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A Note From the Editor (back to top)

To Our Readers:

As a NYU-Poly employee and alum, it is an honor to report on the many exciting things happening in and around NYU-Poly as we embark on an institutional journey of self-discovery and re-invention under President Hultin's leadership.

This issue of Poly's e-newsletter covers events during the first quarter of 2006. With a new look, e-NYU-Poly Briefs has been re-named NYU-Poly eBriefs, to clearly reflects the publication's format and purpose—a collection of short articles of interest to the NYU-Poly community that are distributed electronically.

We also have a new email address, ebriefs@poly.edu, which you may use to send articles about activities going on around Poly. So, we hope you enjoy the new NYU-Poly eBriefs, and drop us a line when you see something that you think should be featured in the newsletter.

NYU-Poly eBriefs belongs to all of us—because it is about us—so please keep our e-mail handy, so you'll know where to send the information when something worthwhile comes up .

Best regards,
Christopher Hayes
Editor, NYU-Poly eBriefs
Postbox # 215

Activities & Events (back to top)

President Hultin Circulates "The Future of Polytechnic" Master Plan

Polytechnic President Jerry Hultin

President Jerry Hultin

President Hultin has articulated the vision of Polytechnic's path forward in "The Future of Polytechnic," which has been made available on My Poly.

Resulting from discussions and workshops with faculty, trustees, students and alumni, the plan establishes the overarching areas of focus that will establish our special importance, our raison d'être, in the decade ahead.

These areas or themes are:

  • urbanization;
  • health and wellness; and,
  • the delivery of services and the operation of organizations using information-based technology.

President Hultin's vision of the university provides a broad overview of the challenges and opportunities facing the University in the changing 21st century global marketspace.

After two high-profile Presidential Workshops, and numerous one-on-one and group meetings discussing Poly's future prospects and the changing nature of education, research, technology and the economy in a global environment, "The Future of Polytechnic" provides a road map to where NYU-Poly sees itself in 2011. Along the way, there will be many exciting activities on the ground in the areas of:

  • recruitment, enrollment and alliances;
  • research, intellectual property and invention;
  • leadership recruitment and faculty growth;
  • innovation and entrepreneurship; and,
  • air rights development and new building.

The report providing more details, objectives and timelines is available on my.poly.edu by going to: COMMUNITY -> POLYTECHNIC COMMUNITY -> DOCUMENTS -> PRESIDENT'S CORNER -> THE FUTURE OF POLYTECHNIC.doc.

NYU-Poly Branding Campaign Opens on Subway Lines

NYU-Poly Subway Advertisement

NYU-Poly Subway Advertisement

Poly's branding campaign is riding the rails of the New York City Transit System. The campaign is now underway on select lines and will appear throughout the rail transit system by April 10. In addition, NYU-Poly is featured on four Web sites:

The transit campaign is scheduled to run through May.

Download the subway posters:

Nominations for 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award and Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards

The selection process for several prestigious Polytechnic teaching and education awards are underway. The University encourages students, faculty and alumni to nominate a professor(s) who has exhibited outstanding work, and a demonstrated commitment to their students, by sending nominations to the Teaching Awards Committee, chaired by Dr. Vikram Kapila.

Up to six "Jacobs Excellence in Education" awards are to be given as a part of a gift made by Dr. Joseph Jacobs to recognize and foster teaching excellence at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. The Jacobs awards will be made to individuals or groups who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. The Distinguished Teacher Award is Polytechnic's hallmark peer recognition award and is presented at the University's annual commencement exercises.

Winners in both categories receive individual or group awards of $10,000.

To nominate candidates for the 2006 Jacobs Excellence in Education Awards and the 2006 Distinguished Teacher Award, please return nomination letters to Prof. Kapila at vkapila@poly.edu, ext.# 3161, by April 19 and 28, respectively.

Download guidelines:

Promise Scholars Pledge Commitment to Academic Excellence

Promise Fund attendees recite pledge on auditorium stage

Promise Fund attendees recite the pledge, (left to right) Promise Fund Scholars, Polytechnic Chairman, Craig G. Matthews (at podium) and President Jerry MacAurthur Hultin.

Over 50 talented Polytechnic students pledged their commitment "to maintain high academic standards and to mentor future Promise Scholars" at the Promise Fund Scholars' induction ceremony in the Pfizer Auditorium adjacent to the CATT-Dibner foyer. In response, Polytechnic Trustees and Promise Fund Board Members pledged their "continuing support for funding scholarships and providing career guidance to Promise Fund Scholars." Polytechnic's Promise Fund provides scholarships for talented students of modest income, and supports the University's community outreach effort, the Center for Youth in Engineering and Science (YES).

Read more about the Promise Fund ceremony

Polytechnic Hosts Annual Spring Career Fair

The Polytechnic community turned out en masse to welcome over 60 companies to the Office of Career Services Annual Spring Career Fair. Representatives from a wide range of industries attended the fair to recruit qualified NYU-Poly students for permanent jobs, part-time positions and student internships. In addition to employment opportunities, the Career Fair provides opportunities for students to:

Wide shot of the career fair, with poly students talking with company recruiters and representatives

NYU-Poly students browsing company booths and talking with recruiters and representatives

  • explore careers and research companies that hire NYU-Poly graduates;
  • learn about the job skills and academic preparation required for careers within their chosen discipline; and,
  • meet professional recruiters to discuss qualifications for positions in their area of interest.
NYU-Poly student talking with a company recruiter

NYU-Poly student talking with a company recruiter

The Office of Career Services assists students and graduates in their career search through workshops in career management and such fundamentals as business etiquette and resume preparation.

Polytechnic Institute of NYU Hosts 11th Annual New York City Science, Mathematics & Technology Regional Fair

Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Center for Youth in Engineering & Science, the New York City Department of Education and the New York Academy of Sciences welcomed over 300 students representing 38 parochial, private and public New York City high schools to the New York Marriot for the 11th Annual New York City Science, Mathematics & Technology Regional Fair.

231 individual projects and 32 group projects in categories ranging from Behavioral Sciences to Zoology competed for prizes, including cash awards, scholarships, savings bonds and the grand prize of representing New York City as the regional science fair finalists. Student projects were evaluated by 121 distinguished judges representing various sciences and engineering fields, many of whom were Polytechnic Institute of NYU professors and graduate students

Over 250 projects were judged and 12 individual and 3 team projects from 12 different New York City high schools were selected as the New York City finalist. The Science Fair finalists who attend NYC public schools will receive an all expense paid trip to represent New York City at the 57th International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana May 7- 13, 2006. An official awards ceremony recognizing all science fair winners will be held at Polytechnic Institute of NYU on Monday, May 1, 2006 in the Pfizer Auditorium adjacent to the CATT-Dibner foyer.

