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List of NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering people

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The New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering has more than 44,000 alumni throughout the United States and in 55 countries around the world.[1][2]

Presidents of Polytechnic

John Raymond, President Polytechnic Institute 1858
  1. John Howard Raymond, 1855–1864
  2. David Henry Cochran, 1864–1899
  3. Henry Sanger Snow, 1899–1904 (interim)
  4. Frederick Washington Atkinson, 1904–1925
  5. Parke Rexford Kolbe, 1925–1932[3]
  6. Charles Edwin Potts, 1932–1933 (interim)
  7. Harry Stanley Rogers, 1933–1957
  8. Ernst Weber, 1957–1958 (interim), 1958–1969
  9. Benjamin Adler, 1969–1971 (acting)
  10. Arthur Grad, 1971–1973
  11. Norman Auburn, 1973 (acting)
  12. George Bugliarello, 1973–1994
  13. David C. Chang, 1994–2005
  14. Jerry MacArthur Hultin, 2005–2012[4]
  15. Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, 2012–present (acting)

Presidents of Polytechnic Institute and Deans of Engineering at NYU

  1. Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, 2012–present

Notable faculty list

Notable alumni list

Name Class year Notability References
Jerome Swartz 1968 co-founded Symbol Technologies, Inc. Professor at Stony Brook University in the departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Applied Math & Statistics. Professor at NYU-Poly. He is a board member at Stony Brook University and NYU-Poly, and a trustee at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and at the University of California at San Diego.
James Truslow Adams 1898 American writer and historian.
Ali Akansu 1983, 1987 Turkish American scientist best known for his contributions to the theory and applications of sub-band and wavelet transforms. Professor at NJIT.
Charles E. Anderson 1948 the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in Meteorology.
Bishnu S. Atal 1968 noted researcher in linear predictive coding. In 1961 Atal joined Bell Laboratories, where his subsequent research focused on acoustics and speech, making major contributions in the field of speech analysis, synthesis, and coding, including low bit-rate speech coding and automatic speech recognition. He retired in 2002 to become affiliate professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.
Franklin Bartlett 1865 U.S. Representative from New York.
Jacob Bekenstein 1969, 1966, 1971 The Bekenstein bound in General Relativity and Member of Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Laureate of the Wolf Prize in Physics for work on black holes.
David Bergstein 1982 American entrepreneur and film producer, chairman of THINKFilm and Capitol Films
Denis Blackmore 1965, 1969 physicist who has contributed to the foundation of black hole thermodynamics and to other aspects of the connections between information and gravitation. Professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology
Israel Borovich 1967, 1968, 1971, Hon 2005 Chairman, El Al Israel Airlines
Ursula Burns 1980 CEO, Xerox Corporation.
Admiral Charles F. Stokes 1880 Dr. Charles Stokes was a member of the first Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons, Surgeon General of the United States Navy, and President Theodore Roosevelt's personal physician. [8]
Charles Camarda 1974 NASA scientist and mission specialist on the Return to Flight voyage of the shuttle Discovery
K. Mani Chandy 1968 Simon Ramo Professor of Computer Science and Deputy chair of engineering at the California Institute of Technology.
Francesco DeMaria 1951 Italian-American chemist. Profeesor at University of Connecticut
Bern Dibner 1921 Inventor of the first solderless electrical connector (US Patent 4550962 Solderless electrical connector assembly) and founder of the Burndy Corporation.
Dot da Genius 2008 Hip-hop Producer (Day 'n' Nite)
Gertrude B. Elion Hon 1989 former doctoral student at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, awarded 1988 Nobel Prize in medicine. [9]
Joel S. Engel 1964 American engineer, known for fundamental contributions to the development of cellular networks.
