Notice of 2019 Polytechnic Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Elections | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Notice of 2019 Polytechnic Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Elections

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Meeting Information

The Polytechnic Alumni Associations's (PAA) 2019 Annual Meeting and the election of three officers (President, Vice President, and Secretary) and five directors to the International Board of Directors, will take place:

  • Date:  Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Time:  6:00 pm sharp
  • Location: NYU Tandon School of Engineering, One MetroTech Center
    19th Floor, Jacobs - North room, Brooklyn, New York

An informal reception will precede the meeting from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

All alumni are invited to attend and vote for up to three officers, who will serve two-year terms, and five directors, who will serve three-year terms, beginning September 1, 2019.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend the election and Annual Meeting in person or via phone or no later than July 8, 2019. 


Voting Proxy & Ballot

Please date, sign, and mail this proxy to:

NYU Tandon School of Engineering Alumni Relations
1 MetroTech Center
19th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

You may also fax this proxy to 646-997-3449, or email a scanned copy to

To be counted, this proxy must be RECEIVED by the Executive Director no later than 5:00 pm EDT on Monday, July 8, 2019.

To those participating in the meeting by phone, you must submit your voting proxy ballot no later than 5:00 pm EDT via postal mail, electronic ballot, or fax (646-997-3449) on Monday, July 8, 2019. There will be no ability to cast a vote via phone.


Call 646-997-3885 to request additional information or a hard copy of the agenda and meeting documents.


2018 Annual Meeting Minutes

​​​​​​​PAA 2019 Annual Meeting Agenda


I. Call to Order

II. Moment of Silence in Memory of Departed Friends

III. Secretary's Report  

  • Approval of the June 14, 2018 Annual Meeting Minutes 

IV. President's Report

V. Immediate Past President's Report

VI. Executive Director's Report

VII. Election of Officers and Directors

VIII. Closing Remarks

IX. Adjournment

Candidate Bios


Anthony Concolino is a senior Information Technology and Risk executive at Bank of America currently focused on leading operational risk transformation and innovation. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of CITOS Group where he provided executive advisory services for Private Equity firms on tech startups focused on Cyber Risk, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise Architecture and Transformation. Before branching out on his own, he was a senior leader at Citi leading global teams in modernizing enterprise technology as part of a multi-billion dollar transformation program. Earlier in his career he held various senior management roles at Reuters where he was instrumental in pioneering world-class financial information systems. While studying for his Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree at the Polytechnic Institute of New York, Anthony was Student Council President and worked alongside Dr. George Bugliarello during the final years leading up to the approval of MetroTech. Anthony is presently President, NYU Tandon Polytechnic Alumni Association; Member, NYU Tandon Board of Overseers; Member, NYU Alumni Association Board ; NYU Alumni Awards Committee Member; and ISACA Member. He and his wife, Vania (Columbia ’94) have three children (NYU ’08, Fordham ’14, NYU ’16/Cardoso Law ’19), two grandchildren and live in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Robert V. Jones is the founder of PReSafe Technologies and serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. PReSafe Technologies is an emerging cyber security and operational security solution delivery company with an emphasis on protecting global digital assets supporting the nation, commercial business, critical infrastructure, and academic communities. Mr. Jones has more than 30 years of leadership and technology experience with increasing responsibility. In Feb 2014, the Government Technology Services Coalition (GTSC) at their annual award ceremony presented him with the Small Business Member of The Year Award. GTSC is a non-profit, non-partisan association of innovative, agile small and mid-sized company CEOs that create, develop, and implement solutions for the Federal homeland and national security sector. After a rigorous evaluation, PReSafe Technologies was selected by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) as a participant in the SBA’s 8(a) Small Business Development Program late in 2014. The 8(a) Program, covering a term of 9 years, is an essential instrument for helping entrepreneurs gain access to the economic mainstream of American society by enabling them to gain a foothold in government contracting.

Prior to founding PReSafe Technologies, Mr. Jones was Staff Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations with IEEE, Inc. (Inst. of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). There he led the architecture and IT service delivery across the organization for both enterprise infrastructure and ecommerce infrastructure with revenue from online subscription services approaching $200M annually. His direct responsibilities included cyber security strategy and implementation among others. Of notable achievement, he led his team to create and introduce a unique messaging service with innovative virus detection and SPAM management features to facilitate safer Internet communication for IEEE members. More than 100k IEEE members subscribed driving a volume of over 360M messages processed annually making it one of the most popular IEEE member benefits for some time. He considers his effort leading his team to design, build and operate a modern data center and successfully relocating the IEEE Xplore Digital Library hosting there among his most significant accomplishments. Mr. Jones has also held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Brookhaven National Laboratory; Merck, Inc.; and Mars, Inc.