A complete list of participants and finalists is available on Poly's website.

NYU-Poly Researchers Develop the World's Fastest Way to Kill Anthrax Spores

Anthrax spores affected by Professor Kou's plasma torch method

Anthrax spores affected by Professor Kuo's plasma torch method

Professor Spencer Kuo, a modest man, has been very successful in developing a plasma torch using methods similar to the plasma torch Dr. Erich Kunhardt discussed in his lecture A New University for a New Age. Teaming up with three fellow researchers at Poly, Said Nourkbash, Assya Bakhtina and Kalle Levon, and Olga Tarasenko, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the group developed an arc-seed microwave plasma torch capable of killing deadly bacterial spores at record speeds, by producing a plasma effluent with an abundance of reactive atomic oxygen to neutralize pathogenic germs.

Download the pdf to read more about the sterilization technology

Super-conducting Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Inventor Dr. Gordon Danby Joins Polytechnic

Polytechnic Institute of NYU announced the appointment of Dr. Gordon Danby as research professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Danby is co-inventor of super-conducting magnetically levitated trains (maglev trains), the first economically viable, environmentally friendly, high speed ground transportation that is comfortable and safe for passengers, as well as freight cargo. Dr. Danby pioneered superconducting magnetics and his concepts were used in building the first large system, which operated for years as part of the world's most powerful accelerator located near Chicago. He was also a team member of the Nobel Prize winning experiment that studied the properties of the neutrino. Dr. Danby, a co-recipient with James Powell, of the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Engineering awarded by the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, also pioneered Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRT) to form the basis for the world's first commercially successful magnetic medical scanners. Read more about Dr. Danby joining NYU-Poly here.

Professor Volkan Otugen Elected Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers

Professor Volkan Otugen was elected Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers for his significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Professor Volkan Otugen's scientific research covers a broad range of complex problems in theoretical and experimental fluid mechanics and plasma aerodynamics. A Fulbright Fellow and recipient of the Ralph Teetor Award for excellence in education, Professor Otugen is also an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. His pioneering research in optical measurement techniques has received international recognition.

Read more abou Professor Otugen's award here.

Professor David J. Goodman Elected to National Academy of Engineering

 National Academy of Engineering logo

WASHINGTON — In an announcement designating 76 new members and nine foreign associates to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) David J. Goodman, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was elected to the Academy for his contributions to the theory and practice of wireless communications and digital signal processing. This brings the total U.S. membership in the NAE to 2,216 and the number of foreign associates to 186.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." George Bugliarello, president emeritus of Polytechnic, is the current foreign secretary of the National Academy of Engineering and William L. Friend '56, a Polytechnic trustee, is the Academy's Treasurer.

Prof. Goodman also recently joined the National Science Foundation as a program director "on rotation" from Poly. The appointment is for one year, and is renewable for one or two additional years.

Environmentally Friendly Polymer Products and Processes at NYU-Poly

The nation's first Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules (NSF-BBM), established at Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 2000, was awarded a new five-year grant to continue its innovative research. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and private industry, the center conducts research to develop new "environmentally friendly" routes to polymers by using natural systems such as yeasts, fungi, bacteria and plants.

BioMed-Chemistry students, Kunal Shah and Alicia Marie Leo, examine a SDS-PAGE to determine molecular weight of protein compound.

BioMed-Chemistry students, Kunal Shah and Alicia Marie Leo, examine a SDS-PAGE to determine molecular weight of protein compound.

The center at Polytechnic is also developing new polyester families that will biodegrade upon disposal and has already created many new polymers by enzyme technology that provide an environmentally safe alternative to conventional chemical routes. The new enzymatic routes are resulting in products that can be used for coatings, adhesives, plastics, thickeners and gels. The new routes to products reduce energy consumption and the release of toxic chemicals during product manufacturing. Read more about the polymer developments here.

NYU-Poly Helps Establish NYC High School in Association with Board Of Education and Gates Foundation

After nearly a year-long effort, Prof. Kalle Levon, Associate Provost for Research & Intelectual Property, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, in association with the NYC Board of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, has played an integral role in establishing a new high school in Brooklyn, the Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration. The proposal for this school was prepared by a group of six high school teachers, a student, a parent and three college professors.

The school is devoted to promoting academic excellence and to guiding students along a path to self-discovery that will lead them to successfully complete college and select the career best suited for their talents and true potential. Polytechnic Institute of NYU played the lead role in the establishment of the school, which admits 6th and 9th grade students. The school has extended day programs, small class sizes and demands compulsory summer internships at colleges. In the coming months, 160 new students along with their parents will be visiting NYU-Poly to learn about careers in science, engineering, technology and other fields through Poly's internship programs.

With the intent of establishing more feeder schools for new students, Prof. Levon's involvement in this enterprise ingeniously addresses President Hultin's emphasis on recruitment and enrollment. For more information about the schools, visit the College Board Website's announcement about the school, or download a PDF brochure that describes this new endeavor.

Poly's 9th Consecutive Future City Competition a Huge Success

Polytechnic Institute of NYU hosted its 9th consecutive Metropolitan Regional Finals of the Future City Competition. The event, organized by Poly's David Packard Center for Technology and Educational Alliances and the American Society of Civil Engineers' Metropolitan Section, drew 26 teams of talented seventh and eighth grade students from thirteen schools in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area who presented models of futuristic communities in Poly's gymnasium. Developed over five intensive months of research and planning, the students oral presentations, written materials and exhibits competed for scholarships and prizes. This year some 30,000 students from over 1,000 schools participated nationally. Future City is sponsored in part by Engineers Week, a consortium of more than one hundred engineering societies and major corporations, and was co-chaired by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Consolidated Edison was a major sponsor of Polytechnic's Regional Finals.

The Future City competition, now in its 14th year, invites middle school students to create a "city-of-the-future" in computer simulations and as a three-dimensional tabletop model. Working in teams, supported by a teacher and a mentor-engineer, student teams create their initial city using the SimCity 3000 video game, donated by Electronic Arts, Inc. Students prepare an abstract of their conception and write an essay on the topic, "Using Engineering to Solve an Important Social Need." This year's competition, centered around solving an important social need, was "Creating an Engineering Feasibility Plan to Redevelop an Abandoned Strip Mall."

