News form 2007

Poly and Wuhan University embark on academic exchange

On Monday, December 17, President Jerry M. Hultin, Chancellor David C. Chang, and members of Poly’s faculty and staff met with a delegation from China’s Wuhan University to explore potential areas...

Poly's Got Talent: winner crowned in talent competition

First-place winner Kurt Williams. Photo by Andrew Bauer. After four nights of intense competition, Poly crowned it’s most talented on-stage presence: Kurt Williams, who won first place with...

CSAW 2007: winners announced in battle of student cyber-security wits

Contest participants join CSAW founder, Nasir Memon (center), at the ceremony. After weeks of attacking cyber security challenges, students met to learn their fates at the award ceremony for Poly’s...

Professor Pearce and peers secure Pfizer plant National Historic Chemical Landmark status

Dr. Eli Pearce Pfizer’s 158-year-old Brooklyn plant has joined a prestigious list of National Historic Chemical Landmarks for its contribution to the use of deep-tank fermentation, a...

President Hultin and Poly faculty take lead at UN Culture of Peace conference

Special Guest Speaker, Jerry M. Hultin, President What can we learn from the 20th century’s place in history as the century with the greatest technological and scientific strides and the...

Lt. General Elder gives cyber-defense lecture

From left, Michael Balboni, New York State Homeland Security Chief; Polytechnic Trustee Jeffrey Lynford; Lt. General Robert J. Elder Jr., Commander 8th Air Force; Polytechnic President Jerry M...

Virtual Distance: President Hultin delivers presentation on management in the digital age

President Jerry M. Hultin presented a keynote address to the nation’s inaugural conference on “Managing Virtual Distance” on Friday, November 16, 2007 in Anaheim California. Using his personal...

CATT celebrates 25 years of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship

Joanne Schwart, NYSTAR Program Manager Shivendra Panwar, CATT Director For 25 years, Polytechnic University’s Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) has played a key role...

Poly senior wins first prize at AIChE national student poster competition

Arjun S. Adhikari BS/MS Candidate Poly senior Arjun S. Adhikari won first prize at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) annual national student poster competition in the...

Sustainable Urban Environments: A new program for a new crop of students

  Professor Richard E. Wener, Ph.D. Poly will welcome its first class of undergraduate and graduate Sustainable Urban Environments students next fall. The new, interdisciplinary...

Touchdown: Poly alum completes his first space mission

The Discovery shuttle delivered two-time Poly graduate Paolo Nespoli back to earth on Wednesday. Nespoli and his fellow crewmembers had spent the previous 15 days completing some of the most...

Information Services conducts improvement survey, gives prize

   CIO Robert McLaughlin & prize winner Carl Skelton  In its continued effort to enhance and provide a higher level of customer service, the Information Services (IS)...

Poly's Dr. Falcocchio contributes his traffic expertise to The New York Times

Sunday, November 4's New York Times featured Poly professor and recognized transportation expert John Falcocchio’s take on readers’ ideas about curbing Manhattan’s congestion problems. Falcocchio was...

Alumni in the News: Herb Henkel, CEO and PolyThinker

Herb Henkel is a true PolyThinker. As chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand, an 131-year-old Fortune 500 company, he searches the globe for ways to use new technologies to...

Poly holds 31st annual Career Fair

Poly's holds 31st annual Career Fair Thursday, October 25, 2007 Poly fast-tracking thinkers seeking great careers in engineering, science, management, digital media and communications met with more...

Students to battle cyber-security wits during CSAW 2007

Students from Boise to Brooklyn will take part in Poly’s fourth annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) which takes issues of cyber security out of the classroom and into a more competitive...

In Orbit: Poly alum takes his first space flight aboard STS-120

Two-time Poly graduate Paolo Nespoli blasted off for the International Space Station at 11:38 a.m. Tuesday. The Discovery space shuttle will take Nespoli and six fellow astronauts to the...

Ready to Launch: Poly alum set for STS-120 shuttle mission

  Paolo Nespoli, a two-time Poly graduate, and fellow crewmembers are in the midst of final preparations for Tuesday’s STS-120 liftoff. Space shuttle Discovery will take the seven-member crew to...

Statement by Polytechnic President Jerry M. Hultin and Board Chairman Craig G. Matthews On Board Approval to Move Forward With Merger with New York University

Polytechnic University’s Board of Trustees and New York University’s Board of Trustees have both approved our continuing to move forward toward a merger of Polytechnic and NYU, with the long-range...

Poly Honors President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering

Xu Kuangdi, president of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and professor at Shanghai University was awarded an honorary...

