Dominique, Diamond Nanton, Vanessa Newman, Tyler Duncan, Raffael Rabelo, and Professor Winston Smith.

Apr 04 2014

Dean Nada Anid Speaks at U.S. Department of State Panel on the Water-Energy Nexus

On March 18, 2014, senior government and industry officials convened for  an annual assessment of their joint work under the U.S.-China Ten-Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment. The TYF’s supports a number of environmental initiatives such as the U.S.-China EcoPartnership Program, including New York Institute of Technology and Peking University’s (PKU) “EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection, and Training.

The meeting at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C., included a discussion on the emerging theme of the water-energy nexus and climate change in cities. Dean Nada Anid, Ph.D., of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences was invited to give introductory remarks before the panel session on the Water-Energy Nexus, which featured the Honorable Li Haiyan, Counsel of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China, and Dr. Vincent Tidwell of Sandia National Laboratories. The panel discussion was framed around several critical questions, including how cities can optimize their energy matrix infrastructure to meet projected future energy and water requirements; how existing power grids influence the cost of using both energy and water; and how urban areas may improve access to clean water and efficient energy for all residents; also touching on the opportunities for synergistic links between water and energy systems, such as using waste heat for water treatment.

Dean Anid’s introductory remarks called for a new paradigm that must drive infrastructure projects in order to promote water and energy efficiency, sustainability, and smart growth. She spoke about the significance of the water and energy nexus by presenting the work of the EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection and Training led by NYIT and PKU in partnership with Wuhan University, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the International Society for Water Solutions (ISWS), and HDR, a global engineering and architecture firm. Dr. Anid also announced the upcoming conference in Beijing, China on April 17, that NYIT and PKU are hosting “The Water-Energy Nexus: Sustainability and Global Challenges, and noted that all 6 EcoPartners will be participating. The conference is being organized in conjunction with the workshop, “Clean Water Matters: Challenges and Research Perspectives,” on April 18, co-funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and seeks to create a common platform for research collaborations and joint projects. Both events will convene representatives from government agencies, industry, NGO’s, and academia who are working toward advancing the research agenda to find solutions to the impending global water and energy crises. Click here to register to attend.

 

The EcoPartnership seeks to promote Clean Water, through innovative models and technologies for the effective detection, protection, and monitoring of groundwater in China and the United States. These range from an integrated, web-based tool being developed by NYIT at its Green Technologies Laboratory (as part of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center); to a remote telemetry framework to collect and analyze groundwater data from wells that will be introduced by Wuhan University and HDR/HydroQual; as well as a groundwater transport simulation system developed at PKU’s Center for Water Research, and related training by AIChE. Participants in the TYF conference from both China and the United States responded positively to Dean Anid’s presentation, and showed a high level of interest in learning more about these technologies and future progress on achieving the goals of the EcoPartnership.

Apr 04 2014

SoECS-Organized Global Cyber Security Conference in Abu Dhabi Draws Experts from Around the World

NYIT held its first Global Cybersecurity Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on March 25, 2014.  The day-long conference, organized by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was inaugurated by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan (pictured above, center), U.A.E. Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development. HE Sheikh Nahayan praised the interconnectivity made possible by the internet and insisted that we should all be concerned in protecting it.

NYIT’s conference welcomed cyber defense professionals, information technologists, academicians, banking and finance executives, and others across these fields from the U.S., China, the United Arab Emirates and the greater Middle East/North Africa region.

It has been estimated that cybercrime costs more than $113 billion annually, with 378 million victims—more than the entire population of the Middle East. In addition, the U.A.E. recently disclosed plans to nearly double its security budget in the coming decade, with most of the increase to be used for cyber security.

The conference was held under the theme of National and Corporate Threats, Protection, and Education. Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., NYIT’s president since 2000 (pictured above, right), delivered opening remarks, asserting that higher education is “a core component in heightening cybersecurity.”

