Wednesday 2nd March
12:20pm - Kickoff Luncheon
Join a career panel discussion with corporate executives Shradha Sharma, Mukta Sharma (PriceWaterhouse Coopers), Rima Alemeddine (Cisco Systems), Georgia Forbes (Goldman Sachs), followed by a lively roundtable discussion hosted by student club leaders.
Dibner Building, LC 400
3:30pm - Keynote
Hear New York City's First-Ever Chief Technology Officer, Minerva Tantoco, discuss her career, overcoming adversity in STEM and the citywide effort to make NYC the most technology-friendly and innovation-driven city in the world.
MAGNET Town Hall
5:50pm - Spotlight Series Special guest Dr. Patricia McLaughlin-Haight ,NYU Polytechnic BS, MS, Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering '79 interviewed by Andreína Vivas-Thomas, B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering '17, President, SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers). Introduction: Ursula Koniges, PhD Student in Chemical Engineering.
Dibner Building, LC400
Thursday 3rd March
12:25pm - Faculty & Alum Panel, Luncheon
Hear NYU faculty discuss their career paths in an engaging two-part panel featuring Jin Montclare, Anne Ronan, Kris Day, Mary Cowman, Shaloo Rakheja, DeAngela Duff, Agnes Tourin, Alexandra Seidenstein, Vittoria Flamini, Alesha Castillo, Phyliss Frankl.
Dibner Building, LC 400
2:20pm - Lightning Talks
Enjoy three fast-paced talks filled with ideas, passions, experiences and research worth sharing featuring Matthew Campisi, NYU Tandon (Biomedical Signal Processing, Entrepreneur) and Katherine Bennett, NYU Tandon (Integrated Digital Media).
Dibner Building, LC 400
4:50pm - How Men Can Help
Learn how men who support gender equality and diversity in STEM can help at a forum featuring Nasir Memon (CyberSecurity, NYU Tandon), Nathan Rubin (Business Technology, PIAA Board) moderated by student leader, Alexander Lawson.
Othmer Residence Hall, Lounge
- Our Speakers -
Anita Farrington, Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Anita Farrington is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Her enthusiasm for higher education has fueled a career that spans decades and has grown by leaps and bounds at NYU. Starting out at the graduate business school and then moving on the College of Arts and Sciences, Farrington came to her current post in December of 2010. As an administrative dean, Farrington ensures that Tandon students are engaged socially, culturally and academically as well as being prepared to go into the workforce. Passionate about her students’ experience at Tandon, Farrington has launched STEM events such as the Women’s Summit and the Diversity Summit, to increase participation of women and students of color in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. Active in the arts and philanthropy, Farrington has won multiple awards, most recently the 2016 Community and Education Award from the New York Metro area chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Twitter:@NYUPolyDean
Minverva Tantoco, CTO New York CityMinerva Tantoco is the first-ever Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York. With 30 years of experience in technology, she started her first software company in 1985, and recently served as CTO of global financial services firm UBS and Merrill Lynch. Minerva is a strong advocate for encouraging more women to become involved with technology, and believes that technology can be used to spread knowledge and improve education, especially in underserved communities, and that artificial intelligence applied to the massively growing amount of systems, data, and interconnections offers capabilities of which we have yet to dream.
Shradha Sharma, PWC
Working at Price Waterhouse Coopers since 2014, Shradha Sharma is a Technology Consultant in financial services and IT infrastructure, applying her tech skills to the needs of a venerable financial institution. Sharma has also worked as an engineer in Communications Design for the Long Island Rail Road, working on projects such as radio network signal strength analysis, antenna site design, network management, database design and data analytics. At New York University, Sharma was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Urban Science and progress where she was part of the team that set up the Urban Observatory and earned a MS in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. Also at NYU, she won the Harold Hertzberg Award for outstanding scholarship and participation in extracurricular activities.
Mukta Sharma, PWCAs an Associate in IT Infrastructure Advisory at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sharma utilizes her information technology and networking skills on a daily basis. She is a Cisco Certified Routing and Switching Networking Associate and a Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician. Sharma has specialized knowledge of programming languages such as C, Java, SQL and HTML. A graduate of George Washington University, Sharma was an Information System Analyst and a Graduate Program Assistant at GWU and earned a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering.
Georgia Forbes, Goldman Sachs In her 10-year career track at Goldman Sachs, Forbes has progressed from Consultant to Associate to Vice President to her current title, Executive Director of Information Security. Currently providing comprehensive Risk Management Solutions, strategic and tactical systems thinking and effective IT solutions with business objectives, Forbes has 12-plus years of consistent achievement in the information technology field. Since 2001, Forbes has been an advisor and volunteer with the Hope Center Development Corp., working to alleviate homelessness in the New York City area and she has also been a mentor. She has a MBA in Management Systems and International Business from Fordham University, where she was part of the Deming Scholars Honors Program.
