The Alumni Association is governed by an International Board of Directors consisting of 12 directors, plus the President of the Alumni Association who serves as chair of the board. Members of the International Board of Directors are recommended by the Nominating Committee, and are intended to represent the global and other demographic characteristics of the alumni.
Effective through June 30, 2015
Mr. Gerald Dawes assumed the position of Director, Government Liaison, for the Construction Management department at Con Edison. In this position, Mr. Dawes is responsible for managing all aspects of Con Edison’s relationship with the New York City and New York State Department of Transportation – NYCDOT and NYSDOT.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Dawes held the position of Con Edison Executive on-loan to the American Gas Association (AGA), where he worked with the Operations and Engineering staff of the AGA on a wide range of federal and regional natural gas related initiatives. Previously, Mr. Dawes was the General Manager of the Queens Gas Operations department for Con Edison. In this capacity, he was responsible for directing the operation and maintenance of the company’s gas distribution system in the borough of Queens. He also previously held various positions of increasing responsibility in several departments within Con Edison including: Corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S); Distribution Engineering; Customer Service; Energy Management; Electric Operations, and Electric Planning. He has also served as an Assistant to the Chairman of Con Edison.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Dawes has been recognized by various organizations for his outstanding company and community work. For example, he has been the recipient of Con Edison’s highest honor – the “Living Our Values” (LOV) award; and he has also received the Con Edison/YMCA “Black Achiever of the Year” award. He is an active member of the New York chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE – NYMAC) where he previously served as President and currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Board. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for AABE (where he chairs the National Scholarship Committee) and is a Trustee with Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). Mr. Dawes holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York. He has attended advanced professional programs offered by organizations such as the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), General Electric (GE), Power Technologies Incorporated (PTI), and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also participates as a volunteer with the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) and, he performs community service work with an organization called New York City FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) – an organization that encourages high school students to pursue math, engineering and science careers.
Josiane Arbouet is a Planning & Development professional with a passion for innovation in real time and fast changing environments. Josiane’s multi-disciplinary background in trend spotting; strategic planning; due diligence; project financing; new product development; and strategic marketing enables her to manage innovation across industries including capital markets, cleantech, green technologies and digital media.
Prior to founding Heron Ventures Inc., a New York based Planning & Development firm, Josiane was an Executive Management Trainee at Brooklyn Union Gas (now National Grid), a Senior Engineer and then Director of New Product Development at a subsidiary of the New York Stock Exchange & Depository Trust Corporation where her expertise in information systems engineering and commitment to high-performance team building enabled her to excel in a complex capital markets environment that required nothing short of 99.999% systems reliability at all times.
Today, Josiane applies her innovation management experience to enable private companies, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations navigate the shifting landscape of the new economy while developing local markets for sustainable growth.
Among her volunteering commitments, is an interim board member of SAïRA-International (a not-for-profit committed to education in developing countries) and a founding member of GRAHN-USA (a think-tank and action group for a new Haiti).
Josiane graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU (Poly) in ’96 where she studied journalism & technical writing and computer engineering at the Bachelors level and in ‘99 earned an Executive Masters of Science Degree in Information Systems Engineering. During her time at Poly, Josiane was the Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper ‘The Reporter’, a recipient of the Raytheon Academic Achievement Award, a Promise Scholar, and won an image processing research grant from the National Science Foundation. After graduation from Poly, Josiane served on the Poly Promise Fund Board.
Leonard P. Singh joined Consolidated Edison Company of NY Inc. in 1991 as a management intern. Leonard is currently chief engineer of Gas Operations. Mr. Singh’s previous positions include general manager Manhattan Gas Operations, general manager Bronx Gas Operations, section manager Manhattan Electric Construction, section manager, Astoria Operations in Central Field Services; section manager, Queens Gas Construction; and operating supervisor, engineer, chief construction inspector in Steam Operations. Mr. Singh holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, and completed the Siemens Power Technologies International Distribution Engineering course in 2007, the Gas Technology Institute - Registered Gas Distribution Professional Certification Program in 2008, Negotiation and Leadership (Harvard Law School) and AGA Executive Leadership Development Program - How Washington Works: Learning How to Understand and Shape the Federal Policymaking Process (Georgetown University Law Center) in 2012. He was, previously, the Vice President of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association(PIAA). He is a member of the American Gas Association and is currently the chairman of the Distribution, Construction and Maintenance committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors for The Salvadori Center and the McBurney YMCA. He sits on the Building and Property Committee of the YMCA of Greater NY.