The winning team at the Regional Competition received an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the Future City National Finals, hosted by Bentley System, Inc., a leading engineering software company. The Grand Prize was a week at the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition, Polytechnic Institute of NYU provides each student on the first place team with an annual scholarship of $5000, and each member of the second place and third place teams annual scholarships of $2000 and $1000, respectively, upon his or her enrollment at Poly.

This year the first place prize went to Valley Middle School in Oakland, New Jersey.

PolyBOTS Run Workshops for High School Students and Teachers

President Hultin with Noel Kriftcher, Executive Director of David Packard Center; Ana Martinez, Co-Director of New York City FIRST; John Malhman, President of the PolyBOTS; and Mark Scharfshteyn, PolyBOTS Co-founder and former Vice President

President Hultin congratulates Polytechnic's PolyBOTS.
Pictured (Left to Right) are: Mark Scharfshteyn, PolyBOTS Co-founder and former VP; Ana Martinez, Co-Director of New York City FIRST; Polytechnic's President Jerry Hultin; John Mahlmann, President of the PolyBOTS; Noel Kriftcher, Executive Director of David Packard Center for Technology and Educational Alliances.

Polytechnic's PolyBOTS, a student club, conducted a month long series of weekend robotics workshops for secondary school students and teachers to help them prepare for the FIRST Lego League and FIRST Robotics Competitions. New York City's FIRST Lego League event occurred on January 28-29 and the First Robotics Competition on March 23-25 at Riverbank State Park in Manhattan. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) is a national organization created by the inventor, Dean Kamen, to excite young people about science and technology.

Researchers from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and SUNY Downstate Discover New Drug for Treatment of Sepsis

Polytechnic Institute of NYU and SUNY Downstate Medical Center have teamed up to uncover a new candidate for the treatment of sepsis, a bacterial infection of the blood with high morbidity and mortality rates. The researchers' findings, which appear in the January 2006 issue of Critical Care Medicine, show that the administration of sophorolipids significantly decreased mortality in animals with intra-abdominal induced sepsis.

Lead scientist on the project, Dr. Richard A. Gross, Professor of Chemical Biology at Polytechnic Institute of NYU and Director of Poly's NSF Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, stated: "Over the past few years our laboratory developed efficient routes to synthesize sophorolipids by fermentation and to subsequently modify their structures by chemo-enzymatic methods. By these approaches we can rapidly change their structure and provide our colleagues at SUNY Downstate large quantities of new sophorolipid-based drugs for clinical evaluation. This will allow us to fine-tune the biological properties of sophorolipids making them an ideal agent for the development of a new drug to battle this debilitating disease." Read more about the new sepsis drug treatment

Poly's Sesquicentennial Convocation and Inaugural and 150 Video Available Online

The overwhelmingly positive response to the sesquicentennial festivities gives us all something to be genuinely proud of.

"The 'Inspiration & Innovation' video is a wonderful encapsulation of Poly's first 150 years, and those interested in learning more about Poly's contributions to modern science and technology should read Poly's 150 year history book, Changing the World," said Richard Thorsen, Vice President for Development and University Relations.

As we mark the completion of Poly's 150th anniversary activities and launch into a new year, the convocation and inaugural festivities areavailable for viewing on-line at www.poly.edu/sesquicentennial. There you can view the host of individuals attending the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) event, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and learn about the institution's rich legacy in a 20-minute video entitled, "Inspiration & Innovation: 150 Years of Discovery and Invention at Polytechnic Institute of NYU" which was written and directed by Christopher Hayes, Director of Special Projects.

To obtain a copy of the 150 history book, "CHANGING THE WORLD: Polytechnic Institute of NYU, The First 150 Years," please contact Christine Myers, cmyers@poly.edu, at 718-260-3342.

Othmer Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering (CBSES) Separated into Two Departments

Effective January 1, 2006, Dr. Fletcher (Bud) Griffis announced the Othmer Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences and Engineering (CBSE) has been divided into two separate departments. The two new departments are:

Three years ago CBSE undertook the goal of expanding its educational programs to include biology as a source of emerging applications, and an essential component of scientific and engineering disciplines. Since that time, undergraduate programs in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomolecular Science have been recieved with great enthusiasm and have experienced a rapid growth in enrollment.

Under the new structure, CBE and CBS faculty continue to pursue excellence in both teaching and research. The creation of two new departments provides an opportunity for both units to focus on strategic goals and forge consensus on future directions.

For details, please see Dr. Griffis's announcement.

University News (back to top)

Intellectual Property – Policy and Protection at Polytechnic Institute of NYU

MRI-CAT Scan visualization of the human brain

One of the fundamental precepts of an organization wishing to maintain and protect its intellectual property is that the institution has a clear and demonstrative policy regarding the use of and access to its proprietary information. As NYU-Poly rigorously pursues advances in research and applied technology, it is essential that we take great care in attending to, and protecting, our most important capital—our employees' original knowledge developed in the form of intellectual property.

To this end, TC Westcott, vice president of Finance and Administration, has release updated documentation on the care and handling of intellectual property developed at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. Employees charged with oversight of these materials are requested to review the following information and apply as appropriate.

In a related article below, Polytechnic Univiersity's Office of Finance and Administration has also released a brief summary of the United States Government Export Control Requirements regarding the handling of sensitive goods and technology that are subject to export restrictions and regulations

Spring 2006 Enrollment Statistics

The Office of the Registrar has published the official enrollment statistics for the Spring 2006 semester . These statistics are also archived in My NYU-Poly in the Community Organization under the Documents tab labeled Official Statistics.

Download the official enrollment statistics

Human Resources Brown Bag Luncheons

Human Resources hosted several "Brown Bag Luncheons" discussing a wide range of organizational and employee items that make for a better work environment, and better management of your personal concerns relating to procedural guidelines, deadlines and benefits. Recent "Brown Bag Luncheons" included:

  • Avoiding Employment Landmines;
  • Don't Lose Vacation Time at Poly;
  • Tolerance and Civility at Poly; and,
  • New Policies at Poly.

