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NSF Grant Enables City Tech to Establish 'Fuse Lab' to Teach Advanced Tech Skills at Associate Degree Level

How do you hook students on technological careers while ensuring they have the fundamentals to succeed in rapidly changing industries? With this question in mind, City Tech has set up a "Fuse Lab" for students earning associate degrees in architectural technology, construction management technology and civil engineering technology.

Third Annual Entrepreneurial Concept Competition Open to City Tech and Other CUNY Students

Are you a current City Tech student with an interesting idea, product, service or environmental initiative that would serve to meet an unmet need? If so, enter the Third Annual CUNY-Wide Entrepreneurial Concept Competition. Both for-profit and non-profit ventures are encouraged to compete, and the winning team will receive a $4,000 cash prize!

City Tech Teams Participate in ASEE Design and Manufacturing Competition

Two City Tech teams, Loop-O-Scope and Rare Loop Finder, participated in this year's American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Design and Manufacturing Competition held in San Antonio, TX, on June 12, 2012. The Rare Loop Finder team placed third in the competition.

Rain Fails to Dampen Spirits of City Tech’s 2,100 Graduates

The rain did not dampen the spirits of the City Tech class of 2012 and their guests. As their names were announced, the graduating seniors proudly marched down the aisles of the Javits Center North as thousands of loved ones cheered them on.

State Senator Eric L. Adams to Deliver City Tech Commencement Address

City Tech will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 72nd Commencement Exercises on Monday, June 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Jacob Javits Center North, 40th Street at 11th Avenue, Manhattan.

Best of New York Awards for Ten Outstanding Community Builders

More than 320 guests gathered to honor ten outstanding "community builders" at the 2012 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 14, in the Trianon Ballroom at the Hilton New York in Manhattan. First held in 1982, the Best of New York Award Dinner is hosted by the New York City College of Technology Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation chartered in 1981 to raise funds for the College. Proceeds from the annual dinner support foundation-sponsored scholarships and other student financial assistance and professional development programs.

Seventh Edition of ‘City Tech Writer’ Now Online

The 7th edition of City Tech Writer, featuring outstanding student writing from across the disciplines,is now online at

Manhattan Galleries Featuring Works of Professors Bernard Aptekar and Jenna Spevack

Two City Tech professors, Bernard Aptekar and Jenna Spevack, Advertising Design & Graphic Arts, currently have shows at Manhattan art galleries.

City Tech's 2012 Salutatorian Shed Shyness to Follow Her Passion

“Every time I step into a hotel, I fall in love again,” says Keila Joann Jimenez, whom City Tech has chosen as its 2012 Salutatorian (second in her class).

City Tech Alum Svetlana Akhmadieva Makes Powerful Art; Her Anti-Fracking Billboard Reaches Millions

When thousands of citizens opposed to “fracking” present their case to legislators in Albany this spring, chances are that some of them will carry posters of a controversial billboard created by City Tech graduate Svetlana (Lana) Akhmadieva.

New York Metropolitan Area College Students Compete in 1st Annual Robotics Tournament of Champions at City Tech's Mechatronics
Technology Center

With support provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Mechatronics Technology Center at New York City College of Technology hosted the 1st Annual Robotics Tournament of Champions on April 28, 2012. City Tech teams placed first and third in the competition.

City Tech’s New OpenLab Digital Community Facilitates Collaboration

City Tech recently launched a new digital platform – the City Tech OpenLab ( – designed to enhance teaching, learning and collaboration at the College and create a virtual community for students, faculty and staff.

2012 Donor Recognition Reception Draws More Than 125 Guests

On April 26 more than 125 donors, student scholars, faculty, staff, administrators and other friends of New York City College of Technology attended its Foundation-hosted 2012 “Friends of City Tech Donor Recognition Reception” and unveiling of the annual Donor Plaque.

City Tech to Honor Ten ‘Community Builders’ at 2012 Best of New York Award Dinner on May 14

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will honor ten "community builders" at the 2012 Best of New York Award Dinner on Monday, May 14, in the Hilton New York's Trianon Ballroom, Avenue of the Americans at 53rd Street in Manhattan. The evening will begin with a Guest of Honor Reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation at 7:15 p.m.

STEP Academy @ City Tech Robotics Team Takes Third Place

A team of local high school students enrolled in City Tech's pre-college programs won third place at the first statewide Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) Robotics Competition.

Purple Heart Recipient Richard Fisher Named 2012 Valedictorian

One might think that Richard Fisher chose a circuitous path to a college degree and academic achievement. But it ended up working out just fine for him, as he has been named City Tech's) 2012 Valedictorian.

