Notice of 2016 Polytechnic Alumni Annual Meeting & Elections

Meeting and elections to be held at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
The annual election of International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Inc. will take place at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM sharp in Bern Dibner, LC400, Five MetroTech, Brooklyn, NY 11201. All alumni are invited to attend and vote for (5) International Board of Director members who will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2016. Reception with light refreshments from 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend the reception and Annual Meeting by phone or in person by registering here.

To those participating in the meeting by phone, kindly note you must submit your proxy ballot no later than 5:00pm EDT on Monday, June 20, 2016. There will be no capability to place a vote via phone.

Dissolution of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Inc. (PIAA)

Dissolution of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Inc. (PIAA)
At the January 2016 meeting of the PIAA International Board of Directors, the Board unanimously approved a motion to dissolve the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, Inc., and henceforth operate exclusively as the Polytechnic Alumni Association, a chapter of the NYU Alumni Association. The Board now asks for your vote to ratify this action, so legal filings can proceed to accomplish this action. (See accompanying letter for more detailed information.)

If you are unable to attend in person, please exercise your right to vote by electronic ballot or by paper proxy. 

Vote Online   or Download a paper proxy

PIAA/PAA 2016 Annual Meeting Agenda (Tentative)

  1. Call to Order
  2. Moment of Silence in Memory of Departed Friends
  3. Secretary’s Report
  4. President’s Report
  5. Vice President’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Executive Director’s Report
  8. Elections
    1. Dissolution Vote
    2. Candidate Elections
  9. Closing Remarks
  10. Adjournment

International Board of Directors
 (three-year term):

Candidate Biographies

Linda Weiser Friedman, Ph.D  '80 APPL. STAT '83 OR

Linda Weiser Friedman is a professor in the department of Statistics and Computer Information Systems, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College of the City University of New York, and on the doctoral faculties of the programs in Computer Science and Business at the Graduate Center of CUNY.  Linda is a prolific writer. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals and books; she also writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  As she has advanced in her career, she takes a more holistic view of the profession and finds that her activities are less compartmentalized, tending to belong to and be part of a more unified whole. For example, she finds that teaching and service activities inform her research, and that she brings her research interests into curriculum design and classroom discussions. Some of her passions include interdisciplinary work, instructional technology, hybrid and online teaching, new technologies, educational policy, doctoral education, academic freedom and governance, nonprofit governance, social responsibility, humor and – of course – her students.

Linda has served as chair of her department, as associate dean of the business school, and on various university committees. Many of her course materials are publicly available on the web for anyone who wishes to use them.  She has volunteered for several nonprofit community organizations.

Linda holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research (1983) and an M.S. in Applied Statistics (1980), both from Polytechnic Institute  of New York (now NYU Tandon), as well as a B.A. in Statistics and Biology from Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Bharat Jain '13 BIOTECH

Bharat Jain graduated from the School of Engineering in 2013, with a Masters Degree in Biotechnology & Entrepreneurship. While at NYU Polytechnic, (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering) Bharat made a lasting contribution to both the School and to the graduate student community through his work in the Office of Graduate Life. During his tenure, Bharat recruited and trained new Graduate Assistants and launched both professional and social initiatives, many of which became annual events due to their popularity. Bharat established a social media presence for the division, founded and edited the GradLife Newsletter, and created the first ever programming board for Graduate students at the School of Engineering called the Graduate Programming Association (GPA). Bharat was a member of many student clubs, attended leadership conferences and served on various committees while managing a very rigorous and challenging academic schedule. In recognition of his contributions to the school's community, Bharat was nominated for and won the NYU President’s Service Award.

Prior to coming to New York, Bharat attended Amity University in New Delhi, India, where he graduated in 2010 with a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology. While in India, Bharat worked as a Product Executive at a small genetics research-based company, where he promoted a new technique for screening metabolic disorders in newborns. The School of Engineering refined his skills and taught Bharat about the Biotech and Pharma industries, from both a business and a scientific standpoint. His academic projects included preparing a design for a biosensor to detect sepsis, a proposal for a Crohn’s disease drug and a term paper identifying and analyzing strategies of a major pharmaceutical company. Bharat also mentored a project team who went on to become finalists in the NYU green grants competition.

Bharat currently works as an Associate Consultant at Prescient Healthcare Group, a boutique life science consulting company where he conducts competitive research and develops strategic recommendations for clients in the Healthcare industry, along with business development, recruitment and internal training initiatives. His relentless hard work and exceptional performance have led to him three merit promotions in less than 18 months. Bharat also interned at Manhattan Research (part of Decision Resources Group), where he spearheaded several projects related to analysis of unbranded and branded initiatives of Pharmaceutical companies. He also interned at Rx Mosaic Health (Omnicom Group), where he provided communications and research support primarily in the MS and Parkinson's disease areas. Bharat has gained experience in the fields of neurology, oncology, immunology, biosimilars, generics, medical devices etc. through his professional experience.

