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Polytechnic Celebrates and Rewards the Ingenuity of PolyThinking™

PolyThinking Awards Ceremony
PolyThinking Awards Ceremony

Heralding the first steps in the campaign to focus Polytechnic Institute of NYU, its faculty, curriculum and students on innovation and invention that address the growing list of societal needs, President Hultin presented 14 members of the faculty with checks for technology they developed at Polytechnic. President Hultin aggressively stated that this is just a start, "Not only will students and faculty alike patent their inventions, but we will all focus on the financial gain associated with the commercialization of their inventions."  Proceeds from the sale of technology patents are the first clear evidence of the growing emphasis on creating sustainable technology-business models that enhance not only the University's relevance, but its financial well being.  As these technologies are deployed throughout industry and within consumer products in sectors ranging from telecommunications and medicine, to information technology and materials science, additional revenue will be generated by royalty payments, participation in profitable partnerships and the creation of commercial ventures.

This focus on the commercial aspects of invention will deliver an enhanced state of intellectual vibrancy to the long term meaning of PolyThinking™. On the practical side, intellectual property development and the creation of new products and services that meet the challenges of the 21st century are key factors in awarding promotion and tenure.  "Economic sustainability is the key," said Bruce Niswander, Director of Technology Transfers at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. "Making it work in the lab is the first step, but from there you need to develop both the technology and business model on a scale that meets the needs of the consumer, or society on the whole.  Without that, it becomes a self-limiting application."

As part of this new initiative at the University, faculty, staff and students at NYU-Poly are encouraged to aggressively attack the process of developing their technology ideas that have commercial value, and present them for consideration under the "Technogenesis" concept that Provost Erich Kunhardt pioneered at Stevens Institute of Technology, shortly before re-joining NYU-Poly this past year. An additional next step in the strategy to promote innovation and invention is the adoption of a new Student Patent policy that will encourage students to begin their career as inventors even before they graduate from Poly.

Poly-Downing-Cornell Research Devises Novel Water Decontamination System

Newly invented polymer water filter. Courtesy Dowling University
Newly invented polymer water filter. Courtesy Dowling University

Working in collaboration with researchers from Dowling College and Cornell University, Dr. Jose Pinto, Associate Professor, Othmer-Jacobs Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, helped develop a water treatment system using specialized resins, copper and hydrogen peroxide to purify tainted water. The research, funded by the NSF in response to Hurricane Katrina, builds upon a century-old chemical mechanism called the Fenton reaction—a process wherein metal catalysts cause hydrogen peroxide to produce large numbers of free radicals. 

Free radicals are atoms or molecules that have an extra electron in dire need of a partner.  They obtain the partner by stripping it from a nearby atom, damaging the "victim" in the process. In large quantities, the radicals can destroy toxic chemicals and even bombard bacteria to death or irreparably damage a microorganism's cell membrane. In addition to killing bacteria, such as E. coli, the system removes heavy metals, deteriorates aromatic compounds, and has the capability of degrading complex organic compounds, such as Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, textile dyes, pesticides, and phenols.

"It is imperative to decontaminate affected water…before it comes in contact with humans or is pumped into natural reservoirs," Dr. Vishal Shah, Assistant Professor of Biology at Dowling College, explained. "Our method has no major limitations which would prevent it from being deployed on a large scale." The success of laboratory experimentation has prompted continued support from the National Science Foundation, and the researchers envision deployment of the system for emergency field use to be possible within five to seven years. 

For more information, visit: Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Website; the National Science Foundation; and, Dowling College.

Young Engineers Flock to NYU-Poly for Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition Medal.

With 230 students from 24 New York City high schools in attendance, Polytechnic’s Center for Youth in Engineering and Science (YES Center) hosted the kickoff event for the 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition on January 6, 2007. The students discussed strategies to tackle the robotic challenge and participated in workshops on aensors, pneumatics, and C programming. Student teams with guidance from professional mentors work on a common problem over a six-week period and build robots from standardized parts for the nationwide regional competitions, which then compete across the nation and around the world.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and scientists can be. For more information about the competition, visit www.usfirst.org.

Retirement Plan Checkup!

Plan ahead for retirement.

With the rise and fall of markets and changing family circumstances, ones financial goals and investment philosophy needs to keep in step. As part of Human Resources ongoing efforts to provide for employees’ retirement, financial advisors from VALIC and TIAA-CREF routinely visit NYU-Poly to discuss member services and options available to Polytechnic employees enrolled in University benefits plans.

To take advantage of these customized financial services, employees should periodically reassess their long-term investment plan and make sure it’s on track to meet their goals. By contacting your financial representative, you can manage your portfolio's options and leverage tools that, for instance, automatically monitor and select investments based on your personally selected criteria.

On February 22 and March 15 , Poly’s TIAA-CREF Individual Consultant, Sandra Madrid, will be conducting one-on-one counseling sessions on campus to provide personalized planning and guidance. These individual counseling sessions are available to all Polytechnic Institute of NYU Faculty and Staff. The Department of Human Resources is pleased to provide this service to enhance your understanding of this important part of your personal investment portfolio.  The financial decisions you make now are important to help ensure the secure and reliable income you deserve during your retirement.

To schedule an appointment, between 9:00am and 4:00pm, sign up online at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc, or call Marta Thomas at (800) 842-2733, extension 3129. Appointments are approximately 45 minutes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at extension 3840.

Fundraising and Unveiling Ceremonies at NYU-Poly

Prof. Henry Bertoni ’62 ’68 and Helen Ebenstein
Prof. Henry Bertoni ’62 ’68 and Helen Ebenstein

As part of Poly’s on-going fundraising efforts, two recent unveiling ceremonies in the residence hall commemorated Trustee Donald Weisstuch and his wife Susan, and Henry Bertoni ’62 ’68 and Helen Ebenstein with plaques acknowledging their generous support of the University.

President Hultin and Trustee Donald Weisstuch view students unveiling of commenorative plaque.
President Hultin and Trustee Donald Weisstuch view students unveiling of commenorative plaque.