To obtain a list of upcoming Brown Bag Luncheons, please contact the Human Resources Department

Special Offers from Chase Bank for NYU-Poly Employees

Chase logo

Polytechnic has partnered with Chase to provide NYU-Poly employees with more value, more convenience and more choices when you enroll in the Chase At Work program. Whether it's getting out of debt, getting a better return on your money or retiring in comfort, the professionals at Chase are here to help you. As an employee of Polytechnic, you can receive exclusive discounts and services not available to the general public. To learn more, please see the Chase at Work memorandum provided by Dennis Dintino, asstistant vice president for Financial Operations.

Chase at Work memorandum

Summer Housing Available in the Residence Hall

With summer approaching, Student Affairs is now offering summer housing in the Othmer Residence Hall to NYU-Poly students, non-NYU-Poly students and outside visitors. All inquiries and reservations should be directed to the Office of Residence Life at 718-260-4160. Reservations have begun and spaces are filling up. For more information, or to apply on-line, visit the Summer Residence website.

United States Government Export Control Requirements

Federal laws restricting exports of goods and technology have been in existence in one form or another since the 1940s. To keep the Polytechnic community informed of these regulations, T.C. Westcott, Vice President of Finance and Administration, circulated a summary of the US Government's Export Control requirements.

This summary explains the regulations and should be helpful in answering questions relating to departmental policy. In an effort to keep the information both useful and digestible, this synopsis provides basic information, along with the general background and procedural information to help guide individuals and departments in making decisions.

If your research falls into the protected categories, it is essential that you review this information carefully and take the necessary action. Should you have any questions, you may contact the Office of Finance and Administration at westcott@poly.edu, ext.# 3026.

T.C. Westcott's summary of the US Government's Export Control requirements

The New Students are Coming! Summer 2006 New Student Orientation Dates

Though it may seen early, it's already time to start planning for New Student Orientation this coming summer. Comprised of five distinct components, New Student Orientation prepares incoming students for their first semester at Polytechnic.

This is our opportunity to welcome Poly's new incoming students, assist them in their transition and get them excited about becoming a part of the NYU-Poly community. All areas of the university play a key role in the success of these events and it is a great opportunity for us to shine.

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Hutmaker, Dean of Student Affairs, the New Student Orientation Committee will be informing various departments of the role they will play as we get closer to the action dates. If you are interested in serving on the committee please contact Robert Griffin in the Office of Student Development at rgriffin@poly.edu, ext.# 3179.

For more information, download the New Student Orientation Fact Sheet .

Energy Usage at NYU-Poly

Glowing electrical sockets

With the rising cost of electricity, energy usage at NYU-Poly directly affects our bottom line. To address this costly concern, Polytechnic Institute of NYU is constantly seeking ways to reduce operational costs and improve operational efficiencies. Personal computers and lighting consume a huge amount of energy on campus. So, please take a few minutes to read through Poly's Energy Saving Guideline for Personal Computers , and don't forget to turn the lights off when leaving the office! This document is also available on MyNYU-Poly under: Polytechnic Community--->Documents--->Energy Saving Guideline for Personal Computers.

Poly's Energy Saving Guideline for Personal Computers

Professor Mel Horwitch Appointed Chair of the Department of Technology Management

President Hultin announced that Professor Mel Horwitch has been named the Chair of Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Department of Technology Management commencing January 1, 2006.

The Department of Technology Management, home to several important and growing programs, plays a substantial strategic role within the Universitys's future growth and prestige. The department currently oversees several high-potential programs, including:

Under Dr. Horwitch's leadership, the department will seek significant growth in enrollment and will promote research that encourages the highest academic quality and innovative scholarship. The department will also maintain currency in the rapidly evolving technological landscape. The University will support Prof. Horowitch as the department aims for vigorous expansion into existing and new venues in the New York City-Tri-State region and overseas.

Read more about Professor Horwitch's appointment here

President Hultin Circulates Newsletter Informing Employees on Progress and Future Plans

In an ongoing effort to keep faculty, staff, students and others informed about the University, Polytechnic President Jerry Hultin circulated a "State of the University" e-mail newsletter summing up the year-end activities. The newsletter, covering the period from September through December 2005 addressed a wide range of issues and concerns throughout the organization, including:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Enrollment;
  • Research Funding;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Financial News;
  • Endowments;
  • Real Estate;
  • Donations;
  • The Sesquicentennial Celebrations;
  • Leadership Recruitment;
  • Strategic Workshops;
  • Global Outreach;
  • Academic Departments,
  • Poly's Rankings; and,
  • the Transit Strike.

For more information about these issues, please download the Update to the Faculty and Staff of Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Symposium & Colloquium at NYU-Poly (back to top)

American Chemical Society Hosts Meeting at Poly's Westchester Campus

Mary Cowman, Ph.D., Director of the Westchester Chemical Society, reports that the local subsection of the American Chemical Society held its March 14 meeting at the Westchester campus of Polytechnic. The speaker was Dr. Rolande R. Hodel, CEO, AIDSfreeAfrica (Ossining, NY) and Mezam Polyclinic, Bamenda, Cameroon. Her topic was "The Production of Pharmaceuticals in Africa". Professor Mary Cowman reports the meeting was well attended by scientists from local industry and colleges.

Randomized Motion Planning: From Intelligent CAD, to Computer Animation, to Protein Folding

Dr. Nancy M. Amato, professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M University, presented an Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies lecture on motion planning technologies, which arise in many application domains such as computer animation (digital actors), mixed reality systems and intelligent CAD (virtual prototyping and training). Dr. Amato's main areas of research are motion planning, computational biology and geometry, and high-performance computing.

The talk described the framework of Probabilistic Roadmap Methods (PRM) and gave an overview of several PRM variants developed in the Texas A&M research group. The strengths of PRMs, in addition to versatility, are simplicity and efficiency, even in high-dimensional configuration spaces.

Providing details on her research work, Dr. Amato discussed PRM's relation to virtual prototyping, computer animation, and protein folding. More information regarding the Texas A&M research group's work, including movies, can be found at http://parasol.tamu.edu/~amato/.

Hands-on Mechatronics Education: A "Brooklyn Poly" Perspective

On behalf of Polytechnic's Honors College and the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Vikram Kapila, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, discussed how Mechatronics is increasingly being recognized as a contemporary, integrative design methodology.

Mechatronics is the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering, control theory, computer science, and electronics to manage complexity, uncertainty, and communication in engineered systems.

The evolution of Mechatronics as a contemporary design paradigm can be viewed as a culmination of the industrial, semiconductor, and information revolutions that have led to major technological advancements in the design and operation of engineering products. Dr. Kapila's presentation highlighted Polytechnic's on-going efforts in Mechatronics education, outreach and research.

