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Faculty Member Cory Einbinder Wins Award for Video Puppet

Cory Einbinder has parlayed his fascination with how puppets can interact with live performers by designing one that took top honors at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s 2013 Tech Expo recently held in Milwaukee, WI.

Eighth Edition of ‘City Tech Writer’ Now Online

The 8th edition of City Tech Writer, featuring outstanding student writing from across the disciplines, is now online at

Merck Presents Certificate of Appreciation to City Tech President Hotzler

New York City College of Technology (City Tech) President Russell Hotzler was awarded a certificate of appreciation from Merck & Company for his ongoing support of a partnership between the firm and the College. Implemented in Spring 2012, this partnership is with the City Tech Department of Nursing's baccalaureate program.

Foundation Hosts 2013 Donor Recognition Reception in Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda

The New York City College of Technology Foundation hosted its 2013 Donor Recognition Reception in the historic Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda on April 18.

Minority Business Development Expert David Hinson to Speak at June 4 Commencement

City Tech will mark the annual rite of passage for graduating students at its 73rd Commencement Exercises on Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 11:30 a.m., at Jacob Javits Center North, 40th Street at 11th Avenue, Manhattan.

2013 Service Awards Recipients

On Thursday, May 9, 2013, President Russell K. Hotzler honored distinguished employees at the 2013 Service Awards Reception held in the Janet Lefler Dining Room. Congratulations to all recipients for their dedication and service to the College.

2013 Salutatorian Jessica Castillo Aims for Future in Historic Preservation

When she was a little girl creating houses and pyramids with blocks and Legos, Jessica Castillo loved being a builder.  “I was constant thinking about constructing things,” explains Jessica Castillo, City Tech’s 2013 Salutatorian (second in the graduating class). “I would try to use all the pieces I could to make a big structure.”

2013 Valedictorian Dany Salas Does Best When Competition is Most Intense

When Dany Salas left the Dominican Republic for New York in January 2008 to attend college, he was uncharacteristically silent for the first couple of months in his new country. That's because he was afraid to speak English; his thick Spanish accent wasn't understood and he felt self-conscious.

City Tech Students Take First and Third Prizes in CUNY/Labor Arts Contest

First-year City Tech students Jessica Guerra and Michael Youmans have taken two top prizes in this year’s City University of New York (CUNY)/Labor Arts “Making Work Visible” Contest.

City Tech’s Culinary/Pastry/Wine Experts Star on CUNY TV’s ‘Study With The Best’

City Tech’s hospitality management program is the focus of an entire episode of the New York Emmy®-winning Study with the Best – the news magazine show about the CUNY community and its influence in the region and nation.

City Tech on NY1 News

Kudos to City Tech mechanical engineering students who have mentored middle and high school students to help them build robots from scratch for the FIRST robotics competition. NY1 News was impressed. Watch the clip.

City Tech Student Wins First Annual Junior Pastry Chef Challenge

Kristen Battaglia, a City Tech senior majoring in hospitality management, has won the U.S. Pastry Competition's first annual Junior Pastry Chef Challenge.

Professor Guida Named 2013 Scholar On Campus

City Tech has chosen English Professor George Guida as its 2013 Scholar on Campus for his outstanding work as a poet, fiction writer, critic, editor and teacher. He will deliver his Scholar on Campus lecture, “Creativity, Language and Life,” and read from his poetry, on Monday, April 22, at 5 p.m.

For City Tech Student Patricia Persaud, Volunteering Is A Way Of Life

“Volunteering has become part of my DNA,” says City Tech senior Patricia Persaud. “I take what I learn from each project and apply it to the next one.” Persaud has done more volunteering in the past couple of years than most people do in a lifetime. “Volunteering is a great way of being part of something bigger than you,” she says.

2013 Best of New York Award Dinner to Salute ‘Women of Vision!’

On Wednesday, May 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will salute several women of visionary accomplishment and equally visionary organizations that have distinguished themselves in the area of gender equality.

