Notice of 2017 Polytechnic Alumni Annual Meeting & Elections

Meeting and elections to be held at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The annual election of Officers and International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Alumni Association will take place at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. sharp in New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Jacobs Academic Building, 6 MetroTech Center, Room 475, Brooklyn, New York. Reception with light refreshments from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

All alumni are invited to attend and vote for President, Executive Vice President, Vice President, and Secretary, who will serve a two-year term, and (five) Directors, who will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2017.

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 12:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. There will be no capability to place a vote via phone.

Please note: Online voting has ended and proxy ballots are no longer being accepted.

Annual Meeting and Elections Meeting Minutes 2016

PAA 2017 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. Executive Director’s Report
  7. Election of Officers and Directors
  8. Closing Remarks
  9. Adjournment

Officers (two-year term):

PRESIDENT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

VICE PRESIDENT

SECRETARY

International Board of Directors (three-year terms):

FIVE POSITIONS:


Candidate Biographies

PRESIDENT

Anthony Concolino ‘82

Anthony F. Concolino '82 is a senior Information Technology executive with over 35 years of business, engineering and operations experience in the financial services industry. As a former Chief Operations Officer at Citi for Capital Markets, Banking and Corporate Technology Infrastructure, he led large global organizations in modernizing enterprise technology as part of a multi-billion dollar Cloud/IT transformation program. Earlier in his career he held global senior management positions at Reuters where he was instrumental in pioneering multiple generations of world-class financial information systems that revolutionized Wall Street. His innovative style earned him a reputation as an influential leader great at building relationships, strong with both strategy and execution. Most recently, his work has been devoted to Cloud, Cyber Security and Risk and has been an advisor for many startups and early growth-stage companies. While studying for his BSEE degree during the years 1978-82, Mr. Concolino held various Student Council elected positions including President and Treasurer and was a member of several committees. He is most proud to have worked alongside Dr. George Bugliarello during the formative years of the MetroTech vision and being honored with the Brooklyn Hall of Fame Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. Mr. Concolino and his wife have three grown children, two of whom graduated from NYU and one from Fordham University. Through his longstanding involvement with the Alumni Association, and as an NYU parent, he has watched the great progress made over the past three decades. As we enter a new era of transformational change that will bring the likes of driver-less vehicles, smart cities, privatized space travel, vast new infrastructure plus many more once unimaginable feats that rely on great engineering and innovation, he is eager to take the baton once again and serve as  President of NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Polytechnic Alumni Association.


Robert V. Jones ’87

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 was elected a member of the International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Alumni Association (PAA), for a three year term, at its Annual Meeting in June 2016. He holds a Master of Science from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame both in Electrical Engineering. He was among 145 students nationwide named a full fellow by the National GEM Consortium to pursue graduate studies in engineering.

Mr. Jones completed executive education programs at Yale University School of Management and 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 Promise. 

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Richard Migdalski ’08 ‘10

Richard Migdalski is a Senior Director & Human Resources Business Partner at AXA in the US. He currently provides strategic HR support to the Life Insurance and Employee Benefits businesses, including leadership coaching, talent management, organizational development, compensation strategy, and recruiting, among other human capital functions. 

Rich is a graduate of the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU (formerly Polytechnic University) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Technology Management (2008) and a Master’s in Organizational Behavior (2010).  As a student, Rich held many leadership positions including Captain of the Varsity Tennis Team, Assistant Coach of the Women’s Varsity Tennis Team, Work Study Supervisor for the Athletics Department, Peer Counselor Administrator,Graduate Assistant for Student Development and an active Brother of the Lambda Chi Alpha National Fraternity.

As a hopeful Executive Vice President for the Polytechnic Alumni Association, Rich looks forward to re-engaging with alumni and connecting them back to the University they love. Utilizing a combination of his experience as a student leader inside of the University and his developed organizational skills, he looks forward to advising the Board, University Representatives and Alumni on how to continually improve the campus and alumni involvement. 