The discussion also presented a recently developed undergraduate Mechatronics course that provides students a balanced introduction to the theory, simulation, hardware, and software elements of Mechatronics. Also discussed were Polytechnic's pre-college outreach activities, including a summer program Dr. Kapila directs entitled, "Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers" (SMART) that is funded by a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) site grant from the National Science Foundation

Multiphase Fluid Transport at the Micro- and Nanoscale

A joint presentation of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies and Poly's Mechanical Engineering Department on "Multiphase Fluid Transport at the Micro- and Nanoscale" was presented by Dr. Constantine Megaridis of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Dr. Megaridis discussed two separate research programs at the UIC Droplet and Particle Technology Laboratory as examples of research targeting interactions between fluids and solids at the nanoscale.

One program features a technique capable of printing metal nanoparticle suspensions towards fabrication of low-resistance circuit electrodes/conductors for large-area, low-cost flexible electronics. Challenges on the road to commercialization of this technology were discussed, and relevant transport phenomena are analyzed using both experiments and modeling.

The second research program targets the dynamic behavior of multiphase fluids inside multiwall carbon nanotubes. This program offers new insight into fundamental questions on fluid behavior near the continuum limit, and has potential implications for technological and biological applications of the future.

Read more about the fluid transport presentaiton here.

Brownfield Redevelopment Opportunities in Brooklyn

Polytechnic Institute of NYU, with support from the BEST program (Brooklyn Enterprise for Science and Technology), hosted a symposium on "Brownfield Redevelopment Opportunities in Brooklyn," in association with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Real Estate & Development (RED) Committee. The large attendance at the event underscored the growth of Brooklyn's real estate market. Sponsored by Fillmore Real Estate, the presentations discussed the diminishing supply of undeveloped land in Brooklyn, which makes many brownfields attractive property niches because of their prime locations.

The lectures were targeted to real estate professionals, including: for-profit & non-profit developers, title search companies, mortgage services companies, commercial lenders, construction suppliers, owners, landlords, architects, engineers, builders, attorneys and brokers, etc. Attracting over 150 people, the seminar also drew students from Poly, as well as Columbia University's Real Estate & Development Program and NYU's Stern School of Business.

Presenters included: the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; the NYSDOS Division of Coastal Resources; the NYC Office of Environmental Coordination; YU+ Associates; AIG Environmental; JPMorgan Chase, and others.

Read more about the Brownfield redevelopment lectures here.

A New University for a New Age

Erich Kunhardt, former NYU-Poly faculty member and director of Poly's Weber Research Institute, spoke to a full room of faculty, staff, students and alumni on "A New University for a New Age." Currently Dean of the Imperatore School of Sciences and Arts at Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Kunhardt presented a history of the German Polytechnic Institute upon which United States technological-educational institutions were developed. Arguing that a new model is required to take advantage of modern science and engineering, Dr. Kunhardt also emphasized the importance of the humanities in pursuit of prowess in technological enterprises.

While at Poly, Dr. Kunhardt worked on research related to the Strategic Defense Initiative [SDI] program. More recently at Stevens, he played an instrumental role in the success of the Institute's technological incubator program that has launched a number of successful revenue-generating business ventures based on research conducted at Stevens Institute.

As the guest of President Hultin, Dr. Kunhardt explained the evolution and development of Stevens' Technogenesis® program that dramatically advanced the school's reputation and enhanced various programs' appeal to faculty and students. In his presentation, Dr. Kunhardt explained how the Technogenesis® concepts and model may be leveraged to benefit Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

Read more about Dr. Kunhardt's presentation here.

View Dr. Kunhardt's powerpoint presentation here.

View the webcast of Dr. Kunhardt's presentation here.

The Power of Model-Driven Business Transformation

The Institute for Technology and Enterprise in association with Polytechnic's Department of Technology Management and The Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies presented a lecture by Dr. David Cohn, Director of Business Informatics at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Cohn supervises a research team focused on modeling, transforming and integrating information and business structures for on-demand solutions, and directs IBM's worldwide research strategy in support of Business Design & Implementation.

The presentation focused on how IT expertise can do much more than build infrastructure, indeed, it can transform the business. "Business Process Re-engineering," "Operational Excellence," and "The Adaptable Organization" all promise to transform the enterprise. However, to deliver value, the board room vision must be embodied in business operations that are supported by data center reality.

IBM's Model-Driven Business Transformation (MDBT) does just that. Dr. Cohn discussed how MDBT uses disciplined, structured thinking to map an enterprise's objectives to its operations, by formally specifying business design and clearly reflecting business intent.

Thus far, MDBT has:

  • reduced excess overhead in the operation of an IBM business service;
  • fostered effective collaboration among product managers at a large retailer; and,
  • enabled meaningful monitoring of data management for a major insurance company.

Dr. Cohn explained how MDBT, a platform-independent IT model capable of mapping business operations to various platforms, is especially well suited for service oriented architectures.

Read more about Dr. Cohen's lecture on Model-Driven Business Transformation here.

National Engineers Week is Celebrated at Polytechnic Institute of NYU

During the week of February 13th, NYU-Poly celebrated National Engineers Week [NEW] with a variety of events including several lectures on:

The "National Engineers Week" events were hosted and presented by:

How Important is Management for Innovation? The Shape of the Emerging Management-Innovation Connection

Professor Mel Horwitch, Chair of Polytechnic's Department of Technology Management, presented a lecture on behalf of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies on discovering the triggers for successful innovation. With nations and firms competing for increasingly scarce resources, innovation becomes increasingly important in the managing organizations. Only through innovation—the capability to create, in an on—going fashion, new or improved value-can the pie grow so more can benefit.

As the global marketspace expands, it is essential to determine where effective management that drives innovation occurs. The assumption is that technological development is necessary for innovation, but is technology enough? And, if management is needed for sustainable innovation, what kind of management is required? Dr. Horwitch's presentation focused on the modern innovation-management connection, and explored the myriad of issues and trends relating to effective capabilities in management and innovation as they have migrated to other parts of the globe.

Read more about Dr. Horowitch's lecture here.

Computing the Shape of a Space

The Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies hosted a lecture by Dr. Afra Zomorodian of Stanford University, whose work concentrates on computational geometry and computational topology spanning different application areas, such as:

  • computer graphics and visualization,
  • computational topology; and,
  • their applications to biology.

