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IBM and IEEE are in search of creative team based student projects that can help students at any level learn about applying engineering, science and other disciplines to solve real world problems. It's a great opportunity to put your engineering skills to use…and earn cash prizes too!
The competition is open to college/university students from all geographic locations. Student teams should have three to five team members in any year of university study. At least one team member must be an IEEE member. To find out more about this exciting opportunity, visit: Planet Challenge or email email@example.com.
The Cybsersecurity Panel Discussion and Tour will take place Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the United States Secret Service New York (Brooklyn) Field Office. During the event students will listen to an engaging panel discussion and question and answer period with DHS cybersecurity experts from several DHS Components who will speak about DHS’ role in cybersecurity and cyber careers at DHS. They only pre-req is an interest in cyber security, and US Citizenship! Reach out to the Dean's office to sign up before the spots fill up!
The event will include...
- Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Panel Discussion
- Question and Answer Session
The National Science Foundation (NSF) East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship Program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend 8 weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of the seven host locations in East Asia and Pacific: Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, and Taiwan. The program is a collaboration between NSF and counterpart agencies in each host location.
EAPSI is open to graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled in a research-oriented Masters or Ph.D. program in science or engineering. Applicants must propose a research project in a field of science, engineering or STEM education supported by NSF, including Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science); Biological Sciences; Geosciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education (STEM); and Multidisciplinary Research in these fields. Applicants identify and contact host researchers on their own, prior to submitting their EAPSI proposal; lists of prospective host institutions are available at the end of each Handbook.
NSF provides EAPSI Fellows with a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip airplane ticket to the host location. Our foreign counterparts provide in-country living expenses and accommodations (arrangements vary by host location). Please see www.nsf.gov/eapsi for additional information for the Program Solicitation (NSF 13-593); host location-specific Handbooks; How to Apply Guide; and Helpful Tips Applicants.
In 2015, approximately 215 EAPSI Fellows travel to seven locations in the East Asia and Pacific:
Australia – 30
China – 40
Japan – 65
Korea – 25
New Zealand – 15
Singapore – 15
Taiwan - 25
The application submission deadline for the Summer 2015 is November 13, 2014.
EAPSI Informational Webinars will be conducted on Tue, September 9 and Fri, October 17, 2014, at 2:00 pm ET. Log-in instructions will be available at www.nsf.gov/eapsi
Interested in applying? Send your resume to James Thannickal
Data Analyst – Job Description
The data analyst will be responsible for importing, transforming, validating or modeling data with the purpose of understanding or drawing conclusions from the data in order to drive clinical and operational decision-making within the Department of Radiology.
The data analyst’s responsibilities may include presenting data in charts, graphs and tables as well as designing and developing relational databases for collecting data.
Analytical Skills: Data analysts work with large amounts of data: facts, figures and number crunching.
Communication Skills: Must communicate well with team members and ancillary resources.
Attention to Detail: The conclusions drawn from this data analysis will drive critical departmental initiatives. Accuracy and attention to detail are paramount.
Math Skills: Understanding of basic statistical methods.
Programming Skills: This role requires an understanding of programming logic, although no experience with a specific programming language is required. Python programming experience a plus. Familiarity with SQL will be an important part of the data analyst role.
Educational Requirements: Bachelors of Science in any related fields.
Overall Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Must have strong analytical skills and an understanding of system databases, data elements, and application software solutions to maximize data gathering and data analysis. Must be comfortable working with physicians, healthcare providers and other stakeholders in the organization. Have the ability to interpret their intent and application. Demonstrates the ability to handle a variety of responsibilities under pressure. Must be able to function independently. Demonstrates good communication skills.
Participate in NASA's 5th Annual RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops university rover engineering design competition as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The 2015 design competition is looking for innovative and creative ideas for prototype rover designs from undergraduate and graduate level engineering students.
Not to be confused with NASA's original RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts competition, which is based upon conceptual designs on themes related to space exploration, RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops (aka, Robo-Ops) is a design competition in which participants are required to physically build and test prototype planetary rovers at the NASA Johnson Space Center's Rock Yard.