Nikolai A.T.M. Wolfe ’09 ‘11

Nikolai holds both a B.Sc. Civil Engineering - 2009 and a M.Sc. Civil Engineering - 2011. For Nikolai, the Tandon School of Engineering represents more than just a pioneering research university; it is a training ground. Tandon’s holistic approach to learning and demonstrated dedication to student development prepared him for social and professional success. Nikolai looks forward to ensuring these and other opportunities are always available to Tandon students.

During his undergraduate tenure, Nikolai played a central role in helping transform the culture of student activities on campus. Along with being a Senior Peer Counselor and Orientation Leader, Nikolai served three consecutive terms as President of the Programming Advisory Board. His continued involvement as a graduate student afforded Nikolai unique insight into the perspectives of his international peers, which heightened Nikolai’s sensitivity to the needs of the full Tandon community and allowed him to foster lasting relationships with its diverse and dynamic members. Nikolai continues his involvement in student activities as a mentor to student leaders.

Nikolai continues to serve the Tandon alumni community. He is a member of the International Board of Directors for the Polytechnic Alumni Association, an organization he has been committed to serving since 2012. His focus is alumni engagement and Nikolai looks to broaden his impact in his new role as Executive Vice President. Nikolai is also a member of New York University’s Alumni Association, where he serves on the Recent Alumni and Student Programming committee. 

After graduate school, Nikolai was selected to participate in Con Edison’s rigorous eighteen-month GOLD Management Associate program. In 2012, Nikolai finished the GOLD program top of his cohort and gave the valedictory address. Nikolai then accepted a position as Operating Supervisor for Manhattan Electric Construction, where he oversees the execution of maintenance and resilience programs, as well as emergency response initiatives for Manhattan’s underground electric infrastructure. Nikolai remains committed to community service and often spends weekends dedicating time to service in Con Edison’s Volunteer Corps.  Additionally, Nikolai participated in Sieman’s 2014 Distribution System Engineering Program, a 16-month accredited training program where he earned a Certificate in Distribution System Engineering. Already holding an EIT certificate, Nikolai now looks to complete his Professional Engineer licensure.

In Fall 2015, Nikolai fulfilled a life-long desire to attend law school. Balancing a demanding career with a nearly full-time course load was not easy, but Nikolai persevered and was recently inducted into the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society. Nikolai’s abilities in the art of oral argument and persuasion quickly propelled him onto their National Trial Advocacy competition team.  Nikolai is the current Texas Young Lawyer’s Association Region 2 Trial Division Champion and has received numerous awards for oral advocacy. Nikolai plans to use the skills he gains in law school to better advocate for Tandon alumni.

VICE PRESIDENT

David Bomzer ‘06

David Bomzer is Assistant Intellectual Property Counsel with Pratt & Whitney, a united Technologies company. There, David’s primary function is coordinating and executing strategies for protecting Pratt & Whitney’s intellectual property surrounding the Pure PowerTM commercial turbofan engine. Prior to joining the team at Pratt & Whitney, David was Counsel for Day Pitney, in the New York Office, where David counseled a variety of clients on issues relating to procuring and protecting intellectual property and coordinating the transfer of technology assets.
David also has experience as a shock analysis engineer for the Electric Boat Corporation, which designs and builds Nuclear Submarines for the Navy, a process design engineer for Pall Corporation and a structural design engineer for the commercial car carrier division of the Ryder Truck company. David has taught graduate and undergraduate mechanical and aerospace engineering courses at Polytech’s Brooklyn Campus, and at the New York Institute of Technology, at the Long Island Campus. David holds a JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, an MS and ME from Polytechnic, (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering), and a BSAE from SUNY Buffalo

Brian Gill ‘11

Brian Gill joined the NYC Department of Transportation in 2006 as the Engineer-in-Charge administering the $1 billion reconstruction program for the Manhattan Bridge and was responsible for overseeing all reconstruction activities for replacement of the Lower Roadway, suspender replacement and rewrapping of the main cables. Prior to joining the NYCDOT, he had worked as a consultant for 20 years on design, construction and condition inspection of major bridge, highway and building projects which included numerous long span bridges throughout the tri-state region.
Mr. Gill received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine in 1986, a Master of Science in Construction Management from NYU-Tandon School of Engineering in 2011 to further advance goals in efficient use of public funds and improving product quality. He holds Professional Engineering licenses in 4 states including California (with seismic principals) and is a licensed Land Surveyor.
Brian is immediate past President of the Municipal Engineers of the City of New York, is currently an International Board of Directors member for  the Polytechnic Alumni Association, on the Board for 2 other non-profit societies, mentors students at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and for the Brooklyn Technical High School senior design projects. Mr. Gill looks forward to continuing his service for the PAA in the role of Vice President.

