News form 2014

Richard Danzig of the Rand Corp. Delivers the Fifth Sloan Foundation Lecture

Attendees at the Fifth Sloan Foundation Cyber Security Lecture at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering on December 10 were greeted by an eerie but compelling image: Projected on the screen was a...

Prototyping Fund’s Fall Project Showcase Offers Glimpse at Ingenious Inventions

A tabletop-sized Ferris wheel carrying lush-looking plants; an anatomically perfect purple replica of a human skull; and a futuristic coaster that reminds its user to drink a glass of water. Each of...

11th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week Wrap-up

On November 15, the 11th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) came to an official end. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Pfizer Auditorium was full of winners. Specifically,...

Intersecting Innovation

In a move to improve traffic safety and raise awareness of the dangers of phone use while driving, AT&T, the NYC Media Lab, and ChallengePost hosted the Connected Intersections competition, a...

A STEP in the Right Direction

Online labor markets like oDesk and Elance have made it easier than ever for employers and prospective employees to find one another. Such services give companies access to a massive and diverse pool...

Why Does Coffee Spill More Often than Beer?

Watch even the most careful waiter bring a cup of coffee to your table, and you’ll realize that carrying liquid is not easy. When set in motion, the coffee starts sloshing, little waves appear...

Professor of Mathematics Erwin Lutwak Might Be Feted in in the World’s Capitals but Brooklyn Remains Home

In 1980 Professor Erwin Lutwak was invited to the Vienna University of Technology to give the very first colloquium address of his career. The Austrian capital has long been considered one of the...

ECE Awards Certificates to Top Scholars

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently launched an award, Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence, to recognize students whose academic performance has been outstanding. The...

Seeing the Unseen

The first thing that usually comes to mind when a person thinks of graphic novels and comics is the visual element, often in the form of drawings. Visualizing something as complex as the history of...

Visiting Professor and GovLab Director Beth Simone Noveck Wins Internet Excellence Award from Oxford

Beth Simone Noveck, who directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) at New York University and currently holds the Jerry Hultin Global Network Visiting Professorship at the NYU Polytechnic School of...

Hacking a Different Kind of Virus

Did you ever think that a hackathon could have the potential to turn the tide on a disease with an epicenter thousands of miles away? An event held in conjunction with the Greenhouse and the Design...

Biomedical Engineering Society Honors Professor Flamini

The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) awarded New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering Industry Assistant Professor Vittoria Flamini the 2014 BME  Innovation and Career...

Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan Elected to the Indian National Academy of Engineering

The Governing Council of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) has elected NYU Dean of Engineering and Executive Vice Provost Katepalli R. Sreenivasan a Foreign Fellow in recognition of...

A Trio of Prize-Winning Professors

Professors at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have many occasions to feel proud: that moment when a struggling student finally “gets it,” seeing an advisee’s name on a...

Hacking the Gender Gap

On Friday, October 17, the Career Discovery in Cyber Security: A Women's Symposium at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering kicked off with an introduction by the school’s...

NSF Supports Researchers’ Use of Psychology to Detect Software Vulnerabilities

Most software bug-finding tools require a developer to know that a problem exists and then to write code to check for it. Researchers are now pursuing software that would find bugs even when...

Professor Elza Erkip Named one of the ‘Most Influential Scientific Minds’

Professor Elza Erkip of the Polytechnic School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has been listed among the 2014 Thomson Reuters “The World’s Most...

Bringing Outer Space to Brooklyn

“It’s definitely the blue jumpsuits,” Lee Morin joked. “If we took these off, we’d fade into anonymity.” Morin was speaking while shaking hands, signing autographs...

In Memoriam: Former Professor Leonard Shaw

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Leonard Shaw on October 22. Shaw, who taught at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering for more than four decades, had first learned of the...

"Einstein and the Quantum:" Honoring Former Professor Herbert Morawetz

Most people have heard Albert Einstein’s pronouncement that God does not play dice with the universe (originally written in a letter to friend and fellow scientist Max Born) and have...

Human-Computer Interaction Research Will Make Personal Genomic Data Accessible

The National Science Foundation has awarded Associate Professor of Technology Management and Innovation Oded Nov a grant to study the role human-computer interaction can play in helping non-experts...

