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  • Full STEM Ahead

    Full STEM Ahead

    Brooklyn is home to the latest tech boom in the country, a newly located NBA franchise, and, of course, brownstones and cheesecake. Thanks in large part to Ben Esner, a lifelong resident of the borough, K-12 STEM education is on that list too. Esner, the director of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Center for K-12 STEM Education, says, “We’re coming up with ideas and formulating new programs that are making an impact right here in Brooklyn and spreading throughout the world.”

  • Policies for the Future

    Gauging the Impact

  • The Digital Revolution is Here

    The Digital Revolution is Here

    If you weren’t looking for it, you might walk past the new Governance Lab without even seeing it. GovLab headquarters moved into Two MetroTech at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in September, setting up in an open, concrete-floored space at the end of a narrow, unadorned hallway that is soon to be totally renovated (see “Transformative Process”); a handful of arrows printed on foamcore quietly announced its arrival.

  • Academic Year Welcomes New Faces, and Not Just Students

    “Institutions are much more than bricks and mortar,” Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan said on September 8, at a gathering in honor of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s newest faculty members. “They are also made of people and ideas. Thanks in part to them,” Sreenivasan said, “we are going to be an even more vibrant, interesting, and exciting place.”

  • Evolving an Ethos

    Evolving an Ethos

    In 2006, when Erich Kunhardt was named provost and chief academic officer of what was then called Polytechnic University, a cover story in Cable trumpeted, “New Provost to Spur Innovation and Invention at Poly.” Kunhardt, who had earned a doctoral degree in Electrophysics from the school exactly three decades earlier, told the reporter, “I want to create a distinctive community of higher learning that values and nurtures creativity—in particular inventiveness and innovation.”

  • Superstorm Sandy’s Salty Legacy

    Superstorm Sandy’s Salty Legacy

    Sal DePrisco (’82) knows full well the value of an NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering degree in chemical engineering. Although he graduated during one of the worst economic recessions in recent memory, he immediately received multiple job offers. He settled on a position with General Foods, working as a Process Engineer in the Plant Engineering Department of Maxwell House Coffee, at the Hoboken, NJ facility. “A million pounds a day were processed there,” he says.

  • Bell Labs Fellow—That Has a Nice Ring to It

    Bell Labs Fellow—That Has a Nice Ring to It

    “In sixth grade, I ran an antenna wire around my classroom,” Walter Honcharenko (’89, ’90, ’93) recalls. “My teacher thought I was crazy, but we were able to receive an AM news broadcast on a crystal radio wound on an oatmeal container. Later, in high school, I was the one in the background at the one and only school radio station in NYC, WHIL Radio 680 on the AM dial turning the knobs and fixing the turntables.”

  • Reaching for the Stars: Astronaut Alums Return to Brooklyn

    Reaching for the Stars: Astronaut Alums Return to Brooklyn

    “It’s definitely the blue jumpsuits,” Lee Morin joked. “If we took these off, we’d fade into anonymity.” Morin was speaking while shaking hands, signing autographs, and posing for cell-phone photos with excited fans who had come out to hear him speak, along with fellow astronauts Charles Camarda and Paolo Nespoli, at “Speakers on the Square…Astronauts in Brooklyn,” an event sponsored by the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and the NYU Alumni Association.

  • Remembering a Professor’s Patience, Guidance, and Acumen

    Imagine arriving at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering as a newly-minted doctoral student. You’re eager to start going down the road to earning your PhD, but there are a few significant obstacles in your path. The first is that English is your second language and you are nowhere near fluent; writing is particularly difficult for you. The second is that you’ve come to Brooklyn with spouse and child in tow; you will somehow have to attend to the needs of your family in addition to devoting yourself to your studies.

  • Letter from the PIAA President

    Letter from the PIAA President

    Dear Fellow Alumni, It’s a pleasure to be addressing you through the pages of a magazine devoted exclusively to you and your alma mater. The fact that you are reading Cable means that you’re already interested and engaged in what’s going on at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and I hope that you will find the articles contained in this issue an exciting look at all that’s brewing here.