Although NYU-Poly is still in the quiet phase of the upcoming development campaign, Poly’s fundraising efforts have been been brisk, with several six-figure gifts have been made by trustees: Michael Corey, David Dibner, William Friend and Leonard Shustek.  In addition to these Angel Fund contributions, the development department’s ongoing efforts have raised a host of other donations, including the following:

  • The Dibner Fund, $125,000 to the Dibner Library
  • Dr. Gerald Liebling gave $53,000 to his Charitable Remainder Unitrust
  • Leonard Shustek; $10,000 to the NYU-Poly 100
  • James Smith, $28,230 to the James Smith Scholarship
  • Marvin and Annette Lee Foundation, $25,000 to Polytechnic Fund

President’s Update to Faculty and Staff

In December, 2006, President Hultin provided a year-end quarterly update on a wide range of key activities throughout the University. Topics included both academic initiatives and administrative activities, as well as other relevant items, including: 

President Jerry Hultin
President Jerry Hultin

A 2-Day, Off-site Senior Administrators Round Table to review the University’s progress, develop the key components of a proposed new strategic plan, and chart the actions needed to in the coming months. The University’s mission and vision was discussed in relation to Poly’s core capabilities, and the Round Table findings are being incorporated into the University’s strategic plan. Discussions and review, with all stakeholders, will continue throughout the Spring semester with Provost Erich Kunhardt working with academic department heads, the FEC, and the entire faculty to thoroughly vet, modify and endorse the plan. The preliminary Strategic Plan is available via my.poly.edu; and, as we finalize the plan, we urge all to forward their comments to Richard Thorsen (rthorsen@poly.edu), Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Planning and  Assessment.  

The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to establish a set of actions which, when successfully executed, will initiate a transformation of Polytechnic Institute of NYU into a leading 21st century research university engaged in education, research and creation with social and economic impact. We will achieve this by innovatively focusing our energy, skills and resources on activities that will achieve three goals: 

  • excellence in our core disciplines
  • preeminence in a limited number of distinctive multi-disciplinary focus areas
  • generate revenue streams to create a future that allows investment to improve in all that we do.

A preliminary draft of the University’s Mission arose from the Round Table discussions, as follows:

University Mission (Working Draft as of December 18, 2006)

We educate, discover, and invent for students seeking opportunity, faculty seeking consequence, and organizations seeking answers and solutions. Using PolyThinking, we creatively bring intellectual rigor, technological innovation, and a passion for science to the communities where we work and live and to the citizens of the world.

In doing this, we will extend the benefits of science, engineering, management, liberal studies and innovation to critical, real-world opportunities and challenges, especially those linked to urban systems, health and wellness, and the global information economy.

The university’s core capabilities include not only the traditional pillars of education and research, but a third pillar based on creativity, innovation, and invention. Our goal is to assure that we are highly regarded for how we use technology and innovation to meet the key challenges of today’s global society and highly competitive marketplace. 

Under this rubric, the three areas of emphasis that arose from the President’s Workshops—Urban Systems, Health and Wellness, and the Global Information Economy—can be viewed as “lenses” through which we focus the our efforts to generate greater recognition and appreciation for NYU-Poly throughout the professional, industrial and educational technology sectors. 

Entrepreneurial Support for Innovation and Invention Ideas and Initiatives

In support of Poly’s strategic vision, the BEST Center is providing assistance in developing ideas with market potential. Current efforts include assessing the potential social/economic impact of an idea or business concept, and providing support for entrepreneurial activities, such as: business plan development; license agreements; commercial partnerships; bringing early-stage and venture financing to the table, and creating new companies. 

Retention Blitz

In an effort to reverse past trends in attrition, all faculty and middle managers were asked to participate in a new Spring 2007 student enrollment initiative, by personally contacting all current students to ensure a smooth registrations process. Through e-mail blasts and phone calls, students received referrals to the right office to remove registrations holds, course selection advising, and/or financial assistance. As a result of this and other efforts, Spring ‘07 registration is up by nearly 6% over Spring ‘06. These efforts demonstrate how faculty and staff engagement with all Poly’s students can significantly improve our retention rate, and enhance Poly’s graduation rate in the coming years.

Angel Fund Investments - Three Foci

Continued discussions are being held with the three focus teams—Urban Systems, Health and Wellness, and the Global Information Economy – to select high-return projects for NYU-Poly to invest its finite resources. Although the availability of $1.5 million in angel funds has taken somewhat longer than anticipated, our goal remains the same—our team efforts must assure our angel-funders that Poly’s investments have the clear potential of generating high returns. To that end, we will be selecting proposals to be funded from those submitted and discussed by the three teams for review by our angel-funders.  

Angel Funds for Recruiting, Retention and Marketing

Approximately $1.8 million has been earmarked for disbursement this year to increase:  the branding of Polytechnic Institute of NYU, to develop stronger marketing of graduate, e-Poly, and professional education programs; expand recruitment of undergraduate students; and, augment faculty and staff to serve this expanded student body. 

Economic Development Proposal for NYC and Brooklyn

A proposal has been drafted for Polytechnic to serve as a lead institution in defining Brooklyn as a new center of innovation and technology in New York. Based on the encouragement of influential NYC leaders we have circulated the proposal to Brooklyn governmental, corporate, and civic leaders to garner their support. This proposal will be presented to incoming Governor Elliott Spitzer in early 2007. 

This unique NYU-Poly package proposes substantial state support for a new Center of Innovation and Device Technology, and formal alliances with key organizations in Brooklyn such as the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Pratt Institute, City Tech, SUNY Downstate, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The NYU-Poly package requires strong political support from the Brooklyn delegation in Albany. To date, preliminary discussions with key local leaders have been very positive.

Many of you have special relationships with local community, business and political leaders that can increase the depth of their support for Poly.  Please contact Kate Smith (ksmith@poly.edu) and let her know the names of these leaders, and your relationship or affiliation to them, so we can leverage Poly's networking capacity.

Capital and Real Estate Update

Negotiations for selling the development rights related to our real estate holdings in MetroTech are proceeding well. The terms of a Letter of Intent are completed. While a Letter of Intent is a major step forward, the value of the “development rights” will be based on the Brooklyn real estate market as the project comes to fruition. As the design and permitting issues ensue, the University will make major decisions about its space needs for the next twenty to thirty years, including potential improvements to Rogers Hall, the advisability of adding facilities on top of the Dibner-CATT building, and recommendations for the replacement for the very old Jacobs Administration Building.  Please feel free to forward your observations and concerns to the President’s Office as this initiative unfolds.

A New Faculty Lounge

Dr. Rudy Marcus
Dr. Rudy Marcus

In conversation with faculty and the administration, Poly’s Nobel laureate, Rudy Marcus, observed that the faculty lounge at CalTech serves as a primary catalyst to spur intellectual creativity. Thus, opening a new faculty lounge here at NYU-Poly has become priority, and discussion on the best location for such a lounge is underway with the Faculty Executive Committee. Please forward your ideas regarding the lounge’s location and facilities (from white boards to water coolers) to Bob Flynn, Speaker of the Faculty, at rflynn@poly.edu.