The shape of a given space affects our ability to resolve problems. Most disciplines focus on the geometry of this space, analyzing local properties quantitatively. Topology of the space often determines the effectiveness of such geometric algorithms. Topological questions have emerged naturally in many areas of computer science, giving rise to the area of computational topology.

This presentation focused on "persistence," a computational approach to discovering the shape of a space by blending geometric and topological techniques. Persistence reveals the underlying algebraic structure of a multi-scale view of a sampled space.

This lecture is part of the "Geometry in the Real World" Seminar Series sponsored by the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and is dedicated to showcasing the application of geometry to 'real-world' computational problems. This series is moderated by Herve Bronnimann, Assistant Professor, Computer and Information Science at the Polytechnic.

Publications & Presentations (back to top)

All publication submissions to NYU-Poly eBriefs are provided by the cited author. For information about the publication/citation, please contact the author via e-mail.

Chemical & Biological Sciences

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Mary K. Cowman, Ph.D. (mcowman@poly.edu), Associate Professor of Biochemistry

  • "Reconciling Ssolution and Surface Properties of the Polysaccharide Hyaluronan", Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, (March 8, 2006)
  • "Application of Atomic Force Microscopy to Macromolecular Structure Analysis", Westchester Chemical Society, New York Local Section, American Chemical Society, (December 12, 2005)
  • "Theories of Polymer Solutions", Universitá di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, (November 18, 2005)
  • "Application of Atomic Force Microscopy to Macromolecular Structure Analysis", Universitá di Roma "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy, (November 17, 2005)
  • "Experimental Approaches to Hyaluronan Structure", Fidia Farmaceutici s.p.a., Abano Terme, Italy, (November 14, 2005)

Civil Engineering

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John C. Falcocchio, P.E. (jfalcocc@poly.edu), Professor

  • "Performance Measures for Transportation Security," 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (Jan. 22-26, 2006)
  • "An Improved Managed Lanes Framework for Emergency Management," with R.K. Patel, 85th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (Jan 22-26, 2006)

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Zhong-Ping Jiang, Ph.D. (zjiang@control.poly.edu), Senior Research Scientist, Publications:

  • (with H. Zhang) article, "Modeling and Performance Analysis of Ad Hoc Broadcasting Schemes" (to appear in Performance Evaluation, 2006)
  • (with T.-C. Lee), "On Uniform Global Asymptotic Stability of Nonlinear Discrete-time Systems with Applications" (to appear in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2006)
  • (with P. Chen and D. Cheng), "A Constructive Approach to Local Stabilization of Nonlinear Systems by Dynamic Output Feedback," IEEE Trans. Automatic Control (in press.)
  • (with H. Zhang), "Mobility Sensitive Broadcast Algorithms in Highly Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, (to appear in: Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks (2006)
  • (with Y. Fan and H. Zhang), "Network Flow Control Under Capacity Constraints: A Case Study, Systems & Control Letters (Special Issue on "Trends in Applied Nonlinear Control", in press.)
  • (with H. Zhang and H. Nagesh), "Pilot Power Minimization with Coverage and Locatability Constraints in CDMA Systems," IEEE Communication Letters, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 174-176, March 2006.)
  • (with Y. Fan and X. Wu), "A Control Theoretic Approach to Stabilizing Queues in Large-scale Networks," IEEE Communications Letters, Vol. 9, no. 10, pp. 951-953, (Oct. 2005)
  • (with K.D. Do and J. Pan), "Global Partial-state Feedback and Output-feedback Tracking Controllers for Underactuated Ships), Systems & Control Letters, Vol. 54, pp. 1015-1036, (2005)
  • (with D. Karagiannis, R. Ortega and A. Astolfi), "Output Feedback Stabilization of a Class of Nonminimum-phase Nonlinear Systems", Automatica (Vol. 41, Issue 9 , pp. 1609-1615, (September 2005)
  • (A. Astolfi and D. Karagiannis), "Output Ffeedback Stabilization and Approximate and Restricted Tracking for a Class of Cascaded Systems," IEEE Trans. Automatic Control (Vol. 50, no. 9, pp. 1390--1396, Sept. 2005)
  • (with T.C. Lee), "A Generalization of Krasovskii-LaSalle Theorem for Nonlinear Time-varying Systems: Converse Results and Applications," IEEE Trans. Automatic Control (Vol. 50, No. 8, pp. 1147-1163, Aug. 2005)

Introductory Design & Science

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Vladimir Tsifrinovich, Ph.D. (vtsifrin@poly.edu), Lecturer

  • (with G. P. Berman and D. I. Kamenev *Collective Decoherence of the Superpositional Entangled States in the Quantum Shor Algorithm), Phys. Rev. A, 71, 032346 (2005)
  • (with G. P. Berman, B.M.Chernobrod, and V.N.Gorshkov), "Spin Diffusion and Relaxation in a Nonuniform Magnetic Field," Phys. Rev. B, 71, 184409 (2005)
  • (with G. P. Berman, F. Borgonovi, and V.N.Gorshkov), "A Model for Quantum Jumps in Magnetic Resonance Force Microscopy," Phys. Lett A, 337, 161 (2005)


Rao Bharat, Ph.D. (brao@poly.edu), Associate Professor

  • (with Oded Nov and Bojan Angelov), "Fusion of Disruptive Technologies: Lessons from the Skype Case," European Management Journal, Vol. 23, No. 8 (April 2006)
  • (with Oded Nov) "Give According to Your Abilities, Receive According to Your Needs: Threats and Opportunities," Communications of the ACM, accepted, (forthcoming 2006)
  • (with Bojan Angelov) "The Progression of WiMAX: Towards a Peer-to-Peer Paradigm Shift," International Engineering Consortium, Annual Review of Communications, 59, accepted (forthcoming 2006)

Mechanical, Aerospace & Manufacturing Engineering

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

  • Co-Chair: (with Dr. K.K. Chawla, University of Alabama - Birmingham), "Overview of Developments in Cast MMCs" session," TMS Annual Meeting 2006, San Antonio, TX, (March 12-16, 2006.)
  • Co-Editor: (with Dr. Warren Hunt), proceedings of the symposium "Solidification Processing of Metal Matrix Composites", TMS Annual Meeting-2006, March 12-16, 2006, San Antonio, TX. The symposium was organized in honor of Dr. Pradeep Rohatgi, a pioneer in Metal Matrix Composite research.