‘Brooklyn Castle’ Director and Star to Headline 2013 Literary Arts Festival

Katie Dellamaggiore, director of the acclaimed documentary film Brooklyn Castle (2012) and Pobo Efekoro, one of the student stars of the film, will kick off City Tech's 32nd Annual Literary Arts Festivalon Thursday, April 18, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

NEH Grant Supports Faculty Study Of Medicine as Expression of Cultural Beliefs

Members of New York City College of Technology's City Tech's faculty in the health fields have embarked on a year-long project to explore ways of enhancing students' understanding of cultural differences among patients.

City Tech Professor Gaffar Gailani Presents at NSF on Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation

In September 2012, NSF reached out to the research community nationwide for interdisciplinary topics at the emerging frontiers in research and innovation. City Tech Assistant Professor Gaffar Gailani's, "Research Frontiers in Quantitative Understanding of Biological Systems with Interacting Fluids and Structures," was among the ten topics selected for presentation.

City Tech Sponsors March 22 Conference on Culture & Impact of the Bicycle in Brooklyn

A half-day conference on the evolving culture and impact of the bicycle in Brooklyn, sponsored by City Tech's Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center and The City University of New York's University Transportation Research Center, will take place on Friday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the College.

Professor Strickler Appointed to Commission on Opticianry Accreditation

Kimberly Strickler, assistant professor of vision care technology at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), was recently appointed a voting member of the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation.

City Tech Students Place First, Second and Third in The One Club Competition

City Tech students Wing Dong (left) and Richard Moody (right) were part of a team that took first place in The One Club’s advertising competition. They are shown with their professor, Douglas Davis.

Professor Lam Appointed to Serve As Community Dental Expert

The American Dental Association's Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations has tapped City Tech's Anty Lam to serve on its Test Construction Committee as a community dental health expert.

‘Health and Wellness in Black Communities’ Focus of Black History Month Celebrations

"Health and Wellness in Black Communities" is the theme of City Tech's series of events on campus in February - including an art exhibition, storytelling, lectures, readings and a panel discussion - to celebrate Black History Month.

Life Imitates Art in 'The Service Road' Production at City Tech

Imagine working on a play about a mythical storm and waking up to the reality of Hurricane Sandy. It happened to the cast, crew and City Tech students involved in the Adhesive Theater Project's acclaimed production of The Service Road.

Instructor Rob Ostrom Publishes New Poetry Collection

Robert Ostrom, whose poems have been praised by distinguished poet Lucie Brock-Broido as “sorcery” and “some of the most gifted I've ever read,” has published a new collection, The Youngest Butcher in Illinois (YesYes Books, 2012).

New Book by City Tech's George Guida Stirs Religious Pot with Humor

Building on the success of his previous books about Italian-American identity in the New World, George Guida has released his new fiction collection, The Pope Stories and Other Tales of Troubled Times (Bordighera Press, 2012).

Workshop Prepares CST Students for Goldman Sachs Internships

Professor Josephine Braneky, internship coordinator for the Department of Computer Systems Technology (CST), recently moderated a workshop for students who began a six-week Bridge Internship Program at Goldman Sachs on January 7, 2013.

City Tech Student Presents Biomedical Research Project at ABRCMS Conference in November

City Tech student and editor-in-chief of New Tech Times Steven Lora presented his research project at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Jose, CA, in November 2012. The largest forum of its kind, ABRCMS enables undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students from all 50 states to present their biomedical research.

Long-lasting Benefits of a 1973 Fulbright Grant to Belgium-Luxembourg

When Dr. Mary Nilles, Department of English, received a Fulbright grant to Belgium-Luxembourg in fall 1973, she was a new member of the City Tech faculty. She never thought that four decades later she still would be researching and writing about patterns of Luxembourger immigration, involving other researchers in the U.S. and Europe in her work, and integrating the topic and immigration literature into her City Tech classes, as well as the graduate courses she taught in the School of Education at New York University.

Professor Kolchenko Helps Discover Groundbreaking Virus Detection Method

Vasily Kolchenko, associate professor of biological sciences at City Tech, is a key player on a research team that recently made a breakthrough with enormous potential significance for the treatment of serious diseases.

