NYU School of Engineering in the Media

Why would fish follow a robot?

Forget artificial intelligence. How about artificial leadership? A mechanical engineer at New York University is combining smart materials and mathematics to build robots that lead schooling fish. Someday, Maurizio Porfiri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at NYU’s Polytechnic...

John Sexton's Global Campus Plans for NYU

Never mind the Ivy League. Sexton, president of New York University, is set to open a new campus in Abu Dhabi, expand aggressively at home, and turn his school into a global franchise. Next stop: China John Sexton, the president of New York University, typically greets students, faculty, and even...

Varick Street Incubator Hatches City Start-Ups

When Andres Blank and Inaki Berenguer started their social-media company last year, they spent the first few months working in the living room of Mr. Blank's one-bedroom apartment along with three other friends. It led to awkward situations. "Sometimes people would arrive super early and I was...

Jimmy Barrett has NYU-Poly heading to softball NCAA Tournament

The road to the top was certainly filled with more than its share of bumps the past 10 years, but Jimmy Barrett is enjoying the view from the top now. The “top” for Barrett, the head softball coach at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU), is the regular-season and conference champion...

Silicon Alley startup lands financing

Using Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yelp to create an all-encompassing social site does more than make it easier to plan a Saturday; it also gets you paid. TheHotlist.com, which lets users see what their friends are doing and what people have to say about specific venues and events, just landed $...

A fresh start

Not many softball players get extensive playing time as freshmen in college. Even less become immediate stars. Hardly any get labeled as the cornerstone of a team. Polytechnic Institute of New York University freshman Miranda Merilli just happens to be one of those rare players. "I nicknamed her '...

Forensic tool will advance data recovery

Tools designed to harvest images from disks even after they have been deleted from the file system can be adapted to seek other file formats including Word documents, says Nasir Memon, a professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. In research that he hasn't yet published, Memon...

College Cricketer makes USA Team! Adrian Gordon, NYU-Poly

... At the 2010 American College Cricket Championship Gordon impressed with his pace, and accuracy and nearly took the new, and hastily put together NYU-Poly team into the final four (the Team had never played a game together before ). It was no surprise when he was selected to represent the USA,...

New bomb-sniffing device can identify chemical components of different explosives in open air

Law enforcement was able to thwart an attempt to set off an explosion in the middle of New York City's Times Square on May 1 thanks to the quick thinking of a T-shirt vendor who noticed smoke coming from a parked SUV. Unfortunately, the signs that a bomb is nearby are often more subtle, detectable...

Intelligent Community Forum Names Recipients of its Annual Founders Awards

Summit at NYU-Poly, awards at Steiner Film Studios in New York on May 21 The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York-based think tank that studies the impact of broadband and related information and communications technologies on the communities of the 21st Century, named the three recipients...