In Memoriam: Board Member T. Richard Fishbein

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of dedicated board member T. Richard Fishbein on October 14, 2014, at the age of 76. Fishbein--who held an AB from Dartmouth College, an MBA from...

Professor Jonathan Viventi on What It Means to Be 'Brilliant'

Jonathan Viventi, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, was recently named to the MIT Technology Review's annual Innovators...

Remembering a Professor’s Patience, Guidance, and Acumen

I magine arriving at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering as a newly minted doctoral student. You’re ready and eager to start down the road to earning your PhD, but there are a few...

Better Data Builds Better Bridges

On August 1, 2007, when a section of an eight-lane bridge on Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis plummeted into the Mississippi River, killing more than a dozen people, Visiting Associate...

Addressing Topics of Microscopic and Nanoscale Proportions

The recent "Faculty Meets Faculty Luncheon Series" at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering on September 24 was attended by some 50 professors, staff members, and students, hailing from...

In Memoriam: Martin L. Perl

Dr. Martin L. Perl did not believe in holing up around the clock in his lab. “Limit your working hours,” he told the attendees of a Presidential Lecture he gave in 2008 at his alma mater...

Dynamical Systems Laboratory Takes its Robots to the People

On Sunday, October 5, the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering will showcase two robotics displays at the NYC Marine Science Festival, Submerge! Submerge! is New York City’s...

Tips from the Top

There are many ways to describe John Trani: School of Engineering alum, successful businessman, generous Promise Scholarship supporter, operating partner of the evocatively named private-equity firm...

SteelDay Festivities Come to the School of Engineering

Ask most people what autumn means to them and you might hear about Halloween costumes and turkey on Thanksgiving. But every Civil Engineering and Construction Management student knows that it also...

More Than Bricks and Mortar

“Institutions are much more than bricks and mortar,” Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan said on September 8, at a gathering in honor of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s new...

Berlin + Brooklyn: Perfect Partners

On September 3, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs Kurt Becker channeled Humphrey Bogart’s character in the classic movie Casablanca, proclaiming, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful...

What Will They Do?

Bag pipes skirled and bass drums thumped to commence NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s 2014 Convocation on August 25th. NYU Pipes and Drums Corps provided the soundtrack as streams of...

Student Co-Authors Research on the Protein Universe

In the August 5, 2014 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the editors wrote, “Just as the elements in the periodic table can be traced back to the Big Bang,...

Undergraduate Summer Research Program Fosters Student Innovation

The 2014 NYU School of Engineering Undergraduate Summer Research Program marked eight years this summer in providing a unique research opportunity for School of Engineering, NYU College of Arts and...

Novel Computational Approach Aims to Improve Prosthetics and Aid Troops

Metabolic energy expenditure is a critical measure of human motion, and ascertaining detailed information about how the human body moves can result in a wide array of scientific, clinical, and...

NSF Grant Introduces Secondary School Teachers to Cyber Security

Aiming to address the shortage of cyber security experts—called ''one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation'' by President Obama...

Polytechnic Dubbed National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by NSA

There was good reason to celebrate on August 14, 2014, when the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering was officially honored as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations by...

BotFactory: Revolutionizing Circuit Board Creation, Races to Kickstarter Finale

On July 11, 2014, the BotFactory, a startup devoted to revolutionizing the way electrical engineers create circuit boards, began a Kickstarter campaign, and within a month they had attracted some 150...

American Chemical Society Gives Professor Eli Pearce Rock Star of Chemistry Honor

When the American Chemical Society (ACS) held its national meeting and exposition in Dallas in early 2014, one of the young attendees became very excited to spot Eli Pearce, a research professor at...

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Professors Win Grant to Study Phishing Attacks

Internet users have long been warned about phishing scams, in which criminals indiscriminately send out mass emails to trick consumers into revealing sensitive personal data like social security and...

Moving Research to the Marketplace: Senator Gillibrand Talks TRANSFER Act Benefits at Urban Future Lab

Introducing the crowd at the Urban Future Lab (UFL) to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Micah Kotch, the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, described...

