A Message from the Department Chair - Fall 2014 | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

A Message from the Department Chair - Fall 2014


Welcome to the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

As we settle into the fall semester, I am pleased to tell you about the many great things that are happening in at the NYU Tandon School of Engneering. One may think that the summertime is a slower part of the academic year, but our latest developments would tell you otherwise!

Within this newsletter you’ll find stories about PhD candidate Bowen Yu and his team, the Debuggers, who competed in Russia at the International Collegiate Programming Contest this year; Team Atlas, a group of engineering students who competed in NASA’s 5th annual Robotic Mining Competition; and PhD candidate Anshul Vikram Pandey, whose company, Accern, is growing by leaps and bounds. Faculty members Katherine Isbister, Claudio Silva, and Julian Togelius take us deeper into their research, while stories about alums Moshe Kaplan and Devorah Kletenik show us the success stories that come from a rich education here.

Further, I am excited to announce the brand-new Entrepreneurs in Residence program. Our new faculty additions, Ali Heron and Lucas Nelson, are seasoned entrepreneurs who are here to coach, educate, mentor, and network our students. Ali Heron is currently the Director of Technology Program Management at HBO and the Chief Technology Officer and cofounder of Kwivo. She is an experienced product strategy consultant and product manager. Lucas Nelson is a Principal at Gotham Ventures. Previously, he was the Senior Manager for Product Security at Adobe and an Investment Associate at US Venture Partners. Please join me in welcoming these important additions to our faculty.

This year, faculty member John Iacono is affiliated with one of NYU’s global partners as he teaches at NYU Shanghai, I have had the pleasure of working with NYU’s second partner—NYU Abu Dhabi. The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security and Privacy (CRISSP), a multidisciplinary group of students interested in building new approaches to cybersecurity and privacy, is a program I am personally involved in as a professor who specializes in security. I, along with faculty Ramesh Karri and Jay Chen, also work with the Abu Dhabi branch of CRISSP. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bridge our two communities together.

I hope this gives you an idea of the kind of exciting work that continues to brew here! Please continue to check back—with our talented professors, faculty, and students, there are sure to be more announcements and honors coming up. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us, drop by, or visit us on the Web.

Nasir Memon
Department Head
Computer Science and Engineering