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Apr 14 2014

NYIT professors

PICTURED: Professors Hui-Yin Hsu and Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professors in the School of Education, with Max Longhurst from Utah State University, at a conference in Philadelphia. For more information, read their news item.


The U.S. Patent and Trade Office issued Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (ziqian.dong@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, patent no. 8675673 on March 18 for her invention, "Forwarding Cells of Partitioned Data Through a Three-Stage Clos-Network Packet Switch with Memory at Each Stage."


Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D. (bbehesht@nyit.edu), associate dean of NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, published the paper, "Performance of a Reference Implementation of a Novel Technical Reference Model for Wireless Sensor Networks," in the fall/winter 2013 issue of the International Journal of Modern Engineering. The paper highlights a novel architecture for software design of wireless sensor networks. This hierarchical, highly modular behavioral model allows rapid development of new systems for emerging applications. The paper also presents quantitative performance measurements of the model.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (ziqian.dong@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented papers at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, April 7-9 in Miami, Fla. They include:

  • "Microblogging as a Social Sensing Tool," which discusses the development of an online social sensing and analysis tool that harvests microblogs from Chinese twitter, Sina Weibo, and processes and analyzes data for participatory sensing and sentiment analysis.
  • "Indoor Localization for Mobile Devices," co-authored with NYIT graduate student Randolph Espejo and co-presented with NYIT students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program who participated in the conference's student paper competition.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (hhsu02@nyit.edu), associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (shiang-kwei.wang@nyit.edu), associate professor of instructional technology, co-presented several papers at the 2014 American Educational Research Association conference, April 3-7 in Philadelphia, including:

  • "The Impact of Professional Development on Science Teachers' Technology Integration: Using Information and Communication Technologies as Cognitive Tools."
  • "Investigation of Middle School Science Teachers' and Students' Use of Technology Inside and Outside of Classroom."
  • "The Impact of Professional Development on Middle School Science Teachers' New Literacy Practices in the Classrooms."

Jim Martinez, Ph.D. (jmarti23@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology, and Amy Bravo (abravo@nyit.edu), assistant dean of career services, met with a delegation of 30 elementary school principals from Holon, Israel, on April 7 to discuss NYIT's service and STEM learning initiatives with public magnet schools, and to explore potential international partnerships. Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D. (rahmat.shoureshi@nyit.edu), provost and vice president for academic affairs, welcomed the delegation on their tour of public schools in New York City.

Members of the new-peer reviewed journal Transforming Education invited Kate O'Hara, Ph.D. (kohara@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology, to serve as a member of its editorial board. The journal, published by the College of Education at the Georgia Regents University, disseminates scholarly research on transformation in education and promotes positive and progressive growth in the field.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, provided his expertise for a story series on transition to adulthood for individuals with autism published by the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Interactive Autism Network webzine. The articles quote him and cite his work, including:

  • "Coming of Age: Autism and the Transition to Adulthood," published April 8, read more.
  • "Daily Living Skills: A Key to Independence for People with Autism," published April 10, read more.

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