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New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering
Established 1854
Type Private
Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan
Academic staff
Undergraduates 2,155[1]
Postgraduates 2,735[1]
Location Brooklyn, NY, US
40°41′40″N 73°59′12″W / 40.694412°N 73.986531°W / 40.694412; -73.986531
Campus Urban, 28 acres (Brooklyn Campus)
Newspaper The Polytechnic Reporter
Affiliations New York University
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New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering is one of the 18 schools and colleges that comprise New York University (NYU). Founded in 1854, the school is the second oldest private engineering and technology school in the United States.[2] For the 2013-2014 academic year, there were a total of 2,155 enrolled undergraduate students and 2,735 graduate students. In 2013-2014, the average combined verbal and math SAT score of incoming freshmen at the undergraduate level of Poly was 1,295 and the acceptance rate was 75 %.[3] Curriculum is based on a European polytechnic university model emphasizing instruction of technical arts and applied sciences. The school's main campus is in Brooklyn's MetroTech Center, an urban university-industry science and technology park.


Polytechnic Institute at 99 Livingston

On May 17, 1853, a group of Brooklyn businessmen wrote a charter to establish a school for young men. Named Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, the school moved into its first home at 99 Livingston Street in Brooklyn. The first class, admitted in 1855, consisted of 265 young men ages nine to 17. The school conferred its first bachelor's degrees in 1871. Graduate programs began in 1901 and the school awarded its first doctoral degree in 1921.[4]

From 1889 to 1973 the school became known as Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1917, the preparatory program separated from the Institute and became the Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School. Poly Prep is now located in the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn. Polytechnic Institute moved to its present location in 1957, the former site of the American Safety Razor factory, where it became a co-educational institution.

In the early 1970s New York University faced financial hardships leading it to sell its University Heights campus that housed NYU's engineering school. Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn acquired the faculty and programs of New York University's School of Engineering and Science in 1973 to form Polytechnic Institute of New York.

Polytechnic Institute of New York gained university status in 1985 and changed its name to Polytechnic University. In 2008 the school became affiliated with NYU once again and Polytechnic University changed its name to Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The school fully merged with NYU in 2014 leading to its present name, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

The school has opened several research institutes over the years including: the Polymer Research Institute established in 1946,[5] the Microwave Research Institute established in 1945, and the Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT) established in 1983.


Polytechnic Institute Electrostatic Laboratory 1903–1904

The school has carried a number of different names:

  • 1854: Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (founding name)
  • 1889: Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (separated from preparatory program)
  • 1973: Polytechnic Institute of New York (acquired the faculty and programs of New York University's School of Engineering and Science)
  • 1985: Polytechnic University (acquired university status)
  • 2008: Polytechnic Institute of New York University (affiliated with New York University)
  • 2014: New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering (merged with New York University)

New York University affiliation

Wunsch Hall, the oldest building on campus, stands in contrast to the more modern buildings of MetroTech Center, including the adjacent Dibner Library

In 1973, New York University’s School of Engineering and Science disaffiliated with NYU and merged with the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn to form the Polytechnic Institute of New York.[6]

In 2007, the Polytechnic University and New York University (NYU) boards of trustees discussed a merger of Polytechnic University and NYU. The following year Polytechnic University's board of trustees voted to affiliate with New York University with the goal to become NYU's engineering, applied science, and technology school. The New York State Regents approved the change of charter making NYU the sole member of Polytechnic University.[7][8]

In 2014, the school completed its merger with NYU to become the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.


The NYU Poly main campus is in Downtown Brooklyn and is close to public transportation routes. In addition to its main address at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn, the school offers programs in Long Island and Manhattan, as well as several programs in Israel, China and the Middle East. NYU Poly has programs affiliated with NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) in downtown Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Campus

Wunsch Building

The school played a major role in bringing about MetroTech Center, one of the largest urban university-corporate parks in the United States, while closing down the larger campus at its former Long Island Graduate Center. Today, the 16-acre, $1 billion complex in Brooklyn includes the school's main campus, along with several technology-dependent companies such as Securities Industry Automation Corporation (SIAC), as well as New York City Police Department's 9-1-1 Center, New York City Fire Department Headquarters and the U.S. technology and operations functions of JPMorgan Chase.

Wunsch Building houses the school's undergraduate admissions offices and also hosts social, cultural, and academic events for the school and community.[9] The building dates back to 1847 where it served as the first independent black church in Brooklyn and a stop on the Underground Railroad. In 1981 New York City designated Wunsch Building a historic landmark.[10]

The Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology opened in 1990.

Named for chemical engineering professor Donald Othmer, Othmer Residence Hall houses over 800 freshmen and sophomores. The building opened in 2002.

Clark Residence, opened in September 2010, offers housing to juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Manhattan site

Located in downtown Manhattan, this site offers degree programs in Financial Engineering, Management of Technology, Information Management and Accelerated Management of Technology, and the Exec 21 Construction Management certificate. The Manhattan Graduate Center offers a facility for working professionals.

