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Lemelson Scholars Induction Ceremony

Lemelson Scholarship Induction Ceremony, seated center.
Lemelson Scholarship Induction Ceremony, Dorothy Lemelson, seated center.

In 1995, Dorothy Lemelson, on behalf of her husband, Jerome Lemelson '47 '49 H'95, established the Lemelson Scholarship Fund to ensure students seeking higher degrees in technology have the opportunity to pursue their ambitions at Polytechnic Institute of NYU.  On February 15, 2007, Ms. Lemelson presented scholarships to a diverse group of NYU-Poly students pursuing science and engineering degrees throughout the University.  

Dr. Richard Thorsen took the occasion to announce Poly's debut at the Smithsonian Institution's Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in the form of a poster created by Christopher Hayes, Director of Special Projects.  The artwork, featuring Dr. Lemelson and his wife alongside several of his inventions, was requested by Ms. Lemelson for installation within the museum's hall, which is dedicated to documenting, interpreting, and disseminating information about invention and innovation to encourage inventive creativity in young people, and to foster an appreciation for the central role invention and innovation play in the history of the United States.  

Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Poster

The poster's caption reads, “Holder of more than 550 patents, Polytechnic Institute of NYU alumnus Jerome Lemelson ’47 ’49 H’95 was one of America’s most prolific inventors. With inventions ranging from automated manufacturing systems to medical equipment, cordless phones, cassette players and camcorders, fax machines, personal computers, children’s toys and machine vision, the products of Lemelson’s prodigious mind are enmeshed throughout modern society. Lemelson’s financial success came from licensing such patents as an audio-cassette drive mechanism to Sony, and data- and word-processing technology to IBM. A man of great rectitude, Lemelson went on to lead a crusade to defend the rights of independent inventors against corporate giants, and  generated additional revenue by enforcing his patents that had been usurped by such commercial behemoths as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Boeing, Motorola, Mitsubishi, Dell and others.”

In closing, Ms. Lemelson remarked on the importance of addressing the nation's need for scientists and engineers at all levels of education, starting in elementary school. "It's very important we address science and math education, starting in kindergarten, to get students interested in engineering at the beginning of their education.  And to do that, we need to make sure the teachers have the training necessary to teach these subjects."  An apropos quote by her husband in 1994, cited by Dr. Thorsen at the Induction Ceremony, reiterated these concerns, “Every new American inventor is a potential new American business. By growing our own technology and rewarding American inventors with protectable patents, we create jobs at home and capture revenue streams throughout the globe.”  

Dean's List Recognition Ceremony Honors PolyThinkers

Dr. Michael Hutmaker, Dean of Student Affairs, addresses Deans List students.
Dr. Michael Hutmaker, Dean of Student Affairs, addresses Deans List students.

With a Cumulative Semester GPA of 3.71 for the fall semester 2006, 331 PolyThinkers—out of a total of 1480 eligible students across 10 disciplines—received honors at the Dean's List Recognition Ceremony in the Pfizer Auditorium on February 26, 2007. Speaking before a group of students, faculty and staff, Dr. Michael Hutmaker, Dean of Student Affairs, encouraged students to continue their efforts by observing that, based on their current standings, the Dean's list recipients constitute 95 Cum Laude (3.40-3.59), 35 Magna Cum Laude (3.50-3.69), and 102 Summa Cum Laude (3.70+) PolyThinkers, if they were to graduate today.

Provost Erich Kunhardt complemented the students on their performance and thanked them for fulfilling their commitment to the university and themselves. “The fact that you're here shows that you've been living up to the agreement you made with the University,” said Dr. Kunhardt,“ which is the pursuit of knowledge.”  As of February 2007, 39 students have received a 4.0 for the fall Semester and 13 have received a perfect cumulative GPA of 4.0 during their tenure at the school.