  • "Damage Tolerant / Energy Absorbing Lightweight Composites," AIAA Invited Lecture, US Army ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ (March 22, 2006.)
  • "Hollow Particle Filled Lightweight Composites," TMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. (March 12-16 2006.)
  • (with P.K. Rohatgi and V. Tiwari, V), "Microstructural Analysis of Ni Coated Carbon Fiber Reinforced Al-2014 Composites," in Proceedings of Solidification Processing of Metal Matrix Composites Symposium, TMS Annual Meeting (March 12-16, 2006, San Antonio, TX. pp. 205-216.)

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NYU-Poly Awarded Block Grant From NACME

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc. (NACME) has awarded Polytechnic Institute of NYU a $50,000 block grant to support the education of minority engineering students.

Nineteen NYU-Poly students were named recipients of the grant. Since 1974, NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase representation of minority men and women in engineering and technology. The NACME scholars are:

Name Major
Beatrice Bonny Biochemistry
Royce Corley Computer Science
Nelson Dorado Mechanical Engineering
Edward Granja Computer Engineering
Maxime Moise Computer Science
Dwayne O'Neil Computer Engineering
Esteban Ortiz Computer Science
Jonah Petit Mechanical Engineering
Rafael Polamco Computer Engineering
Nigal Rodriquez Electrical Engineering
Edgar Amores Electrical Engineering
Andrew Bacchus Electrical Engineering
Michael Berrios Electrical Engineering
Juan Borja Undeclared
Thomas Ryan Computer Science
Derrique Shand Computer Engineering
Barine Tee Computer Science
Luis Valderruten Computer Engineering
Joshua Washington Technology Management

Sigma Xi Establishes George Bugliarello Prize

Sigma Xi insignia

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society has established The George Bugliarello Prize, the first prize for writing about biology, society and technology in "American Scientist," the organization's 93-year-old bimonthly magazine of science and engineering.

A prize of $5,000 will be awarded biennially "to a superior interdisciplinary essay, review of research or analytical article published in the magazine." According to the society, "the goal of the prize is to inspire thoughtful discourse about how technology, human society, our biological needs and the needs of other life on our planet can be advanced." More information about the prize and guidelines for authors can be found on the Sigma Xi website.

Individual Professor Awards

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  • Yi-Jen Chiang, Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science, received a three-year $300,000 grant (3-1-06 — 2-28-09) from the National Science Foundation for his paper "VISUALIZATION: Out-of-Core Simplification and Multiresolution Visualization of Large Volume Data Exploring Topological Features."
  • John C. Falcocchio, P.E., Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
    • Appointed to the Americas Program Committee, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress (2006-2008)
    • Appointed to the "September 11 Memorial Program Academic Initiative," New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, (2006- present)
  • Jean Gallagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences, is the winner of the 2005 FIELD Poetry Prize from Oberlin College for her book "Stubborn," which will be published this Spring. Visit the Oberlin College's website to read reviews and excerpts from Prof. Gallagher's book.
  • John Iacono, Professor, Computer and Information Science Department, has been selected as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Sloan Fellowships are awarded to those early-career scientists who "show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge." Professor Iacono's research is centered on understanding the ways computation can be mathematically modeled, and inventing new algorithmic approaches to access and manipulate data in these models.
    Read more about Prof Iacono's award.

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Building Systems or Companies...It Comes Down to Engineering

Polytechnic's Alumni Lecture Series presented a talk by NYU-Poly Alum Robert A. Bonelli, EE '72, currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Northeast Securities, Inc..

Robert A. Bonelli, EE '72

Robert A. Bonelli, EE '72

In building a successful business, Mr. Bonelli believes business professionals can benefit from techniques developed in the engineering disciplines. That is precisely what occurred at Northeast Securities, Inc. when transforming a small, single-line business into one of the fastest growing multi-line financial firms on Wall Street.

Whether it is a complex electronic or mechanical system, or a small-to-multinational business, Mr. Bonelli believes the thought process to a successful enterprise is based on basic engineering. Understanding the ambient, utilizing the appropriate resources to maximum advantage, and creating synergies that work all require an approach that links the tools to the problem in support of the desired solution. Put more plainly, basic engineering.

Read more about Mr. Bonelli's lecture here.

NYU-Poly Alumna Named President of Verizon Telecom

Virginia Ruesterholz '88

Virginia Ruesterholz '88

Verizon Communications Inc. has named Virginia Ruesterholz '88 president of Verizon Telecom. Ruesterholz will be responsible for all sales, service and operations activities for the $37.6 billion Verizon Telecom unit. She earned a master's in Telecommunications Management from Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and began her career as a manager with New York Telephone in 1984. Ruesterholz, most recently president of the company's highly-efficient wholesale business, will now oversee sales and marketing for the consumer, small business and wholesale market segments. In addition, she will be responsible for Verizon's Information Technology team as well as its Network Services group. She is a recipient of the prestigious 40 Under 40 award from Crain's New York Business, and was the first recipient of Rising Star Award from the New York Women's Agenda.

Southeast Florida Alumni Reception

Thirty-eight alumni and friends attended a reception hosted by President Jerry Hultin for Southeast Florida alumni in Boca Raton. This was the first opportunity for alumni in the area to meet the president locally. Attendees were treated to a showing of Poly's sesquicentennial history video "Inspiration & Innovation: 150 Years of Discovery & Innovation at Polytechnic Institute of NYU," written and directed by Christopher Hayes, director of Special Projects. Donald Ivanoff, director of Alumni Relations, also attended the gathering which attracted alumni from the classes of 1949 through 1985 and included trustee Donald Weisstuch and advisory trustee Frank Blecher.

NYU-Poly in The News (back to top)

Convocation, Inauguration and Gala Publications Receive Design Award

Poly's Office of Communications and Media Relations has been named the recipient of the 2006 American Inhouse Design Award by the editors of Graphic Design USA for the Sesquicentennial Celebration: Invitations and Programs. According to the magazine's editor Gordon Kaye and Awards Director Rachel Goldberg, the award recognizes outstanding work by in-house design teams. This year's response to the competition was extraordinary, with over 3,500 entries submitted nationwide. The project included invitations and programs for the sesquicentennial celebration, inauguration, convocation and 150th gala, and was designed by the University's Art Director Holly Block and edited by Michelle Kerr, director of communications and Cable editor.

Financial Engineering News Salutes Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Polytechnic's Financial Engineering program is highlighted in the March/April edition of FE News, an industry publication, and in their annual "Report on Worldwide Graduate Education Programs in Financial Engineering." Prof. Fred Novomestky, the director of Polytechnic's Master of Science in Financial Engineering program, said "At Polytechnic, we understand that the financial engineering discipline has expanded into many fields and many professions, and we are adapting our curriculum in response and anticipation of this trend."

