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  • Letter from the President

    Letter from the President

    Dear Alumni and Friends,

  • Interfacing In Brooklyn

    Interfacing In Brooklyn

    When the Institute for Engineered Interfaces (IEI) housed by the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, held its inaugural conference on January 31, 2014, it drew experts from several research areas in science, engineering, and medicine.
 They gathered to present and hear talks whose titles like “Revelations from Glycomic Technology” and “Bio-inspired Optofluidic Lasers” might hold some abstraction at first read. But the work being undertaken at the IEI has deep practical meaning, as the solution to almost any technological or medical problem lies in understanding and controlling interfacial structure and interactions.

  • Melancolia and Magic Squares

    Melancolia and Magic Squares

    When someone is particularly passionate about a given topic, it’s not uncommon to hear them being described as “eating, breathing, and sleeping” it. In the case of David and Gregory Chudnovsky, it would be fit- ting to say that they, quite literally, stand on it. The brothers, mathematicians at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, share an office whose floor features a large reproduction of Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I (a 1514 engraving that depicts a winged being holding a caliper and surrounded by various other tools associated with geometry). The figure’s dejected mien, Gregory Chudnovsky quips, is one of- ten seen on mathematicians trying to solve seemingly unsolvable problems.

  • The Future With 5G

    The Future With 5G

    The science fiction writer Ray Bradbury said that the best science begins with romance: the idea that anything is possible. If that’s true, then Ted Rappaport, of the NYU School of Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering, is a true romantic of the Information Age. The founding director of the interdisciplinary re- search center NYU WIRELESS has been on the leading edge of his field for more than thirty years, and he sees possibilities on the horizon that few others can.

  • The Anti-Disciplinarian

    The Anti-Disciplinarian

    To sit in Andy Nealen’s office is to take a dizzying tour of academic disciplines. In a single visit, the conversation might jump from the historical separation of architecture and civil engineering, the design of the Sydney Opera House, the psychology of bounded rationality, language acquisition, to three-dimensional computer modeling. Then there are the bookshelves, crammed with topics ranging from game design to the history of Dungeons and Dragons to calculus.

  • Well Connected

    Well Connected

    David Pine has a deep appreciation for the history of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and the work that has been done in his field by its faculty. “Just look at Herman Mark, who established the Polymer Research Institute here in the 1940s,” he says.

  • Spotlight on NYU's Urban Future Lab

    Spotlight on NYU's Urban Future Lab

    “You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” Felix Lipov, the lead software engineer for Enertiv, says. His company, which is responsible for the eye-catching display hanging at the entrance to the Urban Future Lab (UFL), designs and manufactures meters and sensors that work with proprietary software to give a granular picture of a building’s energy consumption from the circuit-box level—and to provide targeted recommendations about reducing waste—a vital service when by some estimates almost a third of the energy used in commercial buildings is squandered.

  • Brooklyn’s Youngest Engineers

    Brooklyn’s Youngest Engineers

    When you first think of Brooklyn, maybe what comes to mind is brownstones or cheesecake or hipsters, but if Ben Esner, a lifelong resident of the borough, had his way, K12 STEM education would be on that list too. Esner, the director of the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s Center for K12 STEM Education, says, “We’re coming up with ideas and formulating programs that are making an impact right here in Brooklyn and spreading throughout the world.”

  • Summer's Heating up with STEM

    Summer's Heating up with STEM

    APPLYING THEMSELVES TO RESEARCH The Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE) program launched in summer 2013 (during the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s massive Summer of STEM initiative) and is looking forward to a second season in summer 2014.

  • Reaching the CrEST

    Reaching the CrEST

    When he was attending Midwood High School, a massive Brooklyn institution whose enrollment hovers around 4,000, teachers were always happy to see Sakir Hossain—at least whenever they ran into technical difficulties with a piece of equipment or software. Long fascinated by computers and gadgets, he was part of the team of student workers deployed to troubleshoot when things went wrong, and it’s easy to see why an English teacher hoping to share a presentation on medieval literature or modern poetry might breathe a sigh of relief to see Hossain when PowerPoint hits a glitch.