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Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

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Azhar Ilyas, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-authored a conference paper, "In Vivo Evaluation of Novel Amorphous Silicon Oxynitrophosphide Implant Coatings for Rapid Bone Healing," for the Materials Science & Technology 2016 Conference & Exhibition, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also presented his research work, "Electromechanical Fingerprinting of Cells for Tagless Identification of Cancer," at the 13th Key Symposium: Bioelectronic Medicine Technology Targeting Molecular Mechanisms at The New York Academy of Sciences in September 2016.

Wenjia Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, delivered a tutorial, "Cloud Computing for Smart Transportation," with assistant professor Dr. Ashwin Ashok of Georgia State University, at the 37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, in September 2016. In October 2016, Li published a research paper titled, "Node Localization Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks Using Compressive Sensing Theory," in Springer's Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (PUC) Journal, with Dr. Yehua Wei, associate professor at Hunan Normal University, China, and then-visiting scholar at NYIT.

James Scire, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, published his article, "Involving Undergraduate Students in Research through the Development of Low-Cost Optical Instrumentation," which he also presented at the Fall 2016 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Conference.

Anand Santhanakrishnan, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published two articles in September 2016: "Factors Affecting Bacterial Propagation Toward Tumor Micro Environments" in MOJ Proteomics and Bioinformatics, and "A Micro-Finance Model for Spectrum Management in Wireless Networks," in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networks.

Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, Ph.D., professor of telecomm and electrical engineering technology, published the articles, "Encryption for the Internet of Things (IoT)," for (In)Secure Magazine in September 2016, and " Smart Devices Undone by Dumb Security," in The Wall Street Journal on July 2, 2016.

Andrew Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, is the featured expert in a Q&A on criminal justice schools and careers at Real Work Matters, a "resource for people interested in a non-traditional education path." Costello says, "A criminal justice degree will help in subject matter related to promotional exams over other degrees. Having a completed bachelor's degree prior to entry [in the field] will also allow for more effort in practice specialization within law enforcement while going up the supervisory ranks."

Sarah Meyland, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental technology and sustainability, gave testimony addressing Long Island water quality and contamination to the NYS Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation and Health, and presented "Understanding and Protecting Long Island's Drinking Water The Water Below" on episode 2 of "Water Matters," a web program on Long Island groundwater, produced by Grassroots Environmental Education, in October.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, completed her Fulbright U.S. Scholar service at Azerbaijan State Pedagogy University and Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, Baku, Azerbaijan. She conducted research at the Ministry of Education and lectured at Azerbaijan State Pedagogy University as part of the project, "Transforming Teacher Education through Transdisciplinary Innovative Pedagogy: Participatory Action Research." She is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, was selected to serve as a board member (January 2016 – present) for the New York Fulbright Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Organization.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, co-wrote two articles, "Immigration Across Cultures Throughout History: Deconstructing the Myths and Misconception in Teacher Education," in the Journal of Education Leadership Review, and "Cultivating Global Competencies for the 21st Century Classrooms: A Transformative Teaching Model," in the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development.