Tutors and Staff

Who's Who at the PTC?

John Paul Cleveland, Director, came to the School of Engineering in September 2012. Prior to coming to the School of Engineering, John Paul was the Director of the Tutoring Center at Pace University at the lower Manhattan campus. He obtained a bachelors degree in Religion from Florida Southern College, a masters degree in Theology from Duke University, and a second masters degree in Philosophy from the University of South Florida. In addition to directing the activities of the PTC, John Paul spends a lot of time thinking about best practices in tutorial delivery, and in the classroom, he teaches philosophy and ethics courses. In his free time, John Paul is an avid runner and has run the NYC Marathon ten years now and counting.

Dina Cruz-Cadiz, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Academics, serves four different departments: General Engineering, General Studies, PTC, and Undergraduate Academics in providing assistance with payroll, HR, business office, and other administrative functions. She came from the beautiful islands of the Philippines. She loves interacting with people and enjoys learning about their different cultures. During her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, Broadway shows, and has a passion for cooking and baking. She graduated in 2013 in the Master’s of Science Program in Organizational Behavior.


Rohan Chakraborty, Computer Science Tutor and CS Team Leader, is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering and working towards an integrated dual degree in Biomedical Engineering. He believes that the best way to learn and recollect information is by being able to teach and help others. He loves to sketch, run cross-country, play acoustic guitar, parkour and climb free-style. If you’re into building bots and working on mechatronic and automation projects or just like being adventurous and exploring new places past midnight, then you’re his best friend.

Sunny Chantanakajonfung, Chemistry Tutor, is a sophomore majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Her favorite past time includes tasting different pastries, and she can be found at various cake boutiques during my free time. Sunny was born in Thailand but spent most of her childhood in Singapore before moving to the United Kingdom. In the future, Sunny wants to contribute back to the society and work in the medical field. She looks forward to meet all future students and hopes that she is able to help them gain further understanding in chemistry. 

Louise Chen, Chemistry Tutor, is a senior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Business Studies. She is also a tutor for Math Department and TRIO Scholars Program. She has great enthusiasm for Habitat for Humanity International Program and one of her dream jobs is to travel and build. She loves helping people and oh, she loves smiling too. If you have any questions or concerns at PTC, she will be very happy and patient to help you out.

Riccardo Consolo, MATLAB Tutor, is a senior studying chemical and biomolecular engineering, and minoring in bioinformatics. He was born and grew up in Italy, and he completed high school in Boston. During his free time, he loves playing basketball and working out; he is also very passionate about music and loves going to concerts. After college he hopes to pursue master studies in biomedical engineering.

Sebastián Romero Cruz, Computer Science Tutor, is a first year graduate student of computer science born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. He is an aspiring software engineer with a penchant for both computer and natural languages: he is fluent in Spanish, and has been studying Japanese for three years. Sebastián enjoys playing guitar, bass, piano, and reading anything from novels to the technical specifications of the Game Boy Color.

Alexander Guguchev, Computer Science Tutor, is a sophomore studying Computer Science. Alex has a passion for coding, and is a big fan of online programming competitions. Outside of computer science, he also enjoys motorsport, working out, studying philosophy, and competing on the Starcraft II ranked ladder. He has always enjoyed helping his fellow classmates better understand concepts and material, and plans to bring that same passion to his work as a tutor at the PTC

Anthony Innamorato, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior majoring in Computer Science. He is pursuing minors in Game Engineering and Cybersecurity, and currently hopes he can get a job at Bethesda Game Studios, after graduation. In his free time, he stereotypically watches shows like Mr. Robot and “researching” for his game engineering minor. He hopes he can inspire beginner level programmers to pursue a field in Computer Science and successfully complete the Calendar problem.

Xuanzheng (Skipper) Lin, Computer Science tutor, is a junior majoring Computer Science & Economics. He goes by Skipper. He is a huge Lakers fan and enjoys playing basketball. Besides, Skipper loves to spend time in gym. In addition, he is a foodie. As a CS tutor, he is dedicated to help students to understand the concepts rather than to provide the solutions for problems.

Rosaura Ocampo, MATLAB Tutor and CS 1133 Team Leader, was born and raised in Chicago which is partly the reason she chose NYU as she wanted to continue living in a big city. She is a junior and mechanical engineering major. Rosaura enjoys rollerblading, listening to music, dancing, singing, and watching Netflix in her free time. She has always loved tutoring and is looking forward to seeing many students take advantage of the PTC.

