Executive Advisory Board
VP Research Analyst
Soyeb Barot is a research analyst at Gartner, responsible for covering Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI topics in his current role. He earned his Master's Degree in Computer Science from New York Tech back in 2005. He has lead enterprise data management and Data Science teams in the past providing deep technical expertise, and leadership, within the insurance, banking, retail, media, and information system domains. He specializes in building roadmaps for analytical and AI strategies, working with academics and technology organizations to bring ML, NLP, and AI solutions to the broader industry. Soyeb has been a speaker at various industry conferences and plays a pivotal role in building future-state architectures and digital transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprises globally.
Thomas D. Bianculli
Director, EMC Strategy & Portfolio
Zebra Technologies Co.
Peter Curtis ('83, '95)
PMC Group I, LLC
Peter Curtis is the founder of PMC Group I, LLC, an Engineering, Research and Technology company. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Electro‐Mechanical Computer Technology and an MS in Energy Management from New York Tech. Peter has over 30 years of experience in the Mission Critical Engineering industry in the areas of Banking/Finance, Defense, Electric/Water Utilities, Transportation, Energy Management, Education and Product Development. He has served as Vice President of Critical Systems for Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank in addition to having held Engineering positions with the Securities Industry Automation Company (SIAC), Lighting Company and Liebert. Peter was responsible for critical systems design, construction, operations and energy for multi‐megawatt infrastructures. He has been at the forefront of developing and integrating new technology for the mission critical industry with the overall goal of reducing human error. He is the author of "Maintaining Critical Systems in a 24/7 Environment" and is currently working on the third edition. This knowledge touches half the world population and creates culture and standardization for the globe.
Matthew W. Daus
Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
City University of New York's (CUNY) Transportation Research Center
Matthew W. Daus, Esq. currently serves as Transportation Technology Chair at the City University of New York's (CUNY) Transportation Research Center of The City College of New York, where he conducts research, and continues to be extensively published as an expert on ground transportation regulation and technology. As a CUNY Distinguished Lecturer for the past 9 years, he taught courses on transportation history, policy, sustainability, for-hire regulation and technology. Mr. Daus also continues to serve for the past 10 years as President of the International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR), a non-profit educational and advocacy peer group of government transportation regulators from around the world promoting best regulatory and innovative practice. Commissioner Daus is the longest serving Chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), serving for 8.5 years. Prior to his tenure as Commissioner, Mr. Daus served in executive and other positions in NYC government for almost 20 years at several agencies including as General Counsel to the TLC and the NYC Community Development Agency, as Special Counsel to the TLC and NYC Trade Waste Commission, as a NYC Human Rights Prosecutor, and as Commissioner of the NYC Civil Service Commission. Mr. Daus is a partner and currently chairs the Transportation Practice Group at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP.
Steven J. DeCarlo
Director of Utility Services
Maser Consulting P.A.
Mr. DeCarlo is the Director of Services at Maser Consulting P. A., an award-winning, multi-disciplined engineering firm with a unique balance of public and private sector experience.
He is a highly effective senior team leader with over 35 years of corporate and field experience in diversified Energy services including operations, maintenance, engineering, asset management, and business development. His expertise also extends to company representation in public, professional, government, and regulatory agency matters. He has developed deep expertise creating long-term strategies and new technology architectures; building increased transmission capacity; optimizing existing assets; lowering risk profile; and ensuring efficient operations while delivering a strong record of driving high-value operational results. Mr. DeCarlo has extensive power industry technical and regulatory knowledge in hydro and transmission and familiarity with nuclear, gas, and renewable generation sources as well as distribution. Of tremendous value is his consistent ability to build high-performance, empowered teams, and ensure strong internal communications that creates an ownership culture throughout all levels in the organization.
Robert A. DiFazio, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert A. DiFazio has spent over forty years doing research and development in wireless communications, signal processing, networks, video, machine-to-machine communications, and international standards. Before founding RZio LLC, an R&D and consulting company, he was Executive Vice President and Head of Research & Development at InterDigital where he led a worldwide organization of over 150 engineers spanning North America, Europe, and Asia. He and his team developed 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G cellular technology that became the basis for a world-renowned patent portfolio that generated hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue per year.
Dr. DiFazio actively participated in projects on 5G cellular, next generation Wi-Fi, millimeter wave radios, small cell and heterogeneous networks, video/multi-media compression and distribution, and advanced systems for efficient use and sharing of spectrum to meet the ever-increasing demand for wireless data. He directed participation at major international standards bodies including 3GPP, IEEE 802.11, IETF, oneM2M, and MPEG. Prior to InterDigital, Dr. DiFazio spent more than twenty years at BAE Systems working on software defined radios, smart antenna systems, jam resistant modems, and low probability of intercept communication and navigation systems. He was a founding employee of a wireless startup. His outreach activities include many technology talks, publications, and interviews.