City Tech Professor Fredric Nalven Tells Conference of Social Scientists That Psychology May Be Getting Back Something Important It Lost

According to New York City College of Technology Professor of Social Science Fredric Nalven, questions have arisen in all times and places since thinking, language-using humans first walked the Earth regarding what makes us think, feel and behave as we do. Over time, attempts to answer such questions gave rise to the field of psychology. But over its history, he maintains, the thinking underlying psychology both evolved and devolved and during the 20th century, some observers say, psychology focused on “brain” and lost its “mind.” But could it happen, Professor Nalven wonders, that the field will return to a study of itself that takes “mind” as well as “brain” into account?

Department of Nursing 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Department of Nursing at New York City College of Technology celebrated its 50th anniversary at an on-campus gala reception and dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction on April 20, 2012 that attracted 150 guests. Proceeds from the event will help fund the department’s student scholarship program.

Department of Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging Celebrates Launch of New Baccalaureate Program

Nearly 150 Department of Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging students, faculty, alumni, Advisory Commission Members, City Tech administrators, and representative of other organizations with which the department has articulation agreements attended an April 4, 2012 reception marking the launch of the department’s new Bachelor of Science in Radiological Science Program.

Where Earth and Space Technologies Meet Is Focus Prof. Razani's New Book

A young boy growing up in Iran, Mohammad Razani was fascinated with space travel and its potential to benefit humans. His passion has shaped his career and his scholarship, inspiring the publication of his new book, Information, Communication, and Space Technology (CRC Press, 2012).

Global Warming Visionary to Speak at City Tech on May 8, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. James E. Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, will give a talk, "Human-made Climate Change: A Scientific, Economic and Moral Issue," on Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in City Tech's Atrium Amphitheatre.

Professor XiangDong Li Named City Tech's 2012 Scholar on Campus

XiangDong Li has been named City Tech's 2012 Scholar on Campus for his outstanding work in the emerging fields of informational security and quantum computing. He will deliver his Scholar on Campus lecture, titled "The Long Journey from Computer to Quantum Computer," on Monday, April 23, at 5 p.m.

New Textbook by Professor Alatriste Fosters Students' Civic Engagement

Urban Reader for College Writers, edited by City Tech’s Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste, – contains a component unique among writing textbooks – suggestions for civic engagement activities.

President's Service Awards Ceremony

On May 10, 2012, New York City College of Technology President Russell K. Hotzler will bestow President's Service Awards on 67 members of faculty and staff at an invitation only ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica of St. James Pavillion, 240 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

City Tech Receives $398,700 from JFEW

City Tech has received a $398,700 grant from the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW), which is among the largest philanthropic gifts in the College's history

Professor Woytowich Seeks to Vindicate Titanic Survivors’ Account

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, marine forensics expert Richard Woytowich will present a paper re-interpreting the statements made by survivors at the 1912 official inquiries into the disaster.

Earl Zimmerman, Esq. Joins City Tech Foundation Board

Earl Zimmerman, a member of Sutherland's Corporate Practice Group, joined the Board of Directors of the New York City College of Technology Foundation in March 2012. Mr. Zimmerman advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and securities transactions, insurance linked trades (ILTs), and distressed insurance situations.

City Tech Student Volunteers Help Out at Food & Water Watch Advocacy Rally in Manhattan

City Tech student volunteers Semoy Lopez and Cecillia Charles, both pursuing baccalaureate degrees in nursing, helped stage a rally in opposition to hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" held in late February 2012 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. More than 700 people who oppose the technology that is used in connection with the annual drilling in the U.S. alone of an estimated 35,000 wells to produce oil and natural gas attended the event.

City Tech Offers Free Legal Service for Spanish Speakers

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is now offering a free service to assist Spanish-speaking clients with their housing court cases in Kings County.

City Tech Team Takes a ‘Best Attorney’ and ‘Spirit of AMTA Award” in American Mock Trial Association Regional Competition

In February 2012, City Tech's Department of Law & Paralegal Studies-sponsored Mock Trial team participated in the rigorous American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regional Competition in Easton, PA. The hard-work and effort by the nine team members paid-off, giving the City Tech competitors the College's best results ever.

Author Junot Díaz to Headline City Tech’s April 26 Literary Arts Festival

Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer Junot Díaz will read from his work at City Tech’s 30th Annual Literary Arts Festival, to be held in the College’s 900-seat Klitgord Center Auditorium.