Dr. Patricia McLaughlin, MD
Dr. Patricia McLaughlin, MDBorn, raised, and educated in Brooklyn, NY, both of McLaughlin’s B.S. and M.S. degrees were earned at Brooklyn’s Polytechnic Institute of New York. Medical school and residency in Ophthalmology were completed at SUNY – Health Science Center at Brooklyn (formerly known as Downstate Medical Center). Her first 7 years in clinical practice were spent in a full-time faculty position at Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Private solo practice in Ophthalmology began in the year 2000 located on the upper east side of Manhattan, while remaining a voluntary faculty member at Cornell.
Professional memberships include the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY), and the New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) where Dr. McLaughlin serves the specialty society as the Third Party Liaison Committee Chair and serves all NYS ophthalmologists as the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee representative. In her free time, The Westchester Humane Society at New Rochelle has welcomed Dr. McLaughlin as a voluntary member active in fundraising activities. Her two working breed dogs serve as ‘unofficial’ therapy dogs coming daily to the office and provide comfort for those patients and staff that chose to interact with them.
Britt Hykal, GoogleIn her current position as Recruiting Coordinator at Google, Hykal plays
an integral role in the staffing process. As she communicates with
Google Product Managers, Software Engineers and Directors to ensure a
cohesive and enjoyable interviewing experience, she also works closely
with Recruiters, Sourcers and other staffing personnel in order to
provide quick and efficient service to candidates. Hykal also arranges all
logistical aspects of the interview process. Before joining Google, she
was Program Manager at the Bureau of Education and Research in
Bellevue, Washington. Hykal has a Bachelor of Arts n Psychology from
Western Washington University and enjoys hiking, camping and skiing.
Matt Campisi, NYUAn Industry Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
at Tandon, Campisi has done groundbreaking work in the health
sciences field. He co-founded two companies—Infrared Sciences and UE
Life Sciences—that developed technology for early detection of breast
cancer. The technology developed by these companies has been used in
countries such as India, Turkey, Khazakstan, Sri Lanka and the UK. In his
work at Tandon, Campisi has explored interests in Biomedical Signal
Processing and Communication Theory. An NYU Alum, Campisi
graduated from Polytechnic with a degree in Electrical and Computer
Engineering. He has also worked as a Software Manager at Globecomm
Systems Inc. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering
Katherine Bennett, NYUFusing the worlds of creativity and engineering, Bennett brings her
artistic vision to Tandon as a faculty member. Acclaimed for creating art
that explores themes of time, thought, communication and memory,
Bennett’s teaching approach to subjects such as coding is thought
provoking, inspired and asks her students to use their imaginations to
the fullest. Bennett graduated from Ohio University, England’s
Wolverhampton School of Art & Design, and the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. She has taught at the University Nevada, Reno and
the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, before joining the School of
Engineering’s Department of Technology, Culture and Society.
Nasir Memon, NYUMemon is Department Head and Professor in Computer Science and
Engineering at Tandon. He is the Founder and Director of the
Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS)laboratory and is the
Founding Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Security
and Privacy (CRISSP). His research interests include digital forensics,
biometrics, data compression, network security and security and human
behavior. Memon earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical
Engineering and a Master of Science in Mathematics from the Birlani
Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India. He received a Master
of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the
University of Nebraska. Memon has published over 250 articles in
journals and conference proceedings and holds a dozen patents in
image compression and security. He has won several awards including
the Jacobs Excellence in Education award and several best paper
awards. He has been on the editorial boards of several journals and was
the Editor-In-Chief of Transactions on Information Security and
Nathan Rubin, NYUNathan Rubin is on the International Board of Directors of the Polytechnic Institute
Alumni Association. He received his M.S. in Organizational Behavior from Tandon in
2014 after earning a B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in Saint Paul,
Minnesota, where he also played four years of varsity baseball. Rubin is currently a
Talent Management Analyst on the Executive Leadership Development team at
A.I.G., where much of his responsibilities focus on designing and implementing
A.I.G.’s Talent Review process for their executive population, however he has
recently begun to work on Executive Leadership Initiatives for women and men of
color. Prior to A.I.G., Rubin worked a contract position at Goldman Sachs within
their Learning and Development division. While at NYU Tandon, Rubin was
President of PolySHRM (the on-campus student chapter of the Society of Human
Resource Management) and he graduated with three concentrations: Management
of Change, Training & Development and Human Capital Engineering & Analytics
Melanie Greene, MTAMelanie Greene is an Assistant Project Coordinator – Signals
Engineering for MTA, New York City Transit, a position she has
held since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems
Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
Deirdre Harvey, MTADeirdre Harvey is Construction Manager at MTA-New York City
Transit. Harvey has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
from New York Institute of Technology, where she received the
Honor & Challenge Scholarship and a softball scholarship.
Patricia Kettle, MTA
In her role as Project Architect at MTA-New York City Transit,
Kettle played a key role in the 34th Street extension of the New York
City Subway’s busy 7 train line—the city’s first new subway station
in many years. Before joining the MTA, Kettle was a Senior
Associate at Dattner Architects. She holds architecture degrees
from Syracuse University and the University of Florida and a Fine
Arts degree from the State University of New York College at