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.

No matter what your current level of engagement, however, I’m calling on you to do even more.

Participate in our Giving Programs! The Promise Scholarship Fund, which has helped thousands of aspiring engineers since its inception, is just one opportunity. Keep in mind that the impact of your gift may be doubled by companies that match their employees’ charitable donations. Consider joining the Duryea Society, which honors individuals who have named the School of Engineering as a beneficiary in their wills, trusts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies—and check out page 8 to see a profile of John Wallace, a devoted member.

Whenever and wherever possible, recruit NYU Poly- technic School of Engineering students for full-time employment, internships, or co-op assignments. On page 10, you can read all about Mitch Shinbrot and the many NYU School of Engineering graduates he has hired at Electric Boat. I hope you’ll be motivated to do the same at your own company. And even if there are no opportunities at your place of work, you can still serve as a mentor.

Allow your alma mater to help you move forward in your professional career by participating in our Executive Education Programs. Visit engineering.nyu.edu/epoly to find out more.

Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at (718) 260-3885 and alumni@poly.edu for other suggestions about how to become more involved—or to make your own suggestions. Valerie Cabral and her staff are always happy to hear from you.

Cable always provides a great chance to look back— on page 4 of this issue, for example, you can read about Yvonne Fleming, who played on the men’s basketball team in those dark ages before there was any such thing as a women’s team. It also provides an even greater chance to look ahead—read about all the developments that will soon be coming out of our new Institute for Engineered Interfaces on page 24.

But don’t stop at just reading. Instead let Cable inspire you to act.

Warm Regards,

Gerald W. Dawes
’84EE ’89EE
PIAA President