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Activities & Events back to top

Promise Fund Raises $1 Million for Scholarships

Promise Fund at the Waldorf-Astoria

Promise Fund at the Waldorf-Astoria

More than 350 guests dined, danced and were entertained with an electrifying performance from Tony Award-winning actor-singer Brian Stokes Mitchell at the 18th annual Promise Fund Dinner gala in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The dinner celebrated Poly's historic, continuing and future leadership in creating and advancing opportunity, invention and learning through The Power of PolyThinking.

"This year's Promise Fund activities, culminating in this dinner, have once again generated more than a million dollars of scholarship support for Promise Scholars," cheered Henry J. Singer '57 '64, board chairman of the Promise Fund, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees and president of Reg-Nis LLC. "Without these scholarships and without Polytechnic," he said, "the dreams of these young men and women could never be realized, resulting in a tragic loss for them and our nation." Singer was awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service for his years of service and dedication to NYU-Poly and the Promise Fund.

President Jerry M. Hultin told dinner guests that the University is helping each Promise Scholar set high goals and become the next generation of PolyThinkers. "Tonight's scholars join more than 2,000 Promise Scholars who, through your generous support, gained access to a NYU-Poly education," he said. "These Promise Scholars are now using The Power of PolyThinking to transform the 21st century."

Promise Scholar Joshua Washington '07 speaking straight from the heart thanked the Promise Fund contributors for their financial support. "My experiences at Polytechnic Institute of NYU have given me the technical skills needed to be successful in the business world," he said. "Thank you for everything you have done for me. Believe me, it has been a lot."

Now in its 18th year, the Promise Fund has raised over $17 million to support Polytechnic scholarships and the University's pre-college outreach programs for inner-city youth.

The gala dinner/dance was held on June 20 and was hosted by Pat Carroll, morning news anchor for WCBS News Radio 880 and the 2005 winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast.

BAM Rhythm &Blues Festival at MetroTech

Bam Concert

BAM Rhythm & Blues outdoor concert

The Brooklyn Academy of Music kicked off the unofficial start off summer a few weeks early with their free annual outdoor lunchtime concert series on Poly's Brooklyn campus in the MetroTech Commons. The BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival at MetroTech presents legendary artists and rising stars who ignite BAM's downtown Brooklyn stage with a mix of classic and neo-soul, funk, gospel, reggae and world fusion sounds for ten Thursdays over the summer. Past performances include such acts as Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, and Los Lobos. This year's line up is no less exciting.

For a complete list of performance and dates, visit the BAM website

NYU-Poly Professors Recognized for Educational Excellence

Four Polytechnic Institute of NYU professors were honored for their outstanding commitment to student education, as recipients of Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Distinguished Teacher Award and the Jacobs Excellence in Education awards.

Established in 1961 to recognize and foster teaching excellence, Poly's Distinguished Teacher Award is presented annually to one faculty member who demonstrates exceptional dedication and teaching ability. As Poly's hallmark citation for academic excellence within the classroom or lab, this year's recipient, Professor Mary Cowman, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, formerly accepted this honor at the 2006 Commencement ceremonies on June 4 at Avery Fischer Hall.

The Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, founded by NYU-Poly alumnus Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs 37 '39 '42 Hon'86, is given to three faculty members who demonstrated educational innovation and excellence within the classroom. Winners of the Jacobs Award each receive a $10,000 academic/research grant. The 2006 Jacobs Awards winners are, professors: Mark Green, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences; Magued Iskander, Department of Civil Engineering; and Said Nourbakhsh, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering.

Read more about the award winners and the criterion by which they were selected here.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU's 151st commencement

On June 4th, 298 Bachelors of Science, 271 Masters of Science and 19 PhD degrees were awarded at Polytechnic Institute of NYU's 151st commencement at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.

New York Life CEO Sy Sternberg with Polytechnic President Jerry Hultin

New York Life CEO Sy Sternberg with Polytechnic President Jerry Hultin

The theme of the event, articulated by the commencement's keynote speaker, Sy Sternberg, chairman and CEO of New York Life Insurance Company, was reiterated in congratulatory remarks by Poly's 2004 Honorary Degree recipient, Senator Charles E. Schumer (NY). Mr. Sternberg, an engineer and native of Brooklyn, NY emphasized the importance of technology and education to not only the graduates' future, but the nation's and the world. In recognition of his life's achievements as an engineer, corporate executive, government advisor, and member of various boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Northeastern University, and the Hackley School in Tarrytown, Mr. Sternberg was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the University.

President Jerry Hultin implored the graduates to "Set bold goals for yourself, both personal and professional. Your life will have greater consequence. You will solve more complex problems. You will change the world in unexpected ways."

Also honored were: Distinguished Teacher Award recipient Mary K. Cowman, associate professor of biochemistry; valedictorian Mohammad U. Alam, BS in computer engineering and MS in telecommunications networks; and co-recipients of the Polytechnic Alumni Outstanding Graduate Award, Paul Glezer, BS and MS in computer science, and Tanya Panchenko, BS chemistry and MS in biomedical engineering. Three additional Honorary Doctorates in Law, Engineering and Science, respectively, were presented to Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, longstanding trustee Clifford H. Goldsmith, and Laura Parsons, Promise Fund board member and former trustee.

Read more about Poly's 151st commencement here

Service Awards Ceremony

Recognizing a combined total of 425 years of service to Polytechnic Institute of NYU, 38 NYU-Poly employees were honored at the annual Service Awards Ceremony on June 1 in the Regna Lounge. Faculty and staff acknowledged for their hard work and dedication included:

5 Years of Service
Franklin Assam, Melissa Barnes, Priscella Birchmore, Kathleen Brock, Michael Chojnacki, Joshua Gluckman, Zsuzsanna Gonye, John Iacono, Michael Joesten,Viktorya Kagan, Daniel Katz-Braunschweig, Michael Klidas, Frantisek Mikes, Naomi Nemtzow, Melinda Parham, and Andrej Stefanov

10 Years of Service
Laverne Clark, Wanda Green, Mel Horwitch, Vikram Kapila, Noel Kriftcher, Deshane Lyew, Frederick Novomestky, Paul Omo Agbi, Lindsey Van Wagenen, and Mary Woods

15 Years of Service
Joel Wein and Deane Yang

20 Years of Service
Jane Baranello, Annie Carino, Eve Henderson, Dianne Padro, Edward Wolf, and Edward Kin-Ming Wong

Victor Wallach, with President Hultin and Provost Bud Griffis, receiving his service award

Victor Wallach, with President Hultin and Bud Griffis, receiving his service award

25 Years of Service
William Freedman

30 Years of Service
Francis Mulcahy

40 Years of Service
Robert Flynn

50 Years of Service
Victor Wallach

Extreme NYU-Poly Pride Day

Students participating in NYU-Poly Pride Day games and activities in the Gymnasium

Students participating in NYU-Poly Pride Day games and activities in the Gymnasium

As part of the NYU-Poly Pride Week celebration, Polytechnic Institute of NYU hosted Extreme NYU-Poly Pride Day on April 24th. Sponsored by the department of Student Development, Athletics and Recreation, Residence Life, the Student Council and Student Clubs & Organizations, the NYU-Poly Bookstore and Lackmann Food Services, this year's the capstone NYU-Poly Pride event was held outdoors as well as indoors, in Regna Lounge, the gymnasium, RH116 and the Jasper Kane Dining Hall, and featured games, rides, food and prizes.

