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Tutors and Staff

Who's Who at the PTC?

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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 thirteeen 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.


Deborah Alabi, MATLAB Team Leader & Chemistry Tutor,  is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She has  always had a passion for helping others, which is why she decided to become an engineer. The PTC helped provide Deborah with the tools she needed to excel in subjects like Chemistry and MATLAB. She enjoys tutoring because it allows her to help others understand a subject while strengthening her own comprehension. In her spare time Deborah likes listening to music and watching YouTube videos.

Ziyan (Annie) An, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior student majoring in Computer Science. She loves helping other people and explaining computer science concepts. She was motivated to be a tutor at PTC because she received a lot of help from PTC during her first year at Tandon, and more importantly, she believes that discussions promote learning. After graduation, Annie wishes to enter the industry and makes a difference in the field of Computer Science. 

Emilia Bianchini, Chemistry and Biology Tutor, is a junior majoring in Biomolecular Science in Engineering. Emilia was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Emilia’s favorite pastimes are face-timing her beloved puppy, Edie, and trying out new restaurants. In the future, she hopes to peruse a career in medicine. Emilia utilized the PTC frequently during her first two years at NYU and hopes to provide similar support to other students. 

Giles Bischoff, Computer Science tutor and CS Team Leader, is a senior majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a huge ice hockey fan and loves the Vegas Golden Knights. Working towards his aspiration of doing a PhD in Digital Signal Processing, he also deeply enjoys mathematics, primarily statistics, and is very much excited to give back to the NYU community by tutoring at the PTC.

Yuxiang Chai, Computer Science Tutor, is a senior majoring in computer science with a finance minor. He loves watching movies and NBA games and is a huge fan of LeBron James. Though Yuxiang has never been a tutor, he helped my friends with academic problems a lot. Technically Yuxiang has more than three-year experience with Python and most-used libraries and is working in a computer vision lab, so he  can help people gain a better understanding of this language and the whole computer science program.

Sunny Chantanakajonfung, Chemistry Tutor, is a senior 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. 

Alexander Coman, Physics tutor, is a junior studying mechanical engineering. Alex grew up on the east coast in New Haven Connecticut, and is excited to be living in New York City. He is planning on completing a minor in nuclear energy and pursuing a career in that field after his graduation in order to help with the world's energy crisis. He has always enjoyed physics and math and the abstract mental challenges that both subjects can entail. Alex's other hobbies include playing jazz and hiking, and is an avid consumer of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. He is excited to join the PTC team and hopes to spread the enjoyment of one of his favorite subjects to others.

Yuewei Fu, MATLAB tutor, is a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. He shares a profound interest in computer science alongside mechanical engineering. Being a firm believer in automation, he found the bridge between software and hardware the most gravitating, and hope one day he will be able to work on it. The PTC provided help to him in time when he needed it, and now he wants to share his knowledge acquired along the course to others.    

Euvin Kang, Computer Science tutor, is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. He was born and raised in California. Although he has no prior experience in being an actual tutor, he hopes to be able to assist other students in programming to the best of his abilities. While Euvin's future pursuits are not yet clear, he hopes to discover his own path through computer science. His main passion outside of academics is practicing a sport called Tricking, which he usually spends far too much time doing.

Audre Lai, Physics Tutor, is a senior studying mechanical engineering. Audre transferred to Tandon from Liberal Studies Program during her sophomore year. Currently, she works at a nanomagnetism lab doing research on anisotropic magnetoresistance. Audre hopes to combine her learning in research with her study in ME and work on the application of sensors and memory storage in the future. In her free time, Audre likes to (citi)bike along the river, stop by on a bench and read a good book. Audre looks forward to this upcoming semester and is excited to help fellow students and also learn from them at the PTC!

Xinru Li, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Finance and Mathematics. She loves baking, traveling, and playing chess, and is a movie person. She had the experience of being a tutor for two years and is an enthusiastic and passionate individual who enjoys sharing knowledge with a proven record of helping other progress through positive learning experiences. Xinru enjoys discussing various solving methods with peers and improves together with vigorous students, and she is excited to be a PTC tutor to help fellow students.

Thomas Liu, Physics Tutor, is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering. He is currently pursuing a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in computer science. Thomas loves helping others. Before joining PTC, Thomas worked as a Teaching Assistant for his local high school, helping students with their SAT and SAT subject tests. Thomas believes physics is one of the most important and fundamental subjects and is essential to all engineering fields. He hopes to share what he learned at Tandon and assist others to achieve for more.

Caroline Paulson, Bio/Chemistry Tutor, is a senior majoring in Biomolecular Sciences. Wanting to pursue Biomedical Engineering as her masters, she is also interested in physics and material science. In her free time, she enjoys watching True Crime shows such as forensics files and also cooking shows, keeping up with current events, and also playing video games. She enjoys tutoring people and looks forward to helping students obtain clarity in the subjects they find confusing.