Academic profile

Roger's Hall, main academic building and dormitory building on the background


  • Applied Physics
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil and Urban Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Finance and Risk Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Technology Management and Innovation (affiliated with Leonard N. Stern School of Business)
  • Technology, Culture and Society

Student exchange programs

NYU operates programs during the academic year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Accra, Ghana; Berlin, Germany; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Florence, Italy; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Prague, the Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; Paris, France; and Tel Aviv, Israel.[11]

NYU Poly is part of the Global E3 Program, a consortium of nearly 60 universities working together to provide study abroad for engineering students. Students from members of this consortium may apply to go to any participating university outside their own country.[11]


Bern Dibner Library matches the modern architectural style of Downtown Brooklyn

All undergraduate and graduate programs at Polytechnic are accredited by the Middle States Association. Undergraduate chemistry students have the option to pursue a degree approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE), Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society for Metals, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS) and the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) have recognized the school's undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, computer science and physics, chemistry and mathematics.


University rankings
Washington Monthly[12] 110[13]

Ranked 128 in U.S News 2014 National Universities.[14]

Ranked 239 in Forbes top colleges.[15]

Ranked 404 in Academic Ranking of World Universities 2004.[16]

Ranked 47(tied) in U.S. News 2014 graduate engineering programs.[17]

Ranked 101 in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2012.[18]

Ranked 184 in QS World University Rankings for Engineering & Technology 2012.[19]


Starbucks cafe, right by the entrance to the Roger's Hall

Some of the school's first research institutes included the Polymer Research Institute, established in 1942, and the Microwave Research Institute, established in 1945. The Microwave Research Institute developed electromagnetic and microwave defense and communication systems and later renamed itself the Weber Research Institute.[20] Other notable research centers of the institute include NSF-sponsored Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT), Center for Advanced Technologies in Telecommunications (CATT), and the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), which they lead with Stony Brook University to serve as a "hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters".[21]

Academic labs

Academic labs and research centers include:

  • Computational Mechanics Laboratory[22]
  • Dynamical Systems Laboratory[23]
  • Brooklyn Experimental Media Center (formerly Integrated Digital Media Institute)[24]
  • Wireless Implementation Testbed Laboratory[25]
  • Bio-interfacial Engineering and Diagnostics Lab[26]
  • Control and Telecommmunications Research Laboratory[27]
  • High-Speed Networking Lab[28]
  • Power and Power Electronics Engineering Laboratory[29]
  • CITE Game Innovation Lab[30]
  • Protein Engineering and Molecular Design Laboratory[31]
  • Translational Neuroengineering(associated with the NYU Center for Neural Science and the NYU Langone Medical Center)[32]

Research Centers

Research at Polytechnic is conducted either through academic departments or through one of many interdisciplinary research centers including:

  • Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT)
  • Center for Finance and Technology (CFT)
  • Institute for Mathematics and Advanced Supercomputing (IMAS)
  • Polymer Research Institute (PRI) (The first academic research facility in the United States for the study of polymers. The American Chemical Society designated the Polymer Research Institute as a National Historic Chemical Landmark on September 3, 2003.)
  • Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center (UITSC)
  • Wireless Internet Center for Advanced Technology (WICAT)
  • CRISSP (Cyber-Security. Includes NYU-Poly, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Steinhardt School)
  • Weber Research Institute
  • Research Center for Risk Engineering
  • Materials Research Science and Engineering Center( includes Departments of Chemistry and Physics, the Courant Institute of Mathematics, the Biomimetics and Biomaterials program in the NYU Dental School, NYU Polytechnic Institute and Princeton University among others)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
  • The Games for Learning Institute (includes Columbia, City University of New York, Dartmouth, NYU-Poly and other schools of NYU, Parsons, Chile’s Pontifica

Universidad Catolica, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Teacher’s College. )

  • Media and Games Network (MAGNET)
  • New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (includes NYU, Stony Brook University, Columbia University, Cornell University, City University of New York and Brookhaven National Laboratory)


The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a degree-granting technology and research institute located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. The 460,000-square-foot building[33] is located on the Brooklyn campus. It is a research facility mainly focusing on urban engineering, civil engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering.[34] It opened in September 2013, and is in the MetroTech Center in downtown Brooklyn.

Student life

NYU Poly has over 40 student organizations including:[35]


On campus fraternal orders include Alpha Phi Omega; Lambda Chi Alpha; Nu Alpha Phi; and Omega Phi Alpha.


Students may participate in the U.S. Air Force ROTC program headquartered at Manhattan College.[36] Students may participate in the U.S. Army ROTC program[36] through NYC Army ROTC, headquartered at Fordham University.[37]


Polytechnic is the home of the Fighting Blue Jays[38] and offers its students a wide array of sports teams. The Blue Jays compete in NCAA Division III Championships in Men's and Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Women's Lacrosse, Men's Track, Men's and Women's Basketball, Softball, and Baseball. The athletics program will merge with the NYU program at the end of the 2014 season.[39]

Notable faculty and alumni

New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering has more than 40,000 alumni throughout the United States and in 55 countries around the world.[40][41] NYU Poly's alumni include inventors, scientists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, country presidents, university presidents and academic leaders among others. Among its past and present graduates and faculty are three Nobel Prize winners, three astronauts and over 65 National Academy of Engineering members.[42][43]

See also


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