Charles Ranlett Flint 1868 American businessman, best known as the founder of the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company which later became IBM.
Carl Gatto 1960 Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives
Norman Gaylord 1949, 1950 industrial chemist and research scientist credited with playing a key role in the development of permeable contact lens which allows oxygen to reach the wearer's eye.
Bancroft Gherardi, Jr. 1891, 1933H American electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work in developing the early telephone systems in the United States.
John Gilbert 1953 inventor of non-stick coating as an application of Teflon [10]
Tetsugen Bernard Glassman 1960 Jewish-American Zen Buddhist roshi.
Steven L. Goldman 1962 Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Lehigh University
Martha Greenblatt 1967 chemist, researcher, and faculty member at Rutgers University.
Jay Greene 1964 former Chief Engineer of NASA Johnson Space Center.
Clayton Hamilton 1900 American drama critic. Professor at Columbia University
Fredric J. Harris 1961 internationally renowned expert on DSP and Communication Systems.
Charles Waldo Haskins founder of Haskins and Sells, which later merged with Deloitte.
F. Augustus Heinze one of the most colorful entrepreneurs in Montana history.
Edward Everett Horton 1908 notable character actor, appeared in The Front Page, Top Hat, Here Comes Mr. Jordan & Pocketful of Miracles.
Joseph J. Jacobs 1937, 1939, 1942 founder of Jacobs Engineering Group
Tudor Jenks 1874 American author, poet, artist and editor, as well as a journalist and lawyer.
Ephraim Katzir Post-doc President of Israel, a biophysicist and Israeli Labor Party politician
Thomas Kelly 1958 scientist, father of lunar module [11]
Murray S. Klamkin 1947 American mathematician.
Eugene Kleiner 1948, Hon 1989 Polytechnic Advisory Trustee, among eight scientists honored by the U.S. Postal Service with a commemorative stamp for developing and manufacturing revolutionary computer chips.
William B. Kouwenhoven 1906 inventor closed-chest cardiac defibrillator, recipient Edison Medal, Professor at Johns Hopkins university.
Norman Lamm attended Polytechnic, Chancellor of Yeshiva University
Eugene Lang Postdoc. 1941–42 Millionaire Industrialist
Jerome H. Lemelson 1947, 1949 Prolific inventor and holder of more than 600 patents
Yehuda (Leo) Levi 1964 Previous Rector at the Jerusalem College of Technology; author of several books on optics, and on science and Judaism.
Robert H. Lieberman 1962 Novelist and film director. Long-time member of the Physics faculty at Cornell University
Hung-Chang Lin 1956 Chinese-American inventor.
O. Winston Link 1937 Pioneering photographer.
Charles Battell Loomis unknown American author
P. J. Louis 1991 Telecommunications technologist, author, and restructuring/turnaround expert.
Christos V. Massalas 1976 Greek academic working in the field of Mathematics and Materials Science
George W. Melville 1861 Civil War-era engineer for the Navy, awarded Congressional Gold Medal. Several ships are named in his honor.
Stephen Morse (designer) 1963 architect of the Intel 8086 chip.
Paolo A. Nespoli 1988, 1989 Italian astronaut, mission specialist at STS-120 Space Shuttle mission.
A. Michael Noll 1971 Professor Emeritus at the Annenberg School for Communication at University of Southern California.
Joseph Owades 1944, 1950 Brewing pioneer, inventor of Lite beer. [12]
Frank Padavan 1956 Republican New York state senator
Judea Pearl 1965, Ph.D Professor of Computer Science and Statistics and Director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory, UCLA. Awarded Turing Prize 2011 [13]
Martin L. Perl 1948, Hon 1996 awarded 1982 Wolf Prize in physics and 1995 Nobel Prize in physics. Member of National Academy of Science (USA)
Peter Pershan 1956 Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, at both Physics Department and Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Prominent American physicist. He is a recipient of the Rothschild Prize in Physics 1988. In 2005 Bekenstein was awarded the Israel Prize for physics. He received the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2012. Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, at both Physics Department and Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.

