Engineering the Future | DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science - Hofstra University

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A Message From Our Dean

As I write this welcome, the countdown continues to the opening of Hofstra’s new Science and Innovation Center. This impressive building (see pages 14-15) represents a major milestone for the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, as it will house all of our computer science programs, along with several of our engineering programs. At our founding in 2012, we had three accredited undergraduate programs and one graduate program serving about 350 majors. Today, we boast eight accredited undergraduate programs and four master’s programs serving nearly 900 students. This new building will accommodate our growth, both in student population and state-of-the-art technology.

This current issue touches the surface of what goes on in our school these days. You will fnd student profles that point to the future of our professions, as well as tributes to two of the pioneers of our founding who passed away last year. We highlight three of our initiatives — W-SPiCE (Women’s Summer Program in Computing/Engineering), Hofstra in Silicon Valley, and the DeMatteis Co-op Program — to emphasize that there is far more to an educational

We also showcase our recently added graduate degrees in data science and cybersecurity. These areas are skyrocketing in the job market, but we know the landscape is changing fast. AI is both a challenge and an opportunity for educators, and we are committed to be adaptable with

As we celebrate more than 10 years of engineering and computer science education, I hope you enjoy this snapshot of the DeMatteis School. I invite you to tour our new Science and Innovation Center and explore the optimal features it provides for students and faculty for the coming decades.

Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science Highlights

Inspired teaching:

• Classes are conducted by qualifed faculty (not teaching assistants).

Research opportunities:

• Supervision and support by faculty mentors.

• Opportunity to present work at scientifc conferences and/or publish in scholarly journals.

State-of-the-art facilities:

• The new science and innovation building grand opening fall 2023 – includes classrooms, laboratories, and technologies/equipment for computer science, bioengineering, and industrial engineering.

• Labs in two additional SEAS buildings range from aerodynamics to ultrasound, and mechatronics to soil mechanics.

On-the-job professional experience:

• Co op Program – matching students with full time salaried positions for 6 8 months.

• More than 200 corporate partners.

• Co op experience often leads to direct full time employment after graduation.

Well-rounded curriculum:

• Enhanced education in the social and natural sciences, and the humanities – an academic and professional asset.

Successful alumni:

• About 90% of recent undergraduate degree recipients* report being employed or planning to start graduate school within one year of graduation.

• Approximately 4,000 alumni are working in industry, government, and academia.

Insightful feedback and support:

• Three advisory boards composed of industry leaders work with Hofstra faculty and administrators to develop dynamic courses and programs.

*Data based on survey responses and information from reliable sources.

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Program Options

Undergraduate Degrees

• BA, BE Engineering Science

(BE Options: Chemistry, Environmental, or Physics)

• BA, BS Computer Science

• BS Computer Science and Cybersecurity

• BS Computer Science and Mathematics

• BS, Bioengineering

(Options: Bioelectricity, Biomechanics, or Pre-Medicine)

• BS, Civil Engineering

• BS, Computer Engineering

• BS, Electrical Engineering

(Option: Computer)

• BS, Industrial Engineering

• BS, Mechanical Engineering

(Option: Aerospace)

Graduate Degrees

• MS, Computer Science

• MS, Cybersecurity (Technology)

• MS, Data Science

• MS, Engineering Management

Dual-Degree Programs

• BA/MS, Computer Science

• BS/MS, Computer Science

• BS-BA/MD: 4+4 Program


State-of-the-Art Facilities

Hofstra provides a wide range of tools that enhance our students’ education. For example, the Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center supports the new bachelor’s and master’s programs in this rapidly evolving feld. Students have access to equipment in all labs, which are used for both teaching and research.

Laboratories include:

• 3D Printer Laboratory

• Advanced Applications Laboratory

• Aerodynamics and Transport Phenomena Laboratory

• Big Data Laboratory

• Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory

• Civil/Environmental Engineering Laboratory

• Computer Architecture, Embedded Systems, and Mobile Computing Laboratory

• Concrete/Soil Testing Laboratory

• Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center

• Electrical and Signal Processing Laboratory

• Gaming and Graphics Laboratory

• Linux Laboratory

• Materials Analysis Laboratory

• Networking Laboratory

• Research and Innovation Laboratory

• Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory

• Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory

• Systems Laboratory

• Ultrasound Research Laboratory


Electrical engineering major Jamie McSorley has a summer internship that is out of this world.

McSorley will be working at Honeywell Aerospace in Arizona, in their internal controls department for the International Space Station. “My area of interest is aerospace or defense for the impact that it has on the general public. I’m super excited to live somewhere new – and explore something new.”

It’s only the latest opportunity to come her way since she began her studies at the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, which has been recognized for its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

McSorley, who grew up in Seaford, New York, found a community of fellow female engineers at the DeMatteis School that offered her a chance to expand her skillset and her preprofessional network. Some of those opportunities include serving as treasurer for two different clubs: the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and HKN, the honor society for electrical and computer engineers; and as student manager of Hofstra’s women’s basketball team. She also participated in the W-SPiCE (Women’s Summer Program in Computing/Engineering) program as a frst-year student.

“Hofstra has done a great job of having areas for women to feel welcome in. I wanted to end up in a challenging career that had a broader mission, and I feel like I found that with engineering. I never felt excluded or intimidated.”

“Hofstra has done a great job of having areas for women to feel welcome in,” she said. “I wanted to end up in a challenging career that had a broader mission, and I feel like I found that with engineering. I never felt excluded or intimidated.”

Last summer McSorley completed a summer internship at Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a defense contracting company that is one of the DeMatteis School’s corporate partners. The experience inspired her to change her major from mechanical to electrical engineering.