City Tech’s President Hotzler Signs Agreement with Dominican Republic Youth Minister Minaya

An agreement signed by New York City College of Technology (City Tech) President Russell K. Hotzler and the Dominican Republic's Minister for Youth Jorge Minaya will bring college-age students from that Caribbean country to the Brooklyn campus to study the theory and practice of sustainable energy.

City Tech’s Kara Pasner Named One of Optical Industry’s ‘Most Influential Women’

Kara Pasner, OD, MS, assistant professor of vision care technology at City Tech, has been named one of the U.S. optical industry’s "Most Influential Women."

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann Reflects on the Holocaust During November Talk at City Tech

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann reflected on the tragic events that attended the 1939 invasion and five-year occupation of Poland by the Nazis during World War II. Dr. Hoffmann’s talk at New York City College of Technology/CUNY on November 8, 2012, was hosted by the College’s Jewish Faculty & Staff Association (JFSA) and more than a dozen community-based co-sponsors in observance of the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Library Professor Organizes/Moderates Satellite Pre-Conference on ‘Transcending Boundaries to Increase Cultural Understanding Between Countries’

Many satellite pre-conference participants enjoyed a boating excursion through the Lake Saimaa canal that took them to the Aalto Library in Vyborg, Russia.

City Tech Professors’ ‘CATskills’ Handbook Makes College Composition Test Easier Climb

City Tech English faculty members Rob Ostrom and Caroline Hellman have written a handbook that prepares City University of New York (CUNY) students for the writing test they must pass to begin college composition and, in the process, readies them for college writing expectations.

Team Takes Grand Prize in International Competition

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was on the minds of the City Tech team about to compete in an international culinary competition. So much so, that they reworked their entries to pay tribute to the resiliency of the city in the wake of the storm.

2012-2014 JFEW Scholarship Program Reception

A reception for the 2012-2014 Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) Scholarship Program recipients was held on October 22 at the College. Participants included twenty JFEW Scholarship recipients, JFEW Executive Director Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem and board member Marcy Russo. Also present were City Tech President Russell K. Holtzer and other College administrators, department chairs and faculty mentors from Dental Hygiene, Nursing and Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging.

10th Annual Poster Session Slated for Thursday, November 15, 1-3 p.m.

The 10th Annual Poster Session at New York City College of Technology will be held on November 15, 2012, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Klitgord Center Gymnasium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn. Funded in part by the City Tech Foundation and open to the general public, the event provides students and faculty with an opportunity to showcase the results of their research and members of faculty to showcase their publications.

Human Resources Director and Alumna Marie Tinsley '88 Retiring in December

Marie Tinsley, who will retire in December 2012, has 38 years of human resources and labor relations experience, 32 with New York City College of Technology, where she began working in 1980 as a work study student and then as administrative assistant to the registrar. Today, she serves as executive assistant to the vice president for administration and finance and director of human resources. A retirement party for Ms. Tinsley will be held on Friday, December 7, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the College's Janet Lefler Dining Room. Those wishing to attend should contact Emma Maxwell or Michelle Manragh at 718.473.8701 by November 15.

Architectural Technology Grad Designs Telecom Conduit Runs for Innovative New Manhattan Multi-purpose Building

City Tech architectural technology graduate Omar Alequin ’09 worked with his former managing director, Demetrios Gianniris (also a CUNY graduate), at Eze Castle Integration on designing the conduit runs from the base building telecom closet to the roof of the new and innovative 12-story multi-purpose building currently under construction at 51 Astor Place in Manhattan. This will enable the lighting of the building by telecom carriers.

City Tech’s Zissu Pinpoints Where U.S. Banks Went Wrong in Book’s New Edition

Observing the 2007-08 U.S. banking crisis and its devastating effects on the secondary mortgage market, Anne Zissu has responded by addressing recent history and the current state of this critically important market in a timely update of her 2005 book, The Securitization Markets Handbook: Structures and Dynamics of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Securities (John Wiley & Sons, 2012).

