News form 2015

A Winning Paper

Each year, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society gives an Award for Advances in Communication to one outstanding paper of lasting value published in its...

Three Faculty Elected to Serve on National and International Professional Organizations

Kurt Becker Kurt Becker, NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Vice Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, was recently elected Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the German...

Playful Yet Powerful

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering uses technology and science to transform governance, and now the organization’s offices are undergoing a transformation of their own, with the...

Triumphs in Trading

The University Trading Challenge (UTC), which is open to students in finance and economics programs from across the entire nation, provides a close simulation of real-world trading and allows...

Learning about NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Collaborative Take on Healthcare

The latest “Faculty-to-Faculty” event, held on December 9, featured Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Guido Gerig and John T. McDevitt, the Chairman of Biomaterials and...

Impressive Inventions Revealed at the Prototyping Fund's Fall Showcase

Each semester, student teams from across NYU join forces to create inventive prototypes that they hope to one day bring to market. They have help from the NYU Prototyping Fund, an ongoing...

NYU Tandon Online: A New Name in Digital Education

In a move to align with the recent name change to NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the school’s digital education unit will now be known as NYU Tandon Online.  In its first decade, under...

Minding the Gap

The statistics can feel disheartening: the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) recently reported that while about 12 percent of the U.S. population is African American,...

Constructing a Noteworthy Career

With a father who owned a Brooklyn-based electrical contracting company and a mother at the helm of a general contracting business, Stavros Karageorgiou has taken a career path that may well have...

Deck the Halls with Festive Fossils

At the start of the holiday season, many people’s thoughts turn to holiday shopping, massive meals with family and friends, and the possibility of a picturesque snowfall. The members of the New...

When The United Nations Puts a Call Out to Data Pros...

Recently, Atefeh Riazi, the Chief Information Technology Officer for the U.N. issued a public appeal. “I invite the global community of data scientists to partner with the United Nations in our...

What Do Former Mayor Bloomberg, will.i.am, and a Tandon School of Engineering Sophomore Have in Common?

There are many ways in which to describe Tandon School of Engineering’s Diana Lee Guzman: first person in her family to attend college, aspiring computer scientist and astronaut, and valued...

Discovering Cybersecurity with Goldman Sachs’ Women Professionals

It is no secret that the tech industry suffers from an acute shortage of women workers, and this survey, commissioned recently by the National Cyber Security Alliance, suggests why: “62...

Design for America NYU Seeks Solutions for Drowsy Drivers

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine estimates that tired drivers contribute to one in five serious motor vehicle accidents, and in a recent survey of police officers conducted by the group, nine...

A Much-Honored Military Veteran and Longtime Professor Adds another Laurel to His Collection

On November 7, 2015, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) presented Professor of Construction Engineering and Management Fletcher “Bud” Griffis with a lifetime achievement...

A Milestone Birthday

Herbert Morawetz is so revered by his former students that each year they sponsor a lecture in his honor. This year, they arranged for Princeton University’s B. Rosemary Grant and Peter R....

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Talks Cybersecurity on Web 3.0

Vinton G. Cerf has been called many things over the course of his long career: father of the Internet, pioneer, living legend. . . but November 4, 2015 just might have marked the first time he was...

Rethinking Nature with Professor Maurizio Porfiri

“It is our responsibility to foster design mindful of the environment,” declared NYU Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Maurizio Porfiri during a panel discussion devoted...

National Science Foundation Tells Students to Pack Their Bags and Go

Officials at the National Science Foundation (NSF) believe that a diverse, globally engaged U.S. science and engineering workforce is crucial to addressing critical real-world problems. To that end,...

In Memoriam: Dr. Alan Molof

New York University Department of Civil and Urban Engineering is deeply saddened by the passing, on October 22, 2015, of Professor Alan Molof, a pillar of Environmental Engineering at NYU for over 50...

A Big Idea for a Big App that Could Help Control Waste in the Big City

11/16/15 UPDATE: RISE has been selected as a Finalist in the BigApps Competition!  When the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) challenged members of the public to create...

Spotlight on Kristina M. Johnson

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, the founder and CEO of Cube Hydro, a firm whose mission is to modernize hydroelectric facilities and develop renewable power at formerly unpowered dams, once dreamed of being...