Purnima Prasad, Chemistry Tutor, is a senior majoring in Civil and Urban Engineering and would like to pursue her masters in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She intends to utilize her civil and chemical engineering knowledge to create/identify more sustainable materials to build the various structures we see around us. When she is not busy working on her civil and chemical engineering research projects, she can be found cooking several types of dishes, watching Asian dramas, or volunteering at her local library/hospital. She receives great joy in helping people out whenever she can, and as a chemistry tutor at the PTC, she hopes that she can help her peers understand their chemistry lessons better.

Nicola Ramdass, Physics Tutor, is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. She's from a small island in the Caribbean called Trinidad so New York City has been an adventure. She is an avid traveler and aims to hit all 50 states before she graduates. She has always wanted to be a doctor but realized her talents were in math and physics so she decided to pursue an engineering degree to inadvertently be a doctor by, hopefully if everything goes to plan, designing medical devices. In her free time, she loves bike riding and painting, and although she may not be the best at either, she loves taking time for herself. 

Shinkyum (Kevin) Rho, MATLAB Tutor, is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. He was motivated to become a tutor at PTC because he got a lot of inspiration and help from the PTC tutors during his first semester at Tandon and wanted to serve back to the community. After graduation, he wants to get into the world of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. In his free time, he loves to watch soccer and strum guitar. Kevin is very excited to be part of the PTC family and hopes to share the knowledge he’s gained over the previous semesters with the students. 

Ghania Saleh, Chemistry Tutor,  is a senior at NYU Stern School of Business majoring in Business and transferred from Mechanical Engineering after her freshmen year at Tandon. Ghania was born and raised in Pakistan. She intends to start up her own business after working for a few years. She has always been interested in wedding planning and loves shopping at art stores. 

Leon Scheffs-Bevington, Physics Tutor, is a junior majoring in mathematics and physics. In addition to math, Leon enjoys gaming and comedy TV shows like The Office or Parks and Recreation. He also loves spending free time running and watching baseball. Leon agrees with Boris that the best thing about tutoring is that split-second 'aha' moment when the student gets the concept.

Mrinalini Singh, Chemistry and Biology tutor, is a senior majoring in Biomolecular Science. She is also a part of Tandon’s BS/MS program and will be getting her master’s degree in biomedical engineering. Mrinalini was born and raised in India. She does research at the NYU Center for Neural Science and hopes to pursue a career in neuroscience in the future. In her spare time, she loves binge-watching TV shows and movies. She received help from the PTC for her physics and MATLAB courses in sophomore year and loved the productive atmosphere. It makes her happy every time she helps someone understand a concept better and is very excited to be a PTC tutor. 

Ayden Wang, Computer Science and Chemistry Tutor, is a senior majoring in Computer Science. Ayden received a lot of help from the PTC during freshman and sophomore year and now has the exciting opportunity to help other students. Gaming and watching movies or TV shows is what Ayden enjoys the most, and it is games like Watch Dogs and TV shows like Mr.Robot that inspired the choice of becoming a programmer. Ayden also loves to go to museums and wander around exhibitions with headphone plugged in. 

Johnny Yang, MATLAB Tutor, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and was motivated to become a PTC tutor due to his experience with help from PTC in last year.. He was very grateful for the help I received and was able to improve his GPA with that help. Ever since transferring to NYU the PTC has given Johnny the help he always needed and felt that he should give back. Johnny joined the PTC for the Fall 2020 semester in hopes that he can help others out as well. One day Johnny hopes he can work as a mechanical engineer in the more industrial side of things. Johnny's hobbies are longboarding and reading light novels. 

Leo Zhang, Physics Tutor and Physics Team Leader, is a senior majoring physics and math, minoring in computer science. He loves jpop and jazz as much as abstract math. He’s always willing to chat about cool math concepts and insights with you if you’re bored. He believes visualization is the core to understanding in all mathematics and sciences when it comes to tutoring, and he thinks he can draw the best looking diagrams of all tutors if there’s a competition. (*-ω-)




Subject Team Leaders

Computer Science - Giles Bischoff (CS 1113, 1114, 1134 & 2124) and Deborah Alabi (CS 1133)

Physics - Leo Zhang

Chemistry - Azan Brar

Office Staff

Emily Huber is a first-year graduate student studying Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement. She has three years of experience working with English Language Learners on everything from professional writing to creative writing. Both in and outside of the university, Emily is interested in how academic writing is creative and how creative writing can be academic. She has been studying French for seven years and independently learning Italian for three years. 

Luis Olivera is a Junior studying Electrical Engineering. Whenever he needs to take a break from his classes he likes to play soccer. He is always willing to learn new skills from his peers that will allow him to become more knowledgeable in the field he is studying in. He is interested in the impact that technology has and hopes to someday be a part of something that will help out his community. He believes that being able to receive help from others can always ease any task. That is why he is willing to help out whenever he can.

Baasimah Sabir is currently a junior majoring in Business and Technology Management. She has a love for all things food, and art so when she is not busy you can probably find her munching on some food. After graduation, she hopes to start working in the startup world and be apart of businesses that will have a positive impact in the community. She is looking forward to meeting all the students at the PTC, and is always willing to help out a student in need.