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Fall 2018 Newsletter


Message from the Dean
Sina Y. Rabbany, PhD (Bioengineering)


The new academic year is underway, and I want to welcome the class of 2022 to the DeMatteis School. When the official numbers are finally tallied, it will likely be among our largest incoming classes yet, with over 130 Engineering and over 70 Computer Science first-year students joining the ranks of our already unprecedented number of continuing students. Even though we have been expanding our program offerings at the graduate level, undergraduate education remains our primary mission, and we continue to hire faculty who can inspire students to learn and to be ready to take their places in rewarding careers in technology, whether it be in bridge design or cybersecurity or mechatronics. Read More



Message from the Chair of the Department of Computer Science

 Krishnan Pillaipakkamnatt, PhD (Computer Science) 

"What's dangerous is not to evolve." Jeff Bezos, 
Although Mr. Bezos mentioned the above in the context of business, what applies to business applies equally to computer science departments. A department that is not cognizant of the rapid changes in technologies, theories and processes will lose its relevance to students. When a department does not adapt, it does its students a disservice.  
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Giving HS a Tech Edge

Students from six Nassau County school districts will be using computational thinking and coding to learn biology thanks to training their teachers are receiving at Hofstra University. The professional training is part of a program to transform science education called the STEM + Computer (STEM +C) Partnership, funded by a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to Hofstra in 2017. Read More


Cyber Challenge

Two students were commissioned by Facebook to design a cyberdefense computer platform that was used for a national competition to test the skills of high school and middle school students interested in cybersecurity. The 10th Annual CyberPatriotX Competition presents students with various cybersecurity problems, from finding and fixing weaknesses to defending against attacks. Read More



Message from the Chair of the Department of Engineering
Richard J. Puerzer, PhD (Industrial Engineering)


When I speak to elementary, middle, and high school students about the fields of engineering and what a career in engineering may entail, I reinforce the idea that engineers are problem solvers working to make our world a better place. And given that there are always new challenges in our world, the world needs more engineers.

Here at Hofstra, we are striving to train and prepare more students to become

engineers. Read More


Message from the Director of Freshman Engineering
Mauro J. Caputi, PhD (Electrical Engineering)


"It's Design of theTimes."

As Director of First-Year Engineering, I want to direct my remarks to all our incoming first-year engineering students this Fall semester. I was delighted to meet each of you during New Student Orientation at the breakout session as well as during the registration sessions, along with Assistant Department Chair, Dr. Margaret Hunter, and I extend to you a hearty welcome. Read More


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Dr. Edward Currie on 3D Printing 


In an in-depth feature on, Hofstra engineering professor, Dr. Edward Currie, discusses the science and use of 3D printers. Over the last several years, 3D printing has exploded and you'll find specialized machines at libraries, universities or even your local office supply store.  Read More


Dr. Alexander Pesch Presents at International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings in Beijing, China

Dr. Alexander H. Pesch recently attended the 16th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings in Beijing, China. He presented research on application of Internet of Things (IoT) technology to the condition monitoring of active magnetic bearings (AMBs). AMBs, which support a rotating shaft with magnetic fields, are a high-tech alternative to traditional bearings which use physical contact resulting in friction. 
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Virtual Reality Spelling System (VRSS)

Dr. Rojas-Murillo has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics. He is particularly interested in human vision and its relationship with cognitive processes. His work incorporates the development of Virtual Reality Environments for understanding visual processes in virtual environments.
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Street Seats Design Challenge

On June 7, the Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities model gallery exhibition opened at the Design Museum Portland. The exhibition features 1:8 scale models of proposed bench designs for the Street Seats Design Challenge. Prof. Edward M. Segal in collaboration with Powell Draper and Lisa Ramsburg from schlaich bergermann partner and Demi L. Fang from MIT contributed formfound to the exhibition.
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Future of Design 2018, Design Workshop

On April 28, the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) held the second annual Future of Design conference in New York City. The conference theme was "Intersections: Insights and Ideas from Creative Collaborations." At the conference, Dr. Segal led the design workshop, with the assistance of four students, Jennifer Desamero, Tamunomiesiya LongJohn, Adam Perlmutter, and Susana Planck-Kuney.
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The DeMatteis School Welcomes Two New Full-Time

Faculty for the 2018-19 Academic Year


Dr. Jianchen Shan (Assistant Professor, Computer Science)


Dr. Jianchen Shan earned his Bachelor of Science in 2008 and his Master of Science in 2011, both in Computer Science from Shanghai University, and completed his PhD in Computer Science in 2018 from New Jersey Institute of Technology. His areas of interest include parallel and distributed computing, high performance computing, and cloud computing. His work in cloud-assisted mobile applications has received recognition in various media and industry outlets. He will be teaching a range of courses at the introductory and at the advanced level for the department.


