Provost Shoureshi talks with a faculty member at the welcome reception.


New Faculty Get Full-Time Welcome

September 6, 2016

Why did the Fulbright scholar from Turkey, the data scientist from China, and a decorated NYPD detective walk into the Gold Coast mansion?

No, that’s not the setup for an overly elaborate joke. The answer is that they are three of NYIT’s newest full-time faculty members who were welcomed at a wine and cheese reception on August 30 at NYIT de Seversky Mansion.

“This year we have another group of great, wonderful faculty joining NYIT,” said Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The 16 full-time faculty members and seven visiting professors have a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds and further enhance the university’s distinguished pool of faculty. They include a global expert in digital architectural design and fabrication, a D.P.T. who specializes in sports injuries, an engineer whose research includes micro-biomedical devices and nano-fabrication, and a former National Security Council advisor under President George H.W. Bush—plus many more.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., also welcomed these latest members of the NYIT community at the event. “Connectivity is a theme for NYIT, and we have a unique set of programs, students, faculty, and staff all over the world that we put together,” he told attendees. “We’re here for students, and we’re here for teaching, scholarship, and service.”

New professors were excited to have this opportunity to meet colleagues and start reaching out to the university’s global community.

“I am thrilled to be part of the NYIT faculty,” said Andrew Costello, Ph.D., one of the new faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences—and someone who’s eager to begin the process of interdisciplinary work in the field of criminal justice and forensic science. “I intend to actively engage with all of the schools and faculty.”

This year’s new full-time faculty and visiting professors members include:

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Andrew Costello, Ph.D.
  • Michael Izady, Ph.D.
  • Kyung-Hoon Lee, Ph.D. (visiting)
  • John Misak, Art.D.

School of Architecture and Design

  • Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D. (visiting)

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

  • Reza Amineh, Ph.D.
  • Houwei Cao, Ph.D.
  • Felix Fischman, M.S. (visiting)
  • Susan Gass, Ph.D. (visiting)
  • Azhar Ilyas, Ph.D.
  • Bill Mihajlovic, Ph.D. (visiting)

School of Health Professions

  • Robert Gallagher, D.C.
  • Eric Greenberg, D.P.T.

School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education

  • Minaz Fazal, Ph.D.
  • Christian Pongratz, M.Arch.
  • Melda Yildiz, Ed.D.

School of Management

  • Xueting Jiang, Ph.D.
  • Bisrat Kinfemichael, Ph.D.
  • Colleen Kirk, D.P.S.
  • Eric Romero, Ph.D. (visiting)
  • Cristina Seaman, D.M. (visiting)
  • Jangwon Suh, Ph.D.
  • Enying Zheng, Ph.D.

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