Researcher

  It can be difficult for me to find exposure to higher-level math and science. This is especially true at my high school, where the curriculum is largely based around liberal arts. The ARISE program at NYU-Poly has proven to be an excellent way for me to experience applied math and science in a professional atmosphere. Even before applying to the program, when reading the descriptions of the labs I could work in, I immediately realized that it would be perfect for me. From day one of working in my lab, the Dynamical Systems Lab (DSL), I’ve been engaged in a unique research project that represents that of a graduate or PhD student. I have completed my first week of research, and I am thrilled to begin

my next one. Over the course of the week, I have learned how to use an advanced 3D modeling software (I had only used Google SketchUp before), designed and printed – using a 3D printer, another piece of technology I am grateful to have access to – a model turbine for experimentation, built a mounting system for this model, and tested its performance in a wind tunnel. I truly feel like I am conducting real research… Because I am! This program allows 20 determined future engineers to utilize their math and science knowledge in a way that is impossible in high school. This project has furthered my interest in the energy field of mechanical engineering, and I know I will look back on ARISE as a gateway into my career as an engineer. Throughout my time here at the Polytechnical Institute of NYU (NYU-Poly) I have gained a surplus of knowledge that I could not have received anywhere else this summer. I have gained friendships and professional relationships with the other students and faculty in my ARISE program. The labs were amazing; constructing and programming robot cars, pulleys, and pendulums with lego mindstorms was what I woke up every morning motivated to do. The lectures are helping me to become a great scientific writer and presenter. Working with graduate students in my Composite Materials Mechanics Lab has make my experience more enjoyable because they are people just like me. Through this program I have achieved the experience I wanted in order make me continue to pursue my goal in becoming a mechanical engineer. I am truly grateful to be apart of the ARISE program at NYU-Poly. “There are two types of jobs, ones where people tell the machines what to do, and one where the machines tell the people what to do.” – Fred Wilson. Through my experience here I will get the job where the people tell the machines what to do. When I first started the ARISE Program, I didn’t know what to expect until the first week in my Optical Sensing Lab where I got a better understanding of what my task was for the summer. Working with Soha Gholitabar in the Optical Sensing Lab has been an amazing experience so far. During the first week in my lab, I had the opportunity to collect data using a PM monitor and a Black Carbon Monitor, which was then used to create an Excel chart that was presented to Professor Ghandehari. Besides this assignment, this summer I am hoping to carry out a well planned experiment that I will be proud to present at the end of the program.

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Back to School: Doing STEMNOW

Hear from our local Brooklyn teachers Brian, Saranii, Nikki, and Jerib, and from our NYU-Poly Civil Engineering Professor Iskander who are participants in the National Science Foundation-funded Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative. Also, known as the Graduate-K12 Fellows Project, this initiative connects NYU-Poly to local

Brooklyn elementary, middle, and high schools. The teachers spent the summer involved with STEM education curricula and activities and are returning back to their schools for the 2013-2014 academic year with new ideas for their classrooms and labs. Watch our video of our live broadcast and gain insight into how you can integrate STEM education into your Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards teaching and learning.    

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In our first “Live from the Lab” series of live broadcasts featuring ARISE student and mentor research teams, we interviewed Edward, Paulina, Kip and Ursula from the Bio-Interfacial Engineering Lab at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Edward and Paulina prepare a nucleic acid sample for analysis in the High Performance Liquid Chromatography machine.

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Update: Robots and Research

The Center is now accepting applications for the summer 2015 cohort of high school students completing their junior and sophomore years to participate in ARISE, which provides STEM lab research experience and mentoring in NYU engineering and science labs. We encourage you to browse the participating lab descriptions and get an application in early! The New York University School of Engineering is partnering again with NYC FIRST to run its FIRST Lego League (FLL) and First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competitions throughout the five boroughs and the 2014-2015 season calendar is already packed. Here are updates and details on ARISE and FIRST programming. Continue reading

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Extending the ARISE Experience

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Even after the ARISE summer research program for high school students is officially over, some participants continue their research into the school year in NYU School of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences labs. These efforts can turn into significant accomplishments and contributions to scientific and engineering fields. Here, several inspiring examples of work conducted by ARISE students that have truly become part of the STEM research community. Continue reading

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Ramping up FTC Robotics

On Saturday, September 6th, the NYU School of Engineering was the site of the kickoff event for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge (FTC). Teams from high schools in the Five Boroughs and Long Island gathered for the 2014-2015 FTC robotics competition challenge to be revealed. For the past fifteen years, NYU SoE and NYC FIRST have been strategic partners in running robotics competitions for NYC students. The Center for K12 STEM Education and an army of NYU SoE student volunteers plan, coach teams, and organize the tournament season. Continue reading

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Research Confirms STEM Ambitions

Now in its second year, the ARISE program, funded by the Pinkerton Foundation, is in full swing and in the 5th of its 7-week schedule.  The 35 participating New York City high school students have been conducting research in 14 labs across the NYU School of Engineering in Brooklyn and the NYU Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Washington Square. Graduate student mentors have been guiding them during their research, which is designed to contribute to the lab’s overall research goals.

We visited with the students and asked them how their research experience had changed their perceptions about life in a lab, plans for college, and their interest in STEM pursuits.

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Teachers Acquire Engineering Mindset

SMARTER teachers 2014 -2 Two Research Experience for Teachers (RET) programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, are taking place this summer at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Both programs provide guided training to the teacher participants before the teachers begin lab research with graduate students and professors. Based with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Science and Mechatronics Aided Research for Teachers with an Entrepreneurship expeRience (SMARTER) is focused on mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, control theory as well as entrepreneurship. To introduce the teachers to entrepreneurship, the program involves site visits to the NYU Incubators, including the Urban Future Lab, and participation in the upcoming 7th Annual Inno/Vention Competition. Based with the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the CSAW Summer Research Program for High School Teachers is focused on computer science and cyber security. Continue reading

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Almost Ready to Unveil Model Smart Cities

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It is one week until Science of Smart Cities Expo day! The students have been involved with many hands-on and team-based activities to prepare for building and designing their model cities. They are also enjoying field trips around Brooklyn to gain historical and present-day perspectives on urban infrastructure, wireless communications, and transportation. Field trips include visits to the New York Transit Museum and the LEED Silver-certified Barclays Center. On the final day of the Science of Smart Cities program, the students will showcase the model cities that they built and present how their cities incorporate the engineering lessons they learned in the classroom and from their field trips. 

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Opportunity Arises, and Curiosity Meets Passion

Tanzila is an alumna from the inaugural Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) cohort in summer 2013. She joined Professor Rastislav Levicky‘s Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics lab where PhD candidate Ursula Koniges was her mentor. As a high school student, she contemplated chemical engineering studies in college. After a successful summer with ARISE, she kept in touch with Ursula and developed greater interest in engineering and research. This Fall, she will join NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering‘s Class of 2018. We asked Tanzila to tell her story. Continue reading

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