President Hultin Unveils New Polytechnic Banners

Top: Unveiling ceremony. Bottom: Banner hanging on Wunsch Building

Top image: Unveiling ceremony.
Bottom image: Banner hanging on the Wunsch Building

Students, faculty and staff were taken on a tour of Polytechnic's the new banners on April 24th after an unveiling ceremony in the lobby of the Jacobs Academic Building. "This is a project of a lifetime," said Michael Gerbino, project leader and faculty member of Pratt's Communications Design Department who lead a design team of students from NYU-Poly and Pratt, including: Ardis Kadiu and Elton Kwok from Poly, and Alex Borysenko-Anderson from Pratt.

In addition to the design team, attending the unveiling were Craig Matthews '71MG, Chairman of the Board; Ann Lubrano, President's Chief of Staff; and President Jerry Hultin.


For more information, visit Poly's website on unveiling.

Film Screening and Discussion of "Invisible Children"

As the result of a trip to attend a conference at Auburn University, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Polytechnic Trustee Ralph Alexander, NYU-Poly Students working on the "War of Hunger Campaign" hosted the film crew from the movie "Invisible Children" in the Pfizer Auditorium. The film's screening was followed by a discussion on the war in Northern Uganda where thousands of child refugees fear death and abduction by other child soldiers. Based in San Diego, California, Invisible Children Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial resources to children ravaged by war in Northern Uganda, where the foundation employs over 150 people and is helping send 300 children to school. The film has previously been screened at the United Nations, the Carter Center, the Capital Building in Washington D.C., and on CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Show and the National Geographic Channel.

For more information about the Invisible Children foundation, see: www.invisiblechildren.com.

8th Annual Lynford Lecture

John L. Petersen lecturing to NYU-Poly audience

John L. Petersen lecturing in the Pfizer Auditorium

John L. Petersen, president of the Arlington Institute, delivered the 8th annual Lynford Lecture entitled "What To Do About the Future We're About To Get" in Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Pfizer Auditorium. The Lynford Lecture, sponsored by Polytechnic Trustee Jeffrey H. Lynford and his wife Tondra, highlights the work of outstanding mathematicians, scientists and visionaries.

Mr. Peterson, best-known for writing and thinking about high impact surprises and the process of surprise anticipation, is considered among the most informed futurists in the world. His current professional involvements include the development of sophisticated tools for anticipatory analysis and surprise anticipation, long-range strategic planning and helping leadership design new approaches for dealing with the future.

To view the 8th annual Lynford Lecture, go to: http://www.poly.edu/events/lynford/index.php


University Newsback to top

Prof. Levon Named New York Academy of Sciences Contest Judge

If the way to get to Carnegie Hall involves "practice, practice practice," the way to the Nobel Week Festivities in Sweden requires "study, study, study." The Laureates of Tomorrow - Nobel Essay Contest was launched by the New York Academy of Sciences in the fall of 2004 to encourage students attending New York City high schools to become more involved in the sciences. This year Polytechnic professor Dr. Kalle Levon was selected for the second year to be one of four final judges to determine the chemistry essay winner. After reviewing essays from New York City students across the five boroughs, the finalists were interviewed during the day-long judging, and were awarded their prizes at the Nobel Monument Inscription Ceremony on June 12, in Theodore Roosevelt Park adjacent to the American Museum of Natural History at 81st and Columbus Avenue. The grand prize winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden to attend the Nobel Week Festivities in December 2006.

To learn more about the essay contest, see: The Laureates of Tomorrow - Nobel Essay Contest

Prof. Tapiero appointed director of financial engineering program

Prof. Charles S. Tapiero has been appointed director of Polytechnic Institute of NYU's financial engineering program. Dr. Tapiero, the Morton L. Topfer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Financial Engineering and Technology Management, has authored 12 books and more than 250 papers on a broad range of issues spanning risk management, stochastic modeling and applied stochastic control in technology, operations, insurance and finance.

Read more about Dr. Tapiero's appointment here.

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Dress Down Days and Summer Hours for 2006.

Summer Dress Down will take place from Monday, June 5, 2006 to Friday, August 25, 2006. During this period, staff may come to work in casual business attire. Inappropriate attire would be considered sweat pants, tank tops, torn jeans, or shorts. As work duties require, Department Heads and Directors may suspend, or temporarily suspend, the casual dress policy.

Additionally, reduced Summer Hours are in effect from Monday, June 12, 2006 to Friday, August 25, 2006. During this period, the 35 hour work week will be shortened to 32.5 hours. Department Heads and Directors will be responsible for insuring adequate coverage. Staff unable to take advantage of the reduced summer hours during their regular 9 to 5 schedule will accumulate 4 "Summer Days." Summer Days are not eligible for carryover and must be used by September 30, 2006. Please report Summer Days as "SD" on all Time Sheets/Monthly Compensated Absence Reports.

Questions regarding Dress Down Policy and Summer Days can be addressed to Don Dean, Director of Human Resources, at extension 3343. For additional information on Human Resource Bulletins please go to MyPoly, under the Human Resources Bulletins tab.

NYU-Poly Introduces NYC High School Students to Engineering Careers

NYC high school students at the Mechanical Engineering lab as part of project RAISE

NYC high school students at the Mechanical Engineering lab as part of project RAISE

On May 24th, 120 students from four NYC high schools gathered at Polytechnic Institute of NYU to learn about career options in civil and mechanical engineering as part of Project RAISE, a National Science Foundation sponsored program designed encourage interest in science and engineering among young people. NYU-Poly professors, graduate students and alumni provided tours of four laboratories so prospective students could learn first hand about technology applications and meet with NYU-Poly students who are designated RAISE Fellows. NYU-Poly alumni Kenneth Jack and Franck Rougier, both practicing engineers, discussed real world opportunities for students entering the job market, along with Professors Vikram Kapila, Magued Iskander, and Dr. Noel Kriftcher, Director of the David Packard Center.