Christopher Clinton graduated from NYU-Poly in 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While attending Poly he served on the Student Council as VP of Student Organizations and later as President. Since graduating he has been an active member of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, serving on committees, as Secretary, and most recently as Treasurer. He currently works as a Communications Specialist for the MTA for a major Subway project. Previously, he worked as a Commissioning Engineer for Siemens. Mr. Clinton is dedicated and passionate about seeing his Alma Mater prosper.
Neil Weiser is a former software engineer and project manager who now focuses on investments. In his thirty-plus year technology career, Neil has worked at Silicon Valley tech companies (Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, ROLM Telecommunications, Excite@Home), and in the papermaking/packaging industry (Continental Can, Weyerhaeuser).
Starting out in the early days of minicomputer-based distributed processing, Neil developed and supported custom business software that automated previously manual processes at paper mills and converting plants making industrial packaging products throughout the US. In the 1980’s, Neil managed a development team designing early-generation “addressable” systems and software to remotely control set-top cable-TV boxes. Every major cable and satellite provider uses current generations of that same technology.
Neil also managed the buildout of the @Home broadband network (now part of Comcast) in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest states, which at the time was the pioneer in developing always-on, high-speed Internet connectivity to cable TV subscribers. Tens of millions of Internet users today can trace their broadband service back to that “dot-com era” infrastructure buildout that Neil and his colleagues spearheaded.
Since joining the PIAA International Board of Directors in 2007, Neil has chaired the Audit Committee, and now chairs the Bylaws Committee. He has also participated in the team that evaluated affinity credit card providers and negotiated to bring the UMB Visa card program to alumni. He also is the sole PIAA director residing on the West Coast (near San Francisco and Silicon Valley), where he has been involved in the Northern California alumni chapter for over 20 years, and brings an alternate geographical perspective to the issues that come before the PIAA leadership. He also brings a slightly warped sense of humor to the otherwise-serious deliberations of the PIAA.
Eric Levenstein is a Computer Engineer for the Department of Defense and performs both technical and business activities. He actively uses the knowledge and skills he learned at Poly as both a student and member of multiple clubs and committees. He continues to be involved in Poly events. Eric has previously served as the PIAA's Secretary.
Jose Garcia was one of the masses of people who believed the myth that graduating from college would lead to a life of abundant opportunity. In the middle of the pursuit, he discovered the story is not that simple. Jose vows to find a way to restore the lost promise. On the journey, Jose is collecting friends, founded a profession called Human Resource Engineering (HR Engineer), investigated professional associations like Toastmasters and discovered many role models. Jose seeks to push beyond his limits to achieve his professional goal of becoming a Super Executive, a corporate decision maker who holds positions in 2 or more distinct divisions or companies with love overlap; and achieve the impact of a Mega-Leader, a decision maker who decisions affect industries. Jose hopes are to combine these powers to disrupt the world of higher education so that future college students do not have to suffer the effects of not learning the fine print of college education. Will Jose achieve the resourcefulness and dexterity of Sir Richard Branson and the innovative spirit and impact of Jack Welsh, but in Higher Education? Jose’s response is “Only God knows, but if my fellow friends join me in my quest, I am much more likely to succeed!” It’s amazing what a group of people united by a cause can accomplish.
Charles J. Hinkaty has retired as President and CEO of Del Laboratories Inc. (DLI), a manufacturer of a variety of cosmetics, beauty products and pharmaceuticals. DLI Holding Corp. (an affiliate of Kelso & Company) acquired the firm in January 2005. Mr. Hinkaty presently serves as a board director for Sterling InfoSystems, Inc., W.F. Young, Inc., Lornamead, Ltd., Prestige Brands Holdings and Physicians Formula Holdings, Inc. Prior to Del Labs, Mr. Hinkaty was Vice President at Citibank and Director of Marketing for Bristol Myers. He began his career at Procter and Gamble. He has also served as Polytechnic Alumni Association President, as well as Chairman of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the trade association representing the OTC pharmaceutical industry. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in math from Polytechnic University in 1970 and 1972 respectively. He and his wife Kathy live in Lloyd Harbor, New York and have four children and four grandchildren.