Cumulative Fall 2006 GPA of Dean’s List recipients -- Total / GPA by Department

  • Othmer-Jacobs Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering - 39 / 3.71
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences - 16 / 3.69
  • Department of Civil Engineering - 33 / 3.69
  • Department of Computer and Information Sciences - 41 / 3.78
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - 113 / 3.71
  • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences - 10 / 3.67
  • Department of Technology Management - 28 / 3.68
  • Department of Mathematics - 11 / 3.76
  • Department of Physics - 3 / 3.68

Development Update

Since mid-January 2007, fundraising efforts at NYU-Poly have netted over $450,000 in support of a diverse range of initiatives throughout the institution, ranging from scholarships, student clubs and institute support, to the NYU-Poly 100 Fund, the University endowment and the Polytechnic Hall of Fame. Among these, the University received a $250K Angel Fund gift from Polytechnic trustee, Linda K. Jacobs.  Major gifts in the form of stock, property, matching gifts and cash were received from: Norma Rancken Cossey, William T. Golden, Adeline S. Hinden, Morton H. Meyerson, Jerome Swartz, Stephen L. Levy, The Fluor Foundation, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Texas Instruments Inc., and the Xerox Corporation

To make a gift to Poly, please contact, Craig Purinton, Executive Director of Development, at 718-260-3575, or by email at purinton@poly.edu

NYU-Poly Celebrates Black History Month

Black History Month 2007 at Polytechnic Institute of NYU
Black History Month 2007 at Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Polytechnic Institute of NYU, in association with the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance and Forest City Ratner Companies, hosted a "Celebration & Tribute to Frederick Douglass" in Wunsch Hall on February 12, 2007.  Joy Colelli, Dean of Admissions and New Students, welcomed attendees, including the fugitive-slave-turned-stateman's great, great grandson, Frederick Douglass IV and Bruce Ratner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forest City Ratner Companies.

A multi-screen slide presentation, created by students from Poly's Integrated Digital Media Institute featured portraits of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Gwendolyn Brooks, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice and others, and two students from Poly's National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Devaughn K. Lane and Tanzee Silver, gave a presentation entitled, "What If ...there were no people of color in the fields of Math, Science, Technology, Literature and Politics?"

Poly's Wunsch building, a Greek Revival landmark built in 1846, was purchased by the University in 1968 and housed Brooklyn's first black congregation -- the African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church -- also known as the Bridge Street Church.  In the years leading up to and through the Civil War, the building served as a terminus point on the famous Underground Railway that helped fugitive slaves escape the South and begin life as free men and woman, by quietly sheltering runaway slaves in its basement. From 1854 to 1938, the church held services where prominent blacks, abolitionists and others championed black equality.

Darnley Howard, far right at electrical panel, in Polytechinic's Refridgeration Lab, 1920.
Darnley Howard, far right at electrical panel, in Polytechinic's Refridgeration Lab, 1920.

In recognition of the event, Christopher Hayes, Director of Special Projects, designed and produced an exhibit, with the assistance of University Archivist Heather Walters and the CATT Center, that features Polytechnic Institute of NYU's earliest known African-American alumnus, Darnley E. Howard, '20 ME.

Upon graduating from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1920 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Howard went on to serve as an instructor in P.I.B.'s Physics and Mechanical Engineering departments.  After eight years of service to the Institute, he left NYU-Poly to accept a position of Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Howard University in Washington, D.C, the nation's preeminent Black college.  Upon his departure from P.I.B., his colleagues noted in the 1928 November issue of the school's alumni magazine, NYU-Poly Men, “[Darnley's] cheerful manner coupled with his capabilities will insure him success in the new field of endeavor.  We wish him well.”

On the whole, such camaraderie between African- and Anglo-European Americans of the time was as unusual as the presence of African-Americans in teaching positions at university, be it in technology or liberal studies. In the ensuing years, Mr. Howard would go on to not only earn his doctorate, but also teach hundreds of African Americans the hard skills used in the sciences and engineering that would earn them entrée into professional disciplines to which they had earlier been denied access.

Dr. Darnley Howard
Dr. Darnley Howard

If freedom was the first step toward emancipation in the post-Civil War era, higher education promised fulfillment of the dream.  Thus, Dr. Darnley E. Howard, Poly's earliest known African American graduate, can be credited alongside Polytechnic Institute of NYU with advancing the cause of African American education in technology from the early 20th century through today.

Mr. Frederick Douglass IV, a serious large-framed man of few words cut in the likeness of his great, great grandfather said, “We have an inheritance here and we must not forget it.”

Poly's first President John Howard Raymond, circa 1860
Poly's first President John Howard Raymond, circa 1860.

Among other remarks, it was noted by Chris Moore, a Brooklyn historian, that Poly's first President, John Howard Raymond, delivered the invocation for President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation at the Cooper Union Institute on Sept. 23rd 1862, which summarily freed all slaves in areas still in rebellion against the United States as of January 1863.  After leaving Poly, President Raymond went on to become the second president of Vassar College.  Thus, in a manner similar to the way NYU-Poly provided African -Americans higher education opportunities, the University's forebears also played a pivotal role in the education of 19th century women, which serves as a fitting segue to Women's History Month this March.