Martin Pope 1950 a physical chemist and professor emeritus at New York University.
George Preti analytical organic chemist, Monell Chemical Senses Center.
Stav Prodromou 1967, 1970 Executive Advisor, Alien Technology
Mark Ronald 1968 former President & CEO, BAE Systems Inc.
Seymour Shapiro 1956 PhD Synthesized phenformin.
Ronald Silverman 1979, 1990 Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Robert J. Stevens 1985 Chairman, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin.
Don Torrieri 1966 research engineer and Fellow of the US Army Research Laboratory.
William Tubby 1875 American architect.
Richard Santulli 1966 CEO, NetJets.
Hermann Viets 1965, 1966, 1970 President, Milwaukee School of Engineering. He was Professor of Engineering at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He was a professor and Associate Dean for Research at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. the Dean of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.
Pat Villani 1976, 1982 American computer programmer.
Steve Wallach 1966 adviser to Centerpoint Venture partners, Sevin-Rosen, and Interwest, and a consultant to the United States Department of Energy Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) program at Los Alamos.
Robert Anton Wilson attended 1952–57 American author of 35 influential books
Sang Whang 1956, 1966 Korean American community leader and politician in Florida
Jack Ruina 1957, 1961 Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, He was instrumental in establishing the MIT Security Studies Program and was its first Director. Professor at Brown University and the University of Illinois.
Nathan Marcuvitz 1935, 1941, 1947 Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Electrical Engineering pioneer.
Jacob Bekenstein 1965 contributed to the foundation of black hole thermodynamics and to other aspects of the connections between information and gravitation.
Eugene M. Lang 1946 Chair Emeritus of Swarthmore College, founder and Chair Emeritus of the national "I Have A Dream" Foundation, founder and Chair Emeritus of the Conference of Board Chairs of Liberal Arts Colleges, board member of the Columbia University Business School, and board member of New School University.
Gerard J. Foschini 1963 – Electrical Engineer, Professor at Princeton University. Professor at Rutgers University, Piscataway, N.J.
Leopold B. Felsen 1959,1961, 1964 – Electrical Engineer, He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Dean of engineering from 1974 to 1978 at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Professor at Boston University College of Engineering
Martin Hellman 1966 – Electrical Engineer, From 1968 to 1969 he worked at IBM's Watson Research Center where he encountered Horst Feistel. From 1969 to 1971 he was an assistant professor at MIT. He joined Stanford in 1971 as a professor, serving until 1996 when he became Professor Emeritus.
Michael J. Birck 1962 – Electrical Engineer. Member of the Board of Trustees at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. From 1975 to 2000, he served as president and chief executive officer of Tellabs, Inc., becoming chairman in 2000, and CEO again from 2002 to 2004. He is currently Executive Chairman.
Lawrence J. Fogel 1948 – Electrical Engineer. Dr. Lawrence J. Fogel has been described by colleagues as “a father of computational intelligence.”
Ronald R. Yager 1958 – Electrical Engineer. Professor at Pennsylvania State University. Visiting Researcher and Scholar at University of California, Berkeley
Erich E. Kunhardt 1976 – In 1992, he received an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Electrophysics. Professor at Stevens Institute of technology, University of Texas and NYU-Poly
Lloyd Espenschied 1905 – Electrical Engineer. Invented the modern coaxial cable with Herman Andrew Affel. IEEE Medal of Honor recipient.
John Nestor 1966 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration medical officer
Ta-Lin Hsu 1968 – Electrical Engineer. Chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific. Dr. Hsu serves on the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley and is an Advisory Board Member of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.
Donald A. Hall 1918 – Aeronautical engineer, designer of the Spirit of St. Louis.
Erol Gelenbe 1968, 1972 – Electrical engineer. Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at Duke University, Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at Imperial College London
John G. Truxal 1946 – Former dean of engineering and applied sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Distinguished Teaching Professor at Purdue University. Member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Jack Dorsey 1999 – Creator of Twitter, and Founder and CEO of Square (application), a mobile payments company
Robert E. Wood 1960 – Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Buddy Ratner 1972 – Dr. Buddy D. Ratner is one of the founding fathers of modern bioengineering and most recently was elected a Fellow of the American Association For the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Seth Low 1866 – Mayor of Brooklyn, President of Columbia University and Mayor of NYC.
David J. Thomson 1967, 1971 – Electrical engineer. Professor at Princeton University, Professor at Stanford University, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor at University of Cambridge.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and a professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Gerald Goertzel 1948 – creator of the Goertzel algorithm.
James M. Smith 1971 – Chairman, President & CEO EDO Corporation.
Paul Horn (computer scientist) 2002 – Senior Vice Provost for Research & Distinguished Scientist in Residence at New York University.
David S. Miller - software developer
Marvin Davis 1947 - CEO, Paramount Pictures
Avery Fisher 1929 - inventor of the first stereo radio-phonograph
Robert M. White 1951 - Electrical engineer. Air Force Test Pilot
Fred Amoroso - Chairman of Yahoo!, He was formerly President and CEO and a director of Rovi Corporation.
Barouh Berkovits 1956 - invented the cardiac defibrillator and artificial cardiac pacemaker [5]
Hugh Seidman 1961 - He has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Columbia University, the College of William and Mary, The New School
Elmer L. Gaden - Russ Prize winner [14]
John B. MacChesney - Charles Stark Draper Prize winner
John Dionisio - Chairman and CEO of AECOM
Shmuel Winograd - W. Wallace McDowell Award winner
Krishna Palem - W. Wallace McDowell Award winner
George Segal - sculptor of monochromatic, cast plaster figures
Darin Strauss - Guggenheim-winning novelist
John Catsimatidis - He is the owner, president, chairman, and CEO of the Red Apple Group and Gristedes Foods. He is also the chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group subsidiary United Refining Company.
Leonard Greene - He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He was an American inventor and aerodynamics engineer who held more than 200 patents, many of which are aviation-related
Tom Ryan - President and CEO of Alpine Data Labs, Fanfare Software, Actional [15]
Len Shustek - Chairman of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum.[16] Was an assistant professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, then co-founded Nestar Systems in 1979,[17] and Network General in 1986.[18] In 2003, he provided a $2.5 million endowment for the "Leonard J. Shustek Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Chair" at Polytechnic Institute of New York University.[19]
Hugh John Casey - chairman of the New York City Transit Authority and chief engineer of army.
Paul Ferri - founder of Matrix Partners
Frances Hugle - scientist, engineer, and inventor who contributed to the understanding of semiconductors, integrated circuitry, and the unique electrical principles of microscopic materials.[20] She also invented techniques, processes, and equipment for practical (high volume) fabrication of microscopic circuitry, integrated circuits, and microprocessors which are still in use today.[21]

