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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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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).
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 REU Program will provide 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 (women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply). Applications are due by February 28, 2014, so don't miss your chance to be considered for this prestigious and competitive opportunity!
Topics of research for the program includes simulating the spread of malware on smartphones, implementing cryptographic algorithms and authentication schemes for smartphones, studying topology control of wireless networks, geolocating smartphones, detecting physical attack on a network of smartphones, and developing privacy-protected medical sensing methods using smartphones.
Accepted students will receive a $5,000 stipend for the summer, plus $2,800 for housing and food, and a travel allowance up to $600, in addition to valuable research experience, grad school preparation, networking opportunities with industry professionals, access to exciting conferences in the field of cybersecurity, and tours of state-of-the-art research facilities, labs, and security centers in New York City.
For additional information on the program and how to apply, visit nyit.edu/engineering/reu, or contact Dr. Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 273-6129.
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