As a young immigrant to the US and part of the strong diversity tradition of NYU-Poly I am grateful for the solid education I was able to get at NYU-Poly’s evening school. I have been active in Alumni Affairs since graduation and have been passionately involved in many of the significant changes Poly went through in the past 45 years. My career combined engineering and finance. I did economic research at the United Nations, worked at a major engineering design/construction firm, was an investment banker on Wall Street, ran an investment casting foundry manufacturing aircraft parts, owned a cabinet manufacturing company, and currently own Fontana International Corp. which represents technology companies in the tri-state area.
I am very excited by the positive atmosphere that has surrounded the merger with NYU and would like to contribute to the celebration of its unique diversity and promote its technological recognition in these challenging times. Frank previously served as a member of the PIAA's Executive Council.
Edward Sawchuk received two degrees at Polytechnic – his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering ’76 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering ’78. He became a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York in 1983, and went on to earn a law degree from Brooklyn Law School (JD ’85).
A 24-year AT&T/Lucent Executive, Mr. David L. Sobin led the team which created the first DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) product in the early 1980's and deployed it nationwide. He left AT&T/Lucent in 1996 to found his own DSL company, which was subsequently sold for approximately $50M in 1998. Mr. Sobin holds BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York.
Principal Analyst, The Kusnetzky Group
Steve has established himself as a well-regarded and highly visible marketing executive, IT industry analyst, and business developer. He has worked with companies around the globe, helping them achieve their goals through creative marketing approaches and a keen understanding of the markets they serve and the competition they face.
Steve is the Founder and Managing Partner of Maastary, a marketing services firm focused inbound marketing and social media to increase sales. Prior to forming Maastary, Steve was Director of Market and Competitive Intelligence at CA where he helped that company develop its cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service strategies. Steve has held a number of affiliations with industry analyst firms, including IDC, where he was Program Vice President and the head of software infrastructure research. Steve also founded The AlignIT Group, an IT market research and industry analyst firm focused on using sophisticated primary research techniques to help end users make better IT purchase decisions faster. Steve sold the AlignIT Group to Bitpipe (which was eventually acquired by TechTarget), and was employed by both firms to build a market research practice and apply his methodologies to new customer-focused initiatives.
Steve has also worked for Sun Microsystems as a Chief Software Technical Strategist, and has held product marketing and engineering positions at Cadre Technologies, Digital Equipment Corporation, GTE, and RCA.
Steve began his involvement in alumni activities while earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Poly. His work earned him a scholarship from the Alumni Association in his senior year. Steve's other student activities included Sophomore Class President, Student Council member, and Editor-in-Chief of the Polytechnic Reporter. Since graduation, Steve has worked continuously on Alumni initiatives, having served on the Executive Council and Board of Directors. He developed marketing plans for the Polytechnic Alumni, created the first Alumni credit card program, and the founded the Boston ("Beanpot") chapter.
Steve went on to earn his Master of Science and Electrical Engineer degrees from M.I.T., and his MBA from Babson College.
Steve currently serves on the MIT Enterprise Forum's Marketing and CEO Services Committees, is a coordinating coach with Babson College's Coaching for Leadership and Teamwork Program, and is also a judge for the Software and Information Industry Association’s CODIE Awards.
Philip Furgang received his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1960. He was engaged as an electrical engineer by RCA Global Communications when in 1963 he transferred to RCA Laboratories as a patent trainee. In 1965 he graduated New York University School of Law with a Juris Doctor (JD).
Philip Furgang is a practicing intellectual property lawyer with office in New York City, specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition.
Chosen by his peers as a “New York Super Lawyer for Intellectual Property” for: 2009, 2010, and 2011. (Less than 5% of all lawyers are so honored.)
Rated Mr. Furgang and his firm "av" (peer rated – highest ability and ethical standards) Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
One of the leading “go-to-firms” for intellectual property litigation (IP law & Business, Nov. 2008)
Publications and Broadcast Appearances
Mr. Furgang is a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of National Affairs' United States Patent Quarterly (the U.S.P.Q. publishes court and agency decisions concerned with intellectual property law) (1988- ).
Mr. Furgang is the author (with co-author David Boundy, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel fir Intellectual Property, Cantor Fitzgerald, LP) of the soon-to-be-published book “Patent Prosecution” (Oxford University Press) as well as articles and forms on trademark and copyright law, including ALI-ABA Course Materials Journal, Nicholls Cyclopedia of Legal Forms Annotated, Model Agreements for Corporate Counsel, 7 The Corporate Analyst 2, Corporate Counsel's Guide to Intellectual Property, and Intellectual Property (Business Law, 2005).