Engineering Researcher Unearths Timely Advice for Portfolio Managers

Economists have long debated the risks and rewards of investing using the momentum strategy, an approach based on the belief that market trends will continue: that further gains will follow large...

Erich Enrique Kunhardt, 65, dies

Erich Enrique Kunhardt, a professor of physics, a university administrator, and a prolific inventor, died on Monday, August 4, 2014 at the age of 65 in Manhattan, after a lengthy illness. Erich...

New York State Funds Storm Resiliency Research

New York State issued a second grant, of $1.26 million, to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering to support a new hub of research and education on emergency preparedness. The New York State...

Grants Advance Research into Composites to Protect Vehicles and Troops

Nikhil Gupta, an associate professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, has won grants from both the U.S. Army and the U.S....

Applications of Graphene: An Overview

Applications of Graphene: An Overview illustrates the basic properties and potential applications of graphene, which Edward L. Wolf, professor of physics at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering...

Zhaoxia Xu Wins Economic Research Grant

The National Bureau of Economic Research Innovation Policy recently selected NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Zhaoxia Xu as one of two recipients worldwide of a research grant for the...

Nikhil Gupta Joins Editorial Board of ASTM Journal

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Associate Professor Nikhil Gupta recently joined the editorial board of the journal Materials Performance and Characterization published by ASTM International,...

Method of Optimizing Digital History Wins Best Paper Award

This September, research on persistence by three members of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Computer Science and Engineering faculty will receive the best paper award at the European...

A Safer, Cheaper Way to Track Defects in Aircraft Structures

It’s important for engineers to closely monitor the safety and durability of the composite materials used in aircraft and spacecraft, which are subject to myriad physical stresses. An aircraft...

Research Examines Wealth Divide in Financial Markets

New research in quantitative finance indicates that the wealth divide in financial markets may be both mental and structural--not a matter of large investors’ access to faster computers for...

Visualization Conference Selects 8 NYU School of Engineering Papers

The premiere conference for data visualization will feature eight research papers co-authored by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering faculty members from the Department of Computer Science and...

HeartShare Art Share

One is accustomed to seeing students bustling to and from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering buildings surrounding MetroTech Commons. In early July, however, to everyone’s surprise and...

Entrepreneur and Alum Joe Landolina Chosen as 2014 TED Fellow

Anyone who has ever met Joe Landolina has known he was going places. What they might not have predicted, however, was that those places would one day include Madrid, Spain, where he was invited to...

Summer of STEM: Choosing the Classroom Over the Beach

On July 7, instead of spending summer at the beach, twenty high school women gathered at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering to partake in an Introduction to Computer Science and Cyber Security...

New Book on Syntactic Foams Co-Edited by Nikhil Gupta

Metal Matrix Syntactic Foams: Processing, Microstructure, Properties and Applications Edited by Nikhil Gupta and Pradeep K. Rohatgi DEStech Publications, Inc., 2014 ISBN: 978-1-932078-83-1...

Building Bridges and Calculating Costs

A few years ago, when a disagreement was brewing between two factions—one wanting to outsource New York State Department of Transportation design work to private contractors and one believing...

Q & A with Bowen Yu: Programming Champion

The Palace of Team Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia, hosts dozens of basketball and soccer matches each year, but on June 25, a competition of a different sort took place there: the ACM’s...

NYC ACRE Opens New York Energy Week

On June 18th, clean energy enthusiasts and professionals reached the 43rd floor of the New York Academy of Sciences where they were welcomed to the New York Energy Week 2014: Cleantech Startups...

Q & A with Steven Zeltmann: TMS Structural Materials Division Scholarship Awardee

When the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) holds its annual meeting and exhibition in March 2015, Steven Zeltmann will be there. The mechanical engineering major was recently announced...

In Memoriam: Clifford H. Goldsmith (HON ’06)

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering mourns the passing on June 25, 2014 of much-admired former trustee and board vice chair, Clifford H. Goldsmith (HON ’06).  In 1986, Clifford was...

Popularity Contest: Student Poster Takes Top Honor

Doctoral student Jeyavijayan (JV) Rajendran explains that while reverse engineering—dismantling a piece of technology in order to better understand it—has undeniable benefits, the...