Go here for a list other of Black History Month events at NYU-Poly.

Go here to read about Poly's Black History Month event in the Queens Ledger.   

NYU-Poly Awards Caribbean Scholarships

Working in partnership with the Caribbean governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Polytechnic University has made available six scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate level education. The University has also agreed to assist the government in developing “distance learning” capabilities in Antigua & Barbuda and to send instructors to the twin-island nation to conduct courses in various fields of study during the summer months.  Dr. Edmond Mansoor, Minister of State, Office of the Prime Minister for Antigua and Barbuda, observed the granting of the scholarships by Polytechnic University is very timely since the government is determined to equip its citizens with the tools and knowledge needed to prosper in the 21st century.  In response to Polytechnic's offer, Dr. Mansoor observed “the Information Technology thrust of the government has been further boosted by these scholarships and the Office of the Prime Minister intends to ensure that the best and brightest minds capitalize on this opportunity to further their education."

Go here for more information about Poly's Caribbean Scholarships.

Promise Fund Induction Ceremony

Since its inception in 1988, the Promise Fund Scholarship program has supported over 2,000 Polytechnic students in pursuit of the American Dream.  Most of Poly's Promise Fund Scholars are from minority groups, come from immigrant families, or are the first in their family to attend college. In addition to underwriting tuition costs of promising students, the Promise Fund also supports pre-college outreach programs for inner-city youth.

Promise Scholars Induction Ceremony
Promise Scholars Induction Ceremony

On February 7, NYU-Poly Trustee Bob Prieto ’76 ’77,  Senior Vice President of the Flour Corporation, challenged the Promise Scholars to accept the responsibilities incumbent upon them.   "These students are truly the promise of tomorrow. They are our future leaders—men and women who will take their place in society and help make the world a better place." In closing remarks, Polytechnic President Jerry Hultin said, "I want to offer my congratulations to our Promise Scholars…and thank our Trustees for their commitment to the University and these young men and women.  I would now like to ask the scholarship recipients to step forward to take their pledge."

CATT and JPM Announce IT Research Agreement

The Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems (CATT) at Polytechnic Institute of NYU announced a 12 month Master Relationship Agreement with JPM Global, Inc. to provide engineering services and research in the areas of search engines, data and information extraction, and natural language processing. These technologies will be used in support of the Company’s BarterQuest® Web site to uniquely facilitate the cashless exchange of goods and services between individual consumers.

Professor Torsten Suel
Professor Torsten Suel

Dr. Torsten Suel, Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, will be the Principal Technical Investigator for CATT throughout this project.  Dr. Suel's main research areas are web search technology, algorithms, databases, distributed computation and peer-to-peer networks.  Dr. Shivendra Panwar, CATT's Director, said “we are very excited about the opportunity to provide research and engineering services to JPM Global in support of their product evolution and service offerings in their market segment.”

Dr. Paul Bocheck, JPM's President said, “CATT’s state-of-the-art facilities and teams of experts understand how to turn technological breakthroughs into commercially promising products and services. Our partnership with CATT should accelerate the development of software that will differentiate our site from other trading sites that are no more than electronic bulletin boards. The current market for barter between individuals is huge but highly fragmented and inefficient. By applying proprietary technologies, BarterQuest® will allow this market to realize its true potential."

Since its inception in 1982, CATT’s mission has been to stimulate the growth of New York’s information technology business. As a designated Center of Advanced Technology and Telecommunications under the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), CATT research focuses on key areas critical to today’s businesses, including: networking, networking applications, wireless communications, multimedia, and cyber security.

Go here for more information about CATT at Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

NYU-Poly Helps Initiate NYC Quality-Based Selection Policy

NYC Skyline

In an on-going effort to improve the way the City of New York awards contracts, Polytechnic Institute of NYU worked alongside the Mayor's Office of Contracts to access the benefits and disadvantages of Cost-Based Selection (CBS) and Quality-Based Selection (QBS). Recently, the New York Association of Consulting Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies put out a brochure, “Building Quality into New York City’s Future: The Case for Quality-Based Selection,”  based in part on a Polytechnic Institute of NYU study conducted by Civil Engineering Department professors, Fletcher (Bud) Griffis, Symeon Christodoulou, and Lisa Barrett.  The 2002 report, summarized in a American Council of Engineering Companies newsletter, conducted research on quality methods for procuring both engineering and architectural services. On December 1, 2006, the City’s Procurement Policy Board passed a QBS policy based on the research and testimony provided by the professors. The key conclusions of this joint effort found that:

  • QBS results in better projects with lower costs;
  • QBS offers significant advantages over cost-based selection; and,
  • The use of cost as the key selection factor may result in inferior projects even if the highest qualified firm is selected, since many of the disadvantages of bidding prevail.

