Tutors and Staff

Who's Who at the PTC?

John Paul Cleveland, Director, came to the School of Engineering in September 2012. Prior to coming to the School of Engineering, John Paul was the Director of the Tutoring Center at Pace University at the lower Manhattan campus. He obtained a bachelors degree in Religion from Florida Southern College, a masters degree in Theology from Duke University, and a second masters degree in Philosophy from the University of South Florida. In addition to directing the activities of the PTC, John Paul spends a lot of time thinking about best practices in tutorial delivery, and in the classroom, he teaches philosophy and ethics courses. In his free time, John Paul is an avid runner and has run the NYC Marathon ten years now and counting.

Dina Cruz-Cadiz, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Academics, serves four different departments: General Engineering, General Studies, PTC, and Undergraduate Academics in providing assistance with payroll, HR, business office, and other administrative functions. She came from the beautiful islands of the Philippines. She loves interacting with people and enjoys learning about their different cultures. During her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, Broadway shows, and has a passion for cooking and baking. She graduated in 2013 in the Master’s of Science Program in Organizational Behavior.

Melissa McCoy, Academic Tutor Administrator, grew up in Missouri, got a history degree in Iowa, lived in Washington, DC for 8 years after college, and then drove cross-country to live in California for a year. She followed her husband back across the country to NYU when he took a job with the university recently, and is excited to get to know this big city! She recently completed a teaching program to become a high school Social Studies teacher and loves to learn new things. In her spare time, she loves to explore, go to shows, and travel with her husband. She is always open to suggestions of fun places to go and new things to do.


Kubra Akbas, Physics Tutor, is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. They plan on getting their masters in mechatronics and robotics then pursuing a career in assistive robotics. Kubra also enjoys reading, playing video games, and anime/manga. They like helping people and hope to be very active in the community here at Tandon. Kubra is originally a transfer from NYU's liberal studies program called the Core Program and has studied abroad in London, England.

Mauricio Cabrera, MATLAB Tutor, is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering. Originally from Mexico City, Mau moved to New York City at the start of college. He is very enthusiastic for music, and if you know any magnificent trance or dance-punk or indie album, don’t hesitate to contact him. He also enjoys unicycling and wants to specialize in alternative energy sources in the future.

Rohan Chakraborty, Computer Science Tutor, is a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering and working towards an integrated dual degree in Biomedical Engineering. He believes that the best way to learn and recollect information is by being able to teach and help others. He loves to sketch, run cross-country, play acoustic guitar, parkour and climb free-style. If you’re into building bots and working on mechatronic and automation projects or just like being adventurous and exploring new places past midnight, then you’re his best friend.

Timothy Charlton, Physics Tutor, is a senior working towards a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Biomolecular Sciences. He likes spending time outdoors and loves listening to music. He enjoys helping people and hopes to develop medicines after graduation.

Aaron Chu, Chemistry Tutor, has graduated from NYU-Tandon with a bachelor's in Biomolecular Science and is currently striving for a career in health care. In his free time, Aaron enjoys gaming, drawing, and listening to jazz. Tutoring has been a fulfilling activity for Aaron ever since community service in high school. As a PTC tutor, he seeks to continue in helping other aspiring students in overcoming their difficulties.

Kevin Chu, Chemistry Tutor, had just completed his undergraduate studies in Biomolecular Science. He enjoys listening to soothing music, reading medical related articles, and playing badminton or card-related games during his free time. In the future, Kevin hopes to enhance his education and work in the medical field related to microbiology.

Riccardo Consolo, MATLAB Tutor, is a sophomore studying chemical and biomolecular engineering, and minoring in bioinformatics. He was born and grew up in Italy, and he completed high school in Boston. During his free time, he loves playing basketball and working out; he is also very passionate about music and loves going to concerts. After college he hopes to pursue master studies in biomedical engineering.

Christina Hak, Chemistry Tutor, is a junior studying Chemical and Biomolecular engineering. During her free time, Christina loves to relax, watch movies, play some video games or do origami whenever she can. She is of Cambodian decent and loves learning about other cultures and traditions, which in turn helps Christina to connect to people on a deeper level. Her personality reflects her tutoring style, and that is that sje is always there to lend a hand and will always listen to students and find the best approach in helping their problems in a subject.

Kenneth Huynh, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior studying Computer Science. He is interested in developing mobile applications and other types of software. In his free time, Kenneth enjoys working out, playing basketball, watching anime, and playing video games, namely Super Smash Bros. He loves Japanese culture and plans to visit Japan in the near future. As a new tutor at the PTC, he aspires to make sure that students fully understand concepts and how to approach coding problems.