Bharat remains loyal to his alma mater, and serves on the executive council of the Polytechnic Alumni Association; and as is a social media ambassador. If selected to the IBOD, Bharat intends to continue leveraging his leadership, networking and creative skills and contribute even further towards his alma mater. His inclusion in the Polytechnic Alumni Association brings welcomed diversity, not only in terms of nationality and culture but also educational background, skills and ideas. He remains passionate about establishing a network between all alumni and current students in order to create mentorship and professional opportunities.

Dennis John '09 ME '11 ME

Dennis John currently works on structural acoustics for the Department of the Navy. He has previously worked at Stryker Orthopaedics and General Dynamics Electric Boat. He learned early on that life does not always go as planned. After getting laid off in January 2015, Dennis decided to embrace the opportunity for time off. He spent the rest of the year backpacking through 17 countries in Europe & Asia. It did not stop there! He also visited National Parks through six states out west. The world is a wonderful place and sometimes we forget to embrace and experience life.

As a student researcher, he worked with Dr. Nikhil Gupta at the Composite Materials & Mechanics Laboratory and Dr. Peter S. Walker at the Laboratory for Orthopaedic Implant Design. He benefitted directly from the NYU merger with the opportunity to collaborate between NYU Poly (now NYU Tandon) and the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. His experience includes: composite material fabrication, materials science, mechanical testing, biomechanics, orthopaedics, and finite element analysis.His method for developing a 3D model of the knee for analysis was published as a textbook chapter.

During his time at NYU Poly, Dennis was very active on campus. He was head teaching assistant for General Engineering, treasurer for Navigators, and executive editor of the Polytechnic Reporter. He was also recognized as the Student Activities Senior of the Year in 2009. While working with the YES Center, he was able to work on a cause he was passionate about. He worked to make engineering education more accessible to women, minorities and the economically challenged of NYC. He engaged with many community groups around Brooklyn to increase interest in engineering.  He hopes to continue to work with other alumni to assure that affordability is not an issue for those who want to pursue a degree at Tandon. He sees it as a mission for Tandon to continue to develop into a research center that provides world class education to all, regardless of economic circumstances.

Robert V. Jones '87 EE

Robert V. Jones is the founder of PReSafe Technologies and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. PReSafe Technologies is an emerging cyber security and operational security solution delivery company with an emphasis on protecting global digital assets supporting the nation, commercial business, critical infrastructure, and academic communities. Mr. Jones has more than 30 years of leadership and technology experience with increasing responsibility. In Feb 2014, the Government Technology Services Coalition (GTSC) at their annual award ceremony presented him with the Small Business Member of The Year Award. GTSC is a non-profit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and mid-sized company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector. After a rigorous evaluation, PReSafe Technologies was selected by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) as a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Small Business Development Program late in 2014. The 8(a) Program, covering a term of 9 years, is an essential instrument for helping entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society by enabling them to gain a foothold in government contracting. Prior to founding PReSafe Technologies.

Mr. Jones was Staff Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations with IEEE, Inc. (Inst. of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). There he led the architecture and IT service delivery across the organization for both enterprise infrastructure and ecommerce infrastructure with revenue from online subscription services approaching $200M annually. His direct responsibilities included cyber security strategy and implementation among others. Of notable achievement, he led his team to create and introduce a unique messaging service with innovative virus detection and SPAM management features to facilitate safer Internet communication for IEEE members. More than 100k IEEE members subscribed driving a volume of over 360M messages processed annually making it one of the most popular IEEE member benefits for some time. He has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Brookhaven National Laboratory; Merck, Inc.; and Mars, Inc.

Mr. Jones holds a Master of Science from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN both in Electrical Engineering. He was among 145 students nationwide PReSafe Technologies, LLC P.O. Box 5872 Somerset, NJ 08875 www.PReSafetech.com named a full fellow by the National GEM Consortium to pursue graduate studies in engineering. Mr. Jones completed executive education programs including Leadership and Team Effectiveness at Yale University School of Management and Delivering Information Services at Harvard Business School. He is designated a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2 ®. The Network Journal Magazine presented Mr. Jones with the 40 Under 40 Dynamic Achievers Award in 2003. He is a member of the International Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 ® , the IEEE, InfraGard and GTSC, where he has served two terms as a Steering Committee member. Mr. Jones is a past member of the Security Industry Association (SIA); the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG), where he served the Technology Subgroup as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee; and the Anti Phishing Working Group (APWG). Mr. Jones shares his volunteer and philanthropic support with organization focused on alleviating hunger in his community including the Franklin Food Bank and Elijah’s Promises. 

Konstantinos (Gus) Maimis '84 CE

Mr. Maimis brings close to 30 years of construction experience to his position as Senior Vice President and North East Territory Manager of STV’s Construction Management Division is responsible for the oversight of numerous successfully executed and completed projects for higher education, healthcare, transportation centers, multi-tenant housing, and commercial clients. As Project Executive on the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, his responsibilities involved the oversight and management of all construction activities including scheduling and project finance for this most prestigious project other responsibilities involved the preconstruction and procurement phases.

