Year in Review

In the last decade, NYU Tandon moved up 39 spots in U.S. News.

Since 2008, NYU Tandon has moved from #80 to #41 in the U.S. News & World Report Rankings.

See how we are putting the puzzle together.

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A Message from Dean Jelena Kovačević

Dear friends,

Since arriving at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, I have been like a kid in a candy store — delighted to meet many of our amazing students, faculty, staff, alums, and board members and to discover the many impressive programs and initiatives that are taking place here. Over the last several years, Tandon has made huge strides — marked by significant research advances in our labs and centers, stellar academic achievement, and increased gender diversity in our student body and faculty (with an impressive 43 percent of the Class of 2022 made up of women). I look forward to building on that momentum and showing the world that you can be born anywhere and make it right here in Brooklyn.

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Many of those strides have been the result of collaborative effort; indeed, I have found that entrepreneurial thinking and multidisciplinary collaboration and research are among the hallmarks of NYU Tandon. If a school can be likened to a jigsaw puzzle, each member of the Tandon community has helped put the pieces together, the theme of this publication. I am looking forward to working with the entire Tandon community on creating an even more impressive puzzle.

I have no doubt we will be successful in that endeavor. As some of you already know, I have come to NYU Tandon from a post at Carnegie Mellon, a university widely recognized for its world-class, interdisciplinary programs and engineering excellence. I see in Tandon an institution with similarly stellar qualities, as well as unlimited potential and an unquenchable drive to grow and evolve.


Erno Rubik, creator of the eponymous cube, once reportedly said, “If you are curious, you’ll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them.” As a true mathematician I will express what I learned about Tandon through an equation:

Tandon community = exceedingly curious + exceptionally determined

Whether our faculty and students are solving the puzzle of providing wireless service to underserved communities, creating technology that will enable the smart cities of the future, or discovering new methods of harnessing clean energy, they are doing it together, as teammates.

On this website, you’ll read about just some of the people, places, and projects that make NYU Tandon an incredible transformation story; I hope that you’ll find it inspiring, as I have.

Looking forward to new puzzles!



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