He holds a Master of Science from Polytechnic University, now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN,both in Electrical Engineering. He was among 145 students nationwide named a full fellow by the National GEM Consortium to pursue graduate studies in engineering.

Mr. Jones completed executive education programs at Yale University School of Management and at Harvard Business School. He is designated a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2 ®.

The Network Journal Magazine presented Mr. Jones with the 40 Under 40 Dynamic Achievers Award in 2003.

He is a member of the International Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 ®, the IEEE, InfraGard and GTSC, where he has served two terms as a Steering Committee member. Mr. Jones is a past member of the Security Industry Association (SIA); the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG), where he served the Technology Subgroup as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee; and the Anti Phishing Working Group (APWG).

Mr. Jones presently serves as a member of the International Board of Directors (IBOD) of the Polytechnic Alumni Association (PAA). He is actively engaged as a member of the By Laws Sub Committee. Among other highlights, he welcomed incoming students during the 2nd Annual Students of Color Reception; he joined in support of Dean Jelena Kovacevic and other PAA IBOD members at premier events including Women In Technology (WIT) and cross NYU collaborations between NYU School of Nursing, NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU School of Dentistry. In addition, Mr. Jones represented the PAA at events such as the NYU Alumni Awards 2019. He is also actively engaged in fundraising efforts and student mentoring. Mr. Jones considers his role representing the PAA at the Golden Jubilee Society induction ceremonies among his most rewarding contributions.

Kostantinos (Gus) Maimis brings close to 30 years of construction experience to his position as Executive Vice President for Lehrer Cumming a project management and construction advisory firm. He is responsible for the oversight of numerous successfully executed and completed projects for higher education, healthcare, transportation centers, multi-tenant housing, and commercial clients.  Some of his past and current projects include The Stevens Institute of Technology Academic Center and Dormitory, The Jacob Javits Convention Center Expansion, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and Grand Central Terminal Restoration amongst others. His responsibilities typically involve the oversight and management, on behalf of our clients, of all construction activities from the early design phases thru completion and turn-over.

Prior to coming to Lehrer Cumming, Mr. Maimis served as Senior Vice President and North East Territory Manager for STV Construction, Inc. Mr. Maimis was responsible for the profitability, growth and overall operations of the territory, on a variety of projects, ranging from commercial to institutional, on such notable projects and clients as: Port Authority of NYNJ, Columbia University, New York University Langone Medical Center, United Airlines, and New York City Housing Authority

Mr. Maimis is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the PAA as well as Director and Treasurer of the Greater New York Constructions Users Council, the Board of Governors for the New York Building Foundation as well as serving as Director on the National Board of The Construction Management Association of America. 

He is a Visiting Professor at Pratt’s School of Architecture and a guest lecturer at Columbia University’s school of engineering.  He is on the Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Board of NYU Tandon and an active participant in mentoring NYU Tandon engineering students. He is a contributing member of The New York Building Congress higher educational and public building committees, US Green Building Council as well as The Urban Green Council.

Mr. Maimis holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. 

International Board of Directors*

Amy Batallones is Manager of the Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC) at Con Edison Company of New York. Batallones leads the team responsible for 24/7 analysis and response to cybersecurity threats to the company. She previously worked in information security risk management, designing secure architectures for IT and OT systems, conducting vulnerability and risk assessments, and drafting cybersecurity policies.

Batallones is part of several industry working groups leading the improvement of critical infrastructure cybersecurity on a national level. She is a frequent speaker at security conferences, including the International Conference for Cyber Security (ICCS) and NERC’s Grid Security Conference (GridSecCon). Batallones routinely works with NYC schools and organizations to support, mentor, and encourage women, youth, and minorities in STEM.

Batallones received her B.S. in Computer Science from Fordham University and M.S. in Management of Technology from New York University Tandon School of Engineering. She earned a Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Brain and Health Informatics for her research with Fordham’s Laboratory for Informatics and Data Mining. Batallones previously served as a member of the Executive Committee for IEEE’s New York Section

Valentina D’Costa graduated from the BS/MS Program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2017, acquiring both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  Along with academics, Valentina was highly engaged in student organizations. During her undergraduate years, she founded and led student organizations such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and Women In Search of Excellence (WISE). She was the president of AIChE, leading the organization to great success -- engaging, informing, and getting students excited about chemical engineering. She organized professional networking events, bringing opportunities to the chemical engineering student body to help them advance and plan their careers. Along with her amazing team, she led the group to regional recognition by the parent chapter of AIChE. She founded WISE to bring about greater opportunities and build a strong, female-empowered community in a very male-dominated university. This organization helped give support to female engineers in the making, continuously encouraging and supporting their dreams in the STEM fields, as well as working through any barriers they faced in their undergraduate lives. It was a very rewarding experience for Valentina to share empowering stories and allow young women to persevere in the field of science and engineering.