Poly's BEST Hosts New York's First Startup Weekend

(Brooklyn, NY – September 26, 2007) Polytechnic University is New York City’s BEST center for entrepreneurial startups.  The University today announced its successful collaboration with Startup...

Erkip and Poly colleagues receive $618,000 in NSF grants

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Elza Erkip, along with other Poly colleagues, has been awarded two National Science Foundation grants worth $617,981. The first, for $529,...

Juran takes leading role in Mideast civil society initiative

Civil Engineering Professor Ilan Juran has taken a leading role in promoting an international initiative to support dialogue between leaders of Israeli and Palestinian civil societies. At the United...

Poly hosts workshop on digital identity

Abuse of one’s digital identity is a key factor in cybercrimes such as phishing, identity theft and online fraud, as well as many offline crimes such as terrorism. To address this timely issue, Poly...

Poly welcomes class of 2011

Greeting the class of 2011 at a convocation on the MetroTech campus, President Jerry M. Hultin challenged the new scholars to invent, innovate and shape the future. “Poly will open your life,” he...

Startup Weekend to be hosted at Poly

StartupWeekend.com and Polytechnic University's BEST Center would like to invite 30 Polytechnic University students to take part in the NYC Startup Weekend. Approximately 100 entrepreneurial...

Polytechnic University Professor Carl Skelton Brings Tibetan Book of the Dead to Life through Innovative VJ Mix of Video and Graphics at Asia Society

Professor Carl Skelton, director of Polytechnic University’s Integrated Digital Media Institute, gives new meaning to “raising the dead” with his department’s innovative real-time-rendering of 3D...

Greene receives Sesquicentennial Medal

President Jerry M. Hultin (left) presents Jay Greene ‘64EE with the Sesquicentennial Medal while Polytechnic Alumni Association President George Likourezos and Vice President for Academic...

Gupta and Porfiri receive NSF grant

Assistant Professors Nikhil Gupta and Maurizio Porfiri of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering have received a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to...

Potential Poly-NYU merger good for New York: think tank report

The merger of Poly and New York University would spark technological innovation by giving New York City a first-rate engineering school, something the city currently needs and lacks, says a new...

Poly emerges as leader in tech management education

The field of technology management has long been dominated by practitioners and neglected by business school academics. Now, Poly is helping to lead the way in establishing technology management...

President to president: Recognizing 50 years of innovation

Xerox Corporation President Ursula M. Burns ’80 was in Washington on July 27, accepting the 2005 National Medal of Technology on behalf of her company. Xerox was recognized by President George W....

Another Erkip student wins an award

   Deniz Gunduz   Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Elza Erkip has her name on another award-winning paper. This one, “Minimum Expected Distortion in Gaussian...

Nikhil Gupta's Indian summer

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Nikhil Gupta just returned from a whirlwind three-week tour of India. The occasion was his having been awarded the 2007 visiting...

Teachers get WISE

Twenty middle and high school teachers from the New York region converge on Poly this week for a two-week intensive program in hands-on, sensor-based engineering design. The summer Workshop in...

Dropkin, former physics department chair, passes away

John J. Dropkin, physicist and professor emeritus, Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away on August 5, 2007. Born in Bobruisk, Russia, on February 22, 1910, Dropkin was professor and chair of the physics...

Polyglot Poly group plots protein project

A group of professors and students from the departments of chemical and biological sciences, and computer and information science was recently awarded a $15,000 grant for an interdisciplinary...

Summer research program makes undergraduates hot for knowledge

It may be summertime, but the living isn’t easy for the 80 students involved in the 10-week summer research program that began in June. They are working hard to conduct research, learn from their...

Exploring the Future: The Possible Merger of New York University and Polytechnic University

TO:   Polytechnic Community FROM: Board Chairman Craig Matthews, President Jerry Hultin, and Provost Erich Kunhardt RE: Exploring the Future: The Possible Merger of New York University and...

Poly trustee Lynford to serve on state arts board

Polytechnic University Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Jeffrey Hayden Lynford has been nominated by Gov. Eliot Spitzer to serve as a member of the board of the New York State Council on the Arts....

Stellar Fundraiser Joins New York's Top Science and Technology University as Vice President of Development

Dawn Duncan, a prominent development executive, has been named vice president of development and university relations for Polytechnic University. She most recently served at New York University as...

Professor Griffis to serve on policy committee of national civil engineering society

Fletcher H. (Bud) Griffis has been appointed to the National Infrastructure and Research Policy Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers for a one-year term beginning on Nov. 3. Griffis,...