Nursing to Host 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner & Silent Auction on April 20

The Department of Nursing at New York City College of Technology will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner & Silent Auction on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the College’s Janet Lefler Dining Room, 300 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Proceeds from the event will support the Nursing Department Student Scholarship Fund.

A New Literary Arts Journal Grows in Brooklyn Thanks to City Tech

Brooklyn is famous for many things: Barbra Streisand, the Brooklyn Dodgers, Leonard Bernstein, and, of course, the Brooklyn Bridge, to name just a few. Now, a new star-studded institution is in the making in the borough – a literary arts journal titled 2 Bridges Review, which recently debuted at City Tech.

City Tech Produces Documentary Premiering on February 29: A New Normal: Young Men of Color, Trauma, and Engagement in Learning

How trauma experienced as normal by young men of color affects their participation in their college education is the focus of a new documentary having its premiere at City Tech on February 29, at 5 p.m., in Namm Hall, Room 119.

Don't Leave/Stay Home Without It: Prof. Feder Publishes GPS for Grammar

“Grammar is really a navigation system for writing,” says Jane Tainow Feder, professor of English at City Tech. Feder, who has been teaching at the College for more than 40 years, has compiled her entertaining way of approaching the fundamentals of writing into The GPS for Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Sentence Structure.

City Tech's February Black History Month Events to Focus on Migration

“Black Migrations” is the theme of City Tech’s 2012 celebration of Black History Month in February. The free events include a lecture, choral and dramatic performances, an exhibition and a reading.

City Tech Sweeps Awards at Federal Reserve Video Competition

The repercussions of unwise credit card use were successfully conveyed by City Tech students as they swept the three top awards at a video competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New and the New York Bankers Association.

City Tech Students and Alumni Score Wins in 2011 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Competitions

Three talented graduates of City Tech’s award-winning hospitality management program won first place prizes in the 96th annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show held in November 2011 at Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. City Tech students placed second in the Sarrazin Cup competition only 1.5 points behind the winner.

A First for City Tech: NSF Awards Grants to Three Physicists; College Establishes Center for Theoretical Physics

In a triple play unprecedented at City Tech, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded individual research grants to three professors in the Physics Department.

Kevin Hom Appointed Interim Dean of
Technology & Design

Kevin Hom, AIA, LEED©, the founder and president of the award-winning design firm Kevin Hom & Andrew Goldman Architects, has been appointed interim dean of City Tech’s School of Technology & Design.

City Tech and Merck Establish Partnership to Bring Nursing Care into Age of Cutting-Edge Technology

Professor Patricia A. Cholewka, a nursing technology expert at City Tech, was busy developing and implementing a new teaching model to prepare student nurses for the health care technology revolution when she read about a series of mobile apps Merck had launched to help patients manage ailments ranging from cancer to diabetes to migraines.

‘Mexican Whiteboy’ Author Examines Youthful Identity Crises in City Tech Talk

Matt de la Peña, author of four novels, read from his book, Mexican Whiteboy, and talked about his life as a writer in a November 2011 Atrium Amphitheater presentation at City Tech.

Professor’s Research Supports Potential for Adjunctive Immune Modulation to Shorten Treatment of Pulmonary TB

For 18 years Biological Sciences Professor Liana Tsenova has been working in the lab of Professor Gilla Kaplan, first at Rockefeller University and later at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, where they have been trying to understand the complex molecular mechanisms underlying the immune response to TB in order to design successful immunomodulatory therapy in addition to the antibiotic treatment.

New Book by Professor Ferrell Explores Issues Impacting Her As Student of Life, Woman and Person of Color

“I wanted to use this book to convey that ‘unsteadiness’ is normal and can lend itself to self-discovery and limitless creativity.” So says Monique Ferrell, an associate professor of English at City Tech, about her new book, Unsteady.

‘Law of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ Focus of November 10 Talk at City Tech

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and the son of survivors of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen Nazi death camps, was featured speaker on November 10, 2011 at the New York City College of Technology Jewish Faculty & Staff Association’s (JFSA) annual observance of Kristallnacht.

More Than Two Dozen Chefs and Restaurateurs Wow Guests at 'Chefs Celebrate City Tech' Scholarship Fundraiser

More than 200 alumni, students, faculty and good friends of the College attended the Department of Hospitality Management-hosted "Chefs Celebrate City Tech" scholarship fundraiser on October 4, 2011, a festive event that featured more than two dozen chefs who wowed diners with their delectable signature dishes and desserts.