The Polytechnic Institute of NYU study, "Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) for the Procurement of Professional Architectural-Engineering (A/E) Services," is available from the New York Building Foundation

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ITE Hosts Silicon Alley Conference at Hearst Corp's NYC Headquarters

Polytechnic Institute of NYU's Institute for Technology & Enterprise, in association with the Partnership for New York City, the Hearst Corporation and NYConvergence hosted an event entitled, "Silicon Alley 2.0: Emerging Shape, Impact and Future Directions" for entrepreneurs, scholars, corporate executives and venture capitalists to discuss the state of New York City's downtown corporate-entrepreneurial IT sector, colloquially known as Silicon Alley, which stretches from 34th Street to Battery Park City and employs upwards of 200,000 people.

From left: Robert Lieber, president, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Kathryn S. Wylde, Pres. and CEO, Partnership for NYC; Victor F. Ganzi, Pres. and CEO, Hearst Corporation; Lloyd P. Trufelman, Pres. and CEO, Trylon SMR; and Jerry M. Hultin, President, Polytechnic Institute of NYU.
From left: Robert Lieber, president, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Kathryn S. Wylde, Pres. and CEO, Partnership for NYC; Victor F. Ganzi, Pres. and CEO, Hearst Corporation; Lloyd P. Trufelman, Pres. and CEO, Trylon SMR; and Jerry M. Hultin, President, Polytechnic Institute of NYU.

In his opening remarks, Robert Lieber, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation expounded on the need to keep talented people in NYC by emphasizing: the city's low unemployment rate; the fact that that NYC is a top choice for graduates entering the workplace; and, the city's infrastructure hub with more fiber optic cable than anywhere else in the United States and twice the capacity of the Baltimore-DC area.

The challenge of retaining talent was reiterated by other attendees. "We thrive and we survive on the talent of the people who work for us every single day," said Victor F. Ganzi, president and CEO of the  Hearst Corporation, "and we're going to have to keep that talent around. We need to educate those people, we need to pay them, we need to help them do better, we need to give them the tools and the capital to do their jobs, but most of all we need to keep them around."

To address these challenges, Polytechnic's President Jerry Hultin stated, "We are transforming Polytechnic Institute of NYU to add invention, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity to the more traditional heart of technical education and research.  We're here today to have you see and discover the Power of PolyThinking and how to look at science and technology to advance business's and an economy --  whether it's in Urban Systems, Health and Wellness, or Information Technology."

Go here to watch Silicon Alley 2.0 on youtube.com

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Spencer P. Kuo, PhD

Shock front of a plasma aero-spike.
Shock front of a plasma aero-spike.
  • S. P. Kuo and D. Bivolaru, “The similarity of shock waves generated by a cone-shaped plasma and by a solid cone in a supersonic airflow”, Phys. Plasmas, 14(2), 023503 (1 - 5), 2007.
  • S. P. Kuo and Dimitrij Greco, “Determination of the height of the modulated electrojet region generating ELF radiation”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L05103, doi:10.1029/2006GL029124, 2007.
  • A. Labno, P. Rezy, M. C. Lee, L. M. Burton, J. A. Cohen, S. P. Kuo, D. L. Rokusek, “Whistler-mode Wave Interactions with Ionospheric Plasmas over Arecibo”, J. Geophys. Res., accepted for publication, March 2007.
  • P. Rezy, A. Labno, M. C. Lee, W. J. Burke, J. A. Cohen, L. M. Burton, S. P. Kuo, D. Rokusek, “Electron Precipitation from the Inner Radiation Belt above Arecibo”, Geophys. Res. Lett., accepted for publication, 2007.

George Bugliarello, PhD

  • Keynote address, "Urban Sustainability: The Engineering Challenges," Florida A&M University-Florida State University, Industry Day, February 27, 2007, Tallahassee, Florida.

Mary K. Cowman, PhD

Director and Senior Faculty Fellow, Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Presented a seminar at The State University of New York at Stony Brook entitled: "Hyaluronan Polysaccharide: Shaping Up the Random Coil" on Feb. 21, 2007.