SECRETARY

Omar Ahmad ’16

Omar Ahmad is the Vice President of Engineering at Cresilon Inc., where he leads R&D and Manufacturing Operations. His role involves discovering, evaluating, and developing new polymer technologies into commercializable devices and products. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Maria Carnicella Indovina ‘08

I wish to serve on the board so that I can give back to the Polytechnic community (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering) which gave me so very much. As a business attorney, I am equipped to offer professional assistance to the board. My history of involvement with the university provides me a large network of alumni connections and a fondness for the people of the institution.
I am currently an associate attorney at Cohen & Grigsby law firm in Pittsburgh, PA. I practice in the areas of general business, international business and intellectual property law. I came to Cohen & Grigsby following law school at Penn State. Before law school, I spent two years working as a biomedical researcher at the National Disease Research Institute, where I managed an HIV/AIDS research program. I also spent a year at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center coordinating research studies.

I was an STS major with a focus in biomolecular science and a minor in Psychology. I was a varsity athlete and lettered in softball, basketball and volleyball. I was the starting pitcher on the softball team for two and a half years. At Poly ,I was also a resident assistant, was promoted to managing resident assistant and eventually also promoted to senior resident assistant. I formed, along with the help of two of my classmates, a Cardinal Newman Society, which is a Catholic student organization. In connection with that club I was involved in the Brooklyn Catholic community by way of a weekly cantering job at a Basilica in Bay Ridge. I worked for student athletics, participated in the emergency response planning team for the resident hall, sat on student advisory committees including on which hired the then dean of students.

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS (three-year terms):
Five positions:

Marisa S. Barbieri ’90

Marisa S. Barbieri is a 1990 graduate of Polytechnic’s School of Engineering (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). Currently, Marisa is founder and CEO of Competitive Solutions, Inc., a fast-growing healthcare information technology-consulting firm located in Westchester County, New York. She sits on the Board of Trustees at Nyack Hospital, where she chairs the Board’s Technology committee. 
Marisa’s career started after she graduated from Mercy College, where her father once served as Chair of the Language department, Fulbright Fellow, and Rhodes Scholar recipient.  After graduating from Mercy, Marisa went on to work in the computer department at Timeplex, then a manufacturer of network equipment.  Timeplex was a major supplier of equipment for Nynex, now AT&T.  At Timeplex, Marisa led a team of programmers to develop LinkDesign, a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence tool for configuring Timeplex’s complex multiplexor line of products.  Together with IBM, Marisa unveiled LinkDesign, receiving multiple awards for her efforts.

Among the awards, the most valuable was an invitation by Timeplex’s owner to pursue her master’s degree at Polytechnic.  Without that opportunity, Marisa would not have dreamed of pursuing this degree, having grown up as the granddaughter of an immigrant family and the daughter of two teachers; her mother a graduate of the Julliard School of Music. Marisa is a passionate advocate of education and values the opportunity she was given. After years of work and dedication to both her family and her company, she wants to give back to Polytechnic. Her contributions in the field of computer science are now concentrated in the healthcare industry after years of working in both manufacturing and publishing.

Over the past 15 years, Marisa and her team have helped to innovate hospitals and health centers, implementing the latest in technology to improve patient safety and quality of care. Her greatest achievement has been advising the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the nationally recognized electronic medical record implementation project. She and her team also assisted the NYDOHMH in automating the women’s center at Riker’s Island. Marisa has led the transformation of many hospitals from paper to electronic medical records and continues to help hospitals in the Tri-State area advance using technological solutions.

