Letter from the PIAA President

Dear Alumni,

As we are well into an exciting and productive 2013, we are pleased to highlight our Alumni achievements as we have done for 150 years since our first Alumni reunion in 1863.

Awards, Honors and Elections

Each year, the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association (PIAA) honors alumni who have excelled in their careers and have made significant contributions to the world of science and technology which we all serve so well. In addition, the Awards committee looks for nominees for the Dedicated Alumni award given to Alumni who have made notable contributions to the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association.

This year, our Awards Committee has completed their careful recommendation of the 2012-2013 Distinguished Alumni Award candidates. Upon completion of this process, recipients will be announced in our next Cable Issue as well as via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter social media channels. For more information on this award, or to nominate your fellow alumni for 2014, visit www.poly.edu/piaa/awards.

Our Scholarship Committee is completing candidate selection for this year’s student recipients. These PIAA scholarships would not have been possible without your continued support in helping Poly students pursue a quality education.

2013 also marks an election year for new Officers and Board members for our Alumni Association. Our Nominating Committee has been hard at work over the past few months and will be publishing a list of candidates in the next issue of Cable Magazine and social media channels in time for your vote at our PIAA Annual Meeting. This year’s Annual Meeting and election will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Regna Lounge, Six MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, New York. A networking reception will immediately follow. Visit the event page for more info and to register.

NYU-Poly Merger and Campus News

NYU-Poly has confirmed great progress by setting a firm date for the finalization of the merger between NYU and NYU-Poly. As of January 1, 2014, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University will be known as the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. “The two streams will merge,” President of NYU-Poly and Dean of Engineering at NYU Katepalli (Sreeni) Sreenivasan has stated, “and we hope that each of you will be proud to be a part of an even greater institution.”

As a result of this progress, PIAA membership now automatically includes you as a member of the NYU Alumni family. In the coming weeks, you will receive your NYU Net ID, along with information about how to activate your NYU alumni account and steps to follow to receive your own personalized NYU Alumni Card, which will allow you greater access to the numerous benefits and services, and exclusive privileges granted to all NYU Alumni.

On your next visit to campus, please be sure to view the considerable improvements and additions that to the NYU-Poly Campus in Brooklyn including the state-of-the-art NYU WIRELESS/WICAT and CATT Research Centers on the ninth floor of 2 MetroTech, and the eighth floor of Rogers Hall that will soon be home to the Institute for Engineered Interfaces (IEI) Laboratories, designed to promote and facilitate cross- disciplinary, collaborative research. Following your visit, we encourage you to share your impressions with your fellow alumni by posting your comments to our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter social media channels.

While change can be thrilling, NYU-Poly realizes that it can also be somewhat unsettling. Our alma mater has assured us that placing enormous emphasis on preserving the great Polytechnic legacy is a priority while meeting the evolving needs of students and community.
That said, may your achievements continue to honor the memory of those who have come before you, and may your success carve a path for all who will follow your footsteps.

Best regards,
Josiane Arbouet ‘96JT ‘99ISE
PIAA President