Tuition Increase

Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Board of Trustees has authorized a four percent tuition increase for undergraduate and graduate programs for the 2006-2007 academic year. This increase is in line with the Consumer Price Index and is the lowest annual tuition increase at NYU-Poly in over five years. There will be no increase for the University's meal plans, Othmer Residence Hall, or for students currently enrolled in Poly's Tuition Assurance Plan.

This adjustment at NYU-Poly is below the national average tuition increase of six percent at private four-year universities. The University's board, administration and faculty are committed to delivering the highest caliber of education to NYU-Poly students, while keeping the costs of effectively running the University as low as possible.

It is important to keep in mind that tuition covers less than 70 percent of what it costs to educate a student at Polytechnic. Endowment spending, fundraising and research contracts and grants help cover the balance, and are used to continually upgrade facilities and provide student scholarships and other financial support.

Effective with the fall 2006 semester, the cost of undergraduate full-time tuition will be $14,373 per semester or $28,746 per year; the graduate rate will be $988 per credit.

Questions regarding 2006-07 tuition rates, should be addressed to Brenda Nieves, Director of Student Financial Services, at Ext. 3333 or by email at bnievesm@poly.edu.

Professor Juran Serves on U.N. Middle East Peace Panel

Professor Ilan Juran, Department of Civil Engineering, participated in a conference organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, to address "New Challenges in the Middle East Peace Process and Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue." The focus of Professor Juran's panel discussion was "The Challenge of Local Capacity Building — Inter-Community Cooperation in Educational, Scientific, and Professional Training Initiatives — Perspectives, Partnerships and Implementation Strategies."

Read more about the peace panel and Prof. Juran's role here.

Summer Payroll schedule

The Summer 2006 payroll schedule for faculty and adjuncts is available from Human Resources. PAF due dates are itemized below, please note that X and Z sessions start on the same date but end on different dates; the X session ends on July 15 and the Z session ends on August 31. Please direct questions regarding the payroll schedule and PAFs to Joan Avril at ext. 3142, or Agata DeSantis at ext. #3046.

Adjunct PAF due Dates for Summer X, Y, Z Sessions 2006

Session Dates Pay dates PAFs Due
X June 1-July 13 June 30 & July 14 (2 checks) June 16
Y July 17-August 25 August 15 & August 31 (2 checks) August 1
Z June 1-August 25 June 30 through August 31 (5 checks) June 16

Faculty PAF due Dates for Summer X, Y, Z Sessions 2006

Session Dates Pay dates PAFs Due
X June 1-July 13 June 15 through July 14 (3 checks) May 31
Y July 17-August 25 June 30 through August 31 (3 checks) June 16
Z June 1-August 25 June 15 through August 31 (6 checks) May 31

NYU-Poly Wins 2nd Place in the Tennis Championship

The Polytechnic Blue Jays took second place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Tennis Championship held at Purchase College in Purchase, NY, on April 28th. NYU-Poly Senior Dale Smiley took first place in the All Conference First Team and was honored as Player of the Year. Poly's standings in the championship are as follows:

Dale Smiley 1st Singles on All Conference First Team and
Player of the Year
Brian Wilmeth 3rd Singles on All Conference First Team
Alex Aleshinskiy 6th Singles on All Conference Second Team
Momchil Dimchev
& Michael Enache
2nd Doubles on All Conference Second Team
Dale Smiley
&Brian Wilmeth

1st Doubles Honorable Mention

NYU-Poly Students' Passion for Engineering Takes Flight

NYU-Poly team with their radio-controlled aircraft

NYU-Poly team with their radio-controlled aircraft.

Professor Said Nourbakhsh, Head of Poly's Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering, served as faculty advisor for a team of NYU-Poly undergrads who designed and constructed a radio controlled aircraft for the Aero Design East Competition in Marietta, Georgia. The three-day competition, from April 21-23, provided students hands-on experience designed to simulate real world situation engineers face in the field.

Read more about the team's involvement in the Aero Design East Competition here

Nobel Laureate Rudolph A. Marcus Honored at NYU-Poly

Rudolph Marcus lecturing at Poly

Dr. Rudolph Marcus

On April 26, Nobel Laureate Rudolph A. Marcus returned to NYU-Poly as a guest lecturer of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and was presented Polytechnic's Sesquicentennial Medal. For his work as a theoretical chemist at NYU-Poly in the 1950's and 60's, Dr. Marcus was awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Marcus's theory explains what is perhaps the simplest chemical elementary process—the transfer of an electron between two molecules. The simplicity of Dr. Marcus's theory (RRKM)—and the 40 years it took to generate the proofs required to affirm its validity—belies a host of practical consequences that extend over all areas of chemistry, ranging from photosynthesis, photochemical production of fuel, solar power, chemiluminescence ("cold light"), and electrically conducting polymers, to electrochemical synthesis and such commonplace concerns as battery technology and corrosion.

Dr. Marcus's lecture, entitled "Isotopic Puzzles in Stratospheric Ozone and in the Earliest Minerals in the Solar System - An Application of Chemical Physics to Geochemistry," explores problems found in Earth's stratosphere, and chondritic meteorites formed some 4.56 billion years ago.

President's Update

President Hultin updated the faculty and staff on a wide range of issues and items at packed Town Hall Meeting in the Pfizer Auditorium on April 20. While emphasizing recruitment and retention, President Hultin addressed concerns that effect departments throughout the University, as well as a host of future opportunities, including:

  • A retention shortfall in January 2006;
  • Undergraduate and graduate enrollment for Fall 2006;
  • Research growth and educational funding support from national, state and city agencies;
  • Poly's current financial status and 2007 tuition increases;
  • the success of Poly's petition to release restricted endowment funds to meet our bond covenants and Title IV composite score requirements;
  • Real Estate opportunities resulting from discussions with Forest City Ratner, and CUNY's New York City College of Technology;
  • "The Future of Polytechnic Campaign" which is approaching the "action phase;"
  • Recruitment of new talent to fill major faculty positions, critical administrative positions and other vacancies;
  • Alliances and opportunities resulting from New York City School Reform;
  • Revenue sharing to enhance revenue goals and enrollment objectives, as well as creating a clear formula for distributing net revenue gains to department heads, faculty members, division directors, and other individuals who achieve extraordinary results;
  • Poly's new banner initiative;
  • The Brand Campaign being developed by the University's Marketing Council, including a subway advertising campaign;
  • Polytechnic activities in Israel, including:
    • A new Memorandum of Understanding;
    • NYU-Poly faculty member Avi Ullman's help in launching a $33 million center for nano-technology engineering;
    • Presentation of a Sesquicentennial Medal to NYU-Poly graduate Josef Singer for his work in aeronautics and leadership as President of the Technion;
    • Polytechnic's graduation ceremony for nearly 200 new graduates of our Management Department's Masters' Degree program, lead by Dr. Hal Kaufman; and,
  • Announcement of 3 new trustees: Israel Borovich, Charles Hinkaty, and Larry Katz.