More than 200 attendees, including faculty and students from NYIT, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and other universities across the country, gathered insights from experts including highly reputed keynote speakers, as well as President Guiliano and other members of NYIT administration such as Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D. (above, left), dean of NYIT’s SoECS. Information technology experts from the UAE, the U.S., England, Sweden, and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in Nanjing China, a partner of NYIT, participated in the meetings.

The majority of speakers, panelists, and moderators at the conference are representatives of important technology companies, many of which have a history of collaboration and partnership with NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. For example, the afternoon keynote speaker, Parag Pruthi, Ph.D., founder, chairman, and CEO, NIKSUN Inc., a forensics-based cybersecurity solutions company, gave a compelling lecture on “the dawn of a new era” in which rogue governments seek political control over other countries by launching sophisticated cyber attacks.

Keynote speaker Daniel R. Ennis, who runs the U.S. National Security Agency/Central Security Service’s Threat Operations Center, advocated cooperation among governments, academia, and industry, in spite of challenges such as privacy issues, business competition, and governments’ traditional secrecy. He pushed for “a fundamental maturing of the public, private, and academic partnership” in order to provide cybersecurity, a mission Ennis compared to counterterrorism.

Other valuable insights came from a diverse array of cybersecurity professionals, many of whom are executives at companies that are represented on the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board, or board members themselves. Representatives include Ron Mraz, President of OWL Computing Technologies; Edward J. Chance, the Director of UK, France and Emerging Markets for Dell SecureWorks; Luke Forsyth, VP of Security Services for CA Technologies; Henrik Davidsson, the Director of Security Sales at Juniper Networks; Nadhem Al-Fardan, a Systems Analyst for Cisco; and Ragy Madgdy, IBM’s Middle East Regional Sales Leader for IBM Security Systems.

Throughout the day, conference delegates also benefited from panel discussions about protecting financial assets and, perhaps even more important, training young cyber professionals. SoECS offers several options for students interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity. For example, undergraduate Computer Science majors have the option of adding a concentration in Network Security or Big Data Management and Analytics, and the Information Technology major also offers concentrations in Information and Network Security. NYIT also is pioneering the field of cybersecurity at the graduate level by offering a M.S. degree in Information, Network, and Computer Security.

Tayeb Kamali, Ph.D., vice chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, said the cybersecurity conference will help to prepare U.A.E. nationals for careers in the vital and growing field of security and other security-related sectors. “The many students who attended the conference will gain valuable insights into cybersecurity from industry experts around the world.  This will result in empowering Emirati students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to contribute effectively to our nation and to reach their full potential,” he said.

NYIT’s Abu Dhabi campus was established in 2005 as the first licensed and accredited American university in the U.A.E. capital. Nearly 600 NYIT graduates, some of whom also attended today’s conference, now play their part in the U.A.E.’s growing economy, working in private and public organizations across the country.

Apr 02 2014

Check out SoECS at NYIT Preview Days April 6 and 13!

Have you submitted your admissions application to NYIT and want to learn more? Come join us for Preview Day!  Preview Day is April 6 at the Old Westbury campus and April 13 at the Manhattan campus, and both events are from 10:00am - 2:00pm.

You will learn about academics and campus life, and have the opportunity to connect with future classmates and professors. You can check out student projects and learn about internship and job experiences. You can also explore residence halls, student clubs, activities, and hear about the cool events our students participate in, as well as get one-on-one admissions and financial aid counseling. This event is for applicants and admitted undergraduate students.

There will be plenty of representatives from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences available to answer your questions about our school, and what it means to study Engineering or Computer Science here at NYIT. You'll learn about the courses offered by SoECS, the different disciplines you can study, and have the chance to get to know our accomplished faculty members!

Visit here for more information.

Mar 31 2014

NYIT All-Majors Career Fair this Thursday, April 3

This year’s All Majors Career Fair is happening this Thursday, April 3, from 12:00 – 3:00pm. This is a great opportunity to meet several employers in one location, and the largest job fair that NYIT offers annually. 85+ employers will be present at the fair. All majors are welcome, but—hint, hint!—the  majority of companies and organizations who are recruiting at the career fair are looking for engineers and computer science majors for both internships and full time positions.