Former President and Chancellor to Be Honored in Hong Kong

Professor Emeritus David Chang, who served as the 9th president of what was then called Polytechnic University, is being honored on November 14 by another venerable engineering institution: the Hong...

Following in the Footsteps of Anita Borg

“The wave is cresting, and you can ride it,” Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Phyllis Frankl exhorted the attendees at “Girls Talk Tech,” an event organized by...

Learning over Lunch

The recent "Faculty Meets Faculty" luncheon at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on October 14 was attended by professors and staffers from every academic department in the school. They...

After Spending a Car-Free Day in Paris, a Student Envisions the Same in NYC

Imagine strolling down the center of Jay Street or Flatbush Avenue without having to dodge traffic. What if you could cross West Fourth Street or Fifth Avenue without fearing being mowed down by a...

Professors Recognized for Promise

Ask students here what makes their school special, and you’ll hear time and time again that it’s the professors. The NYU Tandon School of Engineering offers a place where even...

Ribbon Cutting Marks Opening of New Facilities and Improved Student Services

More than 100 faculty and staff from “both sides of the river” gathered in the Greenhouse to celebrate the completion of recent capital projects, officially opening them with a ribbon...

Funding Renewed for the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications and Distributed Information Systems

The New York State’s Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR) has renewed funding for one of its longest-running research centers, the Center for...

International Histories of Innovation and Invention

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering will host an international conference dedicated to the history of computing in May 2016. The meeting, held as part of the International Federation for...

Calling All Future Walt Disneys: New System Makes 3-D Animation Easy

Andy Nealen, an assistant professor of game engineering, computer graphics, and perceptual science at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, has created a system that makes it possible for even...

Spotlight on Student Engineers during 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 until October 15, is a time to reflect upon the cultures, stories and achievements of American citizens who identify as Hispanic. But...

In Memoriam: Dr. Endre A. Balazs

The entire University community is deeply saddened by the passing on August 29, 2015 of Dr. Endre A. Balazs, a generous benefactor and exemplar of scientific achievement. It was thanks to his...

NYU Engineers Are Helping Visualize Better Healthcare

No longer just a service to find the best taco in your neighborhood, Yelp now includes more than a million reviews of doctors, dentists, and other healthcare providers. The sheer volume of...

Ambitious but Attainable Goals

On September 1, 2015, the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering received accreditation to grant degrees in the disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical...

Our Newest Faculty Additions

The opportunity to engage in cutting-edge collaborative research, the lure of being in one of the nation’s fastest growing tech hubs, the chance to work with world-class colleagues . . . there...

The Future Is Coming …

Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan had sage words of advice for the members of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s incoming freshmen class. Drawing on an essay by late Nobel laureate and Poly...

Remembering Alum Jacob Bekenstein

It is with deep sadness that we report the August 16th death of Jacob Bekenstein (’69) in Helsinki, Finland, where he was lecturing. Bekenstein, the winner of the 2012 Wolf Prize and the...

Keith O'Brien First Recipient of CSE Best Adjunct Professor Award

The Best Adjunct Professor Award is a new addition of the School of Engineering’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, but its first recipient, Adjunct Professor Keith O’Brien, is...

A Cyber Security State of Mind

Abigail Mente teaches courses in the Living Environment and Earth Science at New York City’s High School for Leadership and Public Service, so when her own seven-year-old plays the popular...

Summer Vacation in the Lab

No one would deny that attending an engineering school is a rigorous endeavor requiring copious amounts of hard work and study. Once the summer finally arrives, most students might be happy to just...

Our Student Leader Would Lead Baltimore

Calvin Allen Young III (BS Mechanical Engineering 2010), a School of Engineering alum who went on to earn an MBA at Harvard University earlier this year, declared his candidacy for the mayor of...

In Memoriam: Arnošt Reiser

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering community mourns the passing of Arnošt Reiser—a respected chemist and professor—on August 4, 2015, at the age of 95. In the world of...

From Serviceperson to Entrepreneur

There are many causes in which NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan believes. “But while I’ve been very happy to give money, I’ve never considered...

Steven Zeltmann Receives Cablevision Scholarship

When Steven Zeltmann won a prestigious award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society’s Structural Materials Division, which was presented to him in March 2015, at the division’s...

Symposium Shows Women There’s Job Security in Cybersecurity

“If you take one thing away from this symposium, let it be that cybersecurity is hot. We need to improve the pipeline for women.” With these words NYU School of Law Cybersecurity/Adjunct...

