Virtual Programs | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Virtual Programs

Taking classes remotely? Check out our various online program offerings ranging from leadership training to interactive workshops.

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Tandon Teaches

Tandon Teaches gives members of our community, whether they be students, staff, or faculty, an outlet to show off a skill, talent, or interest, and most importantly, connect with others. All sessions will be recorded and posted on this page. Check out our past offerings below and be sure to follow our social media pages (@tandonstudentlife) for information on how to join us live for upcoming sessions.

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Tandon Teaches: Financial Services in a Pandemic Era

Join us for an informative session hosted by Anshita Lalwani, NYU Tandon alumna, and current Finance Manager for ADM. For the second time in 12 years, the US economy and financial markets are facing an unexpected crisis of uncertain proportions. This session will bring an understanding impact of COVID-19 in Financial Services and job prospects going forward within this industry. 

Tandon Teaches: Laws of UX

Interested in discovering how psychology plays a major role in designing better digital products and services? Attend our conversational session on Laws of UX led by NYU Tandon Alumnus, Dhruv Avdhesh, to deep dive into how to make experiences more intuitive and human-centered. Dhruv specializes in product design and user experience and will discuss the laws of UX - a valuable design skill, all non-designers should know about.

Tandon Teaches: Indian Classical Music (Part II)

Join Pooja K Swamy, a Tandon graduate student, for another interactive session where she continues to explain the main aspects and ideologies of Indian classical music. This session will provide participants an insight on the complexities of the fundamental elements of Indian classical music. Feel free to join her whether it is to relax, to learn, or to share your own musical interests. Music experience is definitely not mandatory! Check out Pooja's first session linked below.

Tandon Teaches: Retro Video Games

Grab a fistful of quarters and join us on a nostalgic escape into the arcade cabinets and console video games of the eighties and nineties. Craig Jolley, NYU's Director of Student Conduct, welcomes us into his home arcade in Brooklyn for a discussion about growing up in the golden age of video games. Craig will give a tour of his arcade cabinets, with some show-and-tell on a few of his personal favorites. With over a thousand games on hand, requests will be taken from participants on their own old school favorites.

Tandon Teaches: Springtime Risotto

Although it might not feel like it, Spring has arrived. Let's celebrate by cooking with the fresh green vegetables popping at the farmers markets and grocery stores this time of year. Join Matt Maldonato, Tandon Online Student Services Manager and amateur home cook, for an interactive cooking class making Springtime Risotto! No cooking experience necessary. Check out Matt’s Instagram (@mealsmadebymatt) for a sneak peek of his skills. Ingredients List

Tandon Teaches: Ceramics

Join Elizabeth New, Assistant Manager for the MakerSpace at Tandon, for a special ceramic studio tour! In this workshop, Elizabeth will be giving a live tour of her ceramics studio, Clayspace BK, which is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The tour will include a virtual live demonstration of the techniques and methods used to make ceramics.

Tandon Teaches: Longboard Woodworking

You’ll get to a point in your skating journey when you start thinking, “What if this deck was bigger/smaller/curved differently?” Join Isay Acenas, amateur skater and Tandon undergraduate student, from her wood shop in San Francisco as she walks us through her process of making a longboard deck out of wood sourced from a fallen tree from the Bay Area. She will make recommendations about getting started in woodworking, and at the end of the class, one participant will be randomly selected to receive their very own deck made in her wood shop!

Tandon Teaches: Marketing Your Side Hustle in 2021

Join Chris Alvarez (Tandon alumnus) for a session highlighting an essential checklist to make sure you are giving your business or potential business idea maximum exposure. Participants will get an overview of details Chris takes with his own business, Transcendent Enterprise, that helped it grow. This workshop will give more info than just how you can promote on social media; you will walk away with a full 360 strategy on how you can earn trust from your clients. 

Tandon Teaches: Aviation (Part I)

If you've ever looked into the sky and wished you could fly, join Daniel Katz-Braunschweig, Senior Lecturer and Certified Flight Instructor, as he discusses his experiences piloting private aircraft domestically and internationally and answer questions about how to join the aviation community.  The first in this multi-part discussion will introduce you to the world of flying, give you a foothold into how to get started as a sport, recreational or private pilot, and what you can do with a license.

Tandon Teaches: The Power of Sleep

Join Professor Jim Lewis to discuss all things sleep. Why do we sleep? What happens to us when we sleep? Why do we dream? Why is sleep one of the first things we cut back on when we want to have more time to study, but it is one of the best things that help us fight stress and help us remember more of what we have learned? We'll answer these questions and more as we talk about the importance of sleep, especially important during finals season!

Tandon Teaches: Geneaology 

Ever wanted to research your family's history? In this discussion-based tutorial, join Industry Associate Professor, Jeff Epstein, while we explore freely-available, internet-based genealogy research techniques and share family stories. Great for those just getting started in genealogy. 