City Tech's Renata Budny Named One of Top 25 Women in Dentistry

Renata Budny, professor of restorative dentistry at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), has been named one of the top 25 women in dentistry in the U.S. by Dental Products Report magazine, a leading trade publication in the field.

City Tech Convenes Oct. 26 Conference on Future of Borough's Waterfront

City Tech's Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center is convening a conference on the future of Brooklyn's waterfront on Wednesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Brooklyn's Borough Hall.

‘Law of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ Focus of November 10 Kristallnacht Event

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, general counsel of the World Jewish Congress and the son of survivors of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen death camps, will speak at City Tech on Thursday, November 10, 12:45 p.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater.

Schomburg Center Director Muhammad to Speak at November 7 Black Solidarity Day Celebration

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will speak on “Historical Literacy in the 21st Century: Arturo Alfonso Schomburg’s Legacy – Then and Now” in City Tech’s Atrium Amphitheater, on Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:30 a.m.

City Tech Reflects on Events of 9/11 in Moving Ways

On September 8, 2011, Professor Julia Jordan and Dr. Stephen Soiffer led New York City College of Technology’s remembrance of the events of 9/11, reflecting on the lives of those members of the City Tech community who were lost that day and the role City Tech played as tens of thousands of survivors streamed off the Brooklyn Bridge into the borough’s downtown area on their long walk home. At the conclusion of the program, SEEK Director Dorie Clay movingly read Adam Zagajewski’s “Try to Praise the Mutilated World,” a poem printed in The New Yorker that received worldwide attention following the 9/11 attacks.

Menu of Star Chefs to Celebrate City Tech on October 4

Some of the nation’s top chefs will be turning out to help City Tech raise scholarship money for its hospitality management program on Tuesday, October 4, 6 p.m., in the College’s Janet Lefler Dining Room. Admission is $100. For more information, call 718.260.5025.

City Tech Hosts Outdoor Night of Poetry in Cadman Plaza on September 15

City Tech will host “Poetry on the Plaza,” an evening of poetry featuring Willie Perdomo, City Tech Peace Officer David Edwards, aka Poetic Justice, and City Tech students, faculty and alumni, on Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m., in Cadman Plaza Park. A Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event, “Poetry on the Plaza” is free and open to all. Information:

City Tech Physics Professor Says Hitching Ride on an Asteroid May be Safest Way to Travel to Mars

“Hitching a ride on an asteroid may be the safest way for humans to travel to Mars,” according to NASA consultant and City Tech Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics Gregory L. Matloff in a paper co-authored with student Monika Wilga and published in a special March-April 2011 issue of Acta Astronautics. Matloff calls this means of interplanetary travel “NEO-hitchhiking.”

Professor Bannett’s Poetry Depicts Growing Up with Mentally Ill Mom

“I want people to know that mental illness is not someone having a bad day, or a bad week, but a chronic disease that surely causes as much suffering as a serious physical illness -- on both the afflicted and their loved ones.” So says City Tech’s Nina Bannett, author of Lithium Witness (Finishing Line Press, 2011), a poetry chapbook that chronicles her life growing up with a mother who suffered from bi-polar disorder, formerly called manic depression.

Professor Hellman's Book Offers Insights into American Women Authors' Domesticity

The ways in which four major American women writers – Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton – dealt with their domestic roles and how they portrayed this domesticity in their work is the focus of a new book by City Tech Professor Caroline Hellman.

City Tech Wins Its First Grant to Build Partnership with NASA to Prepare Students for Aerospace Careers

City Tech was recently awarded its first funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The three-year, $442,000 grant is earmarked for the College’s project, “Achieving Proficiency in Engineering Research and STEM Education Through NASA Initiatives.”

Oral Health Implications for Hookah & Bidi Cigarette Smokers Focus of Prize-winning Presentation by City Tech Student

City Tech’s first participation in the annual American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) student competition last month brought home a prize: Toni-Ann Restivo, a senior and Honors Scholar, took third place for her presentation, “Alternative Smoking Using a Hookah or Bidi Cigarette: Implications on Oral Health.”

City Tech Students Redesign Website for United Nations Agency

City Tech students took their talents onto the global stage by redesigning the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) website. Their work can be seen at

In Two New Books, Professor Shepard Shows Activism Can Be Fun

Changing the world can be fun, according to Benjamin Shepard, assistant professor of human services at City Tech. His two recently published books explore the use of play as a valuable component of social movements and political activism, from the local to the national level.

City Tech Hosts International Delegation of Women

A delegation of women from around the world gathered at City Tech on June 23 as part of a weeklong professional study tour designed to stimulate ideas for how to increase the number of women in science and technology in their countries.



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