“In my frst two years in the engineering program, Hofstra prepared me well with broad knowledge, so I was able to expand my interests and explore something new,” McSorley said. “There are so many applications for electrical engineering – there’s no playbook. You have to improvise with your basic knowledge and every day is a new challenge.”

McSorley is also looking to pay her experience at the DeMatteis School forward by being a peer mentor for other young women pursuing STEM careers. “We have a great mentorship program within the Society of Women Engineers that pairs frst-year students with upperclassmen, and I have a mentee.”

“There is a spot for everyone in engineering,” said McSorley. And if you aren’t sure what that spot is, there are multiple organizations to immerse yourself in, and fnd your niche.”

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“The point is to expose students through hands-on projects in architecture and engineering while they are still in high school,” Dr. Edward Segal said. “And it gives our Hofstra engineering students an opportunity to put what they are learning into practice, and to be mentors to younger students, even as they are being mentored themselves.”

A Colorful Collaboration


The pavilion stands on a patch of grass on Hofstra’s North Campus – a dazzling, 24-foot-wide kaleidoscope of acrylic, stone, and plywood. It was designed and built by local high schoolers, Hofstra engineering students, and young professionals as part of a hands-on program to train the next generation of engineers and architects.

Known as Building the Next Engineers, the program was organized by the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science and Scale Rule, an international collaboration that promotes diversity, design, and engineering through experiential learning and community engagement in projects.

The Hofstra project brought together high school students from Long Island and Queens, undergraduate engineering students from the DeMatteis School, and volunteers from the New York City offces of global architecture frm Grimshaw and engineering/ design frm schlaich bergermann partner.

It was coordinated by Dr. Edward Segal, associate professor of civil engineering at the DeMatteis School and Dan Bergsagel, director of Scale Rule and a structural engineer at schlaich bergermann partner. It was made possible by the SEI Futures Fund in collaboration with the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) Foundation.

“The point is to expose students through hands-on projects in architecture and engineering while they are still in high school,” Dr. Segal said. “And it gives our Hofstra engineering students an opportunity to put what they are learning into practice, and to be mentors to younger students, even as they are being mentored themselves.”

About 30 high school and Hofstra students participated in the spring concept and design workshops. During the spring workshops, the high school students worked under the supervision of young engineering and architecture professionals and Hofstra students to come up with a design for a pavilion to be constructed on campus, based on a specifc set of guidelines. 9
Dr. Edward Segal (left), and civil engineering students Lillian Moy (center) and Thomas Miliani (right)


U.S. News and World Report – ranked 47th among best undergraduate engineering programs among non-PhD granting schools


School of Engineering named for visionary builder Fred DeMatteis

Cybersecurity Competition started

ASPIRE program begins


Began Industry Speaker Series

Started offering Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering programs Initiative with FIRST Robotics

Began $12M facilities

Co-op program begins renovation Inauguration of the School of Engineering Center for Innovation was formed (300 students)

$1.6M National Science Foundation (NSF) grant –STEM+C (interdisciplinary program to introduce hands-on coding and computer modeling to economically and ethnically diverse group of early high school students)

Started offering Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

2012 2015

DeMatteis School Timeline


OverSEAS program launches

Hofstra’s Master of Science in Computer Science ranked as one of the 30 best online master’s degree programs in computer science by U.S. News and World Report

Master of Science in Cybersecurity launches


Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center opens

W-SPiCE program begins

Master of Science in Engineering Management launches

First annual Hour of Code

Rapid Rope Bridge Deployment grant awarded

Hofstra in Silicon Valley progam starts



U.S. News and World Report (undergraduate) – ranked 29th place (tie) among 230 non-PhD-granting engineering schools

OverSEAS in Bolivia

Grant from Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Dr. Edward Currie

autonomous wound closure system


Awarded accreditation by ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) for its Bachelor of Science programs in bioengineering, civil engineering, and industrial engineering

Groundbreaking for new Science and Innovation Center Recognized for its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), earning bronze-level distinction

Master of Science in Data Science launches

New Science and Innovation Center Opens


in the nation among 230 non-PhD-granting engineering schools (U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges rankings, 2022-2023)

861 total students

8 ABET-accredited undergraduate degree programs

773 undergraduate students 88 graduate students Located 25 miles from Midtown Manhattan

4 master’s degree programs

200+ Co-op partners

97% full-time professors with the highest degrees in their feld Over

4000 alumni




The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science to Unveil New State-of-the-Art Facility

The new Science and Innovation Center, a shared facility for the DeMatteis School and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, will open its doors in the fall of 2023. This energy-effcient, four-story, 75,000-square-foot new construction has been designed with optimal team collaboration in mind.

The Center will boast a large makerspace to facilitate student prototyping and the frst-year engineering lab experience. Labs focused on big data, robotics, computer architecture, UNIX systems and graphics, virtual reality, other computer science-related technologies, as well as a bioengineering lab, a tissue culture facility, and an industrial engineering manufacturing lab, will also move here.

A courtyard in front of the building will provide a gathering space to encourage the exchange of ideas and interdisciplinary learning.

The Center marks the largest structural addition to Hofstra in 20 years and will accelerate the University’s mission to promote cross-disciplinary collaborations and partnerships with the local community. 15

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science is answering the call for today’s in-demand professions with two recently launched graduate programs in cybersecurity and data science. As more industries fall victim to data breaches and ransomware attacks, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job market for these careers will grow up to 36% by 2031.

MS Cybersecurity

The master’s in cybersecurity is designed to prepare students for technical and managerial careers in the information security feld. The program, a joint offering of the DeMatteis School and the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, provides the theoretical foundation and practical experiences that address cybersecurity from many perspectives such as data, software systems, organizational and societal security, and privacy. Concentrations are available in technology, as well as management and policy.

“We teach defensive technologies, but it’s not all just defense,” said Professor Uzo Osuno, program director for the MS in