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8% Enrollment Increase, 30 New Faculty Members at City Tech This Fall

City Tech students, faculty and staff were on hand to welcome new students and welcome back returning students. Photo credit: George Lowe for City Tech.

City Tech is experiencing a eight percent increase in fall 2009 enrollment over last year, bringing total enrollment to 15,383, the highest since tuition was imposed in 1976. Enrollment has jumped 28 percent since fall 2004.

Part of the reason for the enrollment increase is the significant rise in the number of first-year students who come back for their sophomore year, which at City Tech now totals 78 percent -- placing the College among the top 20 of all comprehensive baccalaureate colleges in the North, according to U.S. News & World Report. This fall, 3,329 freshmen enrolled, marking an increase of five percent over last year’s entering class.

In addition, the College has added 30 new full-time, tenure-track professors, reflecting both the rapid growth of the College and the strong commitment that The City University of New York (CUNY) has made to increasing the percentage of classes taught by full-time faculty members. The increase brings the total of full-time faculty to more than 400, also the highest level since 1976.

“Enrollment growth, efficiencies and dedicated CUNY Compact funding have also allowed us to continue our broad faculty recruitment initiative,” City Tech President Russell Hotzler said in a letter to the campus community. “To date, this effort has added over 140 full-time highly qualified professionals to the faculty over the past four years.

“Faculty scholarship activity at the College has increased significantly as well, resulting in an impressive and ever-lengthening list of faculty achievements,” he added.

Diverse Student Body, Great New Faculty

For several years in a row, City Tech has been recognized as having one of the most diverse student populations in its category, according to U.S. News & World Report. This year the College ranks second in that category and also in the top five in the number of international students.

“New faculty at the College bring with them excellent credentials and exciting research interests. They will provide generations of students to come the skills necessary to succeed in our technology-dependent world,” says City Tech Provost Bonne August. Among the new faculty are:
* Jay Deiner (chemistry) earned a PhD in chemistry from Harvard. While employed by Hewlett-Packard, he led research efforts to incorporate novel surfactants in inkjet inks and participated in the invention of and wrote patent disclosures for inkjet ink formulations with enhanced performance. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in electrochemistry at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil. He is researching catalytic reactions in electrochemical systems for applications in clean energy generation and environmental remediation.

*Sean Patrice MacDonald (social sciences) has 16 years experience in economic analysis, most recently as the acting director of financial services research for the New York State Banking Department. Previously, as a labor market analyst for the New York State Department of Labor, she researched and reported on labor market trends for businesses, educational institutions and economic development organizations. She holds a PhD and MA in economics from the New School for Social Research.

* Jason Montgomery, RA, LEED, AP (architectural technology) holds an MA in architecture from the University of Wales at Cardiff. As a principal with Hart Howerton, he worked on hotels, resorts, residential and town planning projects in the U.S., Europe, North Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Earlier in his career, he was the lead designer for Columbia University’s School of Social Work and for one of its faculty residence buildings, and also developed design studies for Yale University’s new Presidential College. While working for a London firm, he helped design Cambridge University’s Selwyn College expansion.

* Armando D. Solis (biological sciences) applies bioinformatics and computational structural biology to clarify how protein molecules fold into definite structures, useful in understanding diseases and designing pharmaceutical treatments. He was research assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine/NYU, where he also earned his PhD in biomedical sciences. He has had articles published in Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics and other journals.

* Melanie Villatoro, PE (construction management and civil engineering technology) holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Columbia University. As an assistant project manager for Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, she provided design services for residential and commercial waterfront developments as well as railroads, highways, bridges and airports in the NYC area. Active in the American Society of Civil Engineers, she currently serves as treasurer of the Metropolitan Section.

* Yu Wang (computer engineering technology) was a research associate in the department of electrical engineering at Dalian Jiaotong University, China for seven years before coming to the U.S. She received her PhD in electrical engineering from the CUNY Graduate Center. For the past five years, she taught at CCNY and is part of a research team that develops mathematical models to ensure proper information transfer among electronic devices, including data transfer through computer networks.

Construction at the College

Students, faculty and staff this semester have been greeted with the news that planning is nearing completion on the construction of the new academic building on the Klitgord Center site (285 Jay Street). The new building will house the sciences and healthcare programs, and will include a new auditorium and gym. 

“These investments represent recognition on the part of the State, the City and The University of the importance of City Tech to our students, the economy and our community at large,” President Hotzler explained.  

The new building is being designed by Perkins-Eastman, a leading innovative international architectural firm whose redesign of the TKTS Booth and of Father Duffy Square created a new center for Times Square. The design for the new building is under review at this time, with the demolition of the existing building scheduled for the spring 2010 semester.

Students and faculty have found extensive improvements of facilities. Sixteen classrooms were recently renovated and 11 state-of-the-art “smart” classrooms were added.   In addition, the City Tech hospitality management department’s training kitchen renovation is scheduled to be completed before the start of the spring 2010 semester.

Bids have been received for a new façade for the Voorhees Building (186 Jay Street), with construction scheduled to begin Spring 2010.
Construction drawings have been completed for the renovation of the ground level and first floor of the Adams Street façade of the Pearl Building, and for the Student Welcome Center on the first floor of the Atrium Building.

City Tech Women's Center Prepares to Launch

City Tech will soon open its new Center for Women in its General Building, offering programs, activities and resources to promote a supportive, equitable and safe environment for women. 

"The Center will be a hub where our students can feel at home, supported and in a space of comfort," comments Marcela Armoza, City Tech’s vice president of enrollment and student affairs. “It will provide a public face to our long-standing commitment to support and increase the representation of women in technology and other underrepresented fields.

“City Tech, as one of the largest technology colleges in the northeast, is uniquely poised to be a role model, in supporting women on its campus, leading the conversation on what works, and what still needs to be created,” she adds.


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