Shayeba Khan, Chemistry Tutor, is a senior majoring in Applied Physics. She moved to the United States a year ago for college. She loves interacting with people and finds pleasure in helping them out in any way that she can. During Shayeba's free time, she hangs out with friends or watches TV shows. If you are a hardcore Game of Thrones fan then you are her new best friend. Sheyba enjoys singing and dancing too and loves to be around people who are fun.

Carter Marquette, MATLAB Tutor, is a Junior studying Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is hoping to go into Automotive Engineering after he graduates. Carter enjoys weightlifting, music and skiing. When he's not in class or at the PTC, you can find him in University Hall where he is an RA.

Leonardo Palacios, MATLAB Tutor, is a senior studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Studies. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, he enjoys playing golf and traveling to new places around the world. He likes staying up to date with tech news and listening to music, especially classic rock and jazz. As a new tutor at the PTC, he hopes to help students learn how to use MATLAB with an intuitive ease.

Valmiki Ramroop, Chemistry Tutor, is an approachable senior pursuing chemical engineering. A self-imposed question he plans to answer is to why image of the universe looks like the image of a brain cell. He enjoys kayaking, travelling, archery, and sky-gazing (day and night). He hopes to work in the energy industry after graduation. When he’s not soaking up the Caribbean sunshine at the beach, he’s playing piano, tennis or badminton.

Alana Padua, Physics Tutor, is a junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is originally from the Berkeley, California area. She is an avid fan of the internet and greatly appreciates an interdisciplinary approach to science. When Alana isn't reminiscing about the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys walking around, meeting new people, and listening to rock music from the early 2000s."

John Pasquarello, Computer Science Tutor and CS 1124 Team Leader, is a senior undergraduate student working towards a Computer Science degree. He enjoys working in local community theatres, practicing his photography and exploring new parts of the city. He hopes to be of help to new Computer Science students in his first year at the PTC.

Carlos Peña Del Valle, MATLAB Tutor and CS 1133 Team Leader, is a MATLAB tutor and a junior studying Civil Engineering. During his free time he enjoys watching movies and doing anything related to sports (including chess). His tutoring style reflects his personality: enthusiastic, but patient. He also likes to use whiteboards for visualization purposes and to show understanding.

Charlie Pigott, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior studying computer science born and raised in Chicago. He enjoys playing the piano and runs on occasion in his free time. He specializes in C++ tutoring and hopes to help as much as possible during his first semester at the PTC.

Brian Quinn, Computer Science Tutor and CS 1114 Team Leader, is from just across the Hudson River, graduating high school from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey. He is a computer science tutor in Python and Data Structure & Algorithms with an avid interest in the latter. He also enjoys chemistry, fitness, and strategy games, particularly board games. He is also a Super Smash Bros (The Video Game) connoisseur of sorts.

Tana Siboonruang, Chemistry Tutor, is a second year student who is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is passionate about the environment and wants to develop sustainable sources of energy through materials science and electrochemistry. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and swimming. Some of his favorite bands are Fall Out Boy, Oasis, and Young the Giant. He looks forward to sharing his love for chemistry with other students during his time at the PTC.

Clay Smith, Physics Tutor, is a junior studying electrical engineering. After growing up in New York City and living in Los Angeles, he returned to New York City for college. He loves sports and competitive atmospheres, he is currently a competing powerlifter. In addition to sports, he enjoys juggling, singing, and eating way too much food. After college, Clay hopes to live rurally, working on electrical engineering in large systems.

Zami Talukder, Computer Science Tutor, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. When he isn’t learning of the intricacies of the world, Zami relishes the simpler things, like drinking water. Zami loves to drink water. He believes it to be an essential part of life, so much that he practically lives off of it. Even he does not know why he loves drinking water so much. He wishes to figure this out one day.

Ruowen Tan, Computer Science Tutor, is getting both Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Tandon. He has completed his Bachelor's in Biomolecular Science. Currently, he is majoring in Computer Science at Tandon's graduate school. He really enjoys writing code because he is inspired by the depth of math and logical thinking involved in programming. During his free time, he goes golfing at Pier 14 and learns some Japanese.

Benson Tsai, Computer Science Tutor, is an honors senior majoring in computer science. Born in New Jersey, Benson spent most of his life growing up in Taiwan and China, but spent every summer in New York City prior to attending Tandon. Benson is a huge aviation and subway enthusiast, and you will not be able to get him to stop talking about his lifetime hobby.

