Trustee Mario Cardullo Holds Reception Honoring Professors Kapila and Iskander
At an intimate reception at the Alexandria, VA home of Trustee Mario ’57 ’59ME and Karen Cardullo on October 22, President Jerry Hultin congratulated Professors Vikram Kapila and Magued Iskander for their exemplary work in Brooklyn elementary and secondary schools. Hultin praised the faculty members’ K-12 robotics program, noting that they continue NYU-Poly’s legacy of developing the STEM talent pipeline while bringing social mobility to economically disadvantaged students.
At the reception–which included 25 friends, alumni and trustees–NYU-Poly graduate students Jennifer Haghpanah and Jared Frank demonstrated the future “smart home,” a model outfitted with intelligent sensors. Hultin seized the opportunity to thank the program’s major donors: Philip Li of Brooklyn Community Foundation, the lead donor with a new gift of $500,000; and Nicole Sharpe of the Black Male Donor Collaborative, a new donor with $100,000. Two other program funders, Motorola Foundation and JPMorgan Chase Foundation, were unable to attend the D.C. festivities. Dr. Sonia Ortega, representing the NSF, was delighted that Kapila attracted more than $1.2 million of private support in addition to $3 million in federal funding.