President Hultin Testifies on Port Security

Hultin testifying before the NY Senate Task Force on Port Security

Hultin testifying before the NY Senate Task Force on Port Security.

On April 19th, President Hultin testified before the New York Senate Task Force on Port Security, chaired by Senator Frank Padavan (Queens) '55, which was created to address safety and security at New York ports.

Read more about President Hultin' port security comments here.

Vacation Day Carry-Overs During PeopleSoft Upgrade

Employees involved in testing and training the Peoplesoft upgrade are reminded to get written approval from their supervisor, in consultation with Human Resources, if they are unable to use carry-over vacation days. Human Resources will make every effort to extend carry-over requests until December 31st of this year. If you have any questions regarding carry-overs, please contact Human Resources at ext. 3840.

TIAA/CREF Seminar - Planning Ahead For Retirement

Bench

TIAA-CREF, a financial services provider administering Polytechnic retirement accounts, recently expanded investment opportunities with a wider range of offerings for NYU-Poly employees. TIAA-CREF will be conducting seminars this summer to introduce the new plan offerings. Additionally, here are some of the ways you can learn more about the new retirement options:

  • pick up the new booklets in the HR Office, Jacobs Building Room# 258 ;
  • go to Poly's web page at TIAA-CREF, at http://www.tiaa-cref.org/poly;
  • call TIAA-CREF’s automated telephone service at 800-842-2252; and/or,
  • contact a TIAA-CREF consultant at 800-842-2776.

Objective financial advice is another new service being offered by TIAA-CREF via a Retirement Strategy Review using planning tools from Ibbotson Associates. These one-on-one advice and planning sessions, available over the phone or in person, can help you make informed decisions about the investment options available through Poly's retirement plan. The services offered by Ibbotson Associates, a company noted for its integrity and the soundness of its methodology, also include "Personalized Portfolio Recommendations" and "Guidance on Past Plans."

In addition to the wider range of investment options and services now available, April 5th, TIAA-CREF held a seminar on retirement planning for people who are 10 years or more away from retirement. Issues addressed included:

  • How much income will you need?
  • Where will it come from?
  • Is there a shortfall?
  • Do you need to save more?
  • How will you pay yourself in retirement to meet your needs?
  • What income options best fit your situation?

Additional topics included: sources of retirement income; evaluating your retirement income needs; the importance of examining your asset allocation; income options available from TIAA-CREF; and, helpful web tools and individual retirement counseling options.

For more information about TIAA-CREF's financial products, you may contact Poly's Individual Consultant at TIAA-CREF, Sandra Madrid, at 212-490-9000 ext: 3117, or visit their website at www.tiaa-cref.org.


Symposium & Colloquium back to top

DNA: Past, Present & Future

DNA

DNA, the matrix from which life is drawn, holds the secrets of past, present and future life. On May 5th, Donald A. Siegel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology & Anatomy New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, provided a primer for the faculty on the structure, implications and questions arising at the forefront of DNA science.

The scientific riddles Dr. Siegel explored included:

  • How do the four monomers of DNA encode the 35,000 genes in the human genome?
  • How can more than 200,000 proteins be made from these genes?
  • How do cells turn genes on and off at precisely the right time during development?
  • How do brain cells express only brain specific genes and liver cells' liver specific genes?
  • How does DNA unwind when it needs to express a gene, and rewind when it does not?
  • How can an avian bird flu virus mutate into a potential human pandemic?

The Middle Path: Finding a Way Between the Rigor of Computers and the Mush Inside Our Skulls

How does human tissue—specifically nerve cells—communicate pain, pleasure, warmth, cold and the myriad of other information passed along the collection of neurons comprising the nervous system? On May 9th, Dr. William Lytton, Visiting Associate Professor from SUNY Downstate in Poly's Electrical &Computer Engineering department, lectured on the biological substrate of neurons and synapses of the human brain from a signal transformation perspective, with a focus on investigating the complexities of computational neuroscience as it relates to dynamic systems, information processing devices and concepts of computer and information sciences.

Read the abstract and Prof. Lytton's bio here.

Design Reuse in Manufacturing and Services

If every person wanting to get from here to there "reinvented the wheel," progress would undoubtedly slow. Conversely, industries employing design reuse technologies in their development processes stand to gain a competitive edge. On May 5, the Institute for Technology and Enterprise, hosted a lecture by John Ettlie, Director & Professor of Business Administration at the Rochester Institute of Technology, who presented his hypothesis and preliminary conclusions on the most popular approaches to improve the new-offering development process, also known as design reuse. Topics covered in the talk included: trade-offs relating to cost, timing and innovation; policies for design reuse and internal sourcing to promote the complexity and breadth of reuse; design reuse as it relates to sector; and, policies for encouraging or mandating design reuse in manufacturing versus service firms.

Read more about John Ellite's lecture here.

Computers, Mathematics, and Sculpture

Computer generated scuptures

R. Buckminster Fuller once said, "When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong." Such thinking rings true with Dr. George Hart, sculptor and computer science research professor at Stony Brook University, NY, who has elevated the art of mathematical sculptures to a new level of complexity. On April 4, Dr. Hart, guest lecturer of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, presented a dazzling array mathematically informed sculptures that he created from metal, wood, acrylic, and found objects, which often use laser-cutting and rapid prototyping technologies in their realization. Hart's mathematical research currently centers on novel polyhedral structures and algorithms for producing them. He has classified, analyzed, and produced algorithms for generating various new classes of polyhedra, and has developed a practical computer algorithm for interactively generating a wide range of beautiful, never-before-seen, symmetric polyhedra.

