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BROOKLYN, New York, Tuesday, March 29, 2022 – It’s that time of year again when all eyes are on the US News & World Report Graduate School Rankings. In the 15 years since New York University and Polytechnic University combined to form NYU Tandon, the school has achieved 47 positions in the university US News and World Report‘s annual Best Graduate Engineering Schools Ranking. That’s further and faster than any other school on the list, with the meteoric rise continuing with another one this year Jumping 3 positions to #33 – none of this would be possible without the real news: the meaningful and substantial achievements that fuel our growing reputation.

“The quality of the research of our faculty and our students, our collaborations in the public and private sectors, our multidisciplinary teams, and our involvement in the community could not excite me more,” said Jelena Kovačević, Dean of NYU Tandon, “not to mention ours Growth Impact as an innovative force in the burgeoning startup environment here in Brooklyn.”

Where to start Well, we’ve made headlines in areas too numerous to describe here, so we’ve picked just a few (well, almost two dozen):

  • A new Initiative for sustainable engineeringa real, tangible approach to climate change that brings together experts from across the school to focus on technology for prevention, mitigation, remediation and adaptation
  • Institute Professor Maurizio Porfiris very first Data science-based firearms study supported by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. But that’s not all: Over the past year, he’s applied his spatiotemporal data modeling skills to everything from the influence of deep-sea sponges on how water flows around them COVID Vectors in medium-sized cities human migration to flee from disasters, and more
  • André Taylor, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a pioneer in advancing the next generation of solar panels and batteries, is named among those named most inspiring black scientist in America
  • Khalil Ramadi’s Research make the brain-gut connection tangiblewith an ingestible electrical technology that can directly stimulate the brain to treat specific disease states and conditions without surgery or drugs
  • Julia Stoyanovich, director of the Center for Responsible AI, was influential in the city’s decision to create protocols that allow job seekers to know when they are being screened by AI agents, the country’s first such policy. She started one too community effort educate citizens about the increasingly important role of AI in everyday life
  • Qi Sun, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering and a member of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), is part of a multinational team that found a way changes human perception of time by optimizing the visual characteristics experienced in virtual reality
  • A Tandon Connected Cities collaboration with Smart Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center (C2SMART), Visualization and Data Analytics Research Center (VIDA), NYU WIRELESS and NYU Langone applied tens of thousands of sidewalk images to human augmentation technology that enable people with visual impairments to navigate in complex urban environments
  • A NYU tandon Student robotics team proving a consistent “A-lister” in NASA and international competitions
  • C2SMART researchers examined how the city is adapting to life after the pandemic from a transport perspective: How is urban mobility responding to economic reopening following social distancing guidelines, from congestion to emissions and contact strain on public transport?
  • FloodNet, a multi-agency initiative to detect hyperlocal flood events — co-led by Andrea Silverman and Elizabeth Henaff of Civil and Urban Engineering, CUSP, and IDM — expanded its distribution of hyperlocal flood sensors and partnered with the city, with the ultimate goal of creating a metropolitan network of detectors that will form an early warning system for flooding events — events that are likely to increase as our oceans warm and storms become less predictable and severe.
  • Elisa Riedo led a research team that used a hot nanochisel to do this Create artificial bones in a petri dish. More efficient, more detailed artificial bone tissue opens doors for disease modeling, in vitro cell research for targeted therapies, drug screening, and more.
  • NYU WIRELESS again took the top spot wireless research by focusing investigations on the next wireless generation (6G) with research on TeraHertz spectrum, wireless robotics for surgery, remote-controlled drones and much more
  • … And NYU WIRELESS Founding Director Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport and Director Thomas Marzetta are among the for the third year running most cited researchers in the world
  • Researchers at NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity have developed innovative hardware and software solutions that make integrated circuits, software updates and AI more secure. Brandon Reagan and Mihalis Maniatakos, for example, created a microchip protocol that keeps data under lock and key even if they are decrypted. Siddharth Garg, Benjamin Tan, and Brendan Dolan-Gavitt discovered vulnerabilities in one of the most popular open source machine learning developer tools for writing code
  • NYU Tandon Faculty of Energetic Robotics presented a Record number of papers last year at the most prestigious international conference for robotics, the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Achievements of the year included increasingly sophisticated advances in a low-cost, open-source robotics platform for researchers; drones in CUSP’s associated Agile Robotics and Perception Lab (ARPL) that work as teams while carrying suspended payloads; and collaborations with NYU WIRELESS to unburden robots by putting AI in the cloud and teaching them how to “listen” to 5G signals to locate people who may be trapped
  • Justin Cappos, a member of NYU’s Center for Cybersecurity, an expert in securing automatic software updates for all our devices, including computers and cars, brought the spotlight to him throughout Framework that uncompromisingly keeps everyone who handles software algorithmically on its way from development to transmission in check and which could have foiled the disastrous SolarWinds hack
  • NYU Tandon VIDA Center received a large $5M grant from DARPA to lead an NYU initiative to develop a futuristic, AI-based augmented reality system that could one day, like an invisible expert, provide real-time advice to medics on the battlefield, pilots, or anyone performing complex tasks
  • An initiative led by Tandon will help physicians adopt new data-intensive technologies faster and easier thanks to a US$2.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant
  • Researchers led by Tega Brain, Elizabeth Henaff, and Alex Nathanson at CUSP and the Integrated Design and Media program won the Mozilla Creative Media Award for a global network of solar-powered (and volunteer) servers showing how the web can run on the sun
  • Researchers led by Professor Weiqiang Chen and his Applied Micro-Bioengineering Laboratory discovered a mechanical basis for the “Silent Killer”: Abdominal aortic aneurysms by applying engineering principles to vascular smooth muscle cell behavior

“I’m always torn when it comes to rankings, as I think most deans are,” said Kovačević. “On the one hand, I recognize and appreciate their value, and on the other, I don’t think any number will ever do justice to the achievements of our community.” Regardless, I’m proud to see our steady rise to #33 in the version just released US News and World Report rankings. It is a testament to our faculty, researchers, students and staff and their relentless focus on building creative, intelligent, connected, safe, healthy and sustainable global urban communities.”

Since the merger of NYU and Brooklyn Poly in 2008, the school has grown rapidly and enjoys a growing roster of award-winning faculty and students pursuing groundbreaking research, academic work, and entrepreneurial endeavors in state-of-the-art facilities. The NYU Tandon continues to increase its scientific output and impact: the quality of research. and the faculty and student body, as well as the number of collaborations and partnerships, have made the school a recognized nerve center for innovative engineering.

About New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates back to 1854, the founding date of both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute. A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive engineering and applied sciences education and research school as part of a global university with close ties to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. NYU Tandon is rooted in a vibrant tradition of entrepreneurship, intellectual curiosity, and innovative solutions to humanity’s most pressing global challenges. Research at Tandon focuses on key intersections between communications/IT, cybersecurity and data science/AI/robotics systems and tools, and critical areas of society they affect, including emerging media, health, sustainability and urban living. We believe that diversity is an integral part of excellence and create a vibrant, inclusive and equitable environment for all of our students, faculty and staff. For more information visit engineering.nyu.edu.


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