Black Girls Code: Helping Themselves to Help Others

On Day Two of the Black Girls Code (BGC) “Love is Respect” Hackathon, dozens of adolescent girls ping-ponged between Rogers Hall and Pfizer Auditorium. Partnered with Verizon and Break...

Circuit Training

Since the 1970s, electrical engineering students have been building electrical circuits using breadboards, relatively inexpensive plastic boxes that require no soldering of electronic components or...

Sophomores Take on Upper Classes at NASA Lunar Robot Competition

You may never have given much thought to regolith, the layer of powdery substance that covers virtually the entire surface of the moon, much of Mars, and some asteroids—unless, that is, you...

Creating the Makers of Tomorrow Since 1854

Responding to President Barack Obama’s call to empower America’s students and entrepreneurs to invent the future--and in conjunction with the first-ever White House Maker Faire being held...

Academic Publisher Appoints Kurt Becker to Editor Positions

Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global scientific, technical, and medical publisher, has selected Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and...

Ted Rappaport Travels Down Under to Give a Keynote Address at the IEEE’s International Conference on Communication

With more than 50,000 members, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society  is one of the largest and most active of all the organization’s...

Finance and Risk Engineering Professors Take Two of Top Five SSRN Spots

Since 1994, the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has provided a forum for sharing and distributing the work of scholars in a wide variety of fields, from cognitive science to law to economics...

Montclare Chosen as 2014-15 Fellow of Drexel University’s ELATE Program

Anyone who knows Jin Montclare knows that the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering associate professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering is a whirlwind of energy. From running the Montclare Lab...

SSRN Research Papers

Since 1994, the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) has provided a forum for sharing and distributing the work of scholars in a wide variety of fields, from cognitive science to law to economics...

Celebrating NYU's Newest Engineers

Laughter and cheers greeted the rotating display of photos that flashed on the Barclays Center massive screen, as NYU Polytechnic Shool of Engineering's newest graduates recognized themselves and...

A Father's Love

It seems to have become something of a phenomenon for military members to surprise unsuspecting family members by returning home unannounced. The videos are all over the Internet: a father in...

National Academies Selects Oded Nov for Keck Initiative

The annual National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) brings together some of the nation’s best researchers from academic, industrial, and government laboratories to explore and...

500 Years of Melancholia Conference: More Magic, Less Square

It would be easy to picture Carlotta Mummolo and Angelo Tafuni outdoors on a beautiful Spring afternoon, enjoying a picnic or some equally picturesque pursuit. Instead, the two PhD students were two...

Meet the Lus

It isn’t unusual to hear that a married couple met while attending the same school. It’s not even all that rare to hear about a child applying to a mother’s or father’s alma...

In Conversation with S. James Gates

Being bombarded with questions from a group of eager students is all in a day’s work for most professors. Few, however, probably deal with students quite as eager as those attending the NYU...

Former IBM Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology to Speak at Commencement

Nicholas Donofrio, the now-retired Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM, has a long list of honors to his credit. He is an IBM Fellow Emeritus, a Fellow of the Institute for...

Expo Marks the Spot

If you walked through the MetroTech Center on May 2, you might have seen the massive white tent and assumed a wedding or some other festive occasion was taking place. It was, indeed, a celebration of...

A Lecture on the Sun

Popular culture is rife with erroneous and misleading representations of scientists: absent-minded scientists, cold-hearted and unemotional scientists, even scientists nefariously bent on world...

Max Planck Seminar Recognizes the Work of Professors Arnold and Teraoka

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, part of Germany’s premier research institution for basic science, held a weeklong seminar on biosensing at the very smallest extremes, during...

A Multi-Borough Back-to-School Day

“About the only thing that still looks the same is the Brooklyn Bridge,” Lawrence Lapson joked. He was just one of the many members of the Golden Jubilee class marveling at the changes...

The New Wave in Wireless

If you had any doubts that Brooklyn was fast becoming one of the hottest locales in the tech industry, look no further than the 5G Summit, held from April 23 to 25 at the New York University...

Peter E. Barker-Homek Addresses the Innovation and Technology Forum

Peter E. Barker-Homek ('83) has worn many hats—U.S. Marine pilot; high-level State Department official; Director of International Mergers and Acquisitions at British Gas; CEO of Taqa, the...