On Cooperation in Wireless Networks: Benefits and Tradeoffs

Remember the old black-and-white movies with the guy slamming down receivers of a half-dozen phones on his desk? That happened in the early telecom days because each company built their own networks, which weren't connected to their competitor's systems. The early days of wireless have been affected by similar technology-business conundrums. On April 27, Cristina Comaniciu, assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Stevens Institute of Technology, addressed the issue of cooperation versus selfishness in wireless networks, and discussed possible performance gains and implementation tradeoffs. Her talk merged three different topics: pricing for enforcing cooperation in slotted Aloha, adaptive channel allocation spectrum etiquette for cognitive radios, and interference aware routing for near-far effect mitigation. The common element is that in all three cases cooperation can significantly increase the overall network performance.

Read the full abstract of the wireless networks lecture and Professor's Comaniciu's bio here.

Using Plasma as a Barrier

Living along the flight path by the airport can be a headache. Errant acoustic noise caused by turbulence is something we would like to reduce or, if possible, get rid of all together. At best noise is annoying, and very loud noise, like airplanes taking off at full-throttle can harm the human ear. On April 24, Prof. Volkan Otugen, Mechanical, Aerospace & Manufacturing Engineering, discussed three basic approaches to reducing the effect of noise: manipulate the source to reduce noise; reduce the effect of noise at the ear level; or place a sound barrier in between the ear and the source. In many instances, the first two approaches are not easy, or even practical. In a novel, futuristic concept designed to address this, Polytechnic has investigated the use of glow discharge plasma as a sound barrier.

Read the full abstract of Dr. Otugen's noise reduction lecture here.

Point-Based Methods in Shape Modeling and Physical Simulation

After seeing Star Wars and Toy Story, most everyone is familiar with the wire drawings used in 3-D animation. However, applications requiring irregular and dynamic sampling of data—be it in engineering or medical applications—do not lend themselves to such an approach. On April 21, as a guest speaker in the Othmer Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Prof. Leonidas Guibas discussed point-based techniques that can provide a flexible representation of geometry for situations where forming and maintaining a complete mesh is cumbersome or overly complex. As Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University since 1984, Dr. Guibas has published extensively in the areas of computational geometry, geometric modeling, computer graphics, computer vision, robotics, ad hoc communication and sensor networks, and discrete algorithms.

Next-Generation Bioimaging systems

Understanding the complexity of biological systems requires acquisition, analysis and sharing of huge databases, and in particular, high-dimensional databases. The genome project demonstrates the increasing magnitude of technology in the biological sciences; which has shifted from understanding single parts of larger systems to understanding complex systems at the cellular and molecular levels. Given the new emphasis on complex technologically integrated solutions that cross disciplinary lines, Jelene Kovacevic, Professor in the Departments of BME and ECE and the Director of the Center for Bioimage Informatics at Carnegie Mellon University, asks, "What is the role and what can imaging do for systems biology?"

On April 4, Dr. Kovacevic lectured at Poly's Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar series to address such issues as: replacing humans with machines for faster and more efficient processing; generating new knowledge through the use of sophisticated algorithms, developing large distributed, integrated bioimage databases that allow researchers to upload, process and share data; creating downloadable, platform-optimized code and data in a common format to enhance research; and, the wide range of sophisticated tools and technology—signal processing, machine learning and scientific computing—needed to achieve these goals in imaging biological systems at cellular and molecular levels.

Design of fast and robust worm detection algorithms

In a compost heap, worms are a good thing; on your desktop, or within an IT network, they're not. Fast spreading computer worms are malicious in nature, as amply demonstrated by the Slammer Worm, which reached its peak propagation in a matter of minutes. And, unlike the earthworm, which fertilizes through decomposition, the decomposition and related costs incurred from IT worm promulgation on networked systems causes significant harm.

Because IT worms can infect vulnerable hosts before signature-based detection inoculates them, fast detection algorithms that do not rely on signatures must be developed. On March 30th, Dr. Tian Bu, Technical Staff Member at the Wireless Network Elements Research Department of Bell Labs, lectured at Poly's Electrical and Computer Engineering seminar series on the design and evaluation of such an algorithm which relies on certain invariant characteristics of worm propagation for identification and detection. Employing a novel two-step procedure that combines change point detection and growth rate inference on IT systems to confirm the existence of a worm, Dr. Bu's new algorithm can detect the worm propagation within a very short time using real-time Internet trace data.


Publications & Presentationsback to top

Materials That Do Not Fail! Functionally Gradient Syntactic Foams

Working with undergraduate and graduate research students William Ricci and Sandeep Kumar Gupta, respectively, Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering, has developed a new microstructure in polymer-matrix composites that is capable of absorbing about 5 times more energy under compression than similar materials. This highly damage-tolerant material, called Functionally Gradient Syntactic Foam, does not show any failure point or change in strength until about 70% compression. Created by filling hollow particles in polymeric materials, the syntactic foams' density is about half the density of water, providing considerable weight saving in structural applications than existing materials.

After extensive research, the group’s first paper was accepted and will appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Materials Science and Engineering A

NYU-Poly Professor and Alum Present at People's Republic of China Polymer Conference

At an event reminiscent of Dr. Herman Mark's visits to China in the wake of the Nixon era diplomacy which opened communications between the People's Republic of China and the United States, Dr. Kalle Levon, and Dr. Peter Zarras, a NYU-Poly Alumnus (and Prof Vogl's last doctoral student) from the Naval Air Warfare Center, presented at the International Symposium on Polymer Chemistry (PC'2006) in Dalian, P. R. China, June 7-11, 2006. The Symposium is sponsored by the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and is organized by the State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry. Topics discussed included polymer synthesis, macromolecular architecture, functional polymers, and bio-related and medical polymers. Approximately 45 American, European and Japanese scientists and speakers attended the 5 day event, which is a great opportunity to promote academic interactions between Western and Chinese scientists.

High-Performance Composite Materials for Military Armor Applications

Dr. Nikhil Gupta, Assistant Professor in Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering Department, presented research at the Military Armor Protection Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2006. At the conference, organized by the Institute of Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA), Dr. Gupta discussed lightweight, high-performance metal and polymer matrix composites and their potential life-saving applications for deployment in body armor. He stressed the importance of better scientific understanding of ballistic and blast properties of materials currently being used in various kinds of armors. Conference attendees included officers from all branches of military, defense contractors, industry personnel, and researchers from universities and national laboratories.