Teachers meet at SUMMIT

Twenty teachers from all over New York State converged on Poly this week for a four-week program designed to make them better able to teach engineers of the future. Providing them with the...

Poly's President joins other academic leaders in opposing call for boycott

  President Jerry M. Hultin has endorsed a statement by Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger criticizing a British union’s move to boycott Israeli academics and institutions....

Doctoral student wins green chemistry award

Jennifer S. Haghpanah, a first-year doctoral student in Assistant Prof. Jin Kim Montclare’s laboratory, received the 2007 Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial “Promising Young Investigator” Award during the...

Studying the epidemiology of pipes

Annie Vanrenterghem-Raven thinks a lot about water pipes these days. Not the ones used for relaxation. The research assistant professor of civil engineering’s ongoing concern is the infrastructure...

Levon to serve on prestigious national peer review board

Professor Kalle Levon Kalle Levon has been appointed to the Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section of the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review for a four-year term...

Where in the world is Stephen Arnold?

Potts-Othmer Senior Fellow and University Professor Stephen Arnold has been very busy lately, educating audiences in three countries. Upon invitation by the Royal Society, he gave a lecture at the...

How Maureen Braziel fought her way into history

Many Polythinkers think they know Maureen Braziel. A fixture at the University for a quarter century, she serves as head judo coach and athletic director. What many people may not know is that she is...

1 + 2 + 1 = Success

A unique foreign exchange program at Poly is showing that exposure to America can also be a formula for academic success. The Dual Degree Program, led by Associate Provost Harold Sjursen, encourages...

New York Times' David Pogue to be guest on Associate Provost Fortino's radio show

WHAT: New York Times personal technology columnist and all-around tech guru, David Pogue, will be a guest on “Tomorrow’s Technology Today,” a radio talk show hosted by Dr. Andres...

Promise fund gala featured on front page of Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Find out more about Polytechnic’s Annual Promise Fund Scholarship Dinner

Prassas decides when traffic signals are warranted

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Elena Prassas is someone who can stop traffic -- literally. Last spring, funded by a $200,000 grant from the National Research Council’s Transportation...

Trustee Alexander joins board of biotechnology concern

Ralph C. Alexander ‘77 ‘78, deputy chairman of the Polytechnic Board of Trustees, has joined the board of directors of Amyris Biotechnologies of Emeryville, Calif. Alexander, who holds...

Today's outstanding graduates: Tomorrow's Nobel laureates?

Jelena Culic-Viskota has been named Polytechnic University’s 2007 Outstanding Graduate for her exemplary combination of academic achievement and her involvement in a wide array of...

Learning by doing: Poly profs nurture and encourage young innovators

Last week, the Urban Assembly Institute of Math & Science for Young Women held its Spring Portfolio Roundtables, in which sixth grade students presented their work and explained what they learned...

Promise Fund Gala Raises $1 Million for Scholarships

Glamour, celebrities and the legendary jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli lit up the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel at the 19th Annual Promise Fund Scholarship Dinner, which raised more...

Erkip and Yuksel consider wireless communication and its discontents at IEEE 2007

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Elza Erkip, along with doctoral student Melda Yuksel, has made another contribution to the burgeoning field of cooperative wireless communications. A...

Poly's Associate Provost Hosts New Radio Show in Westchester

Andres Fortino, associate provost of Polytechnic University’s Westchester campus, and a world-renowned specialist in information technology and technology management, is hosting a new radio...

Cheers, Energy, Excitement Fill City Center as Class of 2007 Urged to Stay Ahead of Innovation Curve

Left to right: William A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering; Padmasree Warrior, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Motorola Inc.; Jerry M. Hultin, president,...

Tapiero's "Risk"-y new venture

How is risk defined, measured, analyzed, valued and managed? This is a question with which Poly’s Charles Tapiero and his colleague from the University of Texas at Dallas, Alain Bensoussan,...

Poly Ranks #2 Nationwide for Applied Sciences

Polytechnic University ranks number two among specialized research universities nationwide for Applied Sciences, according to the new ranking index based on the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity...

Zurawsky and Wolf cited for educational innovation

Two outstanding Polytechnic professors were honored by the University for their dedication and educational innovation. The Distinguished Teacher Award and Jacobs Excellence in Education Award are...

Polytechnic Faculty and Staff honored at University's Service Awards

On May 10, Polytechnic University's faculty and staff honored their associates and colleagues at the annual Staff Recognition Ceremony. Organized by the Human Resources Department, the event...