ConnectAbility Challenge Winners Help Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

“NYU was founded on the concept of being in and of the City, and that theme still resonates within the University. Over this past summer we were proud to partner with AT&T to make New York...

Which Way is WEST?

The shortage of women in the STEM fields inspires so many gloomy op-eds that it would be easy to believe that there's no good news on that front. Had any of those editorial writers been at...

A Game-Changing New System

Even if it’s been a while since you had to register for college classes, chances are that you remember the process as confusing, dreary, boring, or some combination thereof. Which courses...

Capturing Motion for the Met

Most people interested in the history of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering know the story of Distinguished Professors David and Gregory Chudnovsky, who in 2003 helped curators at...

A Legacy of Leadership: School of Engineering NSBE Student Chapter Celebrates 35 Years

The National Society of Black Engineers’ (“NSBE”) emblem, composed of a flaming torch backed by two criss-crossed lightning bolts, was designed with a bright future in mind....

To the Labs!

It would be easy to picture New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña making an inspiring call to arms during the American Revolution or bravely manning the battlements in some other...

HR/NY Honors Rohith Rai for Energizing Poly SHRM

The Human Resources Association of New York (HR/NY) has awarded NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering alumnus Rohith Rai the 2014-2015 Harry Sherman Award for his exceptional leadership of the school...

In Memoriam: Eli Pearce

T.K. Kwei, a longtime faculty member and respected chemist who worked closely with Pearce on hydrogen bonding in polymer blends, also sadly passed away this year. The Kwei equation, which concerns...

Distinguished, Dedicated, and Dynamic

When Anne Dudek Ronan signed up to attend an alumni gathering at the Cooper Union, little did she know that the event would significantly alter the course of her teaching career. There, however, she...

Celebrating Poly's 160th Commencement

We’re celebrating: 160th Commencement On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering will hold its 160th commencement ceremony, when a new group of graduates (469 Bachelor...

Professor Claudio Silva Voted Chair in Prestigious IEEE Committee

After an open election among members of the IEEE Visualization and Computer Graphics Technical Committee (VGTC), Professor Claudio Silva of the department of Computer Science and Engineering was...

Making the Permanent (Tattoos) Ephemeral

In an entrepreneurship competition held at NYU Stern, five School of Engineering students in conjunction with a student at Stern won the grand prize, walking away with $75,000 for their team’s...

Joseph Lechleider, a Father of the DSL Internet Technology, Dies at 82

In the late 1980s, Joseph W. Lechleider came up with a clever solution to a puzzling technical problem, making it possible to bring high-speed Internet service to millions of households. His idea...

Hacking the Internet of Things

The Internet Security (IS) Lab on the second floor of the Dibner Building usually holds weekly hack nights. These hack nights, run by students, are for Computer Science majors interested in an...

Prototyping Fund’s Spring Showcase Fosters Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The NYU Prototyping Fund is an ongoing collaboration between the School of Engineering's Greenhouse and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. This is a great opportunity for students to receive...

FRE Department Announces New Assistant Professor

The Department of Finance and Risk Engineering is delighted to announce the addition of Dr. Andrew Papanicolaou to our faculty starting Fall 2015. Dr. Papanicolaou as born in New York City in...

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Vikram Kapila Is Honored for His Contributions to NYU

When Vikram Kapila, a professor of mechanical engineering, received the Polytechnic School of Engineering’s 2014 Jacobs Excellence in Education Award, he was characteristically modest,...

Inno/Vention Demo Day: Learning by Demonstrating

After ten weeks of planning, prototyping, and prepping, six teams presented their ideas to five judges. By the end of the evening, three of the teams would walk out with cash prizes, with the first-...

A Truly Private Life

Bruce Schneier is a self-proclaimed short-term pessimist and long-term optimist. He suspects that in future generations—similar to how we now judge the actions of the early industrialists of...

Recent Grads Prove the Power of a Polytechnic Education

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the job market for fresh college graduates is improving, with slightly more than half (52.9%) of respondents surveyed finding full-time jobs within six...

As Attacks Multiply, AIG CEO Hancock Calls for Stronger Cyber Insurance

“Cyber security is a team sport,” speaker Gus Coldebella said to the audience at the sixth Sloan Cyber Security Lecture at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. “And the team...