Inno/Vention DemoDay Concludes at Spotify

DemoDay, the culminating event of the the startup prototyping competition that is NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Inno/Vention, provided a potential glimpse into the futures of this...

Saving the World, One Click at a Time

Everyone knows what crude oil is, but soon we might all be talking about “Rude Oil.” That’s the name adopted by a team of sustainable urban environments and integrated digital media...

Andy Nealen's Osmos Game on "The Simpsons"

On April 6, over 4.3 million viewers watched as Milhouse had his iPad stolen on "The Simpsons." When he finds it in Bart's possession and begins to confront him, he is entranced by...

David Pine Joins the School of Engineering

David Pine has a deep appreciation for the history of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and the work that has been done in his field by its faculty. “Just look at Herman Mark, who...

CSE Student Takes Programming Powers to Russia

Amid a slew of conventional team names—the Trojans, the Victors, the Wildcats—the NYU Bagel Flavored Debugging stand out. Comprised of Bowen Yu, a doctoral candidate in the School of...

Inducting the Next Generation of Energy Leaders

March 12, 2014, will forever be regarded as a date of significance in the annals of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. The day marks the induction of the very first American Association of Blacks...

Inno/Vention: Making the Cut

Over 40 teams applied to take part in the Inno/Vention competition earlier this semester and on April 1, the twelve semi-finalists that were chosen to prototype their ventures pitched at the “...

Google Funds Professor Torsten Suel’s Quest for Search Efficiency

Google has granted a Faculty Research Award to Professor Torsten Suel to support his study of new index pruning and index tiering techniques that could significantly reduce hardware and energy costs...

Startup Guru Steve Blank Brings His 5-Day Lean Launchpad to NYU

If you’ve read anything at all about the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s incubators; its NSF iCorps node, which helps scientists and engineers commercialize their research; or any...

Urban Future Lab Opens Its Doors

On March 13, the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering opened its newest business incubator, The Urban Future Lab, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)....

Researchers Team with Con Edison to Safeguard the Smart Grid

Con Edison has teamed with researchers at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering to advance the safety and security of the utility’s burgeoning smart grid system. Professor Ramesh Karri and...

Future Captains of Industry Visit the Urban Future Lab

“Could we discuss market capitalization? How have you addressed the obvious liability issues here?” Those aren’t questions you’d expect to hear from the average middle school...

Transformational Leadership: It’s What’s for Dinner

In conjunction with National Women's History Month, the Regna Lounge elegantly supplied the backdrop for the recent Women’s Summit Leadership Dinner. Attendees dined on tasty dishes served...

Meet Yvonne Fleming: Celebrating Women's History Month

It comes as no surprise that Yvonne Fleming (‘94EE) is super smart; everyone knows that graduates of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering are smart. She's also traveled over 30...

Honoring Women in Engineering

On February 19—during National Engineers Week and just in time to get everyone ready for Women’s History Month—the Office of Alumni Relations treated alumni and others to a...

Inno/Vention PowerPitch Voting Underway

Earlier this week Inno/Vention teams endured the first round of judging in the three-stage competition. Only ten of the dozens of teams that applied for the challenge will be moving forward. Teams...

Meet Stacey Johnson: Engineering a Legacy

It’s hard to catch Stacey Johnson sitting still. She carries a full course load, works in the Department of Online Learning, and parents her six-year-old son, Aiden. Not to mention her efforts...

The Greenhouse Celebrates a First Birthday

The weather outside was frightful but that didn’t dim the celebratory mood inside the Greenhouse on February 7. There was a skillfully frosted cake bearing birthday wishes, and some of those in...

A Celebration of Two Strong Traditions, Merging

It isn’t every day that elected officials, university presidents, community leaders, students, scientists, and dignitaries from both sides of the East River gather in one room to celebrate. But...

Student Spotlight

Now that we are officially the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, it’s an especially exciting time to be studying at NYU's Brooklyn location. There have never been more...

Nonlinear Control of Dynamic Networks

Motivated by the need for new tools to solve complex problems resulting from smart power grids, biological processes, distributed computing networks, transportation networks, robotic systems, and...