Communities of Practice

In an effort to systematically network Poly’s various constituencies, Alumni Relations is establishing Communities of Practice (COP) to provide on-going value and benefits to all the members of the Polytechnic community. Scheduled begin to operation in early 2007, the COPs will be announced to alumni and the NYU-Poly community at large in the winter issue of Cable.

Using on-line forums based on similar interests or professions, Communities of Practice breech the geographic distance between people through the use of discussion forums, blogs, document sharing and other tools. Each community will have a moderator who will serve as a professional discussion leader for the area of focus, answer queries and help shape the community.  Alumni and other members of the NYU-Poly community, including faculty, staff and eventually students will set its own membership criteria to facilitate professional development opportunities, job leads, and networking opportunities to create a vigorous network of smart and well-connected people. 

Portable Cardiac DeDefibrillator Units @ NYU-Poly

In the 1950’s, NYU-Poly alumnus William B. Kouwenhoven, ME EE ’06 ’07,  invented the first Cardiac Defibrillator and the devised the first non-invasive treatment for restarting the human heart, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), after noticing the weight of defibrillator pads upon a test dog’s chest increased blood pressure.  In December 2006, NYU-Poly deployed a modern offshoot of Dr. Kouwenhoven’s invention, the Automated External Defibrillator, and implemented an AED emergency care program, with support from the NYU Medical Center AED Program, to provide immediate on-site treatment to cardiac arrest victims on the Brooklyn Campus.  The life-saving potential of these small portable devices offers immediate critical care for employees, students and visitors within Poly’s facilities.

Sudden cardiac arrest is different from a heart attack.  Sudden cardiac arrest is a “short circuit” in the electrical system of the heart. A timely response is especially critical in cases of cardiac arrest in order to restore normal heart rhythm within the first few minutes of an attack. After that time frame, mortality increases significantly. AEDs deliver that essential electrical current to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, and can dramatically improve the patient’s chance of survival.  Today, AEDs can be operated by laypersons trained in the use of the AED and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).  Sudden cardiac arrest should not be confused with a heart attack, where blood flow to the heart is restricted, causing severe pain and numerous other symptoms. Although the heart is damaged, heart attack victims typically survive the event and make it to the hospital alive; AEDs do not help under these circumstances.

Several Polytechnic employees have been trained in CPR, the use of AEDs, and the recognition and treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.  In the event of a medical emergency at Polytechnic that requires the above skills, any employee finding a victim should contact  911 and then call security at x3537 (Jacobs Academic Building).  First Aid kits are also now available at each security desk.

Automated External Defibrillator Unit
Automated External Defibrillator Unit

Polytechnic has three AED’s; two are located in the main lobby of the Jacobs Academic Building, and one in the Othmer Residence Building, at the security desk.

Internal Emergency Response Plan

In the event of an emergency, any employee should do the following:

1.    Notify EMS by calling 9-1-1  This can be done by dialing 9 for an outside line and then 9-1-1. Tell EMS the nature and location of the emergency, and that an AED is being brought to the scene.
2.    Activate our internal emergency response plan by calling Security , ext. # 3537, in the Jacobs Academic Building.  Provide them with the exact location of the victim.  
3.    Security will be dispatched to the scene with the AED.
4.    Remaining Security officer will call AED responders; advise them of the emergency and request they respond to the scene.
5.    Remaining Security officer will also call Building Services at ext.# 3020 and request that an elevator be made available for arriving EMS personnel.

Physics Department Update

Lunar surface photographed by NYU-Poly Students and faculty in Dec. 2006.
Lunar surface photographed by NYU-Poly Students and faculty in Dec. 2006.

Poly’s Physics department hosted three seminars on topics of current interest during the fall semester.  On September 11th, Dr. Lev Deych from Queens College, CUNY, discussed “Laser Radiation in Non-Uniform Media.”  On October 30th, Prof. Vladimir Tsifrinovich described recent developments in “Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy,” and on November 29th, Roman Kezerashvili, of New York City Technical College, discussed the properties of “Nuclear Exotics.”

In the wee hours of the morning on December 10th, a group of students and faculty took in the stars from the roof of the Marriott Hotel.  An unusual conjunction of Jupiter, Mars and Mercury was visible, but clouds, atmospheric conditions and closeness to the Sun limited the views.  The Moon and nearby Saturn however did not disappoint and a collection of photos from the observations are viewable on the department’s website.  http://www.poly.edu/physics/.

History buffs interested in Poly’s past observations of the celestial bodies may enjoy reading an excerpt reprinted from the 1888 Polywog, which describes the installation of Brooklyn Collegiate & Polytechnic Institute’s first astronomical observatory:


Brooklyn Collegiate & Polytechnic Institute’s original building at 99 Livingston Street with observatory installed in 1888.
Brooklyn Collegiate & Polytechnic Institute’s original building at 99 Livingston Street with observatory installed in 1888.

     I TAKE great pleasure in complying with your request to furnish you with a complete account of the new telescope, which has excited so much comment, and created such a furor, in the astronomical and sporting world.

     The telescope is a magnificent refractor, but it possesses all the good qualities of a reflector, and reflects great credit upon the enterprise of the Faculty….

     When the subject of locating the telescope came before the Faculty, there was considerable discussion and, if I may say it, disagreement.  Each Professor wanted to have it mounted in his own room, and advanced many reasons for having it so placed.

     Prof. Foster wanted it placed near his desk, saying it would assist him greatly in the calling of roll, and that he absolutely needed it for watching the Seventh Graders, and the Post Graduates…. Professor Sheldon wanted it placed in his room, so that he could look far off over to the Jersey Hills, where everything is so quiet and restful. …Dr. Cochran said that if some arrangement could be made whereby the boys, who were sent down to him, could look in at the large end, and see themselves at the other, and thereby get some idea of their own smallness and unimportance, he would certainly request the faculty to allow him to set up the instrument in his office…[and]…Prof. Plympton…didn’t care a trilobite where they put it…[however]…he said that if a tower was to be built, he saw no reason why it should not be built high enough to see the Polo Grounds.

    Finally it was decided to build the observatory.  The observatory is on the roof as all familiar with NYU-Poly know. Anything so magnificent as the full Moon, seen through the telescope, I do not know of…the moon appears as a vast glowing wind-bun [sic], hot from the mold.  The telescope has revealed many facts hitherto unknown, regarding these appendages…

     Did time and space admit, I would take great pleasure in laying before your readers many other interesting facts regarding the great telescope, but they do not so permit.  I have the honor to remain,

     Your very obedient servant,

     To the Board of Editors, Polywog 1888

Thus, today’s NYU-Poly students continue to observe Earth’s moon, and the constellations, in much the same state as Mr. Plymball and his students did nearly 130 years ago.