The Jacobs Women: Helping Build a Legacy

The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, the late Joseph J. Jacobs’s memoir, is dedicated to his wife Violet “Vi” Jabara Jacobs, of whom he wrote: “With a modesty that belies the great...

New Faculty, New Breakthroughs

Our newest faculty members come to us from various corners of the world, but they all have one thing in common: impressive lists of accomplishments. From developing a programmable chip with...

Lynford Lecturer Eric Schadt Uses Big Data to Construct Predictive Models of Disease That Could Change the Face of Medicine

Trustee Jeffrey Lynford has a knack for pinpointing scientists and thinkers at the cutting edge of discovery. Since it was launched in 1998, the annual lecture series that bears his name has featured...

15 Students Awarded SAME Scholarships

With more than a quarter-century of military service and just as many years in the university classroom, Fletcher “Bud” Griffis is eminently qualified to oversee the Society of American...

Empowering the Next Generation: History Becomes HERStory

The Regna Lounge had been transformed into a lively networking space. A photo area was set up for guests to take group shots with light-up wands. A large whiteboard stood, inviting anyone to write a...

Optics and Photonics Society Honors Nasir Memon

The international society for optics and photonics, SPIE, elected Professor Nasir Memon a fellow, citing his achievements in multimedia security and lossless image compression. Memon heads the NYU...

Reaching into the Ionosphere to Talk to Submarines and Save Satellites

Very low frequency (VLF) waves—3 kHz to 30 kHz—have numerous practical applications. They can penetrate deep into sea water, making it possible to communicate with submarines, and can...

A Baker’s Dozen of Urban Transportation Solutions

NYU Professor Kaan Ozbay and collaborators presented 13 full-paper refereed research papers at the annual National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference in Washington, D.C., in...

Hacking A Way to Safety

On a bitter, cold February day—the coldest day on record in New York City—the Design Tinkering Club at the School of Engineering hosted a hackathon. The event, titled ‘Hack Your Way...

NSF Grant Aims to Speed Gene Therapy Tool to Market

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Jin Kim Montclare of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering a grant to speed commercialization of an engineered protein and lipid mixture that...

NYU New Biomatrix Center's Key to Halting Cancer, Healing Wounds: Hyaluronan

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering is now the home of the Biomatrix Research Center, located in a new state-of-the-art facility in Manhattan’s Health Corridor. Thanks to a $4.5 million...

IEEE Conference Honors Student Research

The IEEE INFOCOM selected NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering doctoral student Zizhong Cao’s recent work for the 2014 Best Paper Award. The conference, held by Institute of Electrical and...

International Conferences Recognize Applied Nonlinear Control Research

Zhong-Ping Jiang, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, has been invited to deliver plenary lectures at the 2015...

Where Technology and Originality Assemble

Are you looking for more chances to work interdepartmentally with other students? Do you have a great idea but don’t have the team or funding? The Inno/Vention competition offers students...

AABE NYMAC Student Chapter Presents “Future Leaders in Energy"

In 1977, when Clarke A. Watson gave birth to the idea of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), it was in the spirit of fairness and inclusion. After the enactment of the Department of...

Mobile Apps Take Students into the Laboratory

Mobile apps have proved to be valuable educational tools, but laboratory instructors thus far have been limited to using mobile devices only for virtual laboratories with simulated experiments. Now,...

Engineering is on the Rise

By now it’s clear that the 2014 merger between New York University and the Polytechnic Institute has had positive ramifications. Aspiring engineers are taking note; in 2015 the number of...

Cyber Security Awareness Week Goes Local

Last week, at Montgomery College in Maryland, 40 young hackers sat rapt at their computers and smartphones, digging their way through a cyber mystery. Despite their proximity to the nation’s...

Time to Jump on the Bandwagon

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized and crowded, finding solutions to increase traffic efficiency are becoming more vital. In an effort to spur innovation, Ford Motor Company recently...

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...

In Memoriam: Violet Jabara Jacobs

The entire NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering mourns the recent passing of Violet “Vi” Jabara Jacobs, the beloved wife of alum and Professor Joseph J. Jacobs, the mother of Trustee...

Engineering an Award-Winning Study of Human Energy and Movement

When the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) convened in Buffalo, New York, for its annual International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in...