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.
John Genuard graduated from Polytechnic University in 1985 with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering. One year later he earned his MS in Operations Research from Stanford University as part of an AT&T Bell Labs sponsored program. After several years working as a Systems Engineer at Bell Labs, John entered the banking industry as a Systems Analyst at Citibank, where he was involved with the automation of retail branch operations. In 1994 John joined J.P. Morgan as a consultant in the Emerging Markets sales, trading and research department. He was hired as an employee in 1996 and has been with J.P. Morgan ever since in a variety of technology roles, including the development of various internal and client facing web portals. John currently is a senior program manager supporting a number of firm-wide identity and access management systems. John is married with two children and lives in Valley Stream, New York.
Edward is a lawyer, author, and educator focusing since 1975 on intellectual property (IP) law. Based in Chicago since 1979, he was recognized as a Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer® in 2010 and 2011 and elected into Best Lawyers in America® for 2010 and 2011. He is the creator and editor-in-chief of two annual Thomson West books on patent law: Patent Claim Construction in the Federal Circuit, 2006 et seq., and Patent Claim Interpretation - Global Edition, 2008 et seq. He is President of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) (the oldest IP bar association in the U.S.) and was principal author of several IPLAC amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. He taught the doctrinal course on patent law at DePaul University College of Law as an Adjunct Professor and lectures throughout the U.S. on patent law topics.
At Poly, he was on the fencing team. After graduation (Physics 1972), he attended SUNY-Buffalo (University at Buffalo) law school (1975). He served on the board of ScholarLeaders International and now serves on the board of the Chicago Engineers Foundation. Since circa 1995, he has been a patron of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. He has served on the boards of two orchestras and other organizations. He enjoys playing guitar, singing in choir, and ballroom dance. Edward’s father attended Poly in the 1940s.
Mr. Maimis has more than 25 years experience in the New York construction industry, specifically with healthcare, research and development, commercial and transportation projects, as well as mixed-use facilities.
As project executive for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Mr. Maimis is responsible for the oversight and management of all construction activities for this prestigious project including the preconstruction phase, bid and procurement process, scheduling and project finance.
Prior to joining STV in 2008, Mr. Maimis was the principal of his own construction management firm, where he spent 10 plus years providing executive direction for large-scale construction projects in the New York City metropolitan area. His clients included the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York University, Tishman Speyer Properties and Columbia University.
Mr. Maimis has earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He is a lecturer with New York University Real Estate & Construction Institute, a member of the board of directors for the Greater New York Construction Users Council, a member of the New York Building Congress Transportation and Public Sector committees, and is on the Polytechnic University Department of Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Board. He also is on the board of directors for the Marty Lyons Foundation.
John Yankovich received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Pace University in 1987, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in 1991, and a Juris Doctorate from Pace University School of Law in 1995.
Mr. Yankovich is a patent attorney, and a partner, at the law firm of Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero and Perle, LLP, in Stamford, Connecticut. He has been with the firm since 1998. His practice is directed to preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and also to drafting of opinions relating to patentability and infringement. His work has been concentrated in the fields of telecommunications, computer systems and peripheral equipment, medical imaging, optics, electrical circuitry, software processes and Internet applications.
Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Mr. Yankovich was employed in the electronics industry for 21 years. From 1984 – 1998, he worked at Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems as an electrical engineer and a software analyst, where he designed hardware and software for radar warning receivers used on military aircraft. From 1976 – 1984, Mr. Yankovich was employed by Picker/Cambridge Medical Instruments, first as an electronic technician, and then as a supervisor, where he was engaged in the production of medical equipment.
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.