Media Coverage

Khorsandi Discusses Fads in Building Design

May 02, 2017

Wired includes comments by NYIT School of Architecture and Design Adjunct Assistant Professor Sean Khorsandi in a story about a new building in the Netherlands that incorporates emoji in its façade.

Disagreeing with the idea behind the emoji-marked building, Khorsandi says, “Architecture is serious. We’re using copious materials, and we’re taking up land. There is a responsibility that goes along with that. If everything is a joke, reduced to this disposable ‘I like it in the moment’ fad, that’s a dangerous attitude to have.”

A similar article also appeared in Boing Boing.


WalletHub Shares Scillitoe’s Expert Advice

May 01, 2017

Personal finance website WalletHub features NYIT School of Management Associate Professor Joanne Scillitoe as an expert on entrepreneurship. Among other topics, Scillitoe advises prospective entrepreneurs to “proceed with your eyes wide open.” She also discusses sources of funding; launching a business in a big city; ways state and local governments can stimulate business development; sectors she considers ripe for disruption; and common mistakes entrepreneurs make.

Regarding entrepreneurship in a big city, Scillitoe says, “Big cities are advantageous because they offer more contacts that can support, complement, or invest in new ventures. However, some networks, even in big cities, are not open to all, so larger doesn't always mean better or more opportunities.”


Afxentiou Analyzes Gender Pay Gap in Well-Paid Professions

May 01, 2017

NYIT School of Management Professor Diamando Afxentiou explains why the gender pay gap applies even to professionals such as physicians and lawyers in a GoodCall story.

In many professions, male and female graduates with the same education begin their careers with similar entry-level salaries, says Afxentiou. “However, earnings between men and women diverge with years of experience due to cultural and sociological explanations such as career interruptions and/or lower weekly working hours – which are associated with a traditional female role – as well as the so-called ‘glass-ceiling’ explanation which is, unfortunately, a labor market discrimination,” she says.


Apr 25, 2017

Emphasizing the need to prepare future professionals to defend against impending “cyberwars”, InnovateLI featured the first event of the NYIT Cybersecurity Challenge Series in its April 25 article, “NYIT Series Looks to Arm Tomorrow's Cyber-Defenders”.

The NYIT Cybersecurity Challenge Series has been created to introduce NYIT students to real world Cybersecurity principles and techniques and to provide them with high-impact, hands-on experience before they enter the workforce. As mentioned in the article, NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences will host the first of several cybersecurity themed events on May 5, 2017, when student teams will be required to break codes using various cryptographic methods, techniques, and tools to complete a high-tech scavenger hunt.


Apr 24, 2017

An article on, a publication of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which focuses on promoting the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe, explores “robophobia” -- namely, the concern that robots and AI will soon replace some people in their jobs.  In the article, Robophobia: Bridging the Uncanny Valley, Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. shares his beliefs that part of the aversion to robots and technology is cultural, and a reflection of the fact that many Americans have been bombarded with negative messages about robots and AI for decades.  

“Robots aren't as well accepted in American households as they are, say, in Japan where they're actually a lot more popular,” LaGrandeur says. “To some extent I think the Japanese have sort of a love affair with robots because they're kind of trained to it from the time they're younger. They have more cartoons and shows and things that have to do with robotic type of technology.” Read the full article.


Klotz Comments on Gender and Higher Ed Leadership

Apr 24, 2017

NYIT-Manhattan Dean of Students Ann Marie Klotz was interviewed by Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle for a story about female college and university presidents. Klotz notes that women’s paths to higher education leadership can amount to an obstacle course. Most college and university leaders are still white men, even though most university students are women. "Until university leadership looks like the diversity of students they serve, we are doing a disservice to those student populations," Klotz says.

The article notes that Klotz was an invited keynote speaker at The College at Brockport’s recent series of events addressing the gender leadership gap, “Be the Revolution.”


Apr 17, 2017

As seen in InnovateLI and Cardiovascular Business, researchers at NYITCOM Department of Anatomy may have found a simple method to detect and monitor the progression of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries which can restrict and reduce blood flow (and thus, oxygen) to areas of the body.

Although many deadly cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease and carotid artery disease, develop as a result of atherosclerosis, there is currently no simple way to diagnose atherosclerosis or monitor the disease's response to treatment. While previous research primarily used ultrasound, the researchers used histopathology to more accurately grade atherosclerosis development.Their findings suggest the radial artery as a possible method of measuring systemic atherosclerosis.


Newsday: Amundsen Offers Perspective on Planned LI Wind Farm

Apr 16, 2017

An offshore wind farm planned to address spiking electric demand on the South Fork of Long Island will produce excess energy when it’s needed least, according to an article in Newsday (subscription required).

Robert Amundsen, an energy-management expert at NYIT, said that plans to use wind energy to address a growing peak need raises questions. “From an operation standpoint it doesn’t really make sense to consider a wind farm as a peaking resource because the idea of peak is to have the power when you need it, and turn it off when you don’t,” he said. “The wind farm is not like that. That’s not to say it’s not a great idea. But it doesn’t by itself solve your peak power problems. You need to have either enough power in the area or to import it from somewhere else.”

A similar article was also featured in Long Island Business News on May 2, 2017 (subscription required).


Cybersecurity Research Shows New Threats to Smartphones

Apr 12, 2017

InnovateLI, Communications of the ACM,, and more than a dozen international outlets including India Today have reported the privacy risk uncovered by a team of NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences researchers. NYIT’s Kiran Balagani, Aydin Farajidavar, and Paolo Gasti worked with colleagues Qing Yang and Gang Zhou of the College of William & Mary to show how a smartphone plugged into a compromised outlet is vulnerable to cyberattack even if the charging cable is not designed to transfer data.

Gasti says the team’s successful side-channel attacks exploited the fact that “webpages have a signature that reflects the way they load and consume energy.” The team used those “signatures” to determine which webpages were visited while the phone was plugged in. “Although this was an early study of power use signatures, it’s very likely that information besides browsing activity can also be stolen via this side channel,” says Gasti.


Anid Discusses Proposed Cuts to Science Funding

Apr 11, 2017

An Innovate LI article reported concerns about proposed cuts to federal funding for scientific research programs from leaders at “the heart of the Long Island innovation economy,” including NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D.   

“These cuts are going to affect us for sure, and it’s not just research. It’s funding for student tuition and fellowships,” she said. The article also noted that the proposed cuts are “a potential blow for programs aimed at increasing the participation of female students in STEM fields (for science, technology, engineering and mathematics), a ‘top concern’ for the dean.”