Ribbon Cutting Dedication at Chemical & Biological Engineering Laboratories

Dedication of the Joseph J. & Violet J. Jacobs Laboratory for Chemical & Biological Engineering (from left) portrait of Joe Jacobs, V.P. Richard Thorsen, Violet Jacobs, Trustee Linda Jacobs, President Jerry Hultin and Professor Jovan Mijovic, Dept. Head
Dedication of the Joseph J. & Violet J. Jacobs Laboratory for Chemical & Biological Engineering (from left) portrait of Joe Jacobs, V.P. Richard Thorsen, Violet Jacobs, Trustee Linda Jacobs, President Jerry Hultin and Professor Jovan Mijovic, Dept. Head

On Dec. 5, 2006, Polytechnic faculty, staff and students joined with members of Joseph Jacobs’ family to dedicate the Joseph J. & Violet J. Jacobs Laboratory for Chemical & Biological Engineering, the Jacobs Family Conference Room, and the Donald F. Othmer Laboratory for Chemical & Biological Engineering.

Joe Jacobs, ‘37 ‘39 '41 Hon86', a stalwart supporter of the University for over 60 years who twice served as Chairman of Polytechnic’s board of trustees and contributed over $30 Million to the University, was a protégé of Professor Donald F. Othmer, who, together with his wife, Mildred, donated $175 million to Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 1999. The Othmer bequest set a new precedent as the largest single gift to a American University, and can thus be credited with spurring on educational philanthropy in the United States to new highs as we approach the challenges of the new millennium.

New AMOT Management Program Offered @ NYU-Poly

Polytechnic Institute of NYU ’s Department of Technology Management announced the launch of an Accelerated Management of Technology (AMOT) program, a sophisticated Master’s degree designed for recent college graduates and individuals with limited work experience. AMOT is a part-time evening program, which takes place primarily at Polytechnic’s Manhattan location at 55 Broad Street. The program can be completed in 3 semesters, with the option to begin in either the Fall or Spring.

Serving managers and professionals in a continually evolving, technology-rich business environment, AMOT explores the various factors which go into creating an innovative organization. By combining the latest thinking with best practices, AMOT gives its students an edge in becoming leaders in their fields. “With our superior faculty and our well designed courses and curricular materials, the AMOT program provides students with an outstanding educational experience [by drawing] on the resources of New York City’s burgeoning technology community to enrich the curriculum and introduce students to leading edge concepts and ideas,” says Professor Nina Ziv, Director of AMOT.

For more information, Contact: Paul Sunda, Administrative Director, AMOT Program at 718 260-4014, or by email psunda@poly.edu, or visit www.amot.poly.edu.

NYU-Poly Joins Forces with the Urban Assembly to Support Young Women Engineers

Students from the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women with, from left, Principal Kiri Soarea, Dr. Noel Kriftcher, and Principal Kelly DeMonaco.
Students from the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women with, from left, Principal Kiri Soarea, Dr. Noel Kriftcher, and Principal Kelly DeMonaco.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU and The Urban Assembly have joined forces to develop a new school to encourage girls grades six through 12 to study math, science and engineering.  The school—the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women—is part of an on-going effort dedicated to creating small, public, college-preparatory high schools that provide high quality education to students who would otherwise attend large, factory style, under-performing schools.  "It is exciting for Polytechnic Institute of NYU to embrace this new school and encourage young women to develop their leadership skills," said Noel Kriftcher, executive director of Poly's David Packard Center for Technology and Educational Alliances.  Polytechnic's President, Jerry Hultin went on to say, "By recognizing the importance of math and science at an early age, hopefully we can encourage more and more students to follow engineering as a career path."   We are pleased to have Polytechnic Institute of NYU's support and expertise," said Kelly DeMonaco, the institute's principal, "as we move forward to educate young women in the math, science and engineering subject areas."

Students from Urban Assembly Institute in Math and Science for Young Women visit Poly.
Students from Urban Assembly Institute in Math and Science for Young Women visit Poly.

In a follow up event on December 8, 2006, 26 students from the Urban Assembly Institute in Math and Science for Young Women, visited NYU-Poly to learn about science and engineering careers. Participating in the educational workshop were four NYU-Poly students, Chris Wilkins, Edwin Kok, Farhan Mudaisr and Edwin Yu, from Polytechnic's RAISE program. RAISE Fellows at NYU-Poly are supported by a National Science Foundation grant, which is designed to give NYU-Poly students teaching experience at selected high schools where they develop experiments, teach laboratory classes and use instrumentation to enhance learning.

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Robert Metcalfe Presents 9th Annual Lynford Lecture

Robert Metcalfe an American technology pioneer who co-invented the Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law, presented Polytechnic Institute of NYU’s 9th Annual Ninth Annual Lynford Lecture on December 7, 2006, entitled “Ethernet is the Answer; What is the Question?”

Left to right: University Trustee Jeffrey Lynford, President Jerry M. Hultin, Dr. Robert Metcalfe, and Distinguished Industry Professors, David and Gregory Chudnovsky.
Left to right: University Trustee Jeffrey Lynford, President Jerry M. Hultin, Dr. Robert Metcalfe, and Distinguished Industry Professors, David and Gregory Chudnovsky.

In response to a question Provost Erich Kunhardt asked, “How many of your companies are university spin offs?,” Mr. Metcalf replied, “All of them. What little we know about technological innovation is that it generally occurs at universities, and that’s why I always hang out at them as a VC.”  Speaking to a full house, Mr. Metcalfe went on to say, “Where should research be conducted?…by government laboratories?…NO. …government laboratories are very inefficient, they’re jobs programs, they don’t work…and then there’s corporations…but it’s a sad fact that the only corporations that can support research are monopolies…Bell Labs…Xerox…IBM…[and the question is] are the monopolies worth it? That is, is the research they support worth the damage they do to our economy, and I have concluded NO. …So where should research be done if not in government laboratories or corporate laboratories, and the answer is at research laboratories like this one right here! So this is the principle function of government, aside from protecting us, …scrounging as much money as possible and sending it right here so that future ideas can be generated, technological innovation can proceed, and we can all enjoy increasing freedom and prosperity.”

