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NYIT series looks to arm tomorrow’s cyber-defenders

By GREGORY ZELLER // A sizeable grant from Northrop Grumman and a pressing need – the “coming cyberwars,” is how Nada Anid somewhat glumly termed it – have spurred the New York Institute of Technology to action. The mission is to prepare tomorrow’s professionals for the 21st century’s cybersecurity challenges, and for NYIT, the mission starts today – or at least May 5, when the university’s Old Westbury campus hosts the first event in the…


For MindYolk and WDI, a true teaching moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multidimensional Long Island maker is rewriting the textbook on how to educate tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce – kinda literally, sorta. Paul Lipsky, CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio and founder of digital-creator community Long Island Visual Professionals, is about to hand in the most critical college project of his life: a complete curriculum leading to a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in interactive computer graphics, which he plans to deliver to…


Debrief: Edward Guiliano’s NYIT victory lap

Since the circa-1910 New York Technical Institute was rechristened the New York Institute of Technology in 1955, it’s had three presidents: Alexander Schure, his son Matthew Schure and Edward Guiliano, who took the helm in 2000. The Dix Hills native, who earned a doctorate in literature at Stony Brook University, was still an SBU graduate student when he joined NYIT in 1974 as an English instructor. When he retires as president – he’s announced his…


Hofstra, NYIT join Start-Up NY family

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s the startup of something big at Hofstra University and the New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus, which have both been added to the rolls of the Start-Up NY program. The Start-Up NY Approval Board green-lighted four individual action plans at its meeting Wednesday in Albany, approving new Tax Free NY Areas at Hofstra and NYIT and embracing plan amendments at two upstate institutions. In addition to approving the plans submitted…


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NYIT cybersecurity center gets fed cred

By GREGORY ZELLER // The New York Institute of Technology, which boasts campuses in New York City and Old Westbury and is developing a new Cyber Defense Research Facility in Bethpage, has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The designation, which extends through the 2021 academic year, “will contribute to Long Island’s innovation landscape and further strengthen Long…


LICA, NYIT team on ed series for entrepreneurs

The Long Island Capital Alliance is partnering with NYIT on an educational and mentoring series for entrepreneurs, with a first session scheduled for April 5. Called “Growing Your Business from the Ground Up,” the event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. at NYIT’s de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. The program will include how-to information on forming a business entity, setting up human resources and accounting systems, intellectual property protection, financing options and…


Visualizing where food, water and energy meet

By GREGORY ZELLER // Nada, meet NASA. That’s Dr. Nada Anid, thank you, dean of the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and her plans for NASA could take Long Island innovation to the final frontier. Anid was in Washington on Wednesday for the National Council for Science and the Environment’s 16th annual conference on Science, Policy and the Environment. Dubbed the “Food-Energy-Water Nexus,” the Mensa-level networker united 1,200 leaders…


Squeezing an A into STEM

Education and workforce development come together Nov. 17 to explore the future world in which science and creativity happily co-exist. Popularly called STEAM, the movement aims to build well-rounded workers of tomorrow who embrace the hard skills of science, technology, engineering and math but haven’t lost sight of the undisputed value of the arts. “I believe this is the first Long Island conference that brings educators, technology companies and businesspeople together to discuss the significance…


Applause for Steven Patrikis’ 3-D Tetra-Hand

By GREGORY ZELLER // NYIT junior Steven Patrikis, on course for a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering next fall, already knows what he wants to do professionally, even if he’s not sure what he wants to study in graduate school. Patrikis plans to turn his love of electronics and robotics into a career spent helping others. His focus at the moment: folks missing a hand. Using 3-D printers and other tools inside NYIT-Old Westbury’s Entrepreneurship…


NYIT’s Farajivadar lands NIH neural research grant

NYIT professor and neural-stimulation expert Aydin Farajivadar has won a federal grant to help fund development of a wireless, implantable system to study the human body’s gastric system. Early-stage work by Farajivadar at the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Science’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center has earned a $457,000 National Institutes of Health grant. Ultimately ticketed to help track medical data inside human patients with stomach disorders, the tiny implant will first be tested…


Tech plays center stage in latest funding contest

With visions of a thriving innovation economy front and center, Long Island business and academic leaders are shooting for $105 million in commercialization funds through the annual Regional Economic Development Council competition. The Long Island council, comprised of more than 20 businesspeople and academicians appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, pored over 254 applications from Nassau and Suffolk companies, governments and nonprofits – the highest number of applications since the contest launched on 2011 – to determine…


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DARPA, Homeland Security to headline NYIT cybersecurity conference

Distinguished speakers and critical intelligence issues will set the tone at the New York Institute of Technology’s sixth-annual cybersecurity conference. Intended to stimulate dialogue, share ideas and promote networking among leading cybercrime-defense thinkers, the conference is scheduled for Sept. 24 at NYIT’s Manhattan auditorium. Listed keynote speakers include Andy Ozment, a Department of Homeland Security expert in cybersecurity, and Angelos Keromytis of DARPA, the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Nada-Marie Anid, dean of NYT’s…


No strikeouts at LaunchPad NYIT pitch night

By GREGORY ZELLER // LaunchPad NYIT’s first pitch night was a hit. With an audience of about 100 packing the auditorium inside NYIT’s student innovation center, an entrepreneurial quintet – four from Long Island, one from New Jersey – pitched five very different ideas to a panel of judges, vying for a potentially lucrative appearance before the Long Island Angel Network. “It shows that the entrepreneurial spirit and ecosystem is alive and well on Long…


NYIT gets nod for cybersecurity research

Nassau County has selected NYIT to run a cybersecurity research center in which new technologies would be developed to help safeguard critical national information and data. The center, which will be housed in rent-free space in Port Washington, is expected to receive national status from the NSA and the federal Central Security Service. The launch of the center follows news that IRS, White House and other federal computers were broken into by China-based hackers, exposing…


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DEBRIEF: Nada Anid, NYIT

Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and an expert in commercial-academic partnerships, emerging technologies, sustainability and STEM education on the K-12 level, Dr. Nada Anid is a key shepherd of Long Island’s innovation economy. As the first female dean in the history of NYIT’s engineering and computing sciences program, Anid has strong viewpoints on the importance of introducing female students to traditionally male-dominated fields. And as a true believer in the economic power…