Prof. Roy S. Freedman's New Textbook Cited by Financial Times

Introduction to Financial Technology

Explaining the relationship between finance and technology in today's fast-paced world—in a concise and engaging manner—relies upon processing and analyzing financial data using IT tools and techniques. This assumption implies that a good "Introduction to Financial Technology," the title of Polytechnic Professor Roy S. Freedman's new book, is fundamental to success in the financial sector. According to the Financial Times article "Will IT make - or break - the bank?" Dr. Freedman, Adjunct Professor in the Financial Engineering Program at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, "wittily combines fiscal history with heavy-duty financial arithmetic."

To learn more about Dr. Freedman's work, visit Poly's news article on the Dr. Freedman's book, or read the Financial Times article.

NYU-Poly Professor's Research Paper Among Top Downloads

Professor Spencer Kuo's article "Plasma Effects on Bacterial Spores in a Wet Environment," appearing in New Journal of Physics, Vol 8, pp41 (2006) portends the rising interest in multidisciplinary research. Dr Kuo, Professor of Electrophysics in Polytechnic's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, co-authored the paper with Olga Tarasenko, Department of Biology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Polytechnic Professors Said Nourkbash Department of Mechanical Engineering, Assya Bakhtina and Kalle Levon, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering. The paper was among the top 10% of downloaded articles appearing in the journal this past quarter.

To view the article "Plasma Effects on Bacterial Spores in a Wet Environment," click here.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Spencer Kuo, Ph.D., (skuo@duke.poly.edu)

Publications

  • S. P. Kuo and D. Bivolaru, "A Pulsed Torch Plasma in a Mach 2.5 Supersonic Crossflow", IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., 34(1), 63-69, Feb. 2006.
  • S. P. Kuo, D. Bivolaru, Skip Williams, and Campbell D. Carter, "A Microwave-Augmented Plasma Torch Module," Plasma Sources Science and Technology 15 266-275, doi:10.1088/0963-0252/15/2/012, March 2006.
  • 3. S. P. Kuo and Steven S. Kuo, "Theoretical study of plasma effect on a conical shock wave", Phys. Plasmas, 13(3), 033505 (1-6), March 2006.
  • Spencer P. Kuo, Olga Tarasenko, Said Nourkbash, Assya Bakhtina, Kalle Levon, "Plasma Effects on Bacterial Spores in a Wet Environment", New Journal of Physics 8, 41 (1-11), doi:10.1088/1367-2630/8/3/041, March 2006.
  • Olga Tarasenko, Said Nourkbash, Spencer P. Kuo, Assya Bakhtina, Pierre Alusta, Dina Kudasheva, Mary Cowman , and Kalle Levon, "Scanning Electron and Atomic Force Microscopy to Study Plasma Torch Effects on B. cereus Spores", IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., accepted for publication, 34(4), 2006.
  • Spencer P. Kuo, Olga Tarasenko, S. Popovic, and Kalle Levon, "Killing of Bacterial Spores Contained in a Paper Envelope by a Microwave Plasma Torch", IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci., accepted for publication, 34(4), Aug. 2006.
  • S. P. Kuo, M. Rubinraut, S. Popovic, and Daniel Bivolaru, "A Portable Arc-Microwave Hybrid Plasma Torch Module", AIAA Paper 2006-1463 (1-8), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Washington DC, Jan. 2006.

Mathematics

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Emeric Deutsch, (deutsch@poly.edu)

Publications

  • E. Deutsch, L. Ferrari, S. Rinaldi, "Production matrices", Advances in Applied Mathematics, Vol. 34, pp. 101-122, 2005.

Mechanical, Aerospace & Manufacturing Engineering

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Nikhil Gupta, Ph.D., (ngupta@poly.edu)

  • Chair: "Composite Foams" session at American Society for Composites 20th Annual Technical Conference, Drexel University, PA, Sept 7-9, 2005.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Scientific Journals International. www.scientificjournals.org
  • Organizer, "Composite Foams" sessions, American Society for Composite 20th Annual Conference, Drexel University, PA, September 7-9, 2005. Three special sessions were organized which contained 17 papers related to syntactic foams and advanced particulate composites.

Publications and Presentations

  • Maharsia, R.,Gupta, N. and Jerro, H.D. Investigation of flexural strength properties of rubber and nanoclay reinforced hybrid syntactic foams. Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol. 417, No. 1-2, 2006, pp. 249-258.
  • Rohatgi, P.K., Kim, J. K. Gupta, N., Alaraj, S. and Daoud A. Compressive characteristics of A356/hollow fly ash particle composites made by pressure infiltration technique. Composites Part A, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2006, pp. 430-437.
  • Gupta, N. Metal Matrix Composites and Syntactic Foams for Armor Applications. Military Armor Protection Conference, Institute of Defense and Government Advancement, Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, Washington DC, May 23-24, 2006.
  • Gupta, N., Maharsia, R. and Jerro, H. D. Enhancement of energy absorption characteristics of hollow glass particle filled composites by rubber addition. Materials Science and Engineering A, Vol. 395, No. 1-2, 2005, pp.233-240.
  • Gupta, N. and Maharsia, R. Enhancement of energy absorption in syntactic foams by nanoclay incorporation for sandwich core applications. Applied Composite Materials, Vol. 12, No. 3-4, 2005, pp. 247-261.
  • Gupta, N. and Nagorny R. Tensile strength of glass microballoon-epoxy resin syntactic foams. In proceedings of American Society for Composites 20th Annual Technical Conference, October 9-11, 2005, Drexel University, PA. Paper # 102.
  • Wu, H.-C., Gupta, N. and Mylavarapu, P. S. Enhancement of ultrasonic non-destructive testing for high attenuation composite materials. In proceedings of American Society for Composites 20th Annual Technical Conference, October 9-11, 2005, Drexel University, PA. Paper# 100.
  • Kishore, Gupta, N. and Kiran, A. Solid particle erosion studies in syntactic foams. In proceedings of American Society for Composites 20th Annual Technical Conference, October 9-11, 2005, Drexel University, PA. Paper # 98.


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Mandl Presents NYU-Poly With $100,000 Fellowship Gift

On May 25, Dr. Ines Mandl '47 '49 MS/PhD, presented Polytechnic Institute of NYU with a $100,000 gift for fellowship support. One of Poly's earliest alumna, Dr. Mandl, professor emeritus at Columbia University, is one of the world's leading biochemists.

Mandl with two NYU-Poly students

Her work focused primarily on the biochemical basis of pulmonary emphysema and respiratory distress syndrome in newborns, and the medicinal uses of collagenases, elastases and their inhibitors.

