In the Media

InnovateLI Highlights WTC Mentoring Program

Mar 24, 2021

As seen in InnovateLI, a new mentoring program will guide female New York Institute of Technology students from college to career.

Noting a lack of mentorship programs specifically for young women, New York Tech’s Women’s Technology Council (WTC) has created a program that pairs New York Tech alumnae – each a successful professional in a technology-related field – with current female students. The program is designed to help young women prepare for careers in traditionally male-dominated fields. “Over time, it will become a much-sought-after value-add of attending New York Tech for young women deciding where to go for their education,” said Edie Weiner, a founding member of the WTC and president and CEO of The Future Hunters.


Park Discusses Search Functionality in Debugger

Mar 22, 2021

An article in Debugger is encouraging Twitter to improve its direct message search functionality and looks at a variety of other platforms and public-facing vs. private search.

“Search, in particular internal search, is ‘not easy to do,’ says Kevin Park, an assistant professor of UX/UI design and development at New York Institute of Technology. ‘It does cost a lot of resources to create an internal search function if you’re not relying on Google.’”


Biotech Summit Previewed in The Island Now

Mar 22, 2021

The April 8 New York Tech Biotechnology Summit, “Innovation in the Time of COVID and Beyond,” is previewed in an article in The Island Now.

The summit, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, will convene industry and academic experts, innovators, and entrepreneurs to discuss a range of timely topics relevant to the rapidly growing biotech industry in our region, including innovations to address COVID-19, the biotech startup ecosystem and its supporters, biotech’s role in sustainable solutions, and breakthrough futuristic biotech innovations.



Newsday Features New York Tech Alumna Serving in the White House

Mar 22, 2021

New York Tech alumna Karine Jean-Pierre (B.S. ’97) was featured in a Newsday article on the former Long Islanders who are now serving in the Biden administration. Jean-Pierre grew up in Hempstead, N.Y. and attended New York Institute of Technology’s Long Island campus before graduating with her master's from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Following the 2020 election, Jean-Pierre was named Joe Biden’s principal deputy press secretary, one of four senior communications staffers.


Mar 16, 2021

As seen in Arkansas Talk Business and Politics, Andrew Berner, president of Jonesboro-based Jetton General Contracting, has been appointed to New York Institute of Technology’s board of trustees. Berner, who resides in Northeast Arkansas, is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of NYITCOM-Arkansas, as well as a member of the Chancellor’s Circle at Arkansas State University.

“I am honored that President Foley and the leadership team at New York Tech have asked me to serve on the board of trustees. This appointment reaffirms New York Tech’s commitment to the state of Arkansas and the Delta region. I look forward to reciprocating on that commitment by serving the entire university,” Berner said.


Mar 15, 2021

Maria Perbellini, M. Arch., dean of the School of Architecture and Design, is named in the Interior Design magazine story, “5 Women at the Forefront of Shifts in Architecture Education.” Perbellini’s profile highlights the school's focus on immersive learning with a variety of fluid degrees, cross-fertilization opportunities, competency-based skills, and shorter specializations that can facilitate new, unforeseen career paths and interests.

“This difficult time has brought us the momentum to critically rethink how we teach and learn. We are exploring agile online learning, different from the early adopted emergency remote instruction,” said Perbellini. “We revised the lengths of our programs with accelerated overlapping between graduate and undergraduate courses reducing costs and graduation rates. Micro and nano-credentials in partnership with the industry, eventually stackable into courses, can lead to the obtainment of degrees.”

Perbellini appears alongside leaders from other distinguished schools of architecture and design, including Boston Architectural College, Harvard, and Cornell.


Watanabe NSF CAREER Grant Publicized

Mar 10, 2021

Aki Watanabe, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy at NYITCOM, has been featured in multiple online news outlets for research that has earned him New York Tech’s first National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Grant. The Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award is one of the most prestigious and competitive NSF grants. Principal investigators can receive the award once in their career and can only submit a proposal up to three times. Impressively, Watanabe’s very first submission to the program was selected. His research project will analyze how the brain and skull have interacted over millions of years through evolution, as well as in the days and weeks prior to birth, to help explain possible causes of cranial birth defects. Coverage has appeared in The Island Now, Yahoo Finance, and several other outlets.


Mar 10, 2021

Third-year medical student Nicholas Harriel, was featured in The DO on his involvement with the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the student arm of the American Osteopathic Association. Harriel, who is an NYITCOM-Arkansas student, was recently appointed SOMA's new president. In the interview, he explains how, despite the pandemic, his involvement in SOMA provided him with purpose in an otherwise isolating year.

"SOMA has given me family, hope and direction, and it has been a means to improve the lives of my peers, patients and future profession. Perhaps most importantly this past year, SOMA gave my peers, and me, a sense of normalcy," he said. 


Zwibel Discusses Zoom Fatigue in Tech & Learning University

Mar 09, 2021

Hallie Zwibel, D.O., New York Tech's medical director and director of the Center for Esports Medicine, was quoted in Tech & Learning University on how educators can curb Zoom fatigue, despite needing to spend more time in front of a screen due to the pandemic. Much of the medical advice that Zwibel and his team share with esports athletes is also applicable to educators finding themselves in front of a computer more frequently. 

“Make sure you're limiting glare, that your screen is eye level, with a certain amount of distance between you and your screen,” recommends Zwibel. “Try to have an ergonomic chair, making sure your keyboard is ergonomically designed. We also recommend taking a standing break at least every 45 minutes. And between 20 and 40 minutes, we recommend eye stretches, just to relax the eye muscles.” 


InnovateLI Highlights Zscaler Initiative

Mar 05, 2021

As seen in InnovateLI, the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences has partnered with Zscaler, a leader in cloud security, to allow students and alumni to gain real-world skills in the field of cybersecurity, specifically with secure access service edge and zero trust best practices through courses that teach Zscaler Internet Access and Zscaler Private Access powered by the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange.

“Preparing our students by providing them a career-oriented and deep technical education has always been our focus,” says Babak Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences. “This partnership with Zscaler equips our students with highly in-demand skillsets in cybersecurity while integrating these skillset acquisitions in their curriculum.”