Robert N   Ubell

Robert N Ubell

Vice Dean, Online Learning

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering



Robert Ubell is Vice Dean, Online Learning, at NYU School of Engineering, where he heads the school’s e-learning unit, NYU ePoly, ranked as No. 8 by US News & World Report online graduate engineering programs. It offers nearly 20 online graduate programs worldwide to nearly 9,000 enrollments since the program was launched ten years ago. He also heads the school's executive education division, Enterprise Learning, the unit that offers online professional education courses in partnership with Scientific American.

Ubell is recipient of the highest honor given for individual achievement in digital education, the A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award. The school's online graduate program in Cyber Security was also awarded the Online Learning Consortium prize as the best online program. Earlier, as Dean of Online Learning at Stevens Institute of Technology, he launched WebCampus, winner of numerous awards for quality online education.

In his publishing career, Ubell was editor of the National Magazine Award-winning New York Academy of Sciences monthly, The Sciences; American publisher of the premier British science weekly, Nature; and founding publisher of Nature Biotechnology. He is the author or editor of 26 books and nearly 60 scholarly articles, as well as executive editor of the Cambridge Survey of Linguistics, Oxford Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate, and editor of multi-volume American Institute of Physics series, Masters of Modern Physics. His most recent book is Virtual Teamwork (Wiley, 2010). He is now at work on The Practice of eLearning, to be published by Routledge in 2016.

Ubell, who has participated in numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering, currently serves on the Board of the Sloan Consortium and is president of the Board of the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has been the principal investigator of nearly $2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, Sloan Foundation, IEEE Foundation, and McGraw-Hill, among other sources. Ubell received his undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College and has been a guest lecturer at MIT and Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium and a Member of the Council of the Chongqing (China) International Exchange Association. He serves on the Advisory Council of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at his alma mater, Brooklyn College and is a member of the Online Learning Task Force of the Board of Regents, New York State Department of Education.