Notice of 2020 Polytechnic Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Elections | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Notice of 2020 Polytechnic Alumni Association Annual Meeting & Elections

Voting is now open and will close at 12:00 PM (EDT) on Monday, July 13. 

View our 2020 PAA Slate of Candidates below

Meeting Information

The Polytechnic Alumni Associations's (PAA) 2020 Annual Meeting and the election of five directors to the International Board of Directors will take place:

  • Date:  Tuesday, July 14, 2020
  • Time:  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM sharp (EDT)
  • Location: Virtual Zoom Meeting

All alumni are invited to attend and vote for up to five directors who will serve three-year terms, beginning September 1, 2020

Please let us know if you are planning to participate in the Annual Meeting and elections no later than July 10, 2020.

As we are operating remotely, there will be no ability to cast a vote via phone, fax, email or portal mail. Kindly cast your vote using the electronic ballot provided.

To register to attend the virtual meeting use the link below.


Email, should you have questions.

2019 Annual Meeting Minutes

​​​​​​​PAA 2020 Annual Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order, Anthony Concolino ’82, President, PAA

II. Moment of Silence in Memory of Departed Friends, Anthony Concolino

III. Secretary's Report: Approval of the June 11, 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes, Gus Maimis ’84, Secretary, PAA

IV. President's Report, Anthony Concolino

V. Executive Director's Report, Valerie Cabral, Executive Director, PAA

VI. Immediate Past President's Report, Gerald Dawes ’84 ’89, Immediate Past President

VII. Nominating Committee Report and Slate of Candidates, Gerald Dawes

VIII. Election of five (5) directors to the PAA International Board of Directors

IX. Closing Remarks

X. Adjournment

Candidate Bios

International Board of Directors*

Amy Batallones is the Manager of Con Edison’s Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC), the team responsible for 24/7 response to cybersecurity threats to the New York City power grid. While working at Con Edison, Amy graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering with an M.S. in Management of Technology. Amy continues to stay involved with Tandon and has had the chance to return through speaking opportunities and supporting events like HackNYU. Amy received her B.S. in Computer Science from Fordham University and was an elected Associate Member of the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society.

Amy is very engaged in STEM education in her community. She is Founder and former Chair of Con Edison’s GOLD Educational Outreach Committee, which since 2013 has been connecting Con Edison’s future leaders with K-12 schools to provide mentorship and exposure to STEM careers. She currently works as an adjunct cybersecurity instructor at Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. She previously served on the Executive Committee for IEEE’s New York Section and supported IEEE’s initiatives and special interests in youth and STEM education. Amy also previously volunteered with LEGO Robotics as an instructor at public schools in Brooklyn.

As a member of the International Board of Directors, Amy hopes to enable educational opportunities to prospective, current, and graduated students alike. Amy is committed to working with PAA to foster a more compassionate and socially responsible community that uses technology to connect people and solve global challenges.

Kevin Bishop is currently a Senior Specialist in the Distributed Generation (DG) Group at Con Edison. In this position, he is responsible for providing guidance on DG-related procedures and tariff interpretations, as well as assessing customer and utility impacts of DG to support policy initiatives.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and graduated cum laude in 2011 from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is an active member of the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE – NYMAC) and during his undergraduate years was a part of other notable organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME).

Since graduating, Kevin has been actively engaged in the Polytechnic Alumni Association (PAA) and previously served as a member on the Executive Council for two terms. Each year, he has also been a dedicated recruiter and representative for Con Edison at NYU Tandon STEM career fairs and has conducted extensive interviews at NYU Tandon of prospective candidates for the Con Edison Growth Opportunity Leadership Development (GOLD) program. In his ongoing endeavor to pay it forward to the next generation, he is also a mentor in the Con Edison Energy Tech HS Mentorship program, where he mentors 9th grade students on a monthly basis during the school year.

Throughout his career, Kevin has demonstrated his effectiveness in positions of influence by earning trust and respect from his professional colleagues due to his diligent work ethic and compassionate personality. He firmly believes hard work pays off if you work smart by aptly applying all available avenues to succeed. He is eagerly looking forward to bringing these qualities to the Polytechnic Alumni Association as a member of the International Board of Directors.

Dr. Martin L. Green (Marty) received degrees from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now known as the NYU Tandon School Engineering, in 1970 (B.S., Metallurgical Engineering) and in 1972 (M.S., Physical Metallurgy).  In 1977 he received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Materials Science).

Marty spent most of his career (1970-1974 and 1978-2003) as a research scientist at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where he led research projects in the application of novel materials and processing for integrated circuit scaling and production. Between 2001 and 2003, he was a guest researcher at IMEC (Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center) in Leuven, Belgium.

From 2003 to the present, Marty has worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, as leader of the Materials for Energy and Sustainable Development Group. His group conducts research, and develops and disseminates measurement science, data, standards, and technology pertaining to materials for energy and sustainable development applications, in partnership with U.S. industry, government agencies and industrial stakeholders. His group’s most current interest is in the application of artificial intelligence to the field of materials science.

Marty served as President of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in 2001 and is an MRS Fellow. He has authored/co-authored over 225 papers and 10 books and has been granted 16 patents.

