Technology in Service to Society | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Technology in Service to Society


Since 1854 the NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s mission has been to provide students and faculty with the resources to turn their inspirations into applications, products, and services that solve real-world problems and meet real-world needs. Our Departments work across fields to help create Technology in Service to Society. To learn more about the cutting-edge work being performed by our academic departments please see below.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Hybrid Molecule Delivers a Blow to Cancer

A new hybrid molecule developed in the lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering shows promise for treating breast cancer by serving as a “shipping container” for cytotoxic—or cell-destroying—chemotherapeutic agents.

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Tandon Methane Research Could Benefit the Environment, the Chemical Industry, and More

Controlling methane’s carbon-hydrogen bonds at moderate temperatures could lead to greener energy; improve the manufacture of commodities, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals; and perhaps even keep future intergalactic travelers healthy.

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Whispering Gallery-Mode Biosensors Are Worth Shouting About

Stephen Arnold, university professor of applied physics, has used a nano-enhanced version of a patented microcavity biosensor to detect a single cancer marker protein, which is one-sixth the size of the smallest virus, and even smaller molecules below the mass of all known markers.

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New Faculty, New Breakthroughs

Our newest faculty members come to us from various corners of the world, but they all have one thing in common: impressive lists of accomplishments.

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A Leader in the Chemical Engineering World

Assistant Professor Ryan L. Hartman takes on new roles at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the journal Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.

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A Collaborative Take on Healthcare

Professors Guido Gerig and John T. McDevitt exemplify how engineers are working with physicians to revolutionize healthcare.

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Civil and Urban Engineering

Applying Neuroscience to
Architectural Design

Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering Semiha Ergan is working at the intersection of design and neuroscience to develop a unique program that explores not only how people feel about architectural spaces, but how their bodies and minds respond to them.

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Tackling Traffic on Many Fronts

Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering Kaan Ozbay is helping New York City achieve its Vision Zero goal, making work zones safer, and collaborating with the Department of Transportation to reduce weather-related accidents.

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Ozbay Lab Shines at High-Profile Transportation Research Board Meeting

Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering Kaan Ozbay and members of his Urban Mobility and Intelligent Transportation Systems laboratory presented an impressive twelve peer-reviewed papers at prestigious conference.

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Computer Science and Engineering

Protecting Internet Users from Scareware

Damon McCoy, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is working with Google to study the widespread and shady practices that deliver unwanted advertising and software bundled with legitimate downloads — a problem that occurs far more often than malware attempts.

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Building a Better Computer Bug Finder

Individuals and corporations spend millions of dollars on software that sniffs out potentially dangerous computer bugs. Tandon researchers are taking an unorthodox approach: Instead of finding and remediating bugs, they’re adding them by the hundreds of thousands.

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Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Cars Connected To Smartphones

In what is believed to be the first comprehensive security analysis of its kind, a Tandon researcher found vulnerabilities in MirrorLink, a system of rules that allow vehicles to communicate with smartphones.

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The World’s Largest Student-Run Cyber Security Event Gets Bigger and Better

CSAW, the world’s largest student-run cyber security event, will expand even father this year, with finalists from India, the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States competing simultaneously.

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Crack that Password? Not in a Billion Years

Tandon researcher devises an open-source password protection scheme that offers an unprecedented level of security for password servers.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Judicious Duplexing Can Speed Downloads

Tandon researchers have demonstrated how to gain the efficiency of sending and receiving signals on the same radio wave while avoiding interference.

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IEEE’s Most-Downloaded Papers Include Numerous from Tandon

Of the 100 papers downloaded the most from IEEE publications and societies during the month of July, an impressive five percent were written by members of just one organization: NYU WIRELESS, the world's leading academic research center for the fifth generation of wireless communications (5G).

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Changing the 5G World

Research conducted by Ted Rappaport, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and the founding director of NYU WIRELESS, has paved the way for fifth generation mobile communication, and the FCC is taking notice.

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3D Printing Poses Cyber Security Risks

Researchers at Tandon have uncovered that new 3D printing technology poses some of the same dangers unearthed in the electronics industry, where trusted, partially trusted, and untrusted parties are part of a global supply chain.

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Judging a Fish By Its Color: For Female Bluefin Killfish, Love is a Yellow Mate

Biomimetic robotic models created by Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Maurizio Porfiri can be deployed as controllable stimuli amid live counterparts, thus providing an engineering-based, repeatable approach to studying animal behavior.

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Custom Tailoring Robotic Exoskeletons that Fit to Perfection

Joo H. Kim, a Tandon assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is helping to establish a user-centered design framework for powered lower-extremity exoskeletons with utility in medicine, industry, the military, and other realms.

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Tandon Professor Edits a Special Topics Issue

Mechanical engineer Maurizio Porfiri has edited the European Physical Journal’s special-topics volume on the dynamics of animal systems, which features 20 peer-reviewed scholarly papers relating to the study of how animals move, navigate their environment, and interact.

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On the Frontier

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Vikram Kapila will be among the select group of educators at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium, which brings together the field’s most innovative and inspiring figures.

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Assisting Nature with Robotics

Combining mathematical modeling and advanced materials, mechanical engineer Maurizio Porfiri has developed robotic fish that can lead their live counterparts away from hazards such as oil and chemical spills or power turbines.

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Novel Computational Approach Aims to Improve Prosthetics and Aid Troops

Professor Joo H. Kim has developed an innovative joint-based method of modeling and computing human metabolic energy expenditure.

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