Cherry Chen's Long Journey to Academic Success

It’s decision time for Cherry Chen ’07 CBE! Growing up in Tianjin, China, Cherry Chen never dreamed it would come down to this: a choice between Johns Hopkins and Columbia University to...

Library Savvy Poly Student Wins University Challenge Contest!

Graduating senior, Edgar Amores, was one of eight students out of over 900 contestants to win an ipod Shuffle from the Knovel University Challenge contest. The contest challenges students from...

Poly Professors Awarded State Grants to Promote Rigorous Pre-engineering

Under the Engineers of the Future Program, New York State Education Department has awarded Polytechnic University two grants to support summer training projects that will help middle and high school...

Poly Blue Jays Take Home Honors in Softball and Baseball

Polytechnic University congratulates the members of the the Softball and Baseball teams, who were recognized with North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) end of season conference awards. Softball...

Poly Concrete Canoe Team Glides to Second Place

The Polytechnic Concrete Canoe team took second place at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 20th Annual Regional Concrete Canoe Competition held at Rowan University in New Jersey. The...

Poly Holds Candlelight Vigil in Remembrance of Virginia Tech Tragedy

  Over 100 members of the Poly community, including President Jerry Hultin, attended a candlelight vigil at the steps of Wunsch Hall on Monday, April 23, to remember the lives lost at Virginia...

Poly Professor Tackles Congestion Pricing in New York Sun Op-Ed

In a recent opinion piece published in The New York Sun, Professor John Falcocchio questions whether the proposed congestion pricing policy for Manhattan is the optimal strategy to improve traffic....

President Hultin and art contest winners celebrate Starbucks opening at Poly campus

The winners of Polytechnic’s “Innovation Meets Art” contest joined President Jerry Hultin Wednesday, April 25 to celebrate the grand opening of the new Starbucks at Polytechnic...

International Forum Organized by Poly Professors Focuses on Rebuilding Urban Infrastructure

The forum was organized in cooperation with the French National School of Transportation and Infrastructure and the School of Engineering of the City of Paris and with the local leadership of the...

President Emeritus Re-elected NAE Foreign Secretary

George Bugliarello, President Emeritus and University Professor, has been re-elected Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for a second four-year term. The NAE is a private,...

Mechanical Engineering Professors Collaborative Work Receives Grant from the Office of Naval Research

Assistant Professors Maurizio Porfiri and Nikhil Gupta of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering received a $236,256 grant from the Office of Naval Research. The grant...

Poly's Commemorative Video Wins 13 Telly Awards

Polytechnic's sesquicentennial video, INSPIRATION & INNOVATION: 150 Years of Discovery & Invention at Polytechnic University, won 13 awards at the 28th Annual Telly Awards, a leading media...

Summer Research Scholar Wins Young Engineer Award

  Benjamin Mueller Benjamin Mueller, a junior at Great Neck North High School who worked in Professor Nikhil Gupta’s mechanical engineering laboratory last summer, recently won the...

Poly Students' Aircraft Soars to Third Place in International Competition

A team of engineering students from Polytechnic University designed and flew a scale airplane in the annual Aero Design West Competition, taking home third place in the micro class division and $500...

Poly Alum, Stephen Levy, Receives Honorary Degree

Jerry Hultin, president of Polytechnic University, presented Stephen L. Levy with an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree at an alumni reception in La Jolla, California on March 27, 2007. Almost two...

International Exchange in Civil Engineering

Poly graduate student Edwin Siu explains construction process to Danish Student. On March 27, 2007, 22 Danish students from Engineering College of Aarhus, Denmark (Ingeniorhojskolen I Aarhus) spent...

Ann Lubrano Honored with

Ann Lubrano, Ph.D., Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and University Chief of Staff, received the Distinguished Women in Education Award on March 22, 2007, from Delta Kappa Gamma International...

Gas from Garbage: Professor Gross Develops Bioplastic that Breaks Down into Green Energy

In an effort to develop a new source of sustainable energy, Professor Richard Gross at Polytechnic University has bioengineered a fuel-latent plastic that can be converted into biodiesel. The...

Kurt Becker Receives Honorary Degree from the University of Innsbruck, Austria

Kurt Becker, Poly’s newly appointed Associate Provost for Research and Technology Initiatives & Dean of Sciences and Arts, was one of three honorees to receive the title of Honorary...

Bern Dibner Library Celebrates 3 Millionth User!

As Nirav Thakkar walked through the Bern Dibner Library turnstile on the afternoon of March 14, 2007, he had no idea he was about to become a milestone in the library’s history. Nirav, a...

