Marta A. Panero, Ph.D., joined New York Tech in 2011 as the director of strategic partnerships at NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Since September 2018, Panero has served as the university’s executive director for external affairs. In this capacity, she works to develop partnerships with corporate, government, non-profit, and academic organizations in the creation of mutually beneficial programs. During her time here, she has secured several grants and developed funding initiatives in support of institutional and student success across the university.

Before joining New York Tech, Panero served for four years (2007–2011) as deputy director for New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation. There, she won research grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, the Volvo Research and Education Foundations, and the Mineta Transportation Institute. In addition, Panero coordinated the Rudin Center's training programs for various transportation agencies.

Prior to August 2007, Panero directed "Industrial Ecology, Pollution Prevention and the New York/ New Jersey Harbor," a project at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), where she started working in 1999. During her tenure there, Panero was part of a multidisciplinary team that developed six reports on the flow of contaminated materials affecting the New York/New Jersey Harbor and its watershed. She continued as a member of the NYAS environmental and transportation committees until 2012.

Panero earned a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research, where she specialized in sustainable economic development and environmental economics. She graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University with a B.A. in Social Studies.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Research (sponsored by Cisco) on strengthening the technology talent pipeline, 2019
  • “City-As-Lab: A Research Coordination Network for the Study of the Food, Energy, and Water Nexus for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development” (funded by the National Science Foundation), 2019
  • IN-SOURCE, an international project for integrated analysis and modeling to manage sustainable urban food, water, and energy resources (funded by the Belmont Forum, the U.S. National Science Foundation, and others), 2018
  • “Innovation Across Borders,” with Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas in the Dominican Republic (sponsored by 100,000 Strong in the Americas/The Innovation Fund), 2017
  • A workshop, “Urban Infrastructures: Analysis and Modeling for Their Optimal Management and Operation” (sponsored by the National Science Foundation), 2017
  • “Pathways to Cleaner Production,” with Illinois Institute of Technology and seven universities in Latin America (funded by Higher Education for Development and the U.S. State Department), 2016

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