Mr. Furgang has been interviewed as an expert for NBC, CNBC, CNN, NewsTalk Television, WABC-Eyewitness News, First Channel (Germany) and BBC; and a quoted expert in the Wall Street Journal and Chilton’s Web Watch and other publications.
Mr. Furgang lectures on patent, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition, intellectual property litigation tactics, and legal ethics before such professional organizations as the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, the American Bar Association-American Law Institute, Intellectual Property Owners Association; New York State Bar Association, Section on Intellectual Property Law.
Principal Operations Engineer, BMS
Robert Migliore received his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1987 from Polytechnic University. After graduating from Poly, he worked on a number of Defense related projects ranging from submarine communications to combat systems before moving into the pharmaceutical / biopharmaceutical industry where he continues to work in today. He received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Science from Drexel University in 1994 and became a registered Professional Engineer in 1996. Mr. Migliore currently supports biopharmaceutical manufacturing at BMS and is also an adjunct professor in Stevens Institute Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Engineering program. He also served for two years on the PE Review Board for Controls & Instrumentation.
Ms. McNear has over 38 years experience as a professional in higher education student affairs. She devoted 28 of those years working with Poly students. Her primary concern has always been the education of the whole person through academic and extracurricular activities. Having expertise in student leadership development, Ms. McNear recognizes the importance of alumni interaction to help students gain a realistic perspective of the world of work. Her goal is to encourage more Polytechnic alumni to actively participate in the growth and development of students--the future NYU-Poly alumni into whose hands the world will be entrusted.
Ms. McNear retired from the position of Associate Dean of Student Affairs at NYU-Poly in June 2011. As a result, she finally found the time to pursue her desire to work with H&R Block. As a tax professional, she is especially interested in educating those who are new to the workforce, as well as those who are leaving it, about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.
Walter Alvarado is currently the General Manager for Manhattan Electric Construction. His team plans, directs, and controls the construction and maintenance of Manhattan’s electric distribution system in a safe and efficient manner. Mr. Alvarado also directs restoration efforts during system emergencies; he served as Incident Commander and was responsible for the restoration of power to lower Manhattan after Super Storm Sandy in 2012. He’s held positions of increasing responsibility within Con Edison including: Chief District Operator and Associate Chief District Operator in System Operations; Section Manager of electric training in Human Resources; Section Manager of environmental operations in Brooklyn Queens Electric.
Mr. Alvarado holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He has attended advanced executive management training from Columbia Business School as well as advanced professional programs offered by Gas Technology Institute and Power Technologies Incorporated.
John A. Artise ’70 Humanities
John Artise is the founder of The Leader’s Strategist and has spent more than thirty years in the field of Human Capital Management. He specializes in authentic Leadership Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, and Executive Search. Having worked with scores of Trusted Advisors, Business Analysts, and C-suite executives, John has been a proactive agent in both their business and professional growth.
He is the originator of Executive Guidance, a stronger more effective approach to leadership coaching. As the creator of the Human Capital Investment Tracking System and the Leadership Performance Inquiry Inventory, John has always focused heavily on the advanced measurability of the ROI in hiring, assessing, and accurately deploying multi-skilled practice leaders in any discipline. One of his fortes is assisting senior executives to negotiate and execute their leader roles in obtaining performance results through the complementation of applied EQ and AQ in alignment with the appropriate management technologies.
John’s work with attorneys has been exemplary. As a Coach/Mentor and Trusted Advisor, he has improved their operating efficiencies by helping them to exercise greater influence on organizational change in both law firms and corporate legal departments. As a result of these efforts, he created the popular, high-impact learning session, “From Lawyer To Leader”, a career change catalyst for attorneys. His work with physicians and other healthcare professionals prompted him to create the well-attended, self-leadership program, “From Medicine To Management”, a clear pathway to alternative roles in the field of Healthcare.
Some of John’s authored works are: “Hiring With Confidence”, “When Can You Start?- How To Get The Interview, How To Get The Job”, “How To Make Training Work”, “The Twelve Major Reasons Why Leaders Fail”, “Leadership Through Team Work”, and “The Two Greatest Quotes On Great Leadership.” As a sought-after thought leader, John is a strong proponent of the hiring knowledge mandate which creates the platform for organizations to hire the right talent for the right positions at the right time. It is the main theme of his popular seminar, “It’s All About Selection.”