He has 50 years of experience in the field of Materials Science, during which he has been involved in fundamental research, research management, product development, manufacturing, and public outreach. He firmly believes that materials are “technology enablers” and therefore a sine qua non for our modern world. As an alumnus, he hopes to engage with Tandon/Poly alumni, as well as be a mentor to current students, to give back to the Tandon/Poly community by sharing his experiences and perspectives. His goal is to enable young people to have joyful, meaningful and fulfilling careers in science and technology. Further, because Marty had a wonderful experience at Poly, he wants to make sure that NYU Tandon continues to excel.

Frank Robertazzi CFP®, is a Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch. His team works with clients across the United States on achieving their financial goals. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2007, Frank had a successful career as a Vice President of national and global business technology development in both the electronics and lighting industries at HP, Agilent and CML. 

Frank is a native of Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of NY, now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in 1980 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, after completing his studies at Brooklyn Technical High School.

Frank began his career with Hewlett Packard’s Semiconductor Group. During this time, he worked on the co-development and setting of standards on fiber optic technologies with multinationals such as IBM.  He also brought HP’s semiconductor technology to a broader base of clients around the world through a global integrated channel strategy. Frank’s channel strategy for HP/Philips solid state lighting collaboration was one of the first efforts to commercialize solid state lighting.

At CML, he collaborated with a local entrepreneur, LED Specialist Inc., to bring solid state lighting to such companies as Boeing. 

In 2007, Frank re-engineered his own career into one of Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch. At Merrill, Frank leads a team of advisors that work with clients around the United States on achieving their financial goals.

Frank’s goal is to assist our alumni and students to realize their dreams through mentoring opportunities and help them thrive in the New York Metro area’s rich mosaic of people, technology and finance.   

Daniel O'Sullivan is the Founder and CEO of Gyst Technologies, a company specializing in software development for advanced user interfaces in the speech technology business. 

Dan has been an Entrepreneur and CEO for over 20 years. Prior to that he worked at Bell Labs in New Jersey. He has several patents for his innovations in speech technology and software processes. He also started and successfully sold two technology startups and is now working on his third. 

Dan has an Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Computer Science from NYU Polytechnic, now NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and was awarded two fellowships to teach Computer Science at NYU. He also took the graduate level core requirement courses for a Master’s in Mathematics and in Electrical Engineering as his electives for his Master’s in Computer Science while at NYU. 

Dan is also the Programming Chair and a Director at the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City. Dan’s professional experience includes technology-based innovation and IP development, software architecture and design, telecom, web and cloud-based development, product design, marketing and sales strategy, team leadership, corporate strategy and deal making. He is a high-integrity, decisive leader with a proven track record for success. He has deep contacts with entrepreneurs, executives, directors, developers, UI designers, IP counsel, and managers in science, technology, software, finance, speech, telecommunications and web and mobile technologies. Dan is also an artist and musician and has completed two New York City marathons.

Kevin Thapa currently works as the Information Security Specialist for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). In this position, he is responsible for 24/7 Incident Response and Informational Security Operations for the agency. He leads a team to protect digital and social media, safeguarding modern organizations from dynamic security, brand, and physical risks across social, mobile, web and collaboration platforms. He conducts certification and accreditation planning and testing. He also recommends improvements to security operation procedures for certification and accreditation, incident response, patching, and vulnerability management in compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

In addition to this, Kevin is a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO), supporting the NRC throughout the entire Acquisition Lifecycle: determining the government’s needs, planning for procurement, researching the marketplace, coordinating funding documents, developing competition strategies, and defining the requirements. He is also currently involved in the Federal Robotics Process Automation (FEDRPA) program for the NRC—assessing opportunities, proof of concepts and ROI analysis to develop and implement the RPA program.

He previously worked in information security risk management, designing secure architectures for IT systems and conducting vulnerability & risk assessments. From 2005 to 2013, Kevin served as a tanker and communications specialist in the United States Marine Corps.

During his time at NYU, Kevin was an active member of the NYU Polytechnic’s computer security OSIRIS club, where students run offensive security, Incident Response, and Internet Security labs and hacks. He now serves as the President of NYU’s Regional Alumni club in Washington DC and hopes to serve on the Board of Directors for the NYU Polytechnic Alumni Association (PAA). Kevin routinely works with NYU across the globe and with NYU  Washington, DC schools and organizations to support, mentor, counsel and encourage students to synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action. Kevin will continue his involvement with the NYU Alumni club and the PAA in his fullest capacity, where he can provide value to the School, students, and alumni. By bringing beneficial programs, services and awareness to the association, he hopes to facilitate meaningful engagements between students, teachers, alums and businesses.

Kevin is very spiritual and passionate about travelling, dancing, music, Astro-Physics and networking. In that same spirit of diversity, he hopes to bridge the gaps between all NYU alums, students and faculty from around the globe and remain engaged with NYU in the variety of functions and events held throughout the year. Kevin attended NYU in the Fall of 2011 as an ASPIRE (A Scholarship for Service Partnership for Interdisciplinary Research and Education) recipient in addition to his graduate scholarship. He graduated from NYU Polytechnic, now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, with a Master’s in Cyber Security in 2013. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Physics from San Jose State University.


*Five open positions, each for three-year terms