Enthusiasm for the program is shared among the Department of Technology Management faculty. Prof. Charles Tapiero, recently appointed as the Topfer Chair Professor of Management and Financial Engineering, adds "We're in the process of establishing a state-of-the-art computational finance laboratory with a broad range of software tools and databases for our students to use in everything from structured product valuation to risk management. The goal is to create, compile and share - as open source tools - software, data and analytical tools that are web-enabled and part of our students' learning experience at Polytechnic." Read more about the Financial Engineering program here

President Hultin on Port Security on CNN and UPN Channel 9

In the midst of the political showdown over a Dubai company's plan to operate terminals at six American ports, Polytechnic's President Hultin, former Under Secretary of the Navy, United States Department of Defense, was called upon by CNN and UPN Channel 9 to provide perspective on United States port security. In a related event, President Hultin will be in Albany on April 19 testifying before State Sen. Frank Padavan's (a NYU-Poly alumnus) hearing on port security. View the UPN 9 interview with President Hultin.

Brooklyn's Polytechnic Gets $1.6M Grant To Combat Cybercrime

Cybercrime, or using the Internet and computers for the purposes of theft or fraud, is increasing today to the extent that in 2004 it totaled $400 billion, according to FBI figures. That's why prestigious universities around the country, including Brooklyn's Polytechnic, are trying to combat it. Last month, Polytechnic's Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications was given a $1.6 million grant to develop cybercrime detection strategies, in cooperation with Columbia University and large corporations such as SIAC, Lucent Technologies and AT&T.

The award was made through the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research Centers (NYSTAR), and will be administered by Professor Shivendra Panwar, director of CATT. Read more about Polytehcnic's grant.

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NYU-Poly and Sungard Higher Education Appoint New CIO

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John Posenau, CIO, is transitioning to another area within the Sungard Higher Education environment. Mr. Posenau has been replaced by John Grogan as Poly's new Chief Information Officer. Mr. Grogan comes to NYU-Poly from Columbia University where he led an information technology group offering solutions for its clients in areas such as: information security; desktop support; systems architecture and administration; solutions consultancy; software development; and, online branding and communications. He holds a BA and MS in Computer Science, as well as a MBA from Columbia University. John lives with his family in Stamford, CT. You can reach John at 260-3309 or by e-mail at jgrogan@poly.edu.

Recently Filled Positions

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

Associate Director Kevin Hervas Corporate and Foundation Relations 4/10/06 3129
Database Administrator Przemyslaw Minior Development 1/9/06 3658
Administrative Associate Ria Best President's
1/30/2006 3199
Administrative Aide Tanzee Silver Admissions 2/6/06 5955
Technician B Digital Media Han-Christoph Steiner HUSS 2/13/2006 3693
HEOP Counselor Ming Sin HEOP 2/21/2006 3132
Administrative Assistant Magdalena Guadalupe CBS 3/6/2006 3785

Employment Opportunities at NYU-Poly

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

Position: Administrative Director, AMOT Program
Department: Department of Technology Management
JOB # MGM023 - Posted: 8/1/2005-8/6/2005, Broad Street ; Non Union
Position: Associate Director of Annual and Anniversary Giving
Department: Alumni Relations
JOB # ALR006 - Posted: 1/10/2006-1/16/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Major Gifts Officer (2 positions)
Department: Development
JOB # DEV015 - Posted: 1/10/2006-1/16/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Staff Writer/Campaign Communications
Department: University Relations
JOB # URL015 - Posted: 1/10/2006-1/16/2006 Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Director, Honors College, Polytechnic Institute of NYU/Associate
Department: Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
JOB # OTI000 - Posted: 2/2/2006-2/7/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Professor
Department: Department of Technology Management
JOB # MGM023 - Posted: 2/8/2006 - 2/14/2006 Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Web Content Architect/Information Professional
Department: Library
JOB # LIB010 - Posted: 2/10/2006 - 2/16/2006, Brooklyn; Non Union
Position: Web Information Professional/Editor
Department: Library
JOB # LIB018 - Posted: 3/2/2006 - 3/8/2006 Brooklyn ; Non Union
Position: Assistant Director of Residence Life
Department: Residence Life
JOB # DOR004 - Posted: 3/17/2006 - 3/23/2006, Brooklyn ; Non Union

What's That!?! (back to top)

With NYU-Poly eBriefs' new look, comes a new guessing game!

After 150 years in operation, the University has collected a vast archive of images that are something of mystery now. So, to start things off have a look at the photo below from 1904 taken in the Institute's new building, dedicated in 1899.

If you think you know what it is, send us an email at ebriefs@poly.edu, and we will post the most accurate (or the most humorous) responses in the next edition of NYU-Poly eBriefs, along with a new (or rather old) image.

March 2006 Mystery Photo

Dates to Remember

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April 11 4:00 PM
8th Annual Lynford Lecture: "What to Do About the Future We're About to Get"
John L. Petersen, Futurist, and President and Founder of The Arlington Institute, has achieved international acclaim for his writing and thinking about high impact surprises and the process of surprise anticipation. He is the author of the award-winning The Road to 2015: Profiles of the Future and Out of the Blue: How to Anticipate Wild Cards and Big Future Surprises. Reception immediately following the lecture.
RSVP to Dina Cruz-Cadiz at 718.260.4016 or by e-mail at dcruz@poly.edu
April 12-14
No Classes
April 19-28
NYU-Poly Pride Week
Contact Robert D. Griffin at 718-260-3800 or by e-mail at rgriffin@poly.edu
April 19 12:00-2:00 PM
International Food Festival
April 26 11:00am-3:00pm
NYU-Poly Pride Day Celebration
April 20-27
Graduate School Week
April 29 11:30pm
Sneak Peak For High School Juniors


May 1
Classes End
May 1
Yes Center/ Nysef Award Ceremony
May 2-3
Reading days
May 4-12
Final exams
May 11
Principal's Scholars Dinner-Symposium
May 13-14
YES Center/CTY Award Ceremony
May 15-26
Summer Mini-Session
May 21
Polytechnic Alumni Annual Meeting


June 1
Classes begin for X and Z sessions
June 3
Golden Jubilee of the class of '56
June 4
Class of 2006 Commencement Ceremonies

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