Dr. Lynn Albers (Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering)


Dr. Lynn Albers earned her Bachelor of Science in 1992 in Mathematics from MIT, her Master of Science in 1996 in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from North Carolina State University. She also has industry experience, working as a project manager at Nortel Networks from 1994 to 2001, and was a founding faculty member in 2015 of the engineering program at Campbell University in North Carolina. Her expertise is primarily in energy engineering and in engineering education, and she will split her teaching duties between thermal/fluids courses in mechanical engineering and the first-year engineering program.



ASPiRe Recognition Plaque

Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe) Third Annual Research Symposium


On August 20th, the Advanced Summer Program in Research (ASPiRe) culminated with a symposium where approximately 25 engineering and computer science students presented their summer projects. ASPiRe is a ten-week, intensive program for students interested in pursuing a research project related to their major. Read More 


Co-op Information

Co-op Video

DeMatteis Co-op Program Continues to Expand
Philip Coniglio, Co-op Director


The DeMatteis School's Co-op program is starting its fourth year. Beginning with a small pilot in fall 2015, 78 students have participated in the program, including employment with firms such as the Central Intelligence Agency, Henry Schein, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Northwell Health, PSE&G and National Grid. Read More



Executive Speaker Series


DeMatteis students got "up close and personal" with industry leaders at the Executive Speaker Series this spring. The series of four lectures – launched this year by the DeMatteis School – gave engineering and computer science students the opportunity to engage in dialogue and network with seasoned professionals. 

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Inspiring Girls in Stem


Twenty-three 8th graders from schools throughout Queens spent a day touring engineering and computer science laboratories and learning about opportunities for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The girls visited campus as part of the Women in Engineering Summer Program, organized annually by The Mary Louis Academy, a private high school in Jamaica Estates, New York.   Read More


Senior Design on Display

About 50 students presented their semester-long research at the 4th Annual Senior Project Showcase hosted by the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science.  Presentations were judged by a panel of 18 industry professionals based on methodology, technological significance, ingenuity and presentation. Read more


Alumni Notes
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1969. Richard Irwin Hansen, BS Engineering. Was a Full Memorial Scholarship/co-captain of Track and Field Team; MS Biomedical Electronic Engineering, Moore School, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 12/1970 FORD FOUNDATION FELLOW; Albert Einstein Medical School MD 6/1974; Board Certified Ophthalmologist/Retina Surgeon 1979; Taught full time at Univ. of Florida Med. School 1979-1980, Faculty Award; Private (group) practice Newton, NJ 1981 - 2014, Volunteer taught at Einstein Med. School 1981 – 1989; Chief Dept of Surgery at Newton Memorial Hospital(Newton Medical Center), NJ 1990 – 1992; Co-Author of a chapter in the Harper and Row medical textbook on Ocular Physiology (1979) which received honorable mention in the AMA Medical Book of The Year Award 1979.

1978. Anthony Notaro, BS Computer Science. Is currently a Sr. Construction Inspector: H2M Architects & Engineers – Melville, NY; FEMA Hazard Mitigation Project1507 - PSEG/LI Storm Hardening Preventive Construction/Maintenance from sustained system damage - Hurricane Sandy/Fall-2012; Volunteer Judo Instructor to the United States Military Academy at West Point since 2003-NCJA Champions since 2010; GO ARMY JUDO!...BEAT NAVY!

1982. Lynn Damiani Gregor, BS Computer Science. Retired on 12/1/2017 as the Director of Information Technology with 21 years of service at Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield, CT.

1982. Charles J. Goodman, BS Computer Science. Obtained first employment after graduation, JC Penney as Systems Analyst. Secured this position through Hofstra on campus recruiting. IBM as Systems Engineer, then moved into sales, retiring after 30 years, CEO of Medical Practice and currently working as Northeast Sales Lead for T4S Partners.

1986. Juan Cadavid, BE in Engineering Science. Works as FCC Radio Tech @ PSEG- LI.

1987. Griffin Jones, BS Computer Science. Is an Agile consultant/coach, specializing in applying human-centered systems thinking to regulated industries. Currently a Senior Manager at Accenture | SolutionsIQ, and Owner of Congruent Compliance LLC - living in Rochester NY.

1988. Joseph Ambrose, MS Computer Science. Obtained Computer Science BA 1980 SUNY Oswego; after working for 30 years in the IT industry, Joseph retired in 2010 and is still keep busy helping those who are computer challenged.

1990, 1991. Luis E. Redonet, BS Computer Science, MA Computer Science. Is a Partner at everis (an NTT DATA Company). Luis is a senior consulting executive with 26+ years of experience in the fields of Digital Transformation, Business Processes and IT Strategy. Strong expertise in Telecommunications, Insurance, Utilities, Public Sector and Transportation in Europe and Latin America. Relevant positions in recent years: Head of Bancassurance Practice (since 2017). Account Partner for Telefonica Group (2011-2016). CEO of everis in Colombia (2007-2011). Head of Transportation Practice (2002-2006).

