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Women in Engineering and Technology Day

April 23, 2022
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Your Future in Data Science Begins Here!

Are you a high school student who is curious about engineering and technology? Join NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences for a day of empowerment and hands-on engineering, computing science, and technology activities. During this virtual event, participate in interactive sessions, meet women leaders in engineering and technology, and connect with women engineering students—at absolutely no cost! Find out how exciting a career in engineering, computer science, and technology can be!

Activities include:

  • Data Science Challenge, Data Visualization Challenge
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Career Path Discussion
  • Connecting with current New York Tech students

For more information, contact or 516.686.7910.


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10 – 10:15 a.m.

Event Introduction

10:15 – 11 a.m.

Keynote Speaker – Judy Murrah

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Data Science Challenge - Data Manipulation, Aggregation, and Statistical Analysis

12 – 12:30 p.m.

Virtual Lunch and SQL Lecture - The basics of Structured Query Language

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Data Science Challenge - SQL Scavenger Hunt

2 – 3 p.m.

Data Visualization Challenge

3 – 3:45 p.m.

Your Future in Data Science - Career Paths and Job Opportunities

3:45 – 3:55 p.m.

Prizes, Certificates and Giveaways

3:55 – 4 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Judy Murrah

Judy Murrah, Chief Operating Officer, Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.

Prior to joining Applied DNA Sciences, Judy Murrah was senior director of information technology at Motorola Solutions, and vice president for roles within global account sales, corporate and marketing communications, and information technology at Symbol Technologies before its acquisition by Motorola Solutions. Ms. Murrah holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She is an inventor on 14 U.S. patents.

Program Host

Babak Beheshti

Babak Beheshti, Ph.D., Dean, NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D. is Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences (CoECS) at New York Institute of Technology.

Babak’s experience in higher education spans over 35 years, where he has served as a full-time faculty member, President of the Senate, Associate Dean, and Dean. As dean of the engineering college, Babak led the college to the introduction of its first two Ph.D. programs in computer science and engineering, two new Bachelor’s and one new Master's degree programs, in addition to leading the college through its fastest climb in national rankings: #33 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (National - no doctorate) – a climb of 13 places since 2020, and #191 Best Computer Science Undergraduate Programs (National - no doctorate), a new ranking in 2021– a climb of 40 places since 2020.

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In line with the career-oriented mission of NYIT, Babak has led the CoECS in building a strong partnership with industry/government including NASA, Zscaler, IBM Red Hat, Xilinx, Soter Technologies, and Zebra Technologies.

Babak has served as a member of the IEEE Board of Directors (2018-19), and a member of the Board of Directors of Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet). In 2022 Babak serves as a member of the Educational Activities Board and the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee. He also serves on the Board of IgniteLI – Long Island Manufacturing Consortium and is a member of the Advisory Board of The International Association of Transportation Regulators.

Babak is a recipient of the IEEE, MGA Leadership Award, IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE LI Section Athanasios Papoulis Outstanding Educator Award, and three IEEE Region 1 Awards, including the 2008 IEEE Northeastern Region Technical Innovation Award.

Babak received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and his master's and bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stony Brook University.

Event Host

Michael Nizich

Michael Nizich, Ph.D., Director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC), New York Institute of Technology

Michael Nizich is the director of the Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) and an adjunct assistant professor of computer science at New York Institute of Technology. He has more than 25 years of professional experience in information technology in a variety of industries, including aviation, education, law enforcement, biotechnology, and cybersecurity. Nizich has held IT leadership positions in both private and publicly held companies.

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With more than 10 years of college-level teaching experience, Nizich holds a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Long Island University, a master’s degree in Technology Systems Management from Stony Brook University, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Dowling College.

Through ETIC programs, Nizich regularly connects both domestic and international students with internships and full-time positions in cybersecurity. He also directs New York Tech’s Center of Academic Excellence for Cybersecurity Education, designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, and serves as a member of the CTEA committee for cybersecurity for Suffolk County Community College.