In addition to academics, undergraduate and graduate research, and campus activities at NYU, Valentina began her internship with Con Edison in 2015.  Her journey at Con Edison began in the 74th Street Steam Generating Station. Here she had the opportunity to be a part of the Environment Health and Safety Department, where she gained valuable industry experience. Upon graduating from NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Valentina joined the Growth Opportunities Leadership Development (GOLD) Program at Con Edison in 2017. As a GOLD candidate, she was required to complete three rotations, each spanning 6 months. Her first rotation was in Facilities Operations and Maintenance as an Operating Supervisor. She led the MAXIMO Integration Imitative for Facilities in Brooklyn and Staten Island. She mitigated the budget allocation process for capital projects in 2017. Her second rotation was in Engineering and Planning in Manhattan Customer Engineering as an Engineering Supervisor. There she led the delegation and completion of the engineering designs for services of the City Bridge Project.

She supervised, assigned, reviewed and approved engineering layouts and budgets composed by designers and vendors for retail and major new business services. She also led the monthly Business and Safety meeting with Union and Management employees to encourage engagement and inclusion. Her last rotation was in Electric Operations in Manhattan Underground District 3 as an Operating Supervisor. There she supervised underground splicers in daily work as well as emergency response. She was the lead project manager of a 64th street and Broadway event involving major structural fires and emergency response as well as recovery work on the primary and the secondary electric system. Her experience in the GOLD Program equipped her to be an effective, inclusive and informative leader.

Upon graduating from the GOLD Program, she started her permanent position as a District Manager in Brooklyn/Queens Energy Services. She supervises Energy Service Representatives (ESRs) who remain in constant communication with customers in order to receive progress and close out all electrical and gas service requests in Brooklyn and Queens. Her responsibilities include guaranteeing the safety of her employees and her customers by diligently processing each case to all safety compliance. She upholds operational excellence in following specifications, guidelines and city/state compliance while processing cases effectively. She also strives to provide the plus one customer experience, as she is the customer’s direct liaison to Con Edison. She hopes to continue to be an effective team leader and move the department to new heights.

As a part of the Polytechnic Alumni Association and a member of the International Board of Directors, she hopes to continue her relationship with her Alma Mater. She has been heavily involved in the Tandon community since graduating, as she still attends student-organized professional events to share her experiences. It is important to Valentina that she remains involved and promotes the school’s progress. She is aware of the resources readily available, as well as possible new technology, that will continue to promote groundbreaking discoveries right here in Brooklyn. As a member of the PAA, Valentina envisions more engagement and interaction between  professionals, alumni and the student body. Building networks is key to progressing to the future. It is with collaboration and dedication that we may enter the bright future we engineer today.

Richard Day is the Chief Engineer and Co-Founder of Aquaneers Inc., a nanomaterials company established at NYU Tandon in 2016. Aquaneers created the Plasmonic Ribbon, a nano-enabled product that allows for efficient energy conversion. Aquaneers’ Plasmonic Ribbon production is currently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for CO2 utilization, transforming carbon emissions into fuel via sunlight capture.

Richard chose to attend NYU Tandon (then NYU-Poly) when he learned of the University’s growing efforts to foster student entrepreneurship. During his undergraduate years, he not only watched but immersed himself in the evolution of NYU‘s entrepreneurial community. Upon completion of his Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering studies in 2015, Richard remained connected to NYU through his company, holding the position of Visiting Scholar and making use of NYU Tandon’s labs, MakerSpace and state-of-the-art Clean Room.

Aside from pursuing his lifelong goal of starting his own company, Richard remains determined to accomplish another dream: improving the lives of his community. He currently serves as an executive member of Next Gen, the young professionals’ committee of the Student Leadership Network, an organization that supports the college dreams of thousands of NYC students in low-income communities. He is also very active as an alumni committee member of the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Program, which gives guidance and support to underserved college students in America and high school students in Haiti, his family’s country of origin.

As a member of the Polytechnic Alumni Association, Richard will have the opportunity to significantly influence the future of the university’s entrepreneurship programs with a focus on diversity. He intends to rally support for the students and alumni to pursue their endeavors while also creating necessary job opportunities, something Richard has experienced firsthand working full-time for his own company and employing both current students and alumni.

Ultimately, Richard looks to leverage his positions to develop a pipeline, guiding prospective students to become alumni of NYU Tandon’s many world-renowned STEM programs, and into impactful roles at new companies created through entrepreneurial endeavors supported by the university.

Ravi Islam graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in a variety of organizations, such as Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe), and K12 STEM Education. Ravi was a STEM Instructor and had the opportunity to teach a wide range of high school students from all five boroughs of NYC, which allowed her to introduce multiple disciplines of engineering for students who typically do not gain such exposure with the standard state curriculum. NYU Tandon has a large impact in providing NYC students the resources needed, free of cost, to explore their career options, especially in the field of STEM. 