In 1962, Hugle co-founded Siliconix, one of Silicon Valley's first semiconductor houses. She is the only woman included in the "Semiconductor Family Tree".[22]

William H. Maddren American lacrosse coach and physician. He served as the fourth head coach of the Johns Hopkins University lacrosse team from 1897 to 1901 during which time his teams compiled a 25–6 record and captured three national championships.
Ami Miron an American Israeli entrepreneur and technology developer specializing in consumer electronics, the Internet, and television. He developed and patented the first Picture In Picture (PIP) for Philips Electronics. Miron also worked to solve the problem of ghost images on television and led the development of the first high-definition television (HDTV) system in the U.S. He received two Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards for these last two innovations.

In his professional career, he has worked for Dutch electronics giant Philips and General Instrument Corporation (acquired by Motorola and now part of Google). In 1997, he founded MoreCom, a software networking company which was sold to Liberate Technologies in 2000. Miron currently serves as the president of Philadelphia-based AM Partners, which he founded.

Peter Jordan - president at Tarrant County College. [23]
Edward R. Knowles - designed searchlights for the U.S. Navy and invented the storage battery. [7]
Antonio Ferri - leader of a team that created the first practical hypersonic tunnel heater, used to heat air for dischage into a wind tunnel [7]
Nicholas Hoff - a structural analyst whose calculations became the international guideposts in aircraft design [7]
Raymond E. Kirk - editor, with Othmer, of the industry-standard Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology design [7]
George Ellner - developed the use of ultra-violet light for sterilization [7]
Benjamin Adler - helped develop commercial television [7]
Samuel D. Goldberg - revolutionized dentistry by inventing local anesthetics and making Novocain commercially feasible [7]
Leopold H. Just - designed virtually every major bridge and tunnel in New York City, as well as Washington’s Metro system and the Ohio and Connecticut Turnpikes. [7]
Martin Schechter 1 Order of British Columbia recipient for HIV research [24]
Mario Tchou - led a group of scientists from the University of Pisa to invent, in 1959, the ELEA 9003, Italy's first computer. [7]
Toruun Atteraas Garin - oversaw the development of the artificial sweetener aspartame and was a national spokesperson for the product. She also developed nontoxic processes to create food colorings and remove caffeine from coffee. [7]
Peter P. Regna - helped discover Terramyscin, an antibiotic effective against more than 100 diseases. [7]


See also


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  9. ^ "Gertrude B. Elion". Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  10. ^ Research with Impact Inno/Vention Competition PolyThinking (2010-03-03). "Polythinking Gallery: Gilbert". Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  11. ^ Polythinking Gallery: Kelly (will not display unless JavaScript is disabled)
  12. ^ Research with Impact Inno/Vention Competition PolyThinking (2010-03-03). "Polythinking Gallery: Owades". Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
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  17. ^ Burg (August 1, 2002). The Triumph of Ethernet: Technological Communities and the Battle for the LAN Standard (Innovation and Technology in the World E). ISBN 0-8047-4094-1. 
  18. ^ Overview of Computer History Museum, Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved 2012-10-29 
  19. ^ LA Networking Reception for Poly Alumni, NYU-poly: Polytechnic University, retrieved 2012-10-29 
  20. ^ US patent 3465213, Frances B. Hugle et al, "Self-Compensating Structure for Limiting Base Drive Current in Transistors", issued 1969-09-02 
  21. ^ Gilleo, Ken. "Chapter 5: The Printed Circuit as a Chip Carrier" (PDF). PC Fab. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Semiconductor Family Tree, written and compiled by Don C. Hoefler, Electronic News, July 8, 1968
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  24. ^ "Martin T. Schechter". Canadian Academy Health Sciences. Retrieved 12 April 2014.