Bridges to the future | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Bridges to the future

At NYU Tandon we are constantly working to create a better learning environment, whether it’s inside the classroom, in the lab, through interactive learning spaces like our MakerSpace, or during internships with partners across the country that offer experiential learning opportunities to allow for post-graduation experience. In addition, NYU Tandon has an award-winning online learning platform.

Cyberfellows cohort at computers

It’s no surprise that online education is booming. It’s a convenient, flexible, and affordable way for students to earn their degrees, and for several years running NYU Tandon Online programs have been recognized as among the best in the world by U.S. News and World Report and other outlets.

Bridge to Tandon

Cybersecurity may be the hot spot, but nearly every area of computer science offers attractive salaries and more empty seats than people with the skills to fill them. People with expertise in game design, artificial neural networks and machine vision, robotics, and predictive modeling are in high demand. Until recently, however, people without the right undergraduate degrees were locked out. A Bridge to Tandon opens the door: In as little as one semester, this intensive online program gives highly motivated students with a bachelor’s degree in non-computer science fields the skills and tools to enter a rigorous master’s program.

With tuition costs of just $1,500 for the entire program, students choose between a 24-week course (20-30 hours per week) or an accelerated 17-week version (30-40 hours per week); at the conclusion, those who finish with a grade of B+ or better and meet all other NYU Tandon admission requirements can be admitted to a qualifying master’s program in fields like bioinformatics, cybersecurity, or computer engineering.

Nasir Memon, a professor of computer science and engineering and head of NYU Tandon Online, says he conceived the idea for the Bridge to Tandon program to help people transition into rewarding careers or refresh their knowledge. “Computer technology touches almost every arena one can think of today — from transportation, education, and medicine to entertainment, business, and public policy,” he points out.

The Bridge Program provided me the opportunity to learn
the fundamentals that are required for graduate study in the field, even though my undergraduate degree is in Psychology. Over the course of the program, I improved my knowledge of C++ and
learned important concepts in Data Structures, Computer Architecture and Operating Systems. The small class size and supportive, excellent professors made the Bridge Program a very rewarding experience for me.”

         — Meredith Mante, Bridge student participant

Cyber Fellows

Cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game where, according to security firm Symantec, the proverbial mice deployed some 317 million new pieces of malware last year alone, an average of a million new threats each day. If the mouse always seems to be a step ahead, it’s partly because institutions and businesses are short on cybersecurity experts to the tune of some 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs nationwide, a number that, by some estimates, will reach 1.8 million worldwide by 2022.

NYU Tandon’s Cyber Fellows program, a partnership with New York City Cyber Command (NYC3) and elite business partners like Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, and IBM, is a fast-track solution to this challenge. It draws highly motivated students — many already in the workforce — attracted to the program by its affordability, flexibility, and opportunities to gain top-shelf experience beyond the laptop screen. A prime example is a hands-on virtual lab called the NYC Cyber Range, a cutting-edge training platform developed by NYC3 for its own defensive front line and available to Cyber Fellows.

An exemplar of how NYU Tandon is hacking higher ed, Cyber Fellows offers immersive academic environments, industry collaborations, industry-reviewed curriculum, exclusive speaker events, peer mentorship, and nationwide internships that supercharge the learning experience and put students into the lucrative STEM workforce faster.

An added bonus: Cyber Fellows grads get access to updated course materials for five years — a critical benefit because the threat landscape shifts rapidly and attackers constantly develop more sophisticated tactics.

New York City has taken notice, crediting Cyber Fellows for being a key resource in its plan to add some 10,000 cybersecurity experts to the local workforce within a decade. Geoff Brown, New York City Chief Information Security Officer and Head of NYC3, says, “We’re proud to support a program that opens up a career in cyber defense to more students, allowing the next generation of cyber professionals to better resemble the diversity of the society they will be charged to protect.”

This is exactly the kind of program New York needs to attract companies in this fast-growing sector, and to help New Yorkers compete for those good jobs.”

         — New York City Mayor on Cyber Fellows

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