Island ‘hub’ scores as New York Tech adds second PhD

Screening candidates: New York Tech will welcome the first students into its new computer science PhD program next fall.

There’s another doctorate in the house at the New York Institute of Technology, which has announced its first-ever computer science PhD program.

Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, the NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences will offer a Doctor of Philosophy program featuring “advanced, research-oriented education” in cybersecurity, data science, cloud computing and other critical computational fields.

The new coursework is the second PhD offering for the Old Westbury- and Manhattan-based university, following the 2018 introduction of a joint PhD/doctor of osteopathic medicine degree program.

While that first PhD program marked a landmark achievement for the recently rebranded New York Tech, Doctorate No. 2 also “represents a pivotal moment for the history of our institution,” according to New York Institute of Technology President Hank Foley – this time, with a keen eye on regional socioeconomics.

Babak Beheshti: Transformer.

“Continued innovation and competitive research in computer science and engineering fields will require a highly educated workforce,” Foley noted. “This degree program will deliver the technical expertise needed to boost and sustain the region’s growing tech hub.”

And that regional hub figures to grow swiftly, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting that computer and IT-related employment will increase at a faster clip than employment in any other field over the next decade.

To that end, New York Tech’s new degree program will prepare scientists, researchers and other professionals for leadership roles in academia, R&D, government, industry and other key sectors that are increasingly reliant on computer sciences – “a transformational moment in the evolution of the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences,” according to Dean Babak Beheshti.

“This new degree program marks a milestone for us, as we embark on preparing the next generation of computer scientists, researchers and innovators for the fast-changing workforce of the 21st century,” Beheshti said Wednesday. “Through rigorous training and transformative research, program graduates will be positioned to become not only prominent members of the research community but also the technical leaders of our region, state and nation.”