Vladimir Tsitrinovich, PhD

  • Creation of entanglement in a scalable spin quantum computer with long-range dipole-dipole interaction between qubits. (with G. P. Berman and D. I. Kamenev). Phys. Rev. A, 73, 062336 (2006).
  • Spin diffusion and relaxation in solid state spin quantum computer. (with G. P. Berman, B.M.Chernobrod and V.N.Gorshkov). Phys. Lett. A, 352, 107 (2006).

Oded Nov, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Technology Management

  • Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) has accepted for publication Dr. Nov's paper entitled, ‘What motivates Wikipedians, or how to increase user-generated content contribution.’

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Jin Montclare Awarded Air Force Office of Scientific Research Grant

Dr. Jin Kim Montclare
Dr. Jin Kim Montclare

Dr. Jin Kim Montclare has been named one of 21 engineers and scientists, from a submission pool of over 145 proposals, to receive an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Grant.  Available to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States, AFOSR-YIR grants are awarded for 3-year periods to address research needs in a wide array of areas, including: aerospace and material sciences, chemistry and life sciences, mathematics and information sciences, and physics and electronics.

The AFOSR program supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years. Grant recipients must show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of the program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.

Dr. Montclare will examine engineered protein polymers in her lab to enhance understanding and exploit novel biocatalysts and polymeric materials relevant to industry and medicine.

Office of Naval Research Names Spencer Kuo Principle Investigator

Office of Naval Research

Dr. Spencer Kuo, Professor of Electrophysics in Polytechnic's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named Principle Investigator by the Office of Naval Research for a grant relating to "Wave-Plasma Interactions in Artificial Modification of the Ionosphere and Magnetosphere by the HAARP HF Heating Facility."

NYU-Poly Trustee Deborah Devedjian Elected to Governing Board of CLCU

Polytechnic Trustee Deborah Devedjian
Polytechnic Trustee Deborah Devedjian

 Polytechnic Trustee Deborah Devedjian was elected to the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CLCU) Council of Governing Boards’ Board of Directors on November 30, 2006.  Chartered by the State Board of Regents, CLUC's mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership to advance higher education public policy. Representing over 100 independent, private and not-for-profit colleges and universities across New York State, CLCU coordinates its advocacy efforts with the Council of Governing Boards (CGB), a statewide association that represents the policy interests of more than 3,000 independent college and university trustees.

Deborah Devedjian is the founder and managing partner of Copernicus Learning Ventures and is a nationally recognized expert in the Education and Training industry. Devedjian established Copernicus Learning Fund, L.P., in July 2001 to invest in education and training (E&T) companies and to address the private equity needs of this under-served $2 trillion global sector.  A Philadelphia native, Devedjian holds a B.A. cum laude in economics and art history from Yale University (1984) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1988). She has delivered or written more than 100 speeches and articles on venture capital, education reform, and international business.

Dr. Keith Ross Named 2007 IEEE Fellow

Professor Keith Ross
Professor Keith Ross

Professor Keith Ross has been named a 2007 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to the design and analysis of computer networks. Dr. Ross, Polytechnic's Leonard J. Shustek Professor of Computer Science, has published extensively in the areas of computer networking and distributed systems, and contributed to: stochastic modeling; optimization; Quality of Service; video streaming and video-on-demand; multi-service loss networks; web caching; content distribution networks; peer-to-peer networks; application-layer protocols; queuing theory; and, Markov decision processes.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. A brief citation is issued to new Fellows describing their accomplishments and the total number selected in any one year does not exceed one-tenth percent of the total voting Institute membership. IEEE was established in 1963, when the AIEE (American Institute of Electrical Engineers, formed in 1884) and the IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers, formed in 1912) merged to form a single Institution with 160,000 members. In doing so, IEEE became the largest scientific or engineering organization in the world. Polytechnic Institute of NYU's 6th president and a Fellow of both predecessor societies, Dr. Ernst Weber, served as IEEE's first President.

Richard Gross inducted to AIMBE

Dr. Richard Gross
Dr. Richard Gross

Dr. Richard Gross, the Herman F. Mark Professor of Polymer Science in the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences, was admitted to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) on March 1, 2007 at the National Academies of Science in Washington, DC.  Dr. Gross's induction to AIMBE is in recognition of his research achievements, public service, technological leadership and commitment to education in the areas of medical and biological engineering.  As the director of the Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing of Macromolecules Dr. Gross's ongoing research has resulted in the development of environmentally friendly processes and polymer products and innovative medical applications of polymer science.