Tandon Teaches: DIY Face Masks

In this hands-on session, Industry Assistant Professor Kathleen McDermott will show basic hand-sewing techniques to create a simple, reusable facemask with a filter pocket, using material from a t-shirt. This pattern can be used to make a mask with ear flaps, or adjustable ties. *The above link is a condensed version of our session*

Tandon Teaches: Aviation (Part II)

Ever looked into the sky and wished you could fly? In part two of our multipart series, Prof. Katz will introduce you to "Gigi" his K35 Bonanza and show you the major parts. We'll include a basic discussion on aerodynamics and talk about what Orville and Wilbur discovered in their experiments.

Tandon Teaches: Make Your Own Fajitas

Food. Friends. Fajitas. Join Matt Maldonato, Tandon Online Student Services Manager and amateur home cook, for an interactive class cooking a fajita dinner and making new friends! No cooking experience necessary.

Recommended ingredients list

Tandon Teaches: Cybersecurity in the News

Have an interest in all things cybersecurity? How about taking a deep-dive into some Cybersecurity news and events? Join Professor Phillip Mak, who has over 15 years of cybersecurity experience, for an interactive discussion on the latest Cybersecurity news. In this session, participants will go beyond the headlines to understand what really transpired and why companies with huge annual budgets keep getting compromised.

Tandon Teaches: The Quirky Lives of Philosophers

Philosophers have the unfortunate stereotype of being boring and saying nonsensical things.  But in this humorous interactive session, join John Paul Cleveland, Director of the Polytechnic Tutoring Center, as we will take a look at several philosophers, what they said, and examine their quirky lives.

Tandon Teaches: Cybersecurity in the News II

Back by popular demand! Join Professor Phillip Mak in another interactive discussion as he dives into more cybersecurity news. In this session, participants will go beyond the headlines to understand what really transpired and why companies with huge annual budgets keep getting compromised.

Tandon Teaches: Introduction to Indian Classical Music

Join Pooja K Swamy, one of our very own Tandon graduate students, in an interactive session where she indulges you in an introduction to Indian classical music. We all know the calming effects of music; join us whether it be to relax, to learn, or to share your own musical interests. Music experience is definitely not mandatory!

Tandon Teaches: The Curious History of Model Risk

Ever wondered not only what model risk is but why we should care about it? Because model risk is not limited to finance! Join Professor Jon Hill on a brief romp through history to reveal some surprising examples of model risk that have appeared in very different arenas of human activity. No prior finance knowledge required!

Tandon Teaches: Aviation (Part III)

Back by popular demand! In this third instance of Tandon Teaches: Aviation, we'll be discussing the differences between VFR and IFR traffic and what's necessary to get a flight in the air and safely back to the ground.

Tandon Teaches: Pasta

Sweater weather kicks off the Carbonara season! Join Industry Associate Professor, Vittoria Flamini, as she shows you how to make this warm, creamy, comforting pasta dish that can be, literally, whipped up in a few minutes. No cooking experience necessary.

Tandon Teaches: Rapid Website Design

Looking to get public validation for your ground-breaking idea? Come and learn how to design and build a rapid website for prototyping in a workshop facilitated by NYU Tandon Alumnus, Dhruv Avdhesh. Dhruv specializes in product design and user experience and will cover the basics of HTML and CSS using Webflow. By the end of the session, participants will be able to host their website in the public domain for user testing.

Tandon Teaches: Demystifying Mental Health

Are you stressed, anxious, and depressed? What do these terms even mean? Join Tandon Counseling & Wellness Team Leader Jiyoon Lee, and Counselor, Delia Salem, who will introduce current issues in college mental health and share resources and Counseling and Wellness services for Tandon students.

Tandon Teaches: Voting in America: How We Got Here

A look at the engineering and technology of voting in the United States, past and present. Join IDM co-director, R. Luke DuBois, and Director of Student Affairs & Student Activities, Brittney Bahlman, two of Tandon's NYU Votes representatives, in exploring some vintage voting machines and our history as a democracy. *A non-partisan event*

Tandon Teaches: Let's Talk About Sex

This workshop, hosted by Alyssa LaFosse, NYU's Sexpert, is a space to talk about sex and what it means to you. We'll talk about intimacy in general as well as focusing on how to be safe during a pandemic era. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss sex in a safe, nonjudgmental, and sex-positive space. 

Tandon Teaches: Visualization through Mathematica

This course, hosted and created by Tandon graduate student, Ajeet Gary, is designed to teach how to use the most common and useful features of Wolfram Mathematica, an extremely powerful technical computing system that can be used to model a wide range of problems. Plotting functions in several ways, making models that can be manipulated in real-time by the user, and efficiently computing solutions to complicated equations are among the things we'll cover.

