In the Media

InnovateLI Features New Ph.D. in Computer Science

Dec 04, 2019

The first Ph.D. degree program to be offered by New York Institute of Technology's College of Engineering and Computing Sciences was featured in InnovateLI. As noted in the article, starting in the Fall 2020 semester, the Ph.D. in Computer Science will offer students an advanced research-oriented education in cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing, and other critical computational fields.

“This new degree program marks a milestone for us, as we embark on preparing the next generation of computer scientists, researchers, and innovators for the fast-changing workforce of the 21st century,” said Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “Through rigorous training and transformative research, program graduates will be positioned to become not only prominent members of the research community but also the technical leaders of our region, state, and nation.”


Beheshti Discusses What’s Ahead for 5G on PBS

Nov 14, 2019

The PBS program SciTech Now, a weekly broadcast focused on the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation, featured Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, in a segment on the future of 5G. He shares his expertise to provide a glimpse into the opportunities that the 5G ecosystem will enable, from how people function in the workplace to how they are entertained, and beyond.

For example, Beheshti mentions potential opportunities for both enterprises and individuals with multi-access edge computing and network slicing, capabilities that 5G will enable, due in part to the higher data rates and faster response times the ecosystem of multiple enabling technologies will deliver. When will these capabilities be available? Likely mid-2023, he notes, as a ramp up will follow the current trial phase and compliant equipment needs to be manufactured and certified, among other factors.


Donoghue Discusses eSports Medicine on Sirius XM's Doctor Radio

Nov 14, 2019

Esports medicine expert Joanne Donoghue, Ph.D., associate professor and director of Clinical Research at NYITCOM, discussed the physical ailments faced by gamers on an episode of Siruis XM’s Doctor Radio (subscription required). In her interview, Donoghue discussed common injuries and psychological implications faced by eSport athletes, as well as how the sports medicine community can better serve gamers.


As Seen on ABC News: Rivera Advocates for Veterans

Nov 11, 2019

On Veterans Day, Frank Rivera, director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, appeared in an interview on the ABC News live show The Debrief. The segment, which aired nationally and was anchored by seasoned correspondent Kimberly Brooks, provided a meaningful discussion on the challenges that veterans face upon returning to civilian life.

Nearly 200,000 military veterans transition to civilian life every year. While the GI-Bill enables a transformative educational experience, navigating the higher education system can be one of the greatest challenges that veterans face. Rivera, a U.S. Air Force veteran who experienced these issues as a college student, discussed the ways that New York Institute of Technology is working to engage its student-veterans and help them succeed.


Meyland Comments on Impact of Long Island's Sand Mining Industry

Nov 11, 2019

Sarah Meyland, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Technology and Sustainability, was quoted in Newsday regarding the implications of sand mining on Long Island, a $36.5 million-a-year industry that could be harming the Island’s drinking water.


Cinotti Addresses LGBTQ Bullying in The Conversation

Nov 06, 2019

An article on LGBTQ bullying by Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., associate professor of School Counseling, was published in The Conversation. Cinotti leverages his school counseling expertise and experience as an instructor for state anti-bullying programs to discuss issues such as unconscious bias and forms of bullying that may be unfamiliar to counselors and teachers. He states, “In my experience, schools fail to do enough about bullying when staff members frown upon intolerant behavior without addressing it head on.”

Similar coverage also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Houston Chronicle,, and other U.S. publications.


Cohn Gives Management Advice in Thrive Global

Nov 05, 2019

School of Management Professor and Associate Dean Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D., offers advice to managers in an article for Thrive Global.

Responding to research that employees want managers who help solve problems, Cohn recommends approaching problems with a positive attitude. “Problems that need to be solved are often viewed in a negative way,” she says, when managers should “turn those challenges into opportunities for success and actionable goals.”

In addition, Cohn advises managers to observe and apply others’ successful problem-solving tactics and to find a mentor with whom to discuss tough issues.


Call for eSports Medicine Protocols Gains Widespread Media Attention

Nov 04, 2019

As seen in outlets like The Daily Mail and News Medical, researchers from the NYIT Center for eSports Medicine published findings in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that call for sports medicine protocols to address the injuries faced by gamers. The researchers argue that although eSports is in fact a sedentary sport, gamers face similar issues as traditional athletes.

“Given eSports are played while sitting, you'd think it would be literally impossible to get injured,” said Hallie Zwibel, D.O., director of the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, who also oversees the university’s Center for eSports Medicine. “The truth is they suffer over-use injuries like any other athlete but also significant health concerns from the sedentary nature of the sport.”


Anid Cited on Closing the STEM Gender Gap

Oct 31, 2019

A Woman 2.0 article, “To Close the STEM Gender Gap, We Have to Address the Hard Issues,” cites Vice President for Strategic Communications and External Affairs Nada Anid, Ph.D. Anid was the first female dean of NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences and has long been an expert in encouraging girls and women to pursue STEM careers.

To create better conditions for women and other underrepresented groups to study STEM fields, Anid recommends awareness campaigns and “strong female role models that girls can look up to—these should be our first steps.”

The article, which cites several other female educators in technical fields, concludes with this statement by Anid: “In the end, STEM has no gender, and women should be able to contribute to every field of their choosing—they should be able to feel that they can do anything. And this is not just a gender issue, it’s an economic and workforce development issue.”


As Seen in Hypergrid Business: Faculty Bring Shakespeare to Life with AR

Oct 31, 2019

College of Arts and Sciences faculty John Misak, Ph.D., and Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., were interviewed by Hypergrid Business on an augmented reality (AR) app they are creating to instill literary lessons in college students. The app, called “Perchance: An AR Hamlet Mystery,” immerses students in the plot and environment of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and even allows students to explore the area around the castle where Hamlet meets his father’s ghost. Misak, who is leading the project, notes that AR provides educators with a vital tool to stimulate students' memories through experience.

“The hippocampus incorporates your sense of place and that’s tied directly to memory, so if we can have students feel a part of the literature, they’ll better remember what it is that they’re experiencing,” he says.