The Lynford Lecture Series (LLS) is presented yearly by Polytechnic's Insitute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing.  Sponsored by Polytechnic Trustee, Jeffrey H. Lynford, and his wife, Tondra, LLS highlights the work of outstanding mathematicians, scientists and technological visionaries. IMAS is led by the internationally renowned mathematicians, Drs. David and Gregory Chudnovsky, who serve as co-sponsors LLS.

Energy Transformation and Policymaking Challenges Lecture

Robert McNally, V.P., Tudor Investment Corporation
Robert McNally, V.P., Tudor Investment Corporation

A lecture co-sponsored by the Morton L. Topfer Lecture Series and the Financial Engineering Student Club was presented by Robert McNally, Vice President, Tudor Investment Corporation, who discussed recent fundamental and geopolitical trends and events that have transformed energy markets more strongly than at any time in the past 30-40 years.

Mr. McNally elaborated on the special challenges policymakers face in formulating popular and effective responses.  Drawing on 12 years of experience in the private sector as an energy and macro policy consultant, and from his White House service as President George W. Bush’s domestic and international energy advisor, Mr. McNally projected possible economic, geopolitical, and environmental consequences of this transformation.  

2-Day Translational Research Symposium on Drug Delivery

Polytechnic’s Center for Drug Delivery Research (CDDR), in association with SUNY/Downstate Medical Center, presented a 2-day Drug Delivery and Translational Research Symposium on December 4-5, 2006 at Poly's Brooklyn campus. Surrounded by the largest medical science and care centers in the world, CDDR is the first center in the region to focus on multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary translational research for medical applications.  Academics, pharmaceutical researchers, physicians, clinicians, professors, and students attended the symposium which discussed: oncology treatments and therapy; Brain/Neurologic Imaging; and, Cardio imaging and treatment.

Go here to download the Symposium Brochure (PDF).

Can You Hear Me Now?

In the interests of developing a smoother, more computationally efficient alternative to wavelet domain in obtaining high quality audio with speech denoising techniques, Dr. Nurgun Erdol presented a lecture on November 16, 2006, entitled, “Parametric Multitaper Spectral Estimation and Applications.”  Prof. Erdol’s presentation, as part of Poly's ongoing ECE lecture Series, provided an overview of the derivation of Autoregressive Spectral Estimation using Multitaper Autoregressive data (ARMT) and showed its applications to spectral line tracking and speech denoising.  In addition to using Spectral Estimation techniques for denoising, improving clarity, and enhancing performance in telecommunications systems, Dr. Erdol’s research interests extend to digital signal processing theory,  adaptive signal processing, and time-frequency representation of signals.

Cyber Security Awareness Week

Information Systems & Internet Security (ISIS) Lab held its third annual Cyber Security Awareness Week.
Information Systems & Internet Security (ISIS) Lab held its third annual Cyber Security Awareness Week.

The Department of Computer and Information Science and the Information Systems & Internet Security (ISIS) Lab held its third annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW), November 6th through 9th, 2006, to promote awareness of cyber security issues among students and professionals.  The keynote speaker, Neal Ziring, a Defense Intelligence Senior Level Computer Scientist in Vulnerability Analysis and Operations at the National Security Administration (NSA), presented a talk entitled "Emerging trends in cyber-security attacks and defense."

ISIS-CSAW Sponsors

Students from universities nationwide are invited to participate in a variety of “Capture the Flag” competitions in the areas of network authentication, exploit development, digital forensics, and more.  Prizes, including iPods, Xboxes and PocketPC’s, were presented to students who competed in quiz competitions and essay and research poster contests that promote cyber security awareness. The event was sponsored by Avaya Labs, BAE Systems, Hewlett-Packard, ISSA, KPMG, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, NIKSUN, Pitney Bowes and Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Jane A. Hitchcock Lectures On “Virtual Villians”

Jayne A. Hitchcock
Jayne A. Hitchcock

Speaking as part of Cyber Security Week 2006, internationally recognized cyber crime expert and author,  Jayne A. Hitchcock presented a lecture, entitled "VIRTUAL VILLIANS: The Dangers of Blogs, IM’s and Predators." 

Hitchcock, as president of two all-volunteer organizations, WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse) and WHOA-KTD (WHOA's Kids-Teens Division), is on a mission to educate adults and children in safety online.  Working with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime and the National Center for Victims of Crime, Hitchcock advises numerous law enforcement officials and agencies worldwide. She has worked tirelessly with legislators to draft and pass of many of the United States' Internet laws to curb online abuse, and has been featured on CNN, 48 Hours, Primetime, Good Morning America, Lifetime TV, The Montel Williams Show, and numerous local, national and international newscasts.  Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.

Multimedia Computing and Communication: Challenges and Future Trends

The exponential increase of multimedia and metadata being transferred over the Internet in the 21st century is analogous to the 19th century metaphor that speaks of “threading a rope through the eye of a needle.”  But there the analogy stops.  With the recent flourishing of embedded media applications (such as MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1 encoders/decoders) and wireless broadband communication infrastructures (such as 3G, WiMax and Wi-Fi) real-time multimedia computing and communications on embedded systems becomes an increasingly important area of focus for both software and hardware designers.

On November 3, 2006, Prof. C.C. Jay Kuo of the University of Southern California, discussed the tradeoffs between several design choices, including the RISC processor (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), the SIMD processor (Single Instruction, Multiple Data) and the dedicated ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit). After expounded on these platform choices, Prof. Kuo discussed three emerging R&D efforts in:

  1. Designing a multi-format video codec to strike a balance between flexibility and performance that will support multiple audio/video compression formats currently being adopted;
  2. the design of low-complexity integrated encryption and compression speech/video coding algorithms, which can significantly lower the power consumption of mobile terminals for digital rights management (DRM); and,
  3. "Decoding-friendly encoder design” where computational heavy operations can be saved at the decoder end and still preserve high visual quality through the use of rate-distortion-complexity (RDC) optimized video coding techniques.

John A. Roebling Symposium and Tours

Less than one mile from Polytechnic’s front door stands a national landmark and engineering marvel that the University’s faculty, alumni and board members helped design, build and maintain. On October 26, 2006, the Brooklyn Bride was celebrated in a ceremony marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of master bridge builder, John A. Roebling. The event, hosted by Polytechnic Institute of NYU’s Department of Civil Engineering, was sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers History and Heritage Committee, ASCE's New Jersey and Metropolitan Sections, and the Construction Institute.

This symposium honoring Roebling's influence on civil engineering included a tour of Roebling-related projects and sites throughout the New York area, and concluded with a walking tour of Mr. Roebling’s revolutionary masterwork, the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest steel cable suspension bridge, dedicated in 1883. 

