Dynamic, Radical Solutions Needed: 2014 Cybersecurity Conference Highlights
Dynamic, Radical Solutions Needed: 2014 Cybersecurity Conference Highlights
NYIT Engineering Professor Wins NIH Grant for Robotics Research
NYIT Holds Convocation for Medical and Health Professions Students
NYIT Medical Researcher Wins NIH Grant for Cardiac Studies
NYIT Ranked in Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2015 Edition
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:
- EtQ Inc.
Click here for the full list of employers.
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
Every Year, to commemorate Women's History Month, NYIT's Community Service Center selects 31 accomplished women--one for each day of the month--from the NYIT community to showcase their achievements and contributions to their discipline, our school, and the rich fabric of women's history.
Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences has been chosen as one of the 31 Women of March thanks to her outstanding civic engagement and committment to the NYIT community. Keep an eye on the CSC Facebook page to learn more about our Dean and herhard work for SoECS and the greater NYIT community!
The Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Dr. Nada Anid, has been chosen to become a member of the Advanced Energy 2014 Scientific Advisory Council. This council comprises a distinguished panel of energy industry leaders who will work together to set the highest possible standards for all academic tracks and programs for the 2014 Advanced Energy Conference. Drawn from research and industry, our Dean will serve alongside a group of distinguished experts that will lead and shape this year's conference program.
The 2014 Advanced Energy Conference is the premier energy conference in New York State, and one of America's most comprehensive and influential events focused on the future of energy. The annual conference features the latest technologies and opportunities, and draws in business leaders, researchers and academics, innovators, and policy makers from across the United States and around the world. This year, the conference will be held in Albany, NY on April 28 & 29. It is expected to attract attention from both the legislative and executive branches of government.
The NYIT American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently attended the annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), which was held in San Diego, CA. Because of their impressive performance at the Student Professional Design Competition (SPDC) hosted by NYIT last spring, NYIT's ASME was invited to participate in the IMECE Student Design Competition against 23 other international colleges and universities, including Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute, WPI, the British University of Egypt, and Universidad de los Andes.
The ASME Student Design Competition is a platform for ASME Student Members to present their solutions to a range of design problems--from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct, and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of annually determined problem statement. This year's challenge was to create a robot that could successfully operate in a simulated nuclear disaster. The competition consisted of a maze-like obstacle course representing a nuclear hazard area in which the robot had to complete a range of tasks in a set amount of time. The robot operators could drive only with the help of cameras, and had to be able to press buttons, pick up and drop off small objects, and read codes. Out of the 23 competing schools, NYIT placed 4th in the world for their performance on the course.
The winning ASME Robot
The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) is invites students who meet eligibility requirements to apply for the prestigious NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) paid summer internship program, located in Hampton, VIrginia. The application deadline for this exciting opportunity is Saturday, Fabruary 1, 2014.
All majors are accepted! The LARSS program hosts over 200 interns annually, is NASA's most prestigious and successful student research program. Eligible applicants will be U.S. citizens, full time students at an accredited U.S. college or university, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and will be classified as a rising undergraduate junior, senior, or graduate student by the start of the program.
Designed to bridge the gap between academic concepts and real-world experience, LARSS creates opportunities for students to come to the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) to conduct hands-on research and engineering projects under the mentorship of NASA researchers, scientists, and business professionals. The 2014 summer session is a 10 week program from June 2-August 8, and participants receive a stipend based on their academic standing ranging from $5,000-$6,000.
For all LARSS inquiries, please contact Debbie Murray, LARSS Program Coordinator (email@example.com) or Sarah Pauls, LARSS Program Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org), and visit the official LARSS website to apply.
The NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers will provide a five-day preparation course for the Certified Energy Manager Exam, Monday, March 17 to Friday, March 21, 2014, from 8:00am-5:00pm at the Old Westbury campus. The prep course is open to faculty members, students, and professionals in the fields of engineering, management, and architecture.
The registration deadline for the course and exam is Wednesday, February 12. Discounted cost is $1,695. To register:
Download an application (PDF).
Read a bio of prep course instructor Barry Benator.
For more information, email Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., at email@example.com
Mail the completed application form and a check made payable to the Assn. of Energy Engineers, LI Chapter, to:
During the Fall 2013 semester, SWE members Michelle Messenger (also the club's president in Old Westbury) and Adrianna Maldonado initiated a new outreach program for 6th graders in the New York metropolitan area. Inspired by NYIT's partnership with Citizen Schools, Messenger and Maldonado volunteered weekly at the Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem for a period of ten weeks, during which they taught a group of middleschoolers an apprenticeship course for robotics and programming. At the end of the 10 week program, the sixth-grade students were able to make their robots successfully complete a maze course using sensors.
On her decision to reach out to these students, Messenger said, "all middle school students have the potential to discover a love of learning that will inspire and prepare them to succeed in high school, college, the workforce and civic life, but without enough relevant learning activities and involved adults, too many kids are dropping out." She found her volunteer work fulfilling, and claimed, "the students' transformation and growth was incredible and amazing to watch."
Messenger and Maldonado have plans to continue their efforts into the Spring 2014 semester, when they will return to the Renaissance School of the Arts to teach Generation Technology. This new course will teach students the basics of electricity, and give them the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of electrical engineering.
As part of the Secretary's Honors Program (SHP), the Department of Homeland Security is launching its Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for college students. Through the program, more than 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments will be available to support the DHS' cyber mission at local DHS offices in over 60 locations across the country.
Through the program, student volunteers will gain invaluable hands-on experience and exposure to the cybersecurity work performed by DHS cybersecurity professionals. The initiative is specifically designed for current college students pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field. Participants will perform a broad range of duties in support of the DHS' mission, om areas ranging from cyber threat analysis to digital forensics to network diagnostics and incident response. Student volunteers will begin in spring 2014 and participate throughout the summer.
The SHP Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is a highly competitive program created to attract top talent to DHS, and is part of the Department’s efforts to address recommendations from the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Task Force on CyberSkills. DHS also partners with other government agencies and the private sector on a variety of initiatives to support cyber education.
Learn more about and apply for the SHP Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative here.
NASA is tapping student teams to stimulate human exploration of other worlds by debuting a new engineering design challenge. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, and will engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration.
The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle designed to traverse the stimulated surface of another world. Registration closes January 10 for international teams, and February 7 for U.S. teams. Designed with NASA's committment to sending humans to Mars by 2030 in mind, the results of the competition will contribute to the design process for NASA's future exploration goals. The student teams will be timed, ranked, and scored based on design, safety, and how well their vehicles traverse the set course.
For more information about the NASA Exploration Challenge, visit:
And for additional information on NASA's education programs, see:
Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, met recently with officials of new NYIT partner Santo Domingo Technological Institute (INTEC). The two universities plan to increase academic cooperation, including dual degree programs in industrial engineering and engineering management. See the story here.