Bring several copies of your employer-ready resume with you to the career fair, and dress to impress in business attire. Professional dress standard is mandatory at the event--you only get one chance to make a first impression! 

Career Service is offering a free bus service from Manhattan to Old Westbury on the day of the Career Fair. Space is limited, so sign up by March 31. You can sign up for a seat on one of the busses at the Career Services office in 26 West 61st St, Room 211.

Here is a list of companies who are specifically interested in Engineering/Computer Science/Information Technology majors:

-          AFC Industries

-          American Museum of Natural History

-          Broadridge Financial Solutions

-          Brown Brothers Harriman

-          Cavalier IT

-          CoalFire Associates

-          CyberThink

-          DealerTrack Technologies

-          DJJ Technologies

-          EC Infosystems

-          EtQ Inc.

-          FDM Group

-          Fresh Direct

-          Gallery Systems

-          GlobeComm Systems, Inc.

-          H2M Architects + Engineers

-          Health Solutions Plus

-          Infosys

-          JC Steel Corp.

-          KEMP

-          KND Licensed Electrical Contracting

-          Leviton Manufacturing

-          Light Speed Solutions

-          Lizardos Engineering Associates

-          Marlabs Inc.

-          Netsmart

-          NEULion

-          North Shore Animal League America

-          NYIT Human Resources

-          NYU Division of Operations

-          PRIMedia Inc.

-          RailWorks

-          Samson Software Solutions, Inc.

-          Softtheon

-          Tallan, Inc.

-          Teq

-          TG Nickel & Associates

-          Triton Construction

-          The We’re Group

-          The United States Department of State

 

-          The United States Navy

 

Click here for the full list of employers.

 

Mar 26 2014

IEEE Hosts VEX Robotics Competition to Prepare for 2014 World Championship

In order to boost their performance at this year's VEX Robotics World Championship, the Old Westbury chapter of IEEE hosted the neighboring robotics team from Vaughn College in Queens to compete one-on-one on a robotics challenge during spring break. The competion was designed to be similar to the anticipated course at the upcoming championship. Rather than strictly competing against one another, both teams used this opportunity to foster a mutually collaborative spirit and learn a little about their opponent's robots, all while gaining knowledge and insight into how to apply new applications and improvements to their machines. 

This year's VEX World Championship will be a game of "Toss Up," in which teams will pit their robots against each other in a contest of dexterity and sportsmanship. Using two robots, each team has the objective of placing, or scoring bucky and beach balls into certain areas of a playing field. They will also tackle the task of building and programming a robot to lift itself 40 inches above the ground while holding a beach ball. 

The 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship will take place April 23-26 in Anaheim, California. The NYIT and Vaughn College robotics teams plan to scrimmage one more time before travelling to the competition.

NYIT and Vaughn teams, from left to right:
Top Row, Nurbolat Tulegenov (NYIT), Josiah D'Arrigo (Vaughn), Alex Uquillas (Vaughn), Wasif Iqbal (Vaughn), Terry Cetoute (Vaughn), Matt Wighton (NYIT), Amena Farley (Vaughn). Bottom Row: Marissa Viggiano (NYIT), Jesus Moo (NYIT), Nicholas Kumia (Vaughn), Kent Ogisu (Vaughn), and Jefferson Maldonado (Vaughn).

Mar 24 2014

NYIT Students Visit NYC Microsoft Headquarters for DVLUP Day

On March 22, 2014, a group of NYIT undergraduate and graduate Computer Science students ventured to an exciting event co-sponsored by Microsoft and Nokia at the new Microsoft headquarters in Times Square. The event, DVLUP Day, was a tech meetup lead by professional software developers from Microsoft and Nokia to showcase new programming software for apps and games for Windows Phone. Because Windows Phone is currently the fastest growing mobile platform, SoECS students at the event sought to gain some valuable knowledge and insight into the current market in preparation to enter the ever-evolving tech job market. DVLUP Day was a marathon 12-hour information session in which the 300+ attendees could network with established industry professionals, and learn about game development, location services, app design, and more at a series of specialized workshops.