In the local engineering community, Dr. DiFazio is chairman of the New York Tech Dean’s Executive Advisory Board and a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Department. He has served on Advisory Boards for the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and spent over twenty years teaching graduate courses in wireless communications, spread spectrum systems, and advanced circuits.
Dr. DiFazio received his Ph.D. from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly, Brooklyn Poly). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and holds over one hundred issued and numerous pending US patents.
Michael Galletti ('86)
Productline Director, APS-143 Programs
35 year Defense industry executive. Career started as an electrical engineer (New York Tech Alumni) for Harris Corporation. Excelled at electronic design and integration and assignments of growing responsibilities prior to moving into Program Management. Managed Programs across the defense spectrum from Communications, Radar, and Electronic Warfare. Managed the development of the F-22 Raptor Radar System, EA-18G Electronic Warfare System, Apache Longbow Radar System and the APS-143 Radar System. Built strong customer relationships with all branches of the defense industry including the USAF, USN, US Army, and USCG. Also has built close business relationships with foreign military customers in over 20 countries in every region of the world. Established strong partnerships with major defense contractors including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Cobham, and L3Harris. Received MBA from University of Maryland (2006).
Former VP Business Development and ISVS Global Business Partners
Accomplished former IBM senior executive with track record of catalyzing growth through innovative new business models in software, SaaS, digital transformation, and cloud. Throughout his career, Mark has been an "intrapreneur" within IBM, helping the company to launch new product lines, create new skilled partner programs, expand into emerging markets and reach new clients through a skilled partner network. Mark is a results-oriented sales and marketing executive with a strong general management background. Mark has successfully held positions in sales, marketing, product management, M&A acquisitions and integrations, channels and global alliances.
Mark played a vital role in helping IBM, a company with a tradition of "flying solo", form its first-ever Software Business Partner program, reflecting the importance of alliances and partnerships in the evolving digital economy. Mark joined IBM's M&A group where he led IBM's $762 million acquisition of Tivoli. Mark played a crucial leading role in helping IBM grow its Software business from $500M to $28B, through increasing its business through skilled partners from 0% to over 42%.
Mark has been cited by CRN IT Magazine six times as Top Channel Chief. Mark has been interviewed on major national media, including the New York Times. CNBC, Investor's Business Daily, and China Daily.
Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer, East
Larry Karantzios is a Senior Pre-Sales Systems Engineer at ZSCALER. Karantzios is tech lead in migrating traditional company on premise network/security solutions to a digital transformation Cloud Internet Security solution along with Secure Remote Access in a Zero Trust Environment.
Before ZSCALER, Karantzios worked as a Senior Pre-Sales engineer at FORTINET designing network/security datacenter and internet access solutions for the banking and financial services sector. Karantzios also worked for JUNIPER NETWORKS, leading technical sales in computer networks/security opportunities in the Global Banking and Financial Institutions.
Previously to changing careers to pre-sales engineering, Karantzios was vice president at Credit Suisse. He was responsible for securing the bank's global Internet access as well as the design and security of all global DMZ zones. Prior to accepting a career in IT systems network/security for Wall Street financial firms, Karantzios worked at Northrop Grumman Aerospace in the systems engineering group, integrating encrypted digital voice/data communications systems on the Navy E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft. Karantzios received an M.S. degree in organizational behavior and a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.
John R. Keville ('88)
Houston Office Managing Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP
John Keville is the office managing partner in Winston & Strawn's Houston office. With a degree in mechanical engineering from New York Tech, and a law degree from St. John's University School of Law John first-chairs patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation trials across the country. Recognized in Houston as an IP "Lawyer of the Year," John is known for being "an extraordinarily diligent, no-nonsense straight shooter" and "truly formidable" in the IP arena. He has served on the Engineering School's Dean's Advisory Board since 2018.
Michael Lantier ('04)
Assistant V.P. Partner
H2M architects + engineers
Michael Lantier's 15 year career at H2M started within the Electrical Engineering Department and has progressed to a leading role providing support to numerous school districts and higher education clients throughout the tri-state area. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New York and is U.S. Green Building Council LEED accredited. His responsibilities include client management and full-service project management including pre-bond support services, financial review, feasibility reports, design services, and construction administration services. In the Electrical Engineering Department, his experience includes the design and construction management of complex power distribution, emergency distribution, and fully integrated life safety systems.