Among the notable NYU-Poly board members, faculty and alumni who contributed to the bridge’s construction were:

Acting President Norman P. Auburn and Dr. Takeo Kurokawa with cuff links made from Brooklyn Bridge paint chips.
Acting President Norman P. Auburn and Dr. Takeo Kurokawa with cuff links made from Brooklyn Bridge paint chips.
  • NYU-Poly board member J.S.T. Stranahan and alumna, Seth Low ’69, who served on board of the New York Bridge Construction Company which oversaw the bridge’s design, financing and creation; 
  • Arthur V. Abbot ‘75, an Assistant Engineer who devised the interlocking cable system with John A. Roebling’s son, Washington Augustus Roebling;
  • James Wood , who designed the electronics for the bridges cable wrapping machinery; and,
  • George W. Plympton, department head and professor of Physical Science, who designed the bridge’s Brooklyn terminus.

In the lead up to its centennial celebration in 1983, NYU-Poly once again played a role in the bridge’s history when Acting President Norman P. Auburn and Dr. Takeo Kurokawa commemorated Poly’s scientific analysis of the bridge’s paint chips (from which a pair of cuff links were made) in order to determine its original color.  That work was used to select the color for the centennial repainting of the bridge.  Thus, thanks to the efforts of Polytechnic Institute of NYU and others, the bridge looks very much as the Roebling's originally envisioned it, over 135 years ago.

21st Century Networking: Beyond Bits and Packets

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor David Goodman, on assignment at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Computer and Network Systems Division, presented the NFS’s GENI Initiative and discussed issues arising in 21st century computer networking. Dr. Goodman provided an overview of the NSF’s campaign to replace the Internet with technology that meets the needs of the 21st century. The GENI initiative will create an experimental facility for moving ideas toward practical solutions.

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For the initiative to succeed, the research community needs to come up with new ideas that can be verified or disproved by experiments on a large-scale network. ECE’s  principal contribution to 20th century networks was guidance on the transport of ones and zeros from source to destination. Layered protocols isolate the ones and zeros from other properties of the information conveyed. In describing GENI, Dr. Goodman questioned bits and packets as the universal currency of information, and challenged the research community to take a top down look at information networks to establish the foundation of future information systems.

Microsphere Biosensor Research Promises State-of-the-Art Pathogen Detection Instrumentation

On October 11, the Westchester subsection of the American Chemical Society gathered at Poly’s Westchester campus to hear Professor Iwao Teraoka discuss new research on "Microsphere Biosensors." More recently, the research team, comprised of Polytechnic Institute of NYU faculty, Professors Steve Arnold and Iwao Teraoka, and student researchers, received peer recognition by having their work published in Applied Physics Letters (89, 223901 2006).

The October ACS meeting, attended by more than 25 scientists from local industry and colleges, presented findings that address the need for detecting and identifying viruses and other pathogenic particles existing at low levels. Current methods used to detect Anthrax and other pathogens do not have the sensitivity, identification capability, swiftness of response, and portability required for real-world deployment. A practical biosensor that can meet these requirements is highly desired by industry, corporate, health and governments agencies. Current students in the research team include Jelena Culic-Viskota, Momchil Mihnev, and Chris Smith (undergraduate) and David Keng (graduate). The research is supported by an NSF grant (Award Number: 0522668) and has resulted in the invention of a highly sensitive, miniature photonic biosensor using a glass-microsphere coupled to an optical fiber. 

Microsphere Biosensor Whispering Gallery
Microsphere Biosensor Whispering Gallery

This biosensor is based on “whispering gallery” modes that travel along the interior side of a surface at particular wavelengths, and derives its name from acoustic traveling waves, observed by Lord Rayleigh, in the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. When foreign particles bind to the microsphere surface, the resonance wavelength of the whispering gallery mode shifts; thereby signaling the binding event. By attaching antibodies to the surface of the microsphere, researchers can equip the microsphere with the capability to detect the binding of antigens (pathogenic particles) in real time and identifying them. This, coupled with earlier research demonstrating the sensor’s high sensitivity for detecting protein molecules and for distinguishing minutely different sequences of DNA oligomers, provides a microsphere sensor that has repeatedly surpassed of state-of-the-art instruments.

The accomplishments achieved over the past year have extended the lead this research team has enjoyed as an innovator in biosensor research, and will potentially allow for exploration of different sensing applications by manipulation of the light orbit by the coating. Additional applications of this research may arise from the coating of photonic devices. For instance, a large portion of photon energy can be concentrated in the thin layer, which may unleash many applications in telecommunication and spectroscopy. 

To obtain a copy of the research team’s publication, go to the “Publications” section of the Microparticle Photophysics Lab website at www.poly.edu/microparticle.

Publications & Presentations back to top

Magued Iskander

 Advances in Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering

Civil Engineering

Dr. Magued Iskander, associate professor, Civil Engineering, chaired the Second International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional Technological, Assessment and E-learning.  The conference proceedings, Advances in Computer, Information, and Systems Sciences, and Engineering, published by Springer (9-25-2006), were co-edited by Dr. Iskander with: Khaled Elleithy, Tarek Sobh, Ausif Mahmood, and Mohammad Karim.  The proceedings cover IETA 2005, TeNe 2005 and EIAE 2005 (International Conference on Industrial Electronics, Technology & Automation (IETA 05), International Conference on Telecommunications and Networking (TeNe 05) and International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE 05)) and include a set of rigorously reviewed world-class manuscripts addressing and detailing state-of-the-art research projects in the areas of: Industrial Electronics, Technology and Automation, Telecommunications, Networking, Engineering Education, Instructional Technology and e-Learning.

Vladimir Tsifrinovich

AFM-ODMR Instrumentation Setup
AFM-ODMR Instrumentation Setup


"Measurement of single electron and nuclear spin states based on optically detected magnetic resonance" (with G. P. Berman, A.R Bishop, B.M.Chernobrod, M.E.Hawley, and G.W.Brown), J. Phys: Conference Series, 38, 167 (2006).  Dr. Tsifrinovich's work with his colleagues describes a novel approach for measurement of single electron and nuclear spin states that is based on optically detected magnetic resonance in a nano-probe located at the apex of an AFM tip. The method provides single electron spin sensitivity with nano-scale spatial resolution.  The research is the result of progress in nanotechnology, which has brought significant attention to the problem of measurements of single electron and nuclear spin states.