Because of her steadfast belief in the school’s mission and her unwavering gratitude for her education, Marisa has repeatedly made it a priority to give back to Polytechnic (now known as the NYU Tandon School of Engineering). She’s eager to compound her financial support with her leadership capabilities as a passionate International Board of Directors Member. Marisa is confident that her enthusiasm for and pride in Polytechnic, paired with her keen understanding of the value of Alumni contributions, will make her an effective alumni leader and an asset to the school and Association.

Byongok (Jenny) Chon ‘86

I completed my undergraduate program for Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science in 1986. Building on the engineering education and discipline, I have deepened and broadened analytical and consulting skills while earning actuarial credentials and providing consulting services specializing in employer-sponsored retirement plans.

During first 21 years of my actuarial and consulting professional career, I assessed, reconciled, and analyzed costs, assets, and liabilities associated with retirement plans sponsored by Fortune 500 companies and mid-sized companies. I undertook these projects and tasks as part of teams -- as both a supporter and leader -- within major consulting firms primarily The Wyatt Company (now Willis Towers Watson) and Mercer, as well insurance companies MassMutual and Samsung Life.

For the last 5 years, I have shifted my focus to helping small businesses including professional firms and sole-proprietors with their retirement plans, founding a boutique actuarial and consulting firm in 2015.

In summary, as a pension actuary and consultant, I provide my clients with my expertise in retirement plans, accompanied with comprehensive interpretation of law and regulations, their implications, and viable options, in each of the "4-cycles" of retirement plans: design, implementation, operations, and termination.

Professionally, I am an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (“ASA”), a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (“MAAA”), a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries (“FCA”), an Enrolled Actuary (“EA”) before the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries to perform actuarial services under a federal law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and also a Member, Society of Pension Actuaries ("MSPA") of American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA) and the ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries (ACOPA).

I would like to accomplish in my volunteer position of International Board of Directors ("IBOD") member is to support and lead PAA in successfully continuing to provide a home for Alumni to connect with one another, exchange knowledge, skills and experience, and invest in the future.


Bharat Jain ‘13

Bharat is a 2013 graduate of the MS in Biotechnology & Entrepreneurship program at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (now the Tandon School of Engineering). During his time at NYU-Poly, he worked in the Office of Graduate Life. He was the first ever Graduate Assistant in the office, yet he was able to make a lasting contribution to the graduate student community. During his tenure, Bharat recruited and trained new Graduate Assistants and launched many new initiatives; both professional and social, many of which became annual events due to their popularity. He single-handedly established a social media presence for the division and founded the GradLife Newsletter, which he also edited. Bharat also created the first ever programming board for Graduate students at NYU-Poly called the Graduate Programming Association (GPA). He was a member of many student clubs, attended leadership conferences and served on various committees while managing a very rigorous and challenging academic schedule. Due to all his achievements and accomplishments, Bharat was nominated for the NYU President’s Service Award, which he won. 

Through his academic program, Bharat learned about the biotech and pharma industry 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 drug to treat Crohn’s disease and a term paper identifying and analyzing strategies of a major pharmaceutical company. Bharat also mentored a project team who were finalists in the NYU green grants competition. He conducted market research for the startups that he was involved with and prepared business plans and pitches for several on campus venture competitions as well. 

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 Biotech and Pharma industry, along with business development, recruitment and internal training initiatives. His relentless hard work and exceptional performance have led to him being promoted four times in less than two and a half years. He previously 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 is originally from New Delhi, India and he attended Amity University, graduating in 2010 with a B.Tech degree in Biotechnology. Prior to joining NYU’s MS program in 2011, he worked as a Product Executive at a small genetics research-based company in the New Delhi area where he was involved with promoting a new technique for screening metabolic disorders in newborns. 

Bharat currently serves on the Executive Council of the NYU engineering alumni board and is a social media ambassador for the same. 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 alumni association brings a much needed diversity not only in terms of nationality and culture but also educational background, skills and ideas. He remains passionate about establishing a network between alumni (both past and recent) and current students in order to create mentorship and professional opportunities.