Officers Elected at City Tech Alumni Association's 2012 Annual Meeting in October

Officers elected at City Tech Alumni Association's 2012 Annual Meeting on October 17. Meeting honors outgoing president Yvonne Riley-Tepie '92, bestows scholarship on Ruth Eldridge Award recipient Terel Watson '12, and hears from City Tech President Russell K. Hotzler.

City Tech Plays Important Role in the Making of an Olympian

You could say that City Tech played an important role in 17-year-old Olympic medalist Lia Neal's life.

‘New Normal’ Documentary Featured at ACCA National Conference

Paul Schwartz, LCSW, MA, of New York City College of Technology’s Counseling Services Center, and wife, Joni Schwartz, EdD, an assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College, presented a documentary they produced, A New Normal: Young Men of Color, Trauma, and Engagement in Learning, at the American College Counselors Association (ACCA) National Conference held in Orlando, Florida in October 2012.

City Tech Grad Publishes Book on Haitian Revolution and Country’s Future

Rubens Francois Titus (Rubens Francois while in attendance at City Tech), a 1997 graduate of the College’s telecommunications technology program, recently published a book, Roadmap to Haiti’s Next Revolution: A Plan for Diaspora Haitians to Contribute to a Peaceful Turnaround.

City Tech Alumni Association Hosts ‘Today’s Woman: Your Life, Career & Outfit’ Event

The New York City College of Technology Alumni Association hosted its first women’s event, Today’s Woman: Your Life, Career & Outfit, on September 27, 2012, at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. More than 60 alumna and other participants attended.

Black Solidarity Day Celebration to Feature Community Advocate, Businessman Anthony Herbert

Community advocate and businessman Anthony Herbert will speak on “Obtaining the Power to Move Forward,” as part of City Tech’s celebration of Black Solidarity Day, on Monday, November 5, 2012, in the Atrium Amphitheater.

New Academic Programs Draw Increase in Returning City Tech Students

City Tech's student enrollment grew slightly this fall, exceeding 16,100 students due to an increase in the number of returning students and growing interest in the College’s baccalaureate offerings.

City Tech Open House Scheduled for October 28, 1 p.m.

City Tech’s Fall 2012 Open House for prospective students and their families will be held on Sunday, October 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the Klitgord Center Auditorium, 285 Jay Street (at Tillary), Downtown Brooklyn.

Nursing Alum’s Play Published in ‘The Best American Short Plays’ Series

Kimberly La Force entered the bachelor's degree program in nursing at City Tech with one year as a Registered Nurse already under her belt. She graduated as a soon-to-be-published playwright (with her degree, of course).

Dr. Pamela Brown Named Associate Provost

Dr. Pamela Brown, a chemical engineer who served for seven years as dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at City Tech, has been promoted to associate provost at the College. She reports to City Tech Provost Bonne August.

Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann to Speak at Kristallnacht Commemoration

Roald Hoffmann, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and escapee from a Nazi labor camp in Poland, will speak on "Returning, Remembering, Forgiving," at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) on Thursday, November 8, 12:45 p.m., in the Atrium Amphitheater.

Professor Huffman Co-Edits Book of Essays by Linguist William Diver

A collection of essays by William Diver (1921-1995) – professor of linguistics at Columbia from 1955 until his retirement in 1989 and the intellectual founder of the Columbia School of Linguistics – has been co-edited, annotated and presented by City Tech’s Alan Huffman and City College’s Joseph Davis.

ACCESS FOR WOMEN Sponsors 2012 AABE Summer Energy Academy for Middle School Students

In August, City Tech's ACCESS FOR WOMEN (AFW) program and the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) hosted "A Celebration of Achievements" applauding middle school students for their academic and technical work in AABE's 2012 Summer Energy Academy.

Professor McDonald Authors Fifth Book on Philosophy

“My book proposes a pluralistic universe, in which the mind and mental images cannot be reduced to matter in the form of the brain,” says Hugh McDonald.

City Tech Alum Wins 2012 Culinary Legacy Award

Kubee Kassaye's journey from a small farming village in Ethiopia to working as a chef in a five-star hotel in Manhattan was filled with challenges. But through it all, her passion for cooking, combined with two life-changing events, enabled her to successfully navigate the obstacles in grand style.



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