He has often been quoted in the New York Times (Business Section), the Wall Street Journal, Crains New York Business, and Business Week and has appeared on many radio and television news broadcasts.
Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, and Russian, John coaches international executives in acculturating to US multinational business environments. He also has a working knowledge of the business cultures of thirty countries.
He has a Master of Arts Degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Polytechnic Institute of NY. He teaches graduate classes in Global Human Resources, Strategic HCM Applications Of Knowledge-based Enterprise, and Coaching In Organizations at NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering and is a member of the professional association, World Class Speakers.
John has worked for several HCM firms such as Drake Beam Morin, Inc., Partners In Human Resources International, The Ayers Group, McGill Parry Ltd., Sands Wentworth, Ltd., Burns & Lawe, Pty., and Right Management. He is also a Visiting Lecturer on Japanese-American Management Systems and Acculturation at the University of Hawaii and the Japanese-American Institute of Management Science (Oahu).
John has a strong linkage to the culinary world and serves as a Culinary Finals Juror for the International Culinary Center in New York City and is a lecturer on The Art Of Taste at the Institute of Culinary Education.
B. Jenny Chon is a consulting actuary with CSB Associates, Inc. Jenny is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and also an Enrolled Actuary. Jenny has over 20 years of experience in actuarial consulting for retirement benefit plans with consulting firms including The Wyatt Company and Mercer as well as with insurance companies, MassMutual and Samsung Life.
Jenny led and managed consulting services, primarily to defined benefit plan sponsors, with respect to plan design, funding, accounting, government reporting, and administration. Jenny supervised the preparation of individual benefit calculations, annual actuarial valuations and government reporting that included interpretation of plan provisions, regulations, and standards; review of actuarial assumptions, reconciliation of census and financial data, funding and accounting valuation results and reports, and cash flow analysis; and delivery of client communications.
In 2006 to 2008, Jenny was abroad at Samsung Life Insurance located in Seoul, Korea. Jenny served as an advisory general manager and actuary leading the newly formed Corporate Pension Consulting unit. She trained pension professionals and actuaries on technical as well non-technical aspects of retirement benefits consulting services that included plan design, funding, accounting (IAS 19), administration, and communication. She also reviewed actuarial valuations, and funding and accounting reports. Additionally, she led the responses to proposals for consulting services and education requests about local retirement benefits for foreign-affiliated companies operating in South Korea, bridging cultural and informational gaps between local and regional offices or headquarters.
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-Polytechnic 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 Executive Council Member for Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, on the Board for 2 other non-profit societies, mentors students at NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering and for the Brooklyn Technical High School senior design projects. Mr. Gill looks forward to continuing his service for the PIAA as an International Board of Director in the exchange of ideas and implementing actions to strengthen our relation with NYU students, alumni and the global engineering community.
Currently serving as Executive Council Member for the PIAA, Nikolai Wolfe is excited to extend his commitment to serving his fellow alumni and the interests of the university by joining the International Board of Directors. As a recent alumnus, Nikolai understands the importance of connecting the diverse and dynamic community of NYU-Poly graduates who share a passion for moving the legacy of their alma mater forward. As a member of the Board of Directors, Nikolai will help ensure the PIAA increasingly remains that nexus.
Nikolai holds both a B.Sc. Civil Engineering in 2009 and a M.Sc. Civil Engineering: Urban Systems Engineering & Management in 2011. For Nikolai, the Polytechnic School of Engineering represents more than a pioneering research university. It is a cradle of innovation whose holistic approach to learning and demonstrated dedication to student development prepared him to successfully meet the challenges of an ever-evolving social and professional landscape.
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 afforded Nikolai unique insight into the operations of multiple university departments and organizations. This perspective increased Nikolai’s sensitivity to the needs of the Poly community and allowed him to foster lasting relationships with its members. Nikolai continues his involvement in student activities as a mentor to new student leaders. As a graduate student, Nikolai benefited greatly from working with his international student peers and looks forward to expanded opportunities with this new role.
Upon graduation, Nikolai became a Management Associate in Con Edison’s rigorous and highly selective eighteen-month leadership development program. Nikolai has since graduated the program and is now an 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 spends most weekends dedicating time to service in Con Edison’s Volunteer Corps.
Nikolai has most recently be selected to participate Sieman’s 2014 Distribution System Engineering Program, a 16-month accredited training program where he will earn a Certificate in Distribution System Engineering. Nikolai also is preparing to sit the Professional Engineer Exam for the State of New York.