Prior to coming to STV Construction, Mr. Maimis as founder and president of his construction management and general contracting firm, MKG Construction & Consulting, Inc. through the firms client first mentality was responsible for its growth and expansion over a 10 plus year span.

Mr. Maimis is on the Board of Directors of the Huntington Townwide Fund, the Board of Governors for the New York Building Foundation as well as serving as Director on the National Board of The Construction Management Association of America.  He is a Visiting Professor at Pratt’s School of Architecture, Adjunct Faculty at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s school of engineering. He is on the industry advisory boards of NYU Tandon and NYU Schack Real Estate Institute. He is a contributing member of The New York Building Congress higher educational and public building committees, US Green Building Council as well as The Urban Green Council. Mr. Maimis holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York (now NYU Tandon) and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

Elizabeth Matias '15 MOT

Elizabeth Matias graduated from 2015 with an MS in Technology Management from NYU Polytechnic (now NYU Tandon). Her graduate thesis research was in 3D printing and additive manufacturing under the direction of Dr. Bharat Rao. She has had the pleasure of presenting her paper at Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) and the New York Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Elizabeth started her career at a midsized Swedish software company before moving to Con Edison, where she has held several roles in Distribution Engineering and Supply Chain. Currently, she is a project manager leading several technology projects in cyber security, enterprise resource planning, and data analytics. An avid performing arts enthusiast, she also mentors college students interested in the arts through the Arts and Business Council of New York. As a board member, her mission will be to seek out additional interdisciplinary opportunities and partnerships amongst the NYU community.

Robert (Bob) Migliore '87 EE

Robert (Bob) Migliore is a seasoned engineer. After receiving his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon) in 1987. Bob worked on defense projects (Submarine communications and Aegis Combat Systems) before working in the Pharmaceutical Industry at AstraZeneca, Pharmacia, Schering-Plough, BMS and currently with Celgene in roles including validation; new product introduction and technology assessment; regulatory compliance; quality oversight; capital planning and execution. Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Scrum Master, and certified in ITIL. Additionally, Bob is a member of IEEE. Bob served on the PIAA International Board of Directors in 2010 and was an active member on the Bylaws Committee. He, and his wife Karen, live in Fanwood, New Jersey and have two children.

Adis Sehic, '02 CE '03 CE '14 CE

Dr. Sehic is a construction manager and building information modeling (BIM) specialist with over 14 years of experience performing project risk analysis, project planning, construction inspection, cost estimating, and scheduling for a variety of transportation, educational, healthcare, commercial and residential projects.  He has expertise in the use of innovative construction technologies and system architectures to improve project delivery. As a BIM specialist, Dr. Sehic has worked to implement and integrate the use of 3D and 4D models into design and construction practices by allowing planned construction of a facility to be visible over time on screen and assisted with the scheduling process. Dr. Sehic is familiar with various project controls programs and has used them for a variety of construction, scheduling, and cost estimating purposes. In addition to theoretical modeling, Dr. Sehic has hands-on field construction experience.

He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from NYU Polytechnic (now NYU Tandon). Also, Dr. Sehic is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering where he teaches Construction Operation Analysis at the Tandon School of Engineering.

Yuan Wang '15 MOT

Yuan Wang earned her Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from the NYU Poly (now NYU Tandon) in 2015, and holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Between degrees she worked in Joint Source and Channel Coding research.

Drawn to the opportunities in design she found at NYU, Yuan worked with Greenhouse, a student-run innovation and collaboration space, whose talented and dedicated team she credits for much of her professional growth. She has been actively involved with creating and participating in design-driven workshops, talks, and challenges on campus, and served as a board member of the social issues-focused student club Design Tinkering.

Yuan currently works as a Product Designer at AvePoint, where she designs and optimizes products for data migration, management and protection using enterprise technology platforms. She also maintains her strong commitment to collaborating on designs for social causes.

Yuan grew up in China, lived in New Mexico, and now resides in Brooklyn. She values the character-strengthening experiences of her years of living and studying abroad, and she looks forward to giving back as a new member of the alumni community.

Calvin Allen Young III '10 ME

Calvin Allen Young III is an engineer and public servant who most recently ran for the democratic nomination for Mayor of Baltimore. Mr. Young is a former White House intern at the National Economic Council where his work focused on small business policies.

Mr. Young started his career at Sikorsky Aircraft as an engineer before joining the Operations Leadership Program at parent company United Technologies Corporation. In this program, Mr. Young was given a variety of assignments largely focused on aircraft manufacturing and supply chain management. Mr. Young has past non-profit board experience. He is the former national chairperson of the National Society of Black Engineers, a multi-national organization focused on engineering education and retention. He also served on the board of ELiTE, an education start-up that exposes children in developing countries to science and technology.

Mr. Young holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic (now NYU Tandon) and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. During his time at NYU Poly, Mr. Young was a NACME/Promise Fund scholar, resident assistant in the Othmer Residence Hall, and president of the on campus NSBE student chapter.