Parry Tu, Chemistry Tutor, is a third year undergraduate studying Biomolecular Science, with a focus in Biotechnology. Parry enjoys learning and discussing topics in chemical and biological sciences, and sharing his ideas with his peers. During his spare time, Parry is an avid reader and music enthusiast.

Sheila Yalley, Chemistry Tutor, is a junior studying Chemical and Biomolecular engineering. She loves interacting with people and helping them find their light bulb moment. In Sheila's free time she likes to read classical literature and make up the sleep times she's lost as a result of being a student.

Sepehr Yazdani, MATLAB Tutor, is a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering.  Originally from Iran, he moved to Dubai when he was nine years old, and moved to New York City to start college. In his spare time, he enjoys trying new foods around the city, watching shows on Netflix, and reading up on current politics. As a MATLAB tutor, he aims to get his students to fully understand and appreciate the art of problem solving.

Weixian Zheng, Physics Tutor, is majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering. Weixian was born and raised in China and came to the US as an immigrant. He loves to help peer students in those subjects that are challenging to them. He enjoys seeing the satisfaction in students when they can solve a problem and eventually when they do well in the class.

Subject Team Leaders

Chemistry - Parry Tu

Computer Science - Brian Quinn (CS 1114), John Pasquarello (CS 1124), and   Carlos Peña Del Valle (CS 1133)

Physics - Tim Charlton

Writing Consultants

Mara Goodman has a background in speech and language pathology, and literacy as well as theater. Mara has taught ESOL here in New York. She enjoys learning new languages. Mara is also a singer of classical and folk music and songs of peace and justice, both on her own and with her a cappella group, Harmonic Insurgence. Her choice to join us at the School of Engineering reflects her desire to work closely with students to help them express their own opinions and feelings.

Elliot Markson was born in the Bronx and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, where he majored in biology and loved physics. Elliot got his B.A. from the City College of New York. He then wrote advertising copy for Prentice-Hall Publishers, Paterson & Lawrence, and other agencies, winning awards for his print ads and TV commercials. Elliot went on to earn his M.S. at Brooklyn College and taught science in New York City public schools for 14 years. At the Writing Center, Elliot specializes in EG Lab Reports as well as Humanities assignments. He rides his bicycle daily to and from the School of Engineering and does the 5-Boro Bike Tour, the NY Century, the Tour de Bronx, and Tour de Brooklyn.

Ingrid Paredes is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering at NYU Tandon. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemical engineering at Rutgers University. Her research focus was powder processing in industrial catalyst manufacturing. While at Rutgers, Ingrid also fostered her interest in writing by completing a minor in English and working as a writer for the university’s newspaper and the School of Engineering’s Office of Communications and Marketing. As a consultant at the PTC, she hopes to merge and spread her love for engineering and writing to help students become strong communicators. In her free time, she likes to spend time at the Strand or listen to music. She also has a separate stomach for sweets.

Jesse Rice-Evans is a Southern poet, theory nerd, and active verb activist. A former charades champion, she now spends her time researching digital writing spaces, dismantling the patriarchy, and listening to Rihanna. She lives in Brooklyn with her two cats, Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin.

Timothy Sullivan has worked at the Writing Center intermittently over the course the past 15 years. He is a big fan of compound sentences, and enjoys using them whenever possible. When he is not using compound sentences, he can be found out on the town with his best friend, Semicolon; they enjoy watching squirrels in Prospect Park, feeding rats by the Gowanus Canal, and throwing gerunds off the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to his duties at the Writing Center and his exploits with Semicolon, Tim spends a great deal of time driving a large white van from here to there; occasionally, he will stop at a night-club to play some songs.

Lateefah Torrence, Writing Center Administrator, grew up in Silicon Valley where she earned scholarships from IBM and Lockheed. She attended UCLA which was great for friends and film work, but awful for her mental health. After escaping to NYC, she continued working in movies but new stories kept poking her in the brain. Lateefah finally capitulated to their demands and completed her long-delayed BA at The New School. Lateefah spent her honeymoon losing on Jeopardy!, but tries to not let it define her. (It was the buzzer. Really.)

Office Staff

Vikram Ashtaputre, Graduate Assistant, is a Masters Student at NYU Tandon, studying Computer Engineering. He completed his Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in India. Vikram is interested in Computer Networks and hopes to work as a Network Engineer after graduation. He likes to work in an environment where there is a constant interaction with new people.  He loves music, he plays the piano and drums, and has been performing on stage for over five years now. Vikram wishes to keep the music alive inside him as he pursues his career.

Alexander Lawson, is a senior with a dual major in Physics and Mathematics. He enjoys playing video games and watching movies. He hopes that after graduation he can work to advance global efforts for outer space exploration.