Based on a review of the Project Plans by the Robo-Ops Steering Committee, up to eight (8) qualifying teams will be selected to receive a $10,000 award to facilitate full participation in Robo-Ops, including expenses for rover development, materials, testing equipment, hardware and software.
At the 2015 Robo-Ops Competition in Houston, the rovers will compete on a simulated planetary environment under the supervision of NASA judges. The remaining team members will stay behind at the local university to conduct "mission control" tasks. Replicating how robots and astronauts will work together in the near future on human space exploration missions, the prototype rovers will be tele-operated by the teams' mission control centers via real-time video feed from the rovers' on-board cameras. During the competition, the rovers must negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing relevant tasks within the given time.
Up to $12,000 in prize money is available to the winning teams.
For complete information on the 2015 Robo-Ops Competition, please visit the Robo-Ops Website. You may also be interested in viewing a brief, 45-second promotional video about Robo-Ops, as well as the attached 2-page RASC-AL Competitions Handout, which has information about both of the exciting and prestigious RASC-AL student design competitions, including Robo-Ops.
SoECS Dean Nada Marie Anid joined Marta Panero, Ph.D., SoECS’s director of strategic partnerships, and other NYIT representatives at meetings in Peru for the international partnership “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas.” Dean Anid presented work on global research collaborations. See the story here.
The conclusion of NYIT’s second successful summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) was capped by presentations on July 29 from the 10 participants to an audience of faculty and graduate students. Hailing from NYIT, York University (City College), Gordon College, Missou, University of Redlands, Lewis & Clark College, Mills College and University of Central Florida, student teams presented on research topics under the NYIT REU’s main theme of mobile/smartphone security, including smartphone authentication, indoor localization using wifi, and the development of an Android app. The highly competitive 10-week program, which accepted only 10 students from 110 applicants, included presentations by NYIT faculty on topics ranging from research approaches to public speaking; lectures by industry experts; field trips ; and cultural/social activities including a July 4 barbecue.
NYIT student Kazi Raihan cited a field trip to AT&T as one highlight: “At AT&T, we met researchers and saw this new encryption cipher that uses smartphones to decode seemingly random marks on paper to legible plain text by simply viewing them with the camera.” He also described the invaluable research experience: “In 10 weeks, we had to learn about a field, develop theories, design and conduct experiments to validate these theories, and finally have results ready to be presented in a poster and paper. Presenting our findings to others on multiple occasions allowed us to become more comfortable with public speaking; something that haunts many people.”
Led by Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, NYIT’s REU program is funded by prestigious three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, which applies to the three-year period of April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2016. Two of the five research papers co-authored with 2013 REU fellows were published or accepted to peer reviewed international conferences, while another two poster presentations were featured at the 2013 NYIT Cybersecurity Conference at NYIT-Manhattan.
NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences’ Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) participants have been keeping busy this summer with hands-on research activities and field trips to relevant technology sites in New York City. The REU program is a 10-week NSF-funded research experience for undergraduate students at colleges and universities across the U.S. NYIT’s REU site, “ provides opportunities for 10 motivated and talented undergraduate students to collaborate with NYIT faculty and graduate students in research on methods of securing smartphones and their networks using both hardware and software approaches.
The 10 REU students recently went on tours to the Research and Development labs and offices at Motorola and AT&T here in New York, where they gained valuable exposure to applied research labs in the smartphone industry, and engaged in relevant research discussions with high-level professionals in the field of mobile device security and wireless networks.
At Motorola, the REU participants got a close-up look at the R&D offices and innovation labs, and toured the Motorola Solution Centers and Design Lab. While there, they sat in on two seminars on security in mobile devices, specifically in their payment and wireless systems. Later, at the AT&T Security Research Center, REU students toured the lab and received a demo of the new LTE testbed, and participated in a research talk with professional researchers on various topics like wireless network security, malware detection, encryption techniques, and case studies done by AT&T.
This year’s REU students are Chris DelBello of Loyola University, Arban Nichols of York College, CUNY, Christopher Piekarski of NYIT, Peter Story of Gordon College, Christie Yeh of Gordon College, Wendy Rummerfield of University of Redlands, Ido Shoshani of Lewis and Clark College, Gabriela Llave of University of Central Florida, and Luis Shinin of NYIT.
Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., has dedicated a significant portion of her tenure as Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences toward leveling the playing field in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and professions for women and minorities. She frequently speaks at panels that seek to engage female and minority groups in STEM, and is an expert on recruitment and retention tactics at the college level intended to make lucrative and important professions in engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship available to a diverse array of qualified individuals.
Most recently, Dean Anid spoke at a panel at the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Executive Women’s Conference (SACC EWC), on Thursday, May 8 at the NASDAQ building in Times Square. She spoke alongside high-level business women and female media professionals about best strategies to get women more involved in executive roles in business, tech, and STEM fields. In response to concerns that women remain underrepresented and uninvolved in the growing technology and entrepreneurship sectors, Dean Anid cited SoECS’ recent successful initiatives to recruit girls to STEM, such as NYIT’s new Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), which will encourage students to combine creativity, engineering design skills, and financial literacy to build their business acumen.
Dr. Anid’s panel included Devika Bulchandani, Managing Director of Global Strategy for McCann Erikson, Bodil Eriksson, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Brand, and Communications for Volvo Cars, and Ebba Kleberg Von Sydow, a Swedish author, journalist, and TV host. The panel covered a range of topics on the subject of equality for women in the office and laboratory, from the emergence of gender stereotype-busting toys like Goldiblox, to how to help high school and college-aged girls remain dedicated to pursuing a STEM degree. Drawing on personal and professional experience, she emphasized the importance of fostering self-confidence in young women, and incorporating a human element into the process of making science more female-friendly. In reference to recent and successful equality initiatives taken by NYIT in the recruitment process, Dean Anid said, “Digital outreach is not enough. To get more women involved in science, our girls need to see for themselves that they’re not the only girl in the room. They need human contact, an emotional connection.”
In addition to her talk at the Executive Women’s Conference, Dr. Anid also served as a panelist and STEM promoter at the Islip Town Branch NAACP’s “Planning Ahead: How to Prepare Your Child to Succeed in the Job Market and in Careers in STEM.” The event, which was held Monday, April 28 at the Brentwood Public Library, drew a crowd of over 80 students and parents from the region. Dean Anid spoke to the audience of middle and high school students and their parents about the benefits of pursuing studies and careers in STEM. Citing the many accomplishments of NYIT’s chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, and IEEE, the Dean highlighted the many success stories of current NYIT students and alumni, in particular minority students, who have made great strides in STEM fields and hold important jobs in their fields.
On Thursday, May 15, NYIT held it’s second-annual Transforming Undergraduate Education Workshop and luncheon at the de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. The event, which is funded by a National Science Foundation Grant, is open to high school and college teachers, professors, administrators, and students, and seeks to stimulate interest in STEM fields, in particular among the female and minority demographic. This year’s workshop was specifically geared toward investigating potential avenues toward teaching students to apply STEM learning into the healthcare industry. The goals of the workshop are:
Attendees had the chance to hear NYIT faculty speak about the ways in which the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum encourages students to envision and explore real-world applications for wireless technologies, and were treated to a showcase of exemplary student engineering projects. Current NYIT students who presented their work also provided valuable insight to high school students about what studying college-level engineering is all about—from day-to-day academics to the NYIT and external resources such as social life and community service opportunites.
The event was organized by Dr. Tao Zhang, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYIT. Dr. Zhang, who is also the Principal Investigator for the NSF grant that supports the workshop, says that her vision for the workshop is that “through the use of state-of-the-art technologies and real-life healthcare-related projects integrated throughout the program, will heighten students’ interest in pursuing Engineering programs and increase enrollment and retention in this major.”
Teachers from high schools across the New York Metropolitan area were in attendance, with representatives from Brentwood High School, Sacred Heart Academy, Saint Demetrios High School of Astoria, Bronx Collegiate Academy, Manhasset High School, and Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School. Also in attendance were members of the Mill Neck Family of Organizations and SUNY-Farmingdale State College. All of these Long-Island regional teachers were recognized by Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, at the event for their contributions to STEM education.
NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences has recently supported the CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY by hosting Engineering By Design teacher training in it’s facilities at the Old Westbury campus. Engineering by Design (EbD) is a standards-based pre-engineering program for children in grades K-12. It was developed by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) to deliver technological literacy in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) contexts, and can be implemented using existing technology infrastructure in public schools.
The Engineering by Design program is an technology-integrative educational model used by schools who are developing themes in STEM and IT, and are seeking to increase all students' achievement in technology, science, mathematics, and English through authentic, hands-on learning. EbD students will be prepared with the knowledge and abilities that will help them to become informed, successful citizens in tune with the technologically advanced 21st century world in which we live.
The goals of the EbD program are:
The NYIT-hosted training session took place from June 30-July 3, 2014 in Harry Schure Hall rooms 211 and 212. Additional information about the NYIT EbD training is available on the Oneida-Boces website. The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES is the lead agency in the Engineering by Design™ Consortium for New York state. In 2012, we brought this exciting, pre-engineering program to school districts in New York state.
NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences is proud to welcome a talented group of high school students from across the greater NY-metropolitan region for its first session of the Summer 2014 Technology and Engineering Experience. The program, which is run daily in a day-camp style format, is a fun and informative way to introduce high schoolers to engineering and technology by offering them a hands-on education in robotics, hacking, and game development.
The Manhattan camp, which takes place July 7 - 18, includes field trips to facilities in New York City such as the Time Warner Center and Lincoln Center to allow campers to explore state-of-the-art 21st century technologies in the heart of the city. The experience will serve as a career discovery opportunity for students with an interest in engineering, as NYIT faculty members, career service representatives, and distinguished industry leaders will speak with them about what they can expect if they choose to undertake studies and a career in the fields of engineering and computer science. Campers receive 2 college credits toward their degree at NYIT.
A second session of the camp will be held August 4-15 at the Old Westbury campus. To learn more, visit the Summer 2014 Technology and Engineering Experience webpage.
Summer campers with teacher and coordinator Saverio Marsicano
Intel's new "Stay With It" resources for college students include educational events, resources, discussions/Q&A's with industry leaders, and contests. To celebrate its brand new design and website, anyone who signs up for a profile on staywithit.org is eligible to win one of 5 ASUS Transformer books powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor (U.S. only). Check out the new site: www.staywithit.org. The deadline to enter is June 27, 2014. Click here to sign up and learn more.
NYIT has previously supported the Stay With It initiative by inviting students to join a social media campaign and national prep rally dedicated to encouraging students stick with their engineering programs. Last year, two NYIT students won Intel-powered laptops.
The Stay With It initiative is a nation-wide effort lead by the Intel Corporation to address high attrition rates in U.S. engineering programs. Stay With It began in response to President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in 2012, and works to create a community of engineering students, teachers, and industry professionals who are willing to share their stories and inspire others to continue the path toward an engineering degree in spite of (and because of!) any obstacles and difficulty they might experience along the way.
Recent grassroots initiatives for the DIY movement focused on the democratization of high-tech tools such as 3D printers, computer-aided design software, and laser cutters are reaching huge audiences and steadily gaining high level support. This new “Maker Movement” is working to empower Americans to become producers of things—not just consumers of things—by holding “Maker Faires” across the country. Maker Faires have taken place in New York City, Silicon Valley, and everywhere in between, and draw thousands of attendees, artisans, startups, and established companies to showcase the products of their creativity and hard work.
In a recent letter to the White House, New York Institute of Technology joined scores of American colleges, universities, and technical institutes to declare its commitment to fostering the maker movement on campus through supporting research, expanded access to scientific and technological labs, encouraging making in senior design projects, investing in makerspaces accessible to all students, and supporting education, outreach, and service learning that encourages and inspires young makers.
In response to this letter, President Barack Obama officially declared June 18, 2014 National Day of Making, and is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire in Washington, D.C. Of the day, he says: "This event celebrates every maker--from students learning STEM skills to entrepreneurs launching new businesses to innovators powering the renaissance in American manufacturing. I am calling on people across the country to join us in sparking creativity and encouraging invention in their communities." To read his entire statement, click here.
NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences is especially dedicated to supporting making, and many of its students and faculty are taking full advantage of the state-of-the-art making tools in SoECS lab facilities. 3D printing has been used to fulfill a variety of needs on campus. For example, one student printed a model airfoil for a senior design project, which was tested in a wind tunnel. His purpose was to validate results from a computation fluid dynamics software program. Another student printed housing for a bike-mounted Peltier cooling system. Student clubs like the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), are taking advantage of the rapid protoyping capability of the 3D printer to manifest and perfect designs on a variety of robotics projects. Gears, clamps, hooks, linkages, and brackets are printed right here at NYIT in a fraction of the time it would take to fabricate these items in more traditional methods. One NYIT engineering student even printed the parts to create his own 3D printer!
While mechanical engineering students utilize the 3D printer with frequency, NYIT Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering students are also using this technology in creative ways. One team of ECE students recently built a pill dispenser that was can be electronically personalized to dispense medication in the proper doses and times.
See the photos below for some examples of NYIT making:
Old Westbury, N.Y. (June 13, 2014) – A student-led drone demonstration and in-depth presentations about drone applications took center stage at New York Institute of Technology’s annual energy conference yesterday.>
Energy in Motion: Energy by Road, Rail, and Drone featured expert panelists on alternative energy, regional transportation challenges and solutions, and future technologies that will safely and quickly transport people and products. Conference attendees also enjoyed test drives around campus in three Tesla Model S cars, high-end electric cars with zero emissions.
Drones: Evolution and Applications
Students from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers showcased The Osprey, a six-rotor drone they built for a national contest held by the organization. With its motors buzzing and propellers whirling, The Osprey lifted off from a patio at NYIT de Seversky Mansion, hovered momentarily, and then successfully delivered a small weight to a nearby platform before gliding through a makeshift goalpost. Student Nick Engel controlled the drone with a remote as his classmates watched and conference attendees recorded the demonstration on smartphones.
Assistant Professor James Scire, Jr., Ph.D., said the presentation “was an excellent showcase of the students’ talent and demonstrated the importance of club activities for student development.”
Scire noted that the demonstration reinforced the points that drone experts made during the conference panel on drone technology. Mary “Missy” Cummings, Ph.D., of Duke University, noted that drones are emerging as a major industry with applications ranging from artistic expression and commerce to inspections, firefighting, and resource surveillance. In England and India, companies have experimented with using drones to deliver pizzas, while in the United States, Amazon raised eyebrows in some quarters with its announcement last year that it would begin a drone-by-delivery service.
Drones save energy and reduce pollution, Cummings said, and that as the infrastructure of drone systems grows, the industry will the source of new jobs for those trained as drone engineers, ground controllers, and network supervisors. Engineers and other professionals are also working on security and safety issues as the industry expands.
“You have got to get serious about expanding your robotics program,” Cummings advised. In your local schools, primary, secondary, and college levels. You’ve got to get more of your people in these programs…it’s a real technology investment that all states need to make.”
Cummings presentation was followed by two TEDx videos by Andreas Raptopoulos and Paola Santana, co-founders of Matternet, a Silicon Valley start-up that is launching a new transportation system of drone networks to deliver small packages in remote areas.
Long Island’s Transportation Challenges
The conference opened with a sobering assessment of Long Island’s future based on a recent survey of 413 millennials who overwhelmingly agreed that they would leave Long Island because of high housing costs and an inability to find jobs aligned with their salary expectations and skills. Martin R. Cantor, Ph.D., director of the Long Island Center for Socio-Economic Policy, said Long Island’s economic problems are tied to energy and transportation challenges that affect the labor force.
Transportation experts from the Long Island Rail Road and Nassau County spoke of new improvements to the rails and roads, including an $8 billion LIRR project to provide access to Manhattan’s East Side and plans to investigate a fixed rail system that reduce traffic and emissions in central Nassau County.
The final panel explored innovations in alternative fuels and technology, including natural gas fueling stations, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and green vehicles.