Having fled her native Austria shortly before Nazi occupation in 1936, Mandl spent a decade in Europe where she earned a BS in chemistry from the University of Ireland at Cork. In 1945 she immigrated to the United States, where she worked with the renowned biochemist Carl Neuberg at the Interchemical Corporation and New York University. As Dr. Neuberg's research assistant, she worked closely with him on sugar derivatives useful in analysis and the solubilization of insoluble matter in nature.

In addition to her undergraduate degree, Dr. Mandl earned masters and doctoral degrees from Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 1947 and 1949, respectively.

To learn more about Poly's early alumna, go to the Spring 2005 Sesquicentennial Issue of Poly's Alumni Magazine, CABLE, and read "NYU-Poly Pioneers — The Women Who Broke the Gender Barrier."

2006 Annual Alumni Meeting and Elections

On Sunday, June 21, over 80 members of the POLYTECHNIC ALUMNI gathered in Brooklyn for the Annual Meeting of the association. Alumni from as early as the class of 1949 and as recent as the class of 2006 gathered to socialize, share stories, enjoy a Sunday brunch, and take a tour. Alumnus Richard Suttmeier '70 OR, spoke to the group about his views on the direction that the stock market is headed and Polytechnic president Jerry Hultin spoke to the alumni.

Alumnus Richard Suttermeier

Alumnus Richard Suttermeier

At the meeting, the association elected their new officers for 2006 -2007. Among those elected were:

George Likourezos '92 '92EE was elected as president. George is a patent attorney and partner in the firm of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell and Schmidt in Melville, Long Island.

Edward Sawchuk '76 '78CE was elected as executive vice president. Ed is an attorney specializing in real estate and construction law and city permitting processes. He also has extensive knowledge in environmental law.

Constandino "Gus" Sirakis '97CE was elected as vice president. Gus works for STV Inc. as a structural engineer.

Michael Urmeneta '92ME '00MG was elected as treasurer. Mike works for New York Institute of Technology as a data analyst.

Secretary, Luther White '87OR was elected secretary. Luther is a budget analyst for the New York City department of health and mental hygiene.

Four members of the association's international board of directors were also elected.

Avigdor Dagan '99MG is the head of the association's section in Israel and is a graduate of the management program in Israel.

Dick Eden '73EE is president of Intra Computer, Inc. He was president of the association from 2000 — 2002.

James J. Oussani, Jr. '77ME is president of Staplex Co. He was president of the association from 2002 — 2004.

David Sobin '72 '72EE is CEO of BAMnet, Inc. an internet service provider. David is credited with being one of the co-inventors of DSL service while at AT&T.

Thomas A. Mauro '67 PH (left) is presented a commemorative gavel by the next president of the POLYTECHNIC ALUMNI, George Likourezos '92 '92 EE.

Thomas A. Mauro '67 PH (left) is presented a commemorative gavel by the next president of the POLYTECHNIC ALUMNI, George Likourezos '92 '92 EE.

The Honorable Frank Ponterio '52 EE, a retired New York State Supreme Court judge, was present to swear-in the new officers.

This meeting marked the end of Thomas A. Mauro's two years as alumni president. Tom will continue to volunteer as Immediate Past President.

MOT-TIM Alumni Gathering

In the tradition of keeping Poly's Executive Degree Management Programs convenient, as well as engaging and informative, the Department of Technology Management hosted a MOT-TIM Alumni dinner on Friday evening, May 5th. The speaker, Oded Nov, Professor in the Department of Technology Management, received his PhD from University of Cambridge and MS from the London School of Economics. Dr. Nov's presentation "The Future of Knowledge Sharing" draws upon his research interests spanning technology and knowledge management, information systems and organization, and innovation and creativity. In a follow-up email, Mike Driscoll '05 TIM wrote "I enjoyed Professor Nov's presentation. It was great to see everyone. I appreciate your efforts in developing the MOT-TIM Alumni Association."

Also announced at the gathering was a new refresher course for MOT-TIM alumni on Information Security Management being taught by Dr. William J. Hery, Director of Poly's Scholarship for Service (SFS) program in Information Assurance. An advisor to the US Government and an e-Business Research Fellow at Penn State University, Dr. Hery's research interests include information security assessment and network forensics.

Felsen Family Endows Scholarship at NYU-Poly

In honor of late alum Leopold B. Felsen ('48, '49, '50, EE Hon '05), his children, Judith and Micheal Felsen, endowed a Polytechnic scholarship and presented President Hultin with a $150,000 check to give future NYU-Poly alumni the opportunities their father enjoyed as a result of his Polytechnic education. Dr. Felsen, a NYU-Poly alum and faculty member for over 40 years, was world-renowned for his research in electromagnetic waves. Please see the Fall 2005 edition of Poly's Alumni Magazine, CABLE for a biographical summary of Dr. Felsen.


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NYU-Poly Civil Engineering Students Take First Place in Regional Concrete Canoe Competition

Polytechnic team members lower canoe into the testing tank

NYU-Poly team members lower canoe into testing tank.

Polytechnic civil engineering students took first place in the American Society of Civil Engineers 19th Annual Regional Concrete Canoe Competition, held at Rowan University from April 28-29. The thirty member NYU-Poly team bested Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson and Rowan University with a 290 pound concrete canoe that took 1,300 hours to plan and construct. The team will advance to the national competition held at Oklahoma State University on June 15-17th where they will compete against more than 20 other universities from around the country.

Read more about the regional competition on the NYU-Poly website.

Read more about the national competition from the AP.

Ainsley Stewart, ECE '07 has been elected Chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Ainsley Stewart '07, an Electrical and Computer Engineering major and Promise Fund Scholar, was elected National Chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest student-managed engineering organization in the country. On May 1, he will become its highest ranking official. NSBE's 18,000 membership is comprised of more than 270 collegiate chapters, 75 alumni extension chapters, and 75 pre-college chapters domestically and internationally.

Read more about the NSBE election here.


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Recently Filled Positions

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NYU-Poly has recently filled the following positions (March-June 2006):

JOB TITLE EMPLOYEE DEPARTMENT EXT#
Staff Writer Ryan Chatelain University Relations 3307
Web Information Editor Ingrid Redman World Wide Web 3672
Acting Vice President of Marketing Susan Lestinigi President's Office 3968
Executive Director of Development/Campaign Director Craig Purinton University Relations 3575
Associate Director of Annual and Anniversary Giving Natalie Blake Alumni Relations 3844

Employment Opportunities at NYU-Poly

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Human Resources has information on the following positions available at Poly, and how to apply.