1993. Jeffrey SooHoo, BE Engineering Science, Bioengineering. Is Associate Director, Biomedical engineering in the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at United Therapeutics; Jeffrey is the lead engineer in a lab that is creating an unlimited supply of engineered lungs for transplant.

1996. Gene Klimov, BS Computer Engineering. Has spent the better part of his 26 years at DOAR, a national legal consulting and expert firm, developing advanced litigation services and systems to enhance the creation and presentation of demonstrative evidence. Gene has designed technologically advanced courtrooms, led teams of electronic discovery & data forensic experts, and has served as an expert witness on many occasions. Over the last several years, he has focused on expanding DOAR's consulting and testifying expert practice

1996. Michael Nelkens, MS, Computer Science. Is managing staff and technology as the Executive Director, Global Head of Infrastructure in a global energy commodities trading firm. Manage technologies such as cloud, networks, servers, workstations and databases. Credit my MS in Computer Science from Hofstra for much of my success.

1998. LTC John J Agnello, BA Computer Science. Recently took over as the Data Analytics Branch Chief for USCYBERCOM, stationed at Fort Meade, MD. His branch is responsible for building, testing, and deploying analytic capabilities supporting the Cyber workforce, in addition to being the lead integrators for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for USCYBERCOM to DoD.

2004. Nicholas Amato, BS Mechanical Engineering. Works at Siemens PLM as the manager of a consulting group on Long Island, executing CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations helping customers virtualize the design process. Works across many fields including automotive and aerospace, solving problems ranging from aerodynamics, rocket ignition, in-cylinder combustion, to vehicle thermal management.

2011. Deana Arruda, BS Industrial Engineering. Worked in a management development program for 2-years before changing companies to work in supply chain in the consumer/commercial electronics industry; spent 2-years developing new product raw material supply chains before moving to the quality department, where Deana now works to implement global process improvements.

2011. Tyler L Crocker, BS Mechanical Engineering, Obtained his MSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Fall 2016 and worked for General Dynamics Electric Boat from May 2012 - May 2017 as a Common Missile Compartment Mechanical Systems Design & Analysis Engineer, Tyler is now at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, May 2017-persent, serving as PATRIOT Training Simulator Senior Systems Integration Engineer & Control Account Manager.

2015. Ian Kornfeld, BS Mechanical Engineering. Is currently working as an Engineer for National Grid in their Project Engineering and Design Group. Ian handles the Engineering and Design of complex projects which include Transmission Natural Gas Regulator stations, Large Diameter Natural Gas Transmission pipe lines and other complex work involving large diameter steel pipelines and stations. Currently he is working on one of the largest and longest natural gas transmission mains that National Grid has built in the state of NY from the southernmost part of Brooklyn to the northernmost part. This includes over 12 miles of 30 inch steel transmission main, multiple inspection pig launchers and a Transmission regulator station.

2015. Maurisa Morris, BS Electrical Engineering. Is currently working as an engineer for Underwriters Laboratories.

2015. Usman Noor, BE Engineering Science, Civil Option. Is working at Federal Aviation Administration as Civil Engineer Level I. In-charge of Grant administration/Engineering Review for 17 Airports in Eastern Region United States.

2016. Frank Affronti, BE Engineering Science, Civil Option. Received a MS in Bridge Engineering from University at Buffalo, and currently employed as a Structural Engineer at WSP. USA.

2016. Shakila Aviles, BS Industrial Engineering. Is currently working as a Project Coordinator and Continuous Improvement Professional for J. Costa Group, LLC in Orlando, Florida. She has continued her studies in PUPR-Orlando Campus pursuing a Masters in Engineering Management, as well as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification with University of Central Florida.

2016. Ryan McGregor, MS Computer Science. Just celebrated his 1 year anniversary as a Research Informatics Software Engineer at Weill Cornell Medicine.

2016. Madison Scheffer, BS Computer Science and Mathematics. Recently completed her 18th month with ABB, Inc. as a Functional Analyst, developing product configurators for motors, mechanical components, and conveyor systems used in industrial applications.

2017. Keith Abbott, BA Computer Science. Was hired by HOCS (Herbert Olitsky Consulting Services) an MSP (Managed Service Provider) serving a wide range of companies across the country. He began as a help desk associate and quickly moved up to a computer network engineer field technician.

2018. Taylor Ninesling, BS Computer Science and Math. Is a Software Engineer at DraftKings in Boston.

2018. Kayleigh Grimes, BS Mechanical Engineering. Is working as a Mechanical Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division in Philadelphia, PA on shipboard machinery. She was recently accepted into Penn State's Master of Engineering Program for Systems Engineering.




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