Founded in 1991, AIMBE has earned a reputation as a prestigious public institute that is a leader on scientific and policy issues impacting the medical and biological community. AIMBE is regarded by key legislators as the preeminent voice on the field of medical and biological engineering. Its membership is unique in that it is comprised of individuals, industries, academic institutions, and technical societies united in their vision of sustaining the growth and viability of the bioengineering discipline.

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State Senator Frank Padavan Awarded Distinguished Alumnus Citation

Photo: President Hultin, Senator Frank Padavan ?55 and Polytechnic Alumni Executive Vice President Edward Sawchuk ?76 ?78 CE.
NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin, Senator Frank Padavan ?55 and Polytechnic Alumni Executive Vice President Edward Sawchuk ?76 ?78 CE.

The POLYTECHNIC ALUMNI bestowed their highest honor, the Distinguished Alumnus Citation, to N.Y. State Senator Frank Padavan ‘55 EE at the National Engineers Week Dinner on February 15th, 2007. This annual dinner, co-hosted by the Metropolitan Engineering Societies Council, has taken place at Polytechnic for the past two years and brings representatives from over 25 engineering societies to campus.

Senator Padavan has represented the 11th Senate District in Queens for the past 32 years and is the only professional engineer in the New York State legislature. He is well known for his support of mental health related issues, government reform and port security. For more information on the senator, visit www.frankpadavan.com.

Westchester Alumni Group Welcomes Dean Fortino and Alumni President Likourezos

Jeanette Baiardi ?97EH, NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin and alumni president George Likourezos ?92 ?92 EE.
Jeanette Baiardi ?97EH, NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin and Alumni Association President George Likourezos ?92 ?92 EE.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2007 over 40 alumni and friends gathered at the Hilton Rye Town for an alumni reception. President Hultin introduced alumni to the new dean of the Westchester campus, Andres Fortino, and alumni association president George Likourezos ’92 ‘92 urged alumni to become more active in the supporting the university. Faculty members Mary Cowman, Robert Flynn and Iwoa Teraoka attended the event along with Andres Fortino, Laverne Clarke, Natalie Blake and Donald Ivanoff.

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Dr. Kurt H. Becker Appointed Associate Provost for Research & Technology Initiatives / Dean of Arts & Sciences

The University is pleased to announce Dr. Kurt H. Becker has joined NYU-Poly as Associate Provost for Research and Technology Initiatives and Dean of Sciences and Arts. Dr. Becker has held tenured faculty positions at Lehigh University, the City College of CUNY, and most recently at Stevens Institute of Technology. At Stevens, he was the Head of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics since 2000; and since 2003, he was also Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Systems (CES), a joint center of the Schools of Engineering and Science.

Dr. Kurt H. Becker
Dr. Kurt H. Becker

Prof. Becker's background is in atomic, chemical, and plasma physics. He holds a PhD degree from the Universitaet Saarbruecken in Germany and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has worked extensively on experimental and theoretical studies of electron-driven processes and on low-temperature plasmas, and has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles and edited or co-edited 7 books.

Dr. Becker's research has been funded by the NSF, DOE, NASA, ARO, AFOSR, ONR, DARPA, and through contracts from industry. He has served on numerous review panels for federal funding agencies such as NSF, DOE, and NASA and holds 7 patents on the generation and maintenance of atmospheric-pressure plasmas and their application (six of these are joint patents with Provost Erich E. Kunhardt). In 2001, Dr. Becker was a co-recipient (with Erich Kunhardt) of the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award of the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.

Given his background and experience as an academic, researcher, and inventor with demonstrated ability to attract and sustain competitive research funding for more than twenty years, we look forward to Prof. Becker becoming an invaluable asset in our push to bring NYU-Poly to the forefront of technological universities.

Please join us in welcoming Kurt to the NYU-Poly community and we are confident that he can count on your enthusiastic support. His office is located in JB 555. He can be reached on ext. 3608 or via e-mail at kbecker@poly.edu.

New Hires

Sean D. Peterson Visiting Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering
Randolph A. Alexander Major Gifts Officer Development
Kang Wang Post Doc Fellow Chemical and Biological Eng
Mary Ann T. Gentile Administrative Associate President's Office
Kurt H. Becker Associate Provost of Research &
Technology Initiatives
Dean of Arts & Sciences
Provost's Office
Laurence Gilbert Business Development Manager CATT

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