A Message from PIAA President Gerald Dawes

Dear Fellow Alumnus/a,

Thank you for your support in electing me President of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association (PIAA). It is an honor for me to lead this distinguished and diverse group of more than 33,000 alumni from around the world.

I am certain that‒like me‒you have many fond memories of your days at Poly, and I know you share my pride in our great alma mater, which continues to be an academic leader at home in New York, in the country, and in the world.

Perhaps you have read in the national media of Poly's ever-growing stature. The Institute was recently voted among the top engineering schools in the country by PayScale; the editors of U.S. News & World Report ranked our online graduate engineering program one of the best around; and Worth magazine deemed the NYU-Poly incubators to be one of the nation's "Top 10 Idea Labs." Those are just a few of the accolades that we have garnered this year, and I'm confident that there are many more to come.

I'm assuming leadership at an exciting time in Poly's history. The long-anticipated merger with NYU is scheduled to be finalized on January 1, 2014. Along with a name change‒to the Polytechnic School of Engineering of New York University‒will come a wealth of new services and benefits for you, including access to NYU facilities, travel opportunities, and discounts. Please read the next information-packed issue of Cable for details.

One thing will never change, however. NYU-Poly will continue to provide opportunities to students from a wide range of backgrounds, including those new to these shores and those from humble beginnings who are the first in their families to gain a higher education. Poly will continue to provide them with the skills and knowledge they need to benefit society and make a difference in the world.

Please join me and the other dedicated members of the PIAA as we support our school, which has long been a beacon of excellence and diversity, in that noble mission.

As the new leadership team is finalized and committee chairs are appointed, I urge you to become involved in the PIAA. Volunteer to serve as a mentor to an eager student, provide an internship, or make a gift—there are many deeply gratifying ways to lend a hand. I would love to get your ideas and suggestions on how we can engage more alumni and continue to lift our organization and the NYU-Poly institution. Please drop me an email at your convenience at alumni@poly.edu.

My life has been enriched immeasurably by my connection to Poly, and I'm sure that many of you would say the same. Only with your individual and collective help, can our alumni association ensure that a new generation of aspiring engineers will be equally enriched.

Warm regards,

Gerald W. Dawes
'84EE '89EE
NYU-Poly Trustee and PIAA President