Position: Administrative Assistant
Department: Admissions
JOB # ADM017 - Posted: 6/21/2006-6/27/2006, Brooklyn Campus; Union
Position: Administrative Associate
Department: Development Office
JOB # DEV016 - Posted: 6/9/2006-6/14/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Administrative Associate
Department: President's Office
JOB # CHA001 - Posted: 6/9/2006-6/14/2006 Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Director of Counseling Center
Department: Counseling Center
JOB # DAS007 - Posted: 6/8/2006-6/14/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Graduate Program Coordinator and Advisor
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
JOB # ECE054 - Posted: 6/1/2006-6/7/2006 Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Director of Career Services
Department: Career Services
JOB # CSV002 - Posted: 5/12/2006-5/19/2006 , Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Business Development Manager
Department: Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications
JOB # ECE053 - Posted: 5/2/2006-5/7/2006 Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Major Gifts Officer (2 positions)
Department: Development
JOB # DEV015 - Posted: 1/10/2006-1/16/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union

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Answer to last edition's "What's That!?!"

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Last Issue's "What's That!?!" image:

March 06 Mystery Image

The answer, taken from the 1903-1904 edition of the Polytechnic Engineer:

"Fig. 8 shows a section of the Electrostatic Laboratory of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn during the progress of a test by the author of this monograph.

The machine upon the left is that manufactured by the Mcintosh Battery and Optical Company, of Chicago, Illinois, and is being driven as a generator by the small direct-current motor seen upon the table on the left. The machine upon the right is that manufactured by the Waite and Bartlett Company of New York and is being driven as a motor by the Mcintosh machine, the connections between the two machines not being those described under the efficiency tests, the latter connections being an improvement upon those illustrated here, which were heavy insulated wire enclosed in thick glass tubing. Both machines are described below, the Waite and Bartlett machine being No. 3, and the Mcintosh machine No. 4. Upon the table in the rear center is a 15 000-volt Electrostatic Voltmeter.

The machines employed in the experiments upon which this monograph is based were all of the multi-plate type. The first machine, manufactured by the Waite, and Bartlett Company of New York, consists of ten revolving and ten stationary plates, enclosed in an airtight glass case, the air inside being kept dry by a pan of calcium chloride, CaCL. The insulating handles, discharge knobs, and condenser connections are all on the outside, so that the machine may be operated without opening the case, and consequently this type of machine is but slightly affected by weather conditions.

The machine itself was excited by means of a small Wims-hurst Influence Machine, which was also' enclosed in the case, but which could be rotated by hand from the exterior.

The Holtz Machine proper was rotated by a belt connection between a pulley wheel on its shaft and one on the shaft of a small direct current motor rated at 1000 rev. per min., no volts, and 1.4 h.p. The speed of this motor was regulated by means of an adjustable resistance in its armature circuit. A voltmeter and an ammeter were also introduced into the circuit of the motor armature to derive the power input.

The second machine, manufactured by the Galvano-Faradic Manufacturing Company of New York, had the same general plan of construction, operation, and regulation as the first, except that it had only eight revolving and eight stationary plates and was slightly smaller in size.

The third, fourth, and fifth machines, now to be described, were all rotated by a small direct current motor rated at 800 rev. per min., no volts, and 0.25 h.p., the belt connections and the method of regulating the speed of the motor being identical with those of the first two.

The third machine, manufactured by the Waite and Bartlett Company of New York, was exactly like the first machine described, also made by them, except that it had twelve revolving and twelve stationary plates.

The fourth machine, manufactured by the Van Houten and Ten Broeck Company of New York, was similar to the other three, except that its axle was provided with ball bearings, and that there were twelve revolving and twelve stationary plates.

The fifth machine, manufactured by the Mcintosh Battery and Optical Company of Chicago, Illinois, differs radically from the four previously described, in that it is self-exciting, no auxiliary exciter being required. This type is known as the Toepler Holtz Machine. The excitation is accomplished by means of a pair of generator arms, one on each side of the machine, having brushes and metal clips of brass which hold the stationary plates in place, and also serve to conduct the electricity from the plate to the arm. They are so arranged as to fit over the strips of tin foil leading to the paper sectors pasted on the stationary plate. The brushes make contact only with metal buttons on the revolving plates, not being allowed to make contact with the plate itself. The machine consisted of eight revolving and eight stationary plates.

A sixth machine, manufactured by the Greenpoint Metallic Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn, New York, was the subject of a two-hour test of current and of voltage under varying conditions. Like the Mcintosh machine, this was also a Toepler Holtz, the excitation being accomplished in a precisely similar manner. The machine consisted of sixteen revolving and sixteen stationary plates, but, by means of a mechanical device, four or eight of the revolving plates could be loosened from the axle and prevented from rotating by a brake bearing upon their lower edges. The machine could therefore be converted at will into a twelve-plate or an eight-plate generator. It was operated by belt connection from its axle to the power shaft of the factory, rotating at a constant speed of 265 rev. per min."

June 2006 "What's That!?!" mystery image

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June 2006 What's That Image

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June 2006 Student on a bungee apparatus on the Metrotech Commons

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To volunteer for a new student orientation activity or event, contact Dr. Michael Hutmaker

Dates to Remember

For information about events at Poly, please visit Poly's Online Calendar or contact the sponsoring department.

For sports schedules, go Poly's athletics website and click on the men's or women's varsity sport of choice.


June 2006

June 24
Placement Exams for English and Math
June 27
Chinatown Tour
June 28
Last day to withdraw from X session course
June 29
Bodies Exhibition

July 2006

July 4
School closed - Independence Day
July 6
Tuesday classes meet - No Thursday classes
July 7
Lion King
July 8
Alumni Beach Party
Please join the Polytechnic classes of '85, '86 and '87 as they celebrate Summer at Robert Moses State Park. For more information, see the Alumni Events Calendar
July 13
Classes End for X session
July 17
Classes Begin for Y Session
July 21
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and the Beast Speedboat Ride
July 25
The "Official" Gangs of New York Tour
July 26
Last day to withdraw from Z session course
Bodies Exhibition
July 28
Hayden Planetarium & the American Museum of Natural History

August 2006

August 1
Baseball: Yankees vs. Blue Jays
August 4
Six Flags Great Adventure
August 8
The Financial District Tour
August 9
Avenue Q
August 11
Last day to withdraw from Y session course
August 15
Brooklyn Bridge & Brooklyn Heights Tour
August 22
Greenwich Village Tour
August 25
Classes end for Y and Z sessions

Bam Concert

Be sure to check out the BAM Calendar of events for the upcoming Rhythm and Blues concerts at MetroTech.


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