Ken Daly, president, National Grid New York, said natural gas offers significant economic and environmental benefits for Long Island. The industry is growing, with
“Each year, we’re advancing the technology,” Daly said, noting that he expects to see natural gas vehicles represent five to ten percent of all vehicles in the future as gas networks are modernized and expanded.
Jessica Harrison of DNV GL, said the nation’s electric vehicle charging network is growing from individual stations to a sophisticated system that will help support the electric grid. Wireless charging prototypes also have been developed and pilot programs are underway in New York City.
The conference’s final speaker, Joseph Ambrosio, (BS, ’94), chief technical officer of Unique Technical Services, LLC, said the majority of imported fuel is used in transportation, which makes the development of more “green vehicles” important as a factor in reducing energy costs.
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, nearly 100,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
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Dr. Nada Anid, Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT, has recently been featured in an article on CareerGlider.com highlighting the work of female Engineering Deans from across the United States.
The article is full of helpful insight into what it's like to pursue engineering at the college and graduate level, and is brimming with valuable advice for young women who are interested in an engineering degree. Dean Anid is featured alongside Dr. Cherry A. Murray of Harvard College's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Dr. Candis Claiborn of Washington State University's College of Engineering and Architecture, and Dr. Barbara D. Boyan of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering.
To read more about Dean Anid, and other prominent female Deans, check out the full article on CareerGlider.
On May 12, 2014, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) members Michelle Messenger and Adriana Maldonado celebrated a year’s worth of hard work and dedication to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to local youth by hosting a science fair at NYIT’s Manhattan campus. The fair featured 16 young scientists from the Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem who were eager to present their work and explain their experiments to NYIT student, staff, and faculty judges. As part of NYIT SWE’s ongoing partnership with Citizen Schools, Messenger and Maldonado have spent one day a week at Renaissance School teaching 6th grade students all about STEM—from LEGO Robotics to lemon batteries—you name it, they covered it. Their work with Citizen Schools serves to extend the children’s school day, all while enriching their education with hands-on knowledge about STEM topics.
The apprentices at the May 12 science fair showcased their ability to create basic electricity generators using common household objects such as cardboard boxes, magnets, and metal wire. Their generators were able to light up LEDs without the aid of any batteries or other sources of power. The 6th graders, who expressed excitement about being able to create such gadgets on their own, impressed NYIT engineering students with their ability to describe the fundamental principles of electricity that they learned under Maldonado and Messenger’s fun and informative classroom leadership.
In addition to teaching the students about the basics of electricity and engineering, Maldonado and Messenger covered a variety of STEM topics to get their apprentices excited about science. During the fall semester, they lead workshops for the students on LEGO Robotics and carbon footprint reduction, and encouraged the kids to think critically about how technology and scientific knowledge can make positive impacts on society. It was a fulfilling experience for both women. Said Messinger, “It was really cool to see the kids learning and absorbing the information. I would definitely do this program again.”
Citizen Schools is a not-for-profit organization that partners with middle schools across the U.S. to expand the learning day for children in low-income or underperforming school districts.
ASME members Derek Stack, Archie Yepes, Colin Vinson, and Nick Engel all sought to participate in this year’s Student Design Competition, which challenged young engineers to design a remote-controlled, heavy-lifting hovering aircraft that can pass through gates and drop a payload on a target. The competition was designed to simulate water-bucket drops on a forest fire. Unfortunately, due to two late equipment failures, NYIT’s ASME team was unable to compete at regionals, but thanks to their perseverance and hard work, their multi-rotor machine is already stronger and better than ever before, and ready to compete at the international exposition in the fall. The ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress Exposition is slated to take place November 11-20, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec.
NYIT’s student section of ASME has been developing their custom built, heavy-lift multi-rotor drone (pictured above) for several months now, and look forward to testing it on the playing field in November. They have built this machine thanks to the practice and research experience they were able to complete by working with three quadcopters that were donated to NYIT earlier this year. The funds used to purchase the drones were given by SoECS alumnus Robert A Russo, who graduated from NYIT in 1969 with his B.S. in Aeronautical Technology.