While at the event, NYIT students learned how to create and edit apps and games for Windows Phone. Pranav Krishnamurthy, an SoECS graduate student, created an update for the Campus Slate App for Windows Phone, which was tested, approved, and published that day by Microsoft Developers--who gave his work a 5-star rating! Of the meetup, Krishnamurthy had to say: "it was a really great day, since I was able to network with many professionals from various companies and also make some new friends with students from other universities."

NYIT Students pose with Nick Landry, a Nokia Developer Ambassador

Mar 14 2014

Latest NACE Report Shows Job Growth for Engineering and Computer Science Grads

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) Job Outlook 2014 survey, U.S. college hiring is expected to increase 7.8% from last year. The survey shows that employers who are focused on hiring new college grads are optimistic for the job market prospects for the Class of 2014. In addition to the increase in new college hires, NACE data shows that many employers plan to sweeten their job offers to bachelor's degree graduates with larger starting salaries and more comprehensive benefits packages. 

Some of the best news of the report is for graduates recieving degrees in Engineering and Computer Science. The most in demand graduates are those with bachelor's in business, engineering, computer/information science, sciences, and communications disciplines. Some of the top-performing majors in the job market next year are expected to be: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. Click the image below to read the full report, and gain some valuable insight into how to prepare yourself for getting a great job after graduation:


Mar 10 2014

Drones Fly at “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at NYIT

On February 20, 2014 NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences introduced girls ages 12-18 to the world of engineering during National Engineering Week events at the Manhattan and Old Westbury campuses.

In Manhattan, students listened to keynote speaker, meteorologist of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector, Kremena Darmenova share how students can enter the meteorology profession. In addition, students got the opportunity to showcase their engineering projects to faculty members and students.

At-NYIT-Old Westbury, 50 local girls participated in programming, engineering, and robotics workshops, and got the opportunity to fly drones through obstacle courses. The keynote speaker, NYIT alumna and Cisco Services Client Solutions Manager Laurie Cantileno, discussed building self-esteem and achieving successful and fulfilling careers. Newsday covered the event- see highlights:

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/colleges-work-to-open-roads-for-girls-to-study-engineering-1.7175990

http://www.newsday.com/lifestyle/women-of-color-nurture-minority-girls-interest-in-stem-1.7294876

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/nyit-promotes-girls-interest-in-engineering-jobs-1.7165347

 

Mar 10 2014

SWE and Girls Inc. Team Up to Teach STEM to Local Children

NYIT's Old Westbury chapter of Society of Women Engineers has fostered a partnership with Girls Inc. of Long Island to get local girls age 5 - 15 interested in STEM. On February 27th, the two organizations collaborated to hold a workshop on the basics of electricity at the Wyandanch Youth Center. Girls Inc. of Long Island meets there weekly to hold programs intended to encourage interest in the sciences. 

SWE members Michelle Messinger and Rita Sobhy offered the young women of Girls Inc. an exciting workshop to teach the funamental concepts of electricity using lemons. Messinger and Sobhy taught the girls how to use the lemons to create batteries, and the girls then used their batteries to power LED lights and travel alarm clocks. 

Girls Inc. of Long Island  is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young women to reach their fullest potential by being "strong, smart, and bold." They provide school and community-based programming for young girls in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. 

Mar 10 2014

SoECS Dean Represents NYIT at UN March for Women

To celebrate International Women's Day, the Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Nada Anid, Ph.D., marched with women from around the world at the UN building in Manhattan. Organized by the United Nations' Women for Peace organization, the March in March commemorates National Women's Month and International Women's Day. The purpose of this year's march  was to end violence against women, and was accompanied by a luncheon in support of the UN Women for Peace's many important causes, such as gender equality in education and the workforce through scholarships to benefit underprivileged women from all around the world to study at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

 

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