O. Gaathon, J. Culic-Viskota, M. Mihnev, I. Teraoka, and S. Arnold

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Enhancing Sensitivity of a Whispering Gallery Mode Biosensor by Subwavelength Confinement,
Applied Physics Letters, 89, 223901 (2006)
Microparticle Photophysics Lab, www.poly.edu/microparticle,
Polytechnic Univ., Brooklyn, New York 11201.

Go here for more information about Poly's Microparticle Photophysics Research Lab. or visit the Microparticle Photophysics Lab Website.

George Bugliarello

Drs. Rustum Roy and George Bugliarello
Drs. Rustum Roy and George Bugliarello

Civil Engineering

  • Rustum Roy Lecture (Materials Science 7 Technology 2006 Conference and Exhibition) "Science, Technology and Society - The Tightening Circle," Cincinnati, October 15, 2006
  • Luncheon address (ASCE Annual Civil Engineering Conference), meeting of the ASCE Board of Direction and World Federation of Engineering Organizations Executive Council, "Urban Sustainability, Infrastructure and the Millennium Goals," Chicago, October 18, 2006
  • Hanlim Distinguished Lecture, " Urban Sustainability," Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea, November 3, 2006
  • Invited special guest lecturer, "Urban Sustainability: Challenges, Paradigms, and Policies," Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, November 20, 2006

Awards, Honors, Grants & Patents back to top

Summer Students' Research at NYU-Poly Draws Praise

Janet Hui and Donglin (Lynn) Yi at the Siemens Competition.
Janet Hui and Donglin (Lynn) Yi at the Siemens Competition.

Janet Hui and Donglin (Lynn) Yi, two high school students participating in Polytechnic’s Summer Research program conducted by the Center for Youth in Engineering and Science (YES Center) were named regional finalists at the Middle States Regional Finals held November 17 -18, 2006 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Working with Professor Jose Pinto, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, the students designed a new mathematical model to simulate Hepatitis C infection to improve drug therapy treatment by helping predict, personalize and improve HepC-interferon treatment.

The Siemens Competition was launched in 1998 to recognize America’s best and brightest math and science students. About 1,600 high school students from around the country entered the competition this year. Up to thirty individual students and thirty teams of 2 or 3 students are chosen to compete at six regional competitions where they are judged by esteemed scientists at leading research universities.

For more information on Janet Hui and Donglin Yi’s project visit the Siemens Competition web site.

Professor Sofou's Receives NYSTAR's James D. Watson Award

Dr. Stavroula Sofou
Dr. Stavroula Sofou

Dr. Stavroula Sofou, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, received the prestigious James D. Watson Award from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR). This esteemed award recognizes and supports outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show potential for leadership and scientific discovery in the field of biotechnology.  The purpose of the Watson program is to assist New York State's leading research institutions in recognizing, retaining and professionally developing early career scientists who demonstrate leadership potential at the frontier of knowledge in the life sciences and conduct research that is anticipated to enhance economic development in the State. Thus, the Watson program is specifically designed to encourage early career biotechnology scientists to conduct critically important research in New York State, and position them to make the important advancements in biotechnology that supports the State's future economic growth.

Dr. Sofou received a $200,000 grant for her work developing novel ‘tunable” liposomes for improved delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. NYSTAR selected award winners based on the best science and the best likelihood of economic success.

For more information, read NYSTAR's Award Announcement.

Dr. Eli M. Pearce Honored for Contributions to Polymer Science

Manfred Tacker (General Manager, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry & Technology), Karl Wizany (Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor), the two H.F. Mark medallists Alwin Lehner and Eli M. Pearce, and Hans J. Kaluza (President of the Institute)
Manfred Tacker (General Manager, Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry & Technology), Karl Wizany (Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor), the two H.F. Mark medallists Alwin Lehner and Eli M. Pearce, and Hans J. Kaluza (President of the Institute)

Dr. Eli M. Pearce ‘58, research professor of polymer chemistry and chemical engineering and the former director of Polytechnic's Polymer Research Institute (PRI), received the H.F. Mark-Medal from the Österreichisches Forschungsinstitut für Chemie & Technik (Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry & Technology, ARICT) in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the area of polymer science at the Institute’s 60th anniversary commemorative event in Vienna on November 9, 2006.  Former president of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Pearce’s research in polyamides and polymer flammability has lead to his world-wide recognition as a leading authority and inventor of fire resistant polymers.  Pearce shared the honor with Alwin Lehner, who received a medal for his work in the plastics industry.

Founded in 1946, ARICT is Austria’s largest co-operative research institute. For more information on the Institute, visit the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry & Technology website.

Professor Jin Montclare Receives Wechsler Award for Excellence

Dr. Bruce Garetz, Chemical and Biological Sciences Department Head, Jin Kim Montclare, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Harry C. Wechsler, ’48
Dr. Bruce Garetz, Chemical and Biological Sciences Department Head, Jin Kim Montclare, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Harry C. Wechsler, ’48

Jin Kim Montclare, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Sciences, was honored with the Wechsler Award for Excellence which recognizes research excellence among NYU-Poly faculty in the early stages of their careers. Montclare’s research in “Engineering Artificial Proteins” explores the biosynthetic and evolutionary pathways of new chemical substrates not provided by nature, with the specific aim of designing novel materials relevant to industry and medicine. The Wechsler Award for Excellence was established by Dr. Harry C. Wechsler ’48, a noted chemist and business executive who received a PhD in Chemistry from Polytechnic and became a trustee in 1980. Wechsler Award recipients receive $25,000 for the two year term.

Financial Support Awarded to Student Researchers

Three exceptional NYU-Poly students in the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences recently distinguished themselves by receiving financial support in pursuit of their research interests.

From top, Mandy Lee and Young Woo Lee, both a juniors in Biomolecular Science, and Jennifer Haghpanah, a first year Materials Chemistry Ph.D. candidate.
From top, Mandy Lee and Young Woo Lee, both a juniors in Biomolecular Science, and Jennifer Haghpanah, a first year Materials Chemistry Ph.D. candidate.