Lazaros L. Karantzios ‘84 ‘89

Larry Karantzios is an internet security solutions professional with over thirty years of experience in the design and integration of global security solutions. Currently, Larry is a Senior Sales Engineer at Zscaler leading the technical sales activities and implementation of cloud security for NYC accounts. Before accepting a Sales Engineer role at Zscaler, Larry was a Senior Pre-Sales Systems Engineer at Fortinet. Larry’s primary focus at Fortinet was engineering network/security Datacenter solutions and Internet access for Financial Services Institutions. Prior to joining Fortinet, Larry was a lead Pre-Sales senior systems engineer at Juniper Networks for the Global Wall Street financial vertical.  He received numerous awards over the years at Juniper Networks for his achievements and outstanding performance.

Larry was also a Vice President at Credit Suisse Investment bank, managing the U.S. division of the Global Internet Security Firewall Team which was tasked with securing the bank’s global internet access. In addition, he worked at various Wall Street firms concentrating on designing and securing data centers, Local Area networks (LAN), Wide Area Networks (WAN), remote access and wireless network solutions.

Larry began his career at Northrop/Grumman Aerospace in the communications systems integration group. He was a system integration test team leader for a joint defense forces encrypted digital voice/data communication system, used on the US Navy E-2C and F-14D super fighter carrier based aircraft.
Larry received a Master of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering (now known as Tandon School of Engineering).
Since 2012, Larry is also serving on the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for Engineering and Computer Science at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).

Eric Levenstein ’06 ’08 ‘10

Eric Levenstein is the Information Security Project Lead for Advanced Metering Infrastructure at Consolidated Edison, working on the upcoming Smart Meter rollout. He was previously a Computer Engineer at the Department of Defense, focusing on Chemical-Biological Alerting and Reporting Systems. Eric performs both technical and business functions, for each of which he utilizes knowledge and skills gained at the NYU School of Engineering as both a student and as a member of multiple clubs/committees.

Eric continues to be involved in School and Alumni activities, currently serving as a reelected Executive Officer on the Alumni Association. Eric hopes to continue his involvement with the PAA in any capacity where he can provide value to the School, Students, and Alumni during ongoing transitions and growth

Pauline Madriz ‘08

Pauline Madriz is an Associate in the Global Markets division of SG Americas Securities and has been with Societe Generale since December 2011. Ms Madriz works within the Volatility Middle Office group as a trader's assistant where products such as Structured Notes linked to equities, OTC options, Swaps are traded. Ms Madriz holds her Series 7 and 63. Ms. Madriz is also actively involved in the Leadership and Learning Committee of the American Women's Network (AWN) at Societe Generale.

Prior to joining the Middle Office team at SG, Ms. Madriz began her career on Wall Street at Goldman Sachs within their Fixed Income group as a Sales Assistant. Prior to her career on Wall Street, Pauline graduated from NYU Poly (now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering) with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering in '08 and masters in Financial Engineering '11.

During Ms. Madriz time at Polytechnic University she served as a Peer Counselor, Orientation Leader, academic adviser of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) and a member of SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). Pauline was also a member of the Polytechnic University Honors Program, recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers Award and an Exxon Mobil Corporate Scholar. Pauline is also a member of Sigma Iota Sigma Multicultural Sorority Delta Chapter and the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Ms. Madriz looks forward to bridging the gap between the Polytechnic community and the NYU Tandon community but most importantly serving the alumni.

Elizabeth Matias ’15

Elizabeth Matias graduated in 2015 with an MS in Technology Management from 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.