NYU Reads

NYU Reads brings the NYU community together around a single common reading, chosen by a University committee made up of faculty, student, and administrator representatives. You will soon find out that at Tandon, we are committed to supporting and enhancing diversity, inclusion, and equity among all of our students, faculty, and staff, in the firm belief that diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments are not tangential or incidental to excellence, but constitutive of it. With that in mind, during the semester, you will have the opportunity to actively participate in the NYU Reads program, as you engage in discussions and events related to the book. 

2022-2023 NYU Reads Selection: Klara and the Sun

You may find information on how to access and purchase the chosen novel on the NYU Reads website.
Follow-up events and activities related to the NYU Reads theme will occur throughout the Fall 2022 semester. Stay tuned for more information via email as well as on our social media pages (@tandonstudentlife).

Womxn in STEM Summit

The 2021 Womxn in STEM Summit was a fully virtual week featuring womxn discussing their varying professional journeys, how 2020 has changed their lives, and the importance of embracing resilience. Find links to recordings of these events and descriptions below. For more information on the full lineup, check out our event page.

Tandon Teaches: Vinyasa Yoga

Join Sally Choi (Tandon BS '17), a registered yoga instructor, for an open-level 60 minute yoga class structured to be simple enough for beginning students, but includes variations to challenge all bodies, minds, and spirits. The primary focus of the class is to help you connect to your breath and to help find a small bit of peace and quieting of the mind during these difficult times.

Prop requirements:

  • a yoga mat
  • [Optional: yoga blocks, straps, bolsters]

Rising to the Challenge: Finding & Starting a New Job during COVID-19

Finding and starting a new job is more challenging than ever. From virtual interviews to working remotely, the pandemic is adding another layer to the transition from school to work. The good news for our current job seekers is that our Tandon Class of 2020 has already faced this challenge head-on. Join a few of our Tandon Class of 2020 alumni to talk about how they are rising to the challenge of searching for and starting a new job during the pandemic!

From Surviving to Thriving: Wellness & Success in STEM

2020 was hard. But our panelists not only survived through it, they thrived - integrating wellness techniques into their work from home routines. In STEM, we usually talk about success in terms of data and deliverables, but the missing piece is often focusing on our own wellness and how it contributes to overall success more than we ever discuss or acknowledge. Join NYU Tandon alumni as they talk about their journeys through 2020 and other tumultuous times, and how important wellness has been to their personal and professional triumphs.

Keynote Panel: Embodying Resilience

A panel discussion centered on how current events (politics/law, the Black Lives Matter movement, the COVID-19 pandemic, etc.) have affected our personal and professional lives. Panelists will talk about their personal work responses as well as how their company, organization, and/or institution has responded. Panelists will also discuss how womxn, particularly womxn in STEM, can heal and rise from these struggles. They will share personal and professional strategies they have learned and developed that help them embody resilience and how you can adapt them for your own life.

Diversity in STEM Summit

The 2020 Diversity in STEM Summit, our first to occur in a completely virtual format, featured three wonderful events, bringing together over ten innovative presenters. Find links to the recordings of these events and descriptions below. For more information on our lineup, including biographies and headshots of all speakers, check out our event page.

Inclusion Innovators to Watch: Changing the Mindset

Our first program featured STEM trailblazers conducting cutting edge COVID-19 research and making significant impacts in the STEM pipeline, as well as a leading biomedical researcher in antimicrobial resistance who will discuss the latest updates in the field.

Our three “lightning talk” presenters included a female solar energy entrepreneur harnessing the power of “community solar” and providing more affordable energy; a sustainability expert on a mission to make NYC more resilient and healthy, tackling climate change, food waste, and the green building landscape; and a female data science researcher leading the way examining whether AI is effective if it isn’t equitable and responsible. 

What are the important next steps in diversifying these fields and career paths? Those questions and more are answered by this exciting lineup of innovators driving change.

Reimagining the Building Industry: Engineers & Architects Motivating Change

This panel brought together the intersection of engineering and architecture with key individuals in both fields to answer questions such as: What is driving innovative change in the construction and building industry, and why is a collaborative relationship between engineers and architects so critical? How does diverse thought inspire innovation and strengthen the bottom line? What are examples of how diverse teams of architects and engineers have transformed communities in a way that mirrors them?

Putting Intention into Action: Building a Diverse STEM Pipeline

The final event of our Summit looked to the future of STEM, from K -12 through STEM doctoral programs. How should companies be responsive to supporting the STEM pipeline of women and underrepresented students, and what are the conditions needed that would put ideas into action?

Panelists from U.S. National Laboratories discussed their mission in strengthening American security by providing expertise and innovative technology solutions for the homeland security community as well as career opportunities. They also discussed how they have prioritized recruiting a diverse workforce, and what inclusive innovation looks like in their labs as they solve some of the largest scientific global challenges. 

This event opened with a featured presenter sharing how visionaries have come together in a coalition to fulfill the promise of a true working Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion plan to create structural changes to achieve parity, particularly in STEM fields.