Two undergraduates, Mandy Lee, working with Dr. Jin Montclare, and Young Woo Lee, working with Drs. Bruce Garetz and Janice Aber, were awarded Poly's Lombardino Summer Internships, which are made possible by the generous support of NYU-Poly alumnus, Dr. Joseph Lombardino.  Ms. Lee, a junior Biomolecular Science major, is engineering a highly stable fluorinated protein and is investigating new methods synthesizing non-natural amino acids into proteins.  Young Woo Lee, also a junior Biomolecular Science major, is conducting research for a paper entitled, “Preliminary Study and Preparation for Non-Photochemical Laser-Induced Nucleation on Supercooled Phenyl Salicylate.” Mr. Lee is also a recipient of a Society of Plastics Engineers Scholarship

Jennifer Haghpanah, a first year Materials Chemistry Ph.D. candidate, was honored in with a 2006-07 scholarship from the Society of Plastics Engineers for research in Polymer Modifiers & Additives.  As an undergraduate, Ms. Haghpanah's concentrated on the physical chemistry and applications of polymers, with an emphasis on bio-based and biodegradable polymers. Having received her undergraduate degree from Quinnipac University with a double major in chemistry and math, she completed her senior research project at Yale University on the fractionations that occur during the biosynthesis of lipids from microalgal-lipids.

Professor Morawetz Receives Honorary Degree from University of Rome

Renato Guarini, right, rector of the University of Rome, Congradulates Dr. Herbert Morawetz.
Renato Guarini, right, rector of the University of Rome, Congradulates Dr. Herbert Morawetz.

Herbert Morawetz '51 Chemistry, professor emeritus, Chemical and Biological Sciences, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Rome, "La Sapienza" in September 2006.   Morawetz has more than 50 years of distinguished service to Polytechnic and was instrumental in securing the University's position as a world class leader in the field of Polymer Science.  Dr. Morawetz, a nonagenarian who emigrated from Czechoslovakia during WWII, served as the editor of  "The Journal of Polymer Science," and authored several books, including "Polymers: The Origin and Growth of a Science," 2002, Courier Dover PublicationsRecently Prof. Morawetz completed the manuscript of his autobiography, entitled "My 90 years."

NYU-Poly Receives NSF Environmental Engineering Research Grant

NSF awardees, Dr. Masoud Ghandehari, Civil Engineering, and Dr. Konstantinos Kostarelos, Environmental Engineering.
NSF awardees, Dr. Masoud Ghandehari, Civil Engineering, and Dr. Konstantinos Kostarelos, Environmental Engineering.

Exploring new areas of research in applied engineering is critical to developing innovative applications that enhance performance in the field. In an effort to exploit such areas of promise, Drs. Konstantinos Kostarelos (Principle Investigator) and Masoud Ghandehari (Co-Principle Investigator) have been awarded a $40,000 National Science Foundation award (SGER, BES-0627312) from the NFS Environmental Technology program on October 19, 2006. This exploratory research is intended to develop and deploy in-situ monitoring of geo-environmental material using functional optical probes. The NSF grant provides funding to develop cladding materials that interact with light radiating from fiber optical fibers and the outside environment to transduce the presence and concentration of target species in the environment (e.g., chlorinated hydrocarbons, heavy metals, PAHs, etc.). The ultimate objective is to introduce chemo-optical spectroscopy as a tool for real-time, remote monitoring of transport processes within the subsurface environment. The researchers foresee additional geo-environmental applications in the areas of waste containment and site remediation.

For more information, please see the NSF SGER website.

Alumni News back to top

Organizational Behavior Graduate Receives Alumni Achievement Award

Prof. Harold Kaufman and Kenneth Daly
Prof. Harold Kaufman and Kenneth Daly

Students and alumni from the Organizational Behavior program gathered on December 6th to honor Kenneth Daly with an Alumni Achievement Award.  Mr. Daly is vice president of financial and employee related services at Keyspan Energy.  His areas of responsibility include employee services, health services, technical training, accounts payable, customer accounting, collections and payment processing.  Mr. Daly spoke to the audience about the importance of being flexible in a changing workplace and the effect that mergers and acquisitions can have on a corporate environment.

Go to the Alumni Achievement Award for more information on Mr. Daly’s presentation.  

Alumni Leadership Lecture Series: The Evolving Telecom Landscape

Virginia P. Ruesterholz ’83, MS in Telecommunications Management, presented an Alumni Leadership Lecture on “The Evolving Telecom Landscape” based on over 20 years experience working in the telecommunications industry.  As president of Verizon Telecom, Ruesterholz is responsible for sales, customer service, operations and IT for the consumer, general business and domestic wholesale markets. She also oversees the transforming of Verizon’s infrastructure through deployment of the fiber network that delivers integrated voice, data and video services.  Ruesterholz’s presentation drew upon her wide experience in Verizon’s wholesale business, including marketing, sales, provisioning and maintenance.

Virginia P. Ruesterholz
Virginia P. Ruesterholz

Ruesterholz is a recipient of Crain’s New York Business prestigious “40 Under 40” award and the New York Women’s Agenda inaugural “Rising Star Award.” She is a member of the Business and Technology Board at Stevens Institute of Technology and chairs the Edwin A. Stevens Society. Most recently, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Theater Club.

For more information about the Alumni Leadership Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Department of University Development, contact Christine Myers, Associate Director, Donor Relations, at 718/260-3342, or by email at cmyers@poly.edu.

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Dr. Andres Fortino Appointed Associate Provost and Dean of Westchester Campus

Dr. Andres Fortino has joined Polytechnic Institute of NYU as associate provost and dean of our Westchester Campus. Fortino holds an extensive background in education both in the academic environment and in industry. Prior to coming to Polytechnic Institute of NYU he served as dean of the School of Management at Marist College.

Dr. Andres Fortino
Dr. Andres Fortino

Before joining Marist in 2004, Fortino served as associate dean for academic development at George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia. As an administrator and professor in GMU’s School of Management, Fortino pioneered a number of innovative programs, including a master’s in bioscience management, a master’s in technology management and an MBA program for Northrop Grumman executives. 

Fortino holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the City College of New York, and received his PhD in electrical engineering from the City University of New York. He is a member of the Academy of Management, a senior member of IEEE Engineering Management Society, a Fulbright Scholar and is currently president of the Technology Management Educational Association.

Recently Filled Positions @ NYU-Poly

Since October, 2006, the following positions have been filled at Poly:

Laurence A. Gilbert Electrical and Computer Engineering Executive Director of WICAT LC- 210 3283
Alimamy Kamara Admissions Admissions Recruiter Wunsch Center 5928
Andres G. Fortino Westchester Administration Associate Provost and Dean of Westchester Campus Westchester Graduate Center 914/323-2001
Isabel D. Norman Special Services Assistant Coordinator Jacobs 341 3266
Sean D. Peterson Mechanical Engineering Visiting Assistant Professor Rogers Hall 321K 3073
Randolph A. Alexander Development Major Gifts Officer Jacobs 468F 3907

Please go to Human Resourses for job openings at NYU-Poly.

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