Principals' Scholars

Four Principal's Scholars Dinner-Symposia are conducted annually to introduce high school juniors to how scientists and engineers think. The presenter at each of these programs is a leading professor or practitioner who shares some aspect of his or her field of interest with the attendees. Presentations are followed by spirited question-and-answer sessions.

Dinner-symposia occur in October, December, March, and May, and for each event, approximately 10 high school principals are invited to select students to attend. High school faculty members also benefit from these sessions as participants in the learning experiene.

Browse the Faculty Roll of Honor below to get a sense of both the quality of the presenters and the scope of past presentations.

2008-2009            

October Professor Garrett S. Rose, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nanotechnology in Modern Integrated Circuits

December Professor Charles Camarda, Distinguised Engineer-in-Residence and Astronaut, NASA
Innovation and Return to Flight: Reflections of an Astronaut

March Professor George Vradis, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering
State of the Art Robotic Inspection of Pipelines

May Professor Rastislav Levicky, Jacobs Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Detecting Dangerous Bugs With DNA Diagnostics

2007-2008            

October Professor Maurizio Porfiri, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering
Collective Behavior of Complex Systems

December Professor Stavroula Sofou, Jacobs Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Engineering of Responsive Drug Delivery Carriers For Cancer Therapy

March Professor Dariusz Czarkowski, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrical Energy as a Renewable Resource

May Keith Ross, Leonard J. Shustek Distinguished Professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Internet Research in Academics

2006-2007            

October Professor Jin Montclare, Department of Chemistry and Biological Science
Engineering Biological Systems

December Professor Mary Cowman, Department of Chemistry and Biological Science
One Molecule at a Time: Nanoscale Imaging for Biology

March Professor Torsten Suel, Department of Computer and Information Science
Search Engines: Technologies, Applications and Impact

May Professor Charles Martucci, Department of Introductory Design and Science
Chemicals That Cause Cancer

2005-2006            

October Professor Lawrence Chiarelli, Department of Civil and Engineering
Creating Buildings That Last

December Professor Jovan Mijovic, Department of Chemical and Biological Science and Engineering
High Performance Materials: Polymer Composites

March Professor Carl Skelton, Integrated Media Institute, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Visual Reasoning: Visualization, Thought Experiments and the Tools We Use

May Professor Haldun Hadimioglu, Department of Computer and Information Science
The Science of Computing in the Age of Miniaturization

2004-2005            

October Professor Magued Iskander, Department of Electrical Engineering, and Center for Advanced Technology (CATT)
Developing the Manhattan Waterfront Using Plastic Pilings

December Professor Shivendra Panwar, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Manufacturing Engineering
The Mathematics of the Internet

March Professor Richard Gross, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Green Chemistry: A Must for Economic and Planetary Survival

May Professor Bruce Gartez, Department of Introductory Design and Science
Controlling Crystal Structure with Light

2003-2004

October Professor Iraj Kalkhoran, Department of Civil and Engineering
Blockerless Thrust Reversing Concept

December Professor Konstantinos Kostarelos, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Pioneering Research to Protect the Public's Water Supply

March Professor Yao Wang, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Video Communication Over the Internet and Wireless Networks

May Professor John DiBartolo, Department of Introductory Design and Science
Angular Momentum and the Human Body

2002-2003

October Professor Abraham Ulman, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Dimensions in the Nano-World

December Professor Magued Iskander, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rebuilding the New York Waterfront with Recycled Plastic Pilings

March Professor Kalle Levon, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and the Herman Mark Polymer Research Insititute
Macromolecular Detection of Biological Agents

May Professor Nasir Memon, Department of Computer and Information Science
Challenges In Computer Forensics

2001-2002

October Professor Masoud Ghandehari, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Building and Rebuilding New York

December Professor Mark M. Green, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and the Herman F. Mark Polymer Research Institute
A Personal Account of Research Based On Curiosity

March Professor Michael Greenstein, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering
From the Laboratory to the Marketplace

May Professor Carolyn King, Department of Mathematics
Mathematical Modeling

2000-2001

October Professor Volkan Otugen, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering
Lasers at the Forefront of Science

December Professor F.H. Griffis, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
How Buildings Get Built

April Professor Vikram Kapila, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering
Web-enabled Remote Control

May Professor Robert Boorstyn, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Evolution of the Internet: A Clash of Cultures

1999-2000

October Professor Ming Leung, Department of Computer and Information Science
King Kong through the Eyes of Science

December Professor Peter Voltz, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wireless Internet Connection: Recovery of Lost Data

March Professor Phyllis Frankl, Department of Computer and Information Science
Can Software Be Engineered?

May Professor Eli Pearce, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
The Polymer Age

1998-1999

October Professor John Falcocchio, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Transportation’s Impact on the Development of Society: From the Industrial Revolution To the Information Age

November Professor Anthony Tzes, Department of Mechnaical, Aerospace and Manufacturing Engineering
Robotics: Past, Present, and Future

December Professor Alan Myerson, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Separation and Purification Processes in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry

March Professor Joel Wein, Department of Computer and Information Science
Parallel and Distributed Computing

May Professor Lorcan Folan, Department of Introductory Design and Science
Towards Better Lightbulbs: A Tale of Scientific Research

1997-1998

October Professor Leonard Shaw, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Reading Data vs. Developing Knowledge: How Will Technology Improve Learning?

November Professor Charles Kelly, General Engineering Department
Engineering in the 21st Century: Adapting To a Changing Workplace

December Professor Richard Wener, Department of Humanities and Social Science
Insights into Science By a Social Scientist

March Professor Stuart Steele, Computer and Information Science Department
Software Engineering For the 21st Century

May Professor Stephen Arnold, Physics Department
The Subway Physics of Pendularity

1996-1997

November Professor Eugene Fasullo, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Reconstructing the World Trade Center

December Dr. George Bugliarello, Chancellor of the University
Tomorrow’s World: How It Will Be Shaped By Science and Engineering

February Professor Roger Roess, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Career Opportunities in Engineering

April Dr. Arnold Bloch, Principal, Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, and Polytechnic Alumnus
How Does the Transportation Engineer Get You From Here To There?

May Professor Henry Bertoni, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Computer: Building the Modern Wireless