Alana Padua, Physics Tutor and Physics Team Leader, is a graduate student majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She is originally from the Berkeley, California area. She is an avid fan of the internet and greatly appreciates an interdisciplinary approach to science. When Alana isn't reminiscing about the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys walking around, meeting new people, and listening to rock music from the early 2000s."

Tana Siboonruang, Chemistry Tutor, is a senior who is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is passionate about the environment and wants to develop sustainable sources of energy through materials science and electrochemistry. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and swimming. Some of his favorite bands are Fall Out Boy, Oasis, and Young the Giant. He looks forward to sharing his love for chemistry with other students during his time at the PTC.

Zami Talukder, Computer Science Tutor, is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. When he isn’t learning of the intricacies of the world, Zami relishes the simpler things, like drinking water. Zami loves to drink water. He believes it to be an essential part of life, so much that he practically lives off of it. Even he does not know why he loves drinking water so much. He wishes to figure this out one day.

Arystan Tatishev, MATLAB tutor, is an international student from Kazakhstan, studying Mechanical Engineering. Among some of his impressive skills, Arystan can lick his elbow, hold his breath for a minute and 30 seconds and can almost do a handstand. A fun fact that Arystan found out for himself  when he first left Kazakhstan is that his name actually rhymes with his home country.

Steven Wang, Physics Tutor, is a junior majoring in Computer Engineering. He has lived in NYC for a very long time and enjoys working with physics. During his free time, he watches TV, reads books, goes to the gym, plays video games, and works on scale models. His favorite type of books and TV shows are fantasy and action related. He also loves competitive and strategy based games. He is very enthusiastic about helping others out and is looking forward to seeing everyone.

Sepehr Yazdani, Computer Science Tutor, is a senior studying Electrical Engineering.  Originally from Iran, he moved to Dubai when he was nine years old, and moved to New York City to start college. In his spare time, he enjoys trying new foods around the city, watching shows on Netflix, and reading up on current politics. As a MATLAB tutor, he aims to get his students to fully understand and appreciate the art of problem solving.

Yuhong Zhang, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior majoring in computer science. He was born and raised in Beijing, and took quite a long trip to be here. In his spare time, he loves working out in the gym, playing the piano, watching movies and traveling to new places. As a newcomer in New York, he likes wandering around the city. He loves to learn new things from new friends and believes that tutoring is a mutual learning experience. He would like to see you a lot in the PTC.

Angela Zhou, Physics Tutor, is a senior dual majoring in Mathematics and Physics. She has moved around from Shanghai to Vancouver and now to New York. She is good at art but terrible at sports. When she is not busy, she loves going out for food with her friends and watching random TV shows like Suits. After Angela graduates, she wants to travel around the world. She hopes to help loads of people at PTC during the semester.

Subject Team Leaders

Computer Science - Rohan Chakraborty (CS 1114, 1134 & 2124) and Rosaura Ocampo (CS 1133)

Physics - Alana Padua

Chemistry - Steven Yang

Writing Consultants

Sam Schreiber, Writing Center Coordinator, Sam holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and has taught writing at Kean University, Long Island University, Wagner College, NYU’s College of Arts and Science, and right here at NYU Tandon. Before that, Sam worked as a staff writer for the employment agency Challenger, Gray & Christmas and freelance music journalist. Sam is enthusiastic about all kinds of literature, especially science fiction and fantasy, and is the co-editor of the audio magazine the Kaleidocast and is one of the organizers of Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers.

Mara Goodman has a background in speech and language pathology, and literacy as well as theater. Mara has taught ESOL here in New York. She enjoys learning new languages. Mara is also a singer of classical and folk music and songs of peace and justice, both on her own and with her a cappella group, Harmonic Insurgence. Her choice to join us at the School of Engineering reflects her desire to work closely with students to help them express their own opinions and feelings.

Zef Lisowski is a Southern transplant, pop culture enthusiast, and writer currently enrolled in Hunter College’s MFA Program in Poetry. She’s excited about emergent digital literacies and best practices, and specializes in queer- & trans-centric writing consulting. Talk to her about pre-writing or Kanye West, or bring in your application materials and other works-in-progress!


Office Staff

Louise Chen is a junior majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Business Studies. She is also a tutor for Math Department and TRIO Scholars Program. She has great enthusiasm for Habitat for Humanity International Program and one of her dream jobs is to travel and build. She loves helping people and oh, she loves smiling too. If you have any questions or concerns at PTC, she will be very happy and patient to help you out.

Alexander Lawson, is a senior with a dual major in Physics and Mathematics. He enjoys playing video games and watching movies. He hopes that after graduation he can work to advance global efforts for outer space exploration.