Upon graduation, Ravi started her career at Con Edison as an Engineering Aide for the 74th Street Generating Station in the Environmental, Health & Safety department. She continued to attend NYU Tandon to pursue her Master's in Chemical Engineering. Working in a steam plant triggered her curiosity on the operational mechanisms of the various equipment used for generation. It was a major factor in changing her major to Mechanical Engineering. With a chemical and mechanical engineering background, she anticipated that the interconnection in disciplines allowed for proficient process engineering. Ravi moved on to Con Edison's rotational program, where she held multiple supervisory and leadership roles and completed the program, taking a position as a Chief Construction Inspector at East River Generating Station.

As both a recent alumna and graduate student, Ravi hopes to use her position to engage with other recent alumni and current students to ensure that future efforts are cohesive and to work towards a common goal. She wants to ensure that as we continue to transition, NYU Tandon School of Engineering alumni are engaged in the current efforts the school is making, which includes expanding into new facilities and extensive research projects. Most importantly,  Ravi wants to emphasize the importance of giving back to one's community and wishes to provide aid to Tandon's K12 STEM Education department and its efforts to provide middle and high school students the opportunity to delve into the multiple disciplines of engineering.

Bertha Jimenez graduated from NYU Tandon with a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Innovation. She also holds an MS in Engineering and Technology Management from Portland State University and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Bertha is the CEO and Co-founder of Rise Products, a food-tech startup that uses its patent-pending process and technology to convert organic byproducts into food-grade ingredients. She works very closely with the craft-beer network in NYC to help them divert tons of food-waste from the landfill. She is an expert in upcycled ingredients and consults with food brands to help them develop, market and launch sustainable products. Bertha previously worked in environmental consulting, design and construction. Bertha is passionate about traveling, being immersed in different cultures, and dancing. She is an advocate of women entrepreneurs and currently volunteers as a mentor for the New York City Department of Small Business Services, where she helps women start and grow their business.

While a student at NYU Tandon, her research was focused on understanding the role of higher education in developing entrepreneurs. Her findings and insights helped the university augment and improve their co-curricular entrepreneurship training programs. Her fieldwork allowed her to participate in the New York entrepreneurship ecosystem in different roles - student, coach, mentor, and founder. Her findings have been published in prestigious journals, and she has presented her work at conferences and global summits, and in the media. She used her research and startup experience to help students understand, analyze and develop technology in her Innovation Management course that she taught while being a Ph.D. student. She is actively leveraging her experience and skillsets to create a better community for minorities and women entrepreneurs by participating in the alumni association. She looks forward to sharing her passion for entrepreneurship and innovation with students who are looking to create positive social and environmental impact.

Georgey Joseph’s step into NYU Tandon School of Engineering became his giant leap into the world of community service. His long-held belief that “the purpose of every engineer is to make the every-day of people better” drives him to not only work for the betterment of his community but also to empower others to do the same. 

Georgey was one of the founding members of the International Student Advisory Board at the NYU Office of Student Activities and Resource Center (OSARC). His vision was that the board would help every international student feel welcomed at NYU and that this would inculcate in them a sense of ownership towards the community. They organized over 20 events where students were able to explore the city and interact with each other. Georgey received the 2016 Tandon School of Engineering Award for Service towards International Student Activities for his services. 

Georgey also served as Programming Commissioner in the NYU Poly Tandon School of Engineering's Graduate Student Council. His activities ranged from leading the school to participate at the 2017 All U Games to serving as the 2017 Orientation Captain where he welcomed and acclimatized new students to the school. Georgey’s work for the benefit of the students was recognized and appreciated by NYU with the 2016 President’s Award for Service.

Presently, Georgey serves as an Energy Design Engineer at MTA, expanding the reach of his services from the NYU community to the entire NYC community!

James A Taylor, recently retired, had worked at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) since 1978. His last title was Enterprise Data Architect. Previous titles were Lead Business Database Analyst II, and Manager of Information Processing. In his previous role, he was responsible for recommending the architecture for future projects with a focus on the migration for on-premise systems into the cloud. Before that he was responsible for Database administration and development as well as managing a small staff of programmers.

He received a B.A. in Biology in 1971, and an M.S. in Engineering in 1975, both from NYU. He is a certified AWS Solutions Architect – Associate (SAA), Association Executive (CAE), and Scrum Master (CSM). He is Life Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of ACM, ASAE, & ISACA. He is an active alumnus, having served on the NYU Alumni Association Board and currently the NYU College of Arts and Science Alumni Board, and was a member of the Polytechnic Alumni Associations (PAA) International Board of Directors from 2015-2018.

Statement of Intent:

If elected, I will dedicate time and energy to help the alumni board accomplish whatever projects that it deems important and to regularly attend all board meetings.


*Five open positions, each for three-year terms