Daniella Patrick ‘14

Daniella graduated from NYU Tandon with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Mathematics. She works as a Digital Product Manager in Accenture’s Talent Innovation Lab, a creative team within HR focused on improving employees’ experience. Prior to Accenture, Daniella worked with several startups and innovation teams in product design, engineering, and business operations roles.  These include designing and engineering the Mercado wrestling headgear that helps protect competitors from head and facial injuries. Daniella’s passions include travel, dance and music.  As a S.T.E.M and gender equality advocate, Daniella volunteers as a guest-speaker and mentor any chance she gets: HBX Student Spotlight
While a student at NYU Poly, I was the president of the TRIO student board, helping to create a range learning and volunteering activities for TRIP students, President of the NYU Poly Open IDEO student chapter which among other thinges helped bring Poly's Greenhouse to life, and an active member of NSBE, SWE, and other engineering and student societies and chapters. I intend to leverage my experience and skills to help create and sustain a range of programs, benefits and services so appealing that alumni will seek to remain engaged with NYU Tandon and each other. Her hope is that through meaningful worldwide engagements and communication we will manage to create awareness, volunteer involvement, pride, active participation and philanthropic commitment to NYU Tandon.

Greenhouse Work: http://bit.ly/2po4Jwk

Suman Sabastin ‘08

Suman T. Sabastin is a STEM educator and NYC FIRST Robotics and FIRST Lego League coach/mentor/volunteer/trainer with the NYC Department of Education for over 15 years. She is a proud and active member of various STEM-related organizations including IEEE, NSBE, NCTM, SWE, SHRM, ASTD, and Brooklyn Technical High School Alumni Association (Class of 1992, Mechanical Engineering). She worked for Girl Scouts USA National Headquarters as the STEM Project Manager, Technology and Engineering Initiatives instrumental in creating the first "Robotics" patch to engage girls in STEM career fields. 

While pursuing her MS OB she was president of the PolySHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and in collaboration with PolyNSBE and PolySWE, led the chapter to be recognized (under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Harold Kaufman) with the very first International SHRM chapter award for excellence in providing the student population with workforce guidance, mentorship and opportunities.

Ms. Sabastin also holds an MBA in Marketing Management and Consumer Behavior from Pace University and teaches entrepreneurship to high school students through PLTW (Project Lead The Way) initiative as well CollegeNow in CUNY campuses around the city. She has mentored hundreds of students at the high school and college levels, promoting not only a focus on technical aspects of engineering and other STEM careers but also the importance of ethics and integrity in the workplace. Most recently she has joined the Business Teachers Association of New York State to explore ways to attract and promote entrepreneurship in traditional academic curriculum.  

She founded STEMgurus, Inc., in 2013 to provide unique STEM exposure and mentorship for youth to make informed decisions on college/career choices. As a K-12 educator and as alum of both Brooklyn Technical High School and Polytechnic University, she has personally experienced the exemplar pipeline to talent acquisition for STEM fields and now is in a unique position to engage future STEM professionals, attracting them to higher education pathways which prepare them for global workforce readiness. 

Ms. Sabastin thanks her fellow alumni for the opportunity.


Patrick Xantus ‘93

Patrick Xantus is co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of General Infomatics, Inc. (GI), a professional services company focused on Acquisition and Program Support, Knowledge Management, and Business Support Solutions. He brings over 20 years’ experience in the areas of systems development and integration, program management, and management consulting for government and private industry. Since GI was founded in 2005, the company has worked with numerous federal agencies to help create greater efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity. Mr. Xantus currently oversees all business operations for GI to include federal government customers such as the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Health and Human Services.

Previously, Mr. Xantus served as the Director of OPTIMUS Corporation's Business Mission Support Systems division, where he helped pioneer the use of highly mobile data collection and software technology in large-scale public safety environments. He led the development and deployment of a complete automated code enforcement system that provided increased efficiency and accuracy of inspection activities for the District of Columbia. He was a Principle Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he focused on delivering data warehousing and business intelligence solutions. Patrick led a multi-million dollar data conversion effort for the statewide implementation of a Student Information System for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, while at SENTEL Corporation, he rose through positions including software engineer and chief architect to take a role of Principle Investigator (PI), where he led complex systems implementation and applications development projects for prominent National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) accounts. As the PI, he was responsible for applying technology to resolve data collection and business process deficiencies in Space Shuttle Payloads testing.

At the completion of a dual degree program, he earned a BS in Physical Science from St. John’s University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering), 1993. Among his accomplishments, Mr. Xantus is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and he co-wrote an article entitled “Computer System for Collection of Quality-Assurance Data”, published in the May 1998 issue of National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Tech Brief.