Heskia Heskiaoff has served at New York Tech since 1970 in a variety of positions including chair of the engineering and computer science departments, Director of Graduate Studies, and the Dean of School of Engineering and Computing Sciences for 17 years.

During his tenure at New York Tech, Heskiaoff played a major role in introduction, certification, and accreditation of numerous graduate and undergraduate programs. He was the recipient of several grants from various sources including the Office of Naval Research and National Security Agency to establish state-of-the-art facilities for research and study in intrusion, detection, encryption, and other web related topics. He was also the recipient of grants from General Motors, Ford, and Long Island Lighting Co. in the design and development of a hybrid electric vehicle which resulted in several patents. The ground-up vehicle, designed by New York Tech students, won the durability contest in an international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1996.

Prior to 1970, he served as an engineer in Western Electric Company’s corporate operations research department where he designed and developed a heuristic algorithm to balance assembly lines, worked on network analysis of a trans- continental communication system and shortest paths in electrical networks, and hosted a variety of seminars in linear and non-linear programming and systems simulation.

As a consultant, he has conducted feasibility studies in product development as well as system automation, and conducted work specifications, time standards, and assisted the AFL-CIO in contract negotiations and grievances. Heskiaoff received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Upsala College, Masters degree in Operations Research and Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and Doctor of Engineering Science in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University.


  • “Heuristic Method for Balancing Assembly Lines”, W.E. Engineer, Oct 1966 Vol. 12, No. 3
  • “Computerization and Determinants of Mechanization in Manufacturing Industries,“ ORSA/TIMS Conference, New York, 1979.
  • “Impact of Computerization in Man-Hour Productivity in Manufacturing Industry,” American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Metropolitan New York Chapter, Oct 17, 1985.
  • “Hybrid Electric, A Parallel Power Train for Optimal Performance,” Sustainable Transportation, Sept. 1996.
  • Directional Line Detectors in Correlated Noisy Environments, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol 9, No.12, Dec. 2000.

Honors and Awards

  • New York Tech Service Award
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • Eta Kappa Nu
  • SAE International Service Award
  • Member of American Institute of Industrial Engineers, NY Academy of Science, and The American Association for Advancement of Science

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Systems Simulation
  • Operations Research
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Statistical Design
  • IE Senior Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology and Global Issues

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