Professor Griffis to Receive Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to Engineering

Professor F. H. (Bud) Griffis is being honored with the Society of American Military Engineers’ 2007 Golden Eagle Award for contributions to the engineering profession. The Golden Eagle Awards...

Polythinkers Enhance Bio-sensing

Under the direction of Professors Stephen Arnold and Iwao Teraoka, undergraduate students at Polytechnic’s MicroParticle Photo-Physics Lab (MP3L) have created a unique biosensor of...

Poly Student Awarded Fellowship from American Chemical Society

The program will provide $3,500 for her summer salary for a ten-week program. In addition, a stipend will be available for her to present her research results at an ACS sponsored meeting. Junior...

Dr. Kurt H. Becker Appointed as Associate Provost for Research and Technology Initiatives and Dean of Sciences and Arts

Polytechnic University is pleased to announce that Dr. Kurt H. Becker has joined Poly as Associate Provost for Research and Technology Initiatives and Dean of Sciences and Arts. Becker has held...

Jin Kim Montclare Awarded Competitive Research Grant by Air Force

Professor Jin Kim Montclare of the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences received a $300,000 grant from The Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The award is part of the Air Force’...

Resurgence of Silicon Alley in New York City!

Declaring that Silicon Alley is alive and well in New York City, Jerry M. Hultin, president of Polytechnic University, opened a special forum to discuss the issues confronting the New York technology...

Poly Partners with Antigua & Barbuda to Offer Promising Students

Polytechnic University partnered with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to provide six annual scholarships to the Caribbean nation’s “best and brightest minds.” The scholarships...

Professor Gross Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Professor Gross of the Department of Chemical and Biological Sciences was admitted to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). This honor reflects Gross’s...

Polytechnic and KeySpan Partner on Innovation and Technology

Brooklyn business leaders and state and city elected officials met on the campus of Polytechnic University for the first in a series of forums exploring how innovation and technology will lift...

Poly Helps Vanguard Program Expand the Pool of Underrepresented Minority Engineering Students

While the number of jobs requiring science and engineering training continues to grow, the number of students in the United States studying for these jobs is in decline. To help ensure our nation...

PolyThinking Celebrated as Faculty Honored for Patent Licenses

The ingenuity that has been synonymous with Polytechnic and the Power of PolyThinking was honored at a campus-wide rewards celebration honoring 14 faculty members whose patents were licensed for over...

Poly Trustee Joins Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities

Polytechnic University Board of Trustee member, Deborah Dvedjian, was elected to the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) Council of Governing Boards’ Board of Directors...

Research at Poly leads to NYC Policy for Better Buildings

Due to the results of a Polytechnic University study, New York City will be selecting professional contractors based on superior qualifications and experience, resulting in higher quality public...

Poly Professor Endows Dorm Room in Othmer Residence Hall

President Jerry M. Hultin joined the celebration as Henry Bertoni ’62 EE ’68 EL, former chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and his wife, Helene Ebenstein, dedicated a...

Poly Librarian Speaks Out Against EPA Library Closures

As any good librarian knows, quick and easy access to information is crucial for scientists and researchers to be able to conduct their work effectively. So when Poly librarian, Ingrid Redman, heard...

Poly Alum takes Presidency at Marine Technology Society

Bruce C. Gilman, P.E., took over the presidency of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) on January 1, 2007, for a two-year term after serving as president-elect for the past two years. The Marine...

Poly Alum Featured in Graduating Engineer for Bridging the Gap between

  Inna Rozel, a Poly alum with a master’s degree in management of technology in financial services, is part of the new generation of trained financial technology specialists. Her...

Poly Professor Collaborates on Post-Hurricane Water Decontamination

The devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans posed massive public health problems not the least of which was treating contaminated flood water before it came in contact with humans or...

Swarm of Young Engineers Gather at Poly for Robotics Competition Kickoff

Polytechnic’s Center for Youth in Engineering and Science (YES Center) was proud to host the local kickoff event for the 2007 FIRST Robotics Competition on January 6, 2007. Over 230 excited...

Prof. Mary Cowman Enlightens High School Students at Principal's Scholars Dinner-Symposium

    On the evening of December 5, 2006, Mary Cowman, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, spoke at Poly’s 45th...

Poly Students Share Their Knowledge with Young Scholars

Twenty sixth grade students enrolled in the Urban Assembly Institute in Math and Science for Young Women, a new public school for which Polytechnic is an organizing partner, visited Poly on December...