Mr. Lantier is the primary client contact and manages numerous K–12 school districts. Although he holds a degree is in electrical and computer engineering from New York Institute of Technology, his years of experience have provided knowledge on many aspects of school construction. He has extensive experience in evaluating existing facilities, developing capital plans, evaluating energy performance contracts, and participating in pre-bond efforts. His experience within H2M has provided him with long standing relationships across all service markets, resulting in efficient project management and expedited decision making, which ultimately saves his clients time and money while resulting in successful construction completion. His outreach includes positions on numerous not-for-profit boards and industrial advisory boards. Mr. Lantier rounds out his education with an M.B.A. in Finance from Stony Brook University.
Carter Deluca Farrell & Scmidt, LLP
George Likourezos is a partner at Carter, DeLuca & Farrell, LLP, a full-service intellectual property law firm based in Melville, New York. His practice encompasses all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law. George focuses his law practice on patent law and representing his clients before the US Patent and Trademark Office and patent offices throughout the world. His clients include individual inventors, startups, universities, research institutions, middle-market and Fortune 100 companies involved in a wide range of technologies. George has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Operations Management from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). His law degree is from the Touro Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. He is a director and on the advisory board of several technology companies, including a mentor of the prestigious Starburst Space Accelerator, and a Board member of ADDAPT and the Long Island Capital Alliance.
Intelligent Product Solutions
Mitch, President of IPS, has more than 40 years of experience in successful product development. As President and co-founder of IPS, Mitch along with his partner, Paul Severino, have built a large, multi-functional product development team serving many tier one clients including Motorola, Google, Verizon, Tyco, Leviton, Anheuser Busch, L3 Communications, Pepsi, Steinway and several divisions of Danaher Corporation as well as numerous smaller clients. Mitch's present role followed a long, successful career at Symbol Technologies where Mitch served as Vice President of Engineering running engineering for a large, highly profitable business unit as well as an Advanced Development organization.
Prior to Symbol Technologies, Mitch spent his career in commercial, industrial, consumer and defense product manufacturing companies including NCR and United Technologies. He has a plethora of US and international patents around his innovative work over his career. Mitch holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in NY as well as an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Hofstra University. Currently, Mitch is active in helping develop the local economy through roles with Stony Brook University, Launchpad, New York Institute of Technology, the Long Island High Tech Incubator and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Partner and Co-Founder
Ken has been an New York Tech Advisory Board member since 2014. He brings a broad technology and industrial application perspective to the role.
Continuing to partner with his co-founder from 127 Energy, Ken joined Turtle & Hughes early in 2019 to build the firm's presence and capability in the battery energy storage services space as the market rapidly expands. As a certified woman-owned business with a 97 year history in providing electrical equipment and services, the Turtle & Hughes team possesses a wealth of experience and relationships as a foundation to build upon as the company invests to support their customers in implementing battery energy storage systems.
In addition to Turtle & Hughes, he remains a Board Member of 127 Energy. Prior to co-founding 127 Energy to develop and finance renewable energy and energy storage projects, Ken was President and CEO of Princeton Power Systems, Inc. (PPS). At PPS, he worked on islandable grid-tied and off-grid microgrid systems globally including U.S. Department of Defense sites, National Park Service locations, Africa, private island and commercial/industrial power systems. Prior to entering the energy storage space, Ken's decade of renewable energy experience included thin film, organic and crystalline silicon photovoltaics firms. Before beginning his renewable energy work, Ken had leadership roles in the silicon and compound semiconductor, mobile and optical communications as well as power electronics industries. This included five years as Managing Director starting up new businesses whilst resident in China and Japan. He has extensive international experience having done business in more than 35 countries. Ken holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University and MBA Marketing/Finance from the University of Richmond. When not helping customers and developing the business, he likes to go fast and is an FAA-licensed pilot who has also jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, a member of the Harley Owners Group and a PADI certified SCUBA diver.
Jennifer Thayer, Ph.D.
A technology strategist with a broad background in B2B collaboration technologies, product innovation and growth strategy, Jennifer Thayer has consulted on a range of strategic areas from board governance to business development to product innovation and launch. A trusted advisor to startup executives, she lends a comprehensive, unorthodox approach to business development, risk management and growth. Experiences with failure and survival together with a love for ideas and collaborative leadership have deepened Jennifer's appreciation for good governance, a topic on which she writes and speaks with fervor and eloquence.
A two-time Fulbright scholar to Egypt, Jennifer earned a PhD from New York University in Middle East History. Her undergraduate degree is from Colby College.
President and Co-founder
P&L Technical Management Solutions Corp.
Ed Palacio is President and a founding partner of P&L Technical Management Solutions (PLTMS) a Minority Owned (Hispanic) Small Business focused on technology development for the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and highly regulated civilian marketplace.
Previously, Ed was Vice President of Program Management and Business Operations for ITT Exelis Electronic Systems, a $1.5B, multi-value center entity and a leading supplier of Electronic Warfare, Communications, Radar and Electronic Support Measure Systems for the armed forces of the United States and allied nations. In this position, he was responsible for Program Management excellence throughout all of Electronic Systems' multiple locations. Before joining ITT as part of its acquisition of EDO, Ed was Sector Vice President for EDO Corporation's Electronic Warfare Sector. This sector consisted of three business entities with more than $350 million of annual sales primarily of major nomenclature airborne, ground based and shipboard EW programs. Ed has more than 40 years of experience in directing development and production of complex military electronic systems with a history of proven performance. He has expertise in corporate strategy formulation, organizational construct, international teaming and major program pursuit and capture. He has held profit and loss responsibility at the Business Unit and Sector levels, as well as functional lead positions in Program Management, Engineering and Operations.
Ed has held multiple Board Advisory Positions during his career for for-profit entities as well as for Academia, Professional and Industrial Societies. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) Board of Directors, responsible for IEEE activities in the Northeast Region of the Unites States. He sits as a Director on the Board of IEEE USA and well as on the Board of IEEE Member and Geographic Activities, both major Operational Units within the IEEE worldwide structure. He has been a member of advisory boards for SUNY Stony Brook School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the Cooper Union School of Engineering, SUNY Stony Brook Women in Science and Engineering and NYIT College of Engineering and Computer Science. He serves on the Association of Old Crows Metropolitan Roost Board of Directors. He is also an Independent Advisor for the Board of Directors of Werlatone Corporation, a New York based Electronics manufacturer.
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union School of Engineering and Science. He also holds two Masters' degrees, in Electrical Engineering and Technology Management, both from the Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is a Program Management Institute certified Project Management Professional as well as a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Barbara Porter (BS CS '00)
Chief Technology Office
Barbara joined FragranceNet.com in January 2010 as the Chief Technology Officer. She is responsible for all aspects of technology within the organization (application development, hardware, handheld, network, telephony, virtual and cloud environments) and oversees the business intelligence and project management functions. She plays a major role in the operational evolution of the company – identifying opportunities for cost reductions and streamlining critical business flows.
Prior to joining FragranceNet.com she worked for 1800flowers.com for 10 years, initially as the Manager of Web Development, then as the Director of Customer Application Development (managing 13 ecommerce websites, a retail point of sale application, and a multi-brand call center application) before transitioning to the operations side of the organization as the Director of Enterprise Initiatives—chartered with identifying and sponsoring projects for operational improvements throughout the organization that would reduce costs and/or increase customer satisfaction.
Prior to 1800flowers she worked in the petroleum industry for 11 years in various roles including accounting, purchasing, marketing and administration.
Barbara has a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a minor in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is currently enrolled in the Cyber Fellows program at New York University, pursuing a Master of Science. in Cybersecurity. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and is Six Sigma Black Belt trained. She is an adjunct business school professor, and an active volunteer as a technology adviser on PMI's TechMAG, and with IEEE's Long Island New York section as the Chair of the Computer Society, Vice Chair of the Technology and Engineering Management Society, and Vice Chair of the Women in Engineering affinity group.
VP of 5G/digital Ecosystem and Innovation
Sanyogita Shamsunder is the Vice President of Technology Development and 5G Labs at Verizon. Previously, she was Director of Advanced Wireless and Mobile Technology Planning, and has led the 5G network planning and Device Technologies teams at Verizon. Sanyogita has directed and managed teams in all areas of the wireless business, including silicon, and network technology development, marketing, planning and strategy.
Sanyogita received an MBA from The Wharton School, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Math from The University of Virginia.
Thomas Van Laan ('84 SoM)
Tom is currently CEO of CloudCalc, Inc., a Houston-based provider of software to the civil and mechanical engineering market. In addition to an MBA from New York Institute of Technology, he holds an SB in Civil Engineering from MIT and an MS in Computer Science from Pace University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states. Prior to founding CloudCalc, Tom spent over 15 years as CEO of COADE, Inc. He is also the author of the engineering text Piping and Pipe Support Systems, Design and Engineering.
Tom has been a member of the Dean's Executive Advisory Board of the CoECS since 2013.
Mobile Networks Products Baseband Platform VP
Nokia Mobile Networks Business Line
Bill Zucker is the Baseband Platform Sr VP in Nokia's Mobile Networks Products Business Line assuming this position after the Nokia acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent in December 2015. In this role Bill is responsible for all the baseband hardware development for Nokia's Wireless Macrocellualr portfolio. He is also responsible for the planning and development of the Platform Services software upon which the respective Business Lines integrate their application software. Previously, Bill held various senior management positions in Wireless R&D at Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies.
Bill began his career as an electrical engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1979 and has acquired extensive experience in complex hardware/software system product development, product management and project management throughout his career.
Bill holds a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor of Engineering degree from Manhattan College.