Associate Dean, Communications and Public Affairs
Interim-Executive Director, NYC Media Lab
Sayar Lonial is the Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in Downtown Brooklyn. In that capacity he oversees community outreach and maintains a wide variety of public-private partnerships to further the school’s multifaceted mission: creating technology aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems; encouraging tech entrepreneurship and the growing Innovation Economy; and educating a new generation of engineers committed to academic excellence, visionary research, and diversity.
In addition to his duties at NYU, since 2016 Lonial has chaired Brooklyn’s Community Board 6, which represents the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, and Red Hook. His aim in that post is to ensure that the District becomes increasingly livable and sustainable and that its leadership is responsive to the needs of its residents. Lonial’s other current titles include President of the DUMBO BID Board of Directors, and Board Representative to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. Previously, Lonial served as the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s Director of Planning & Development, ensuring community input into the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 attacks and overseeing such initiatives as the rehabilitation and creation of more than 30 new parks and open spaces in Lower Manhattan and the creation and preservation of some 3,000 affordable units in Tribeca, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. In addition to State and Federal government experience, Sayar also served as Deputy Chief of Staff in Council District 1, Manhattan for then-Council; Member Alan J. Gerson. Prior to his work at the Council, he served on the Master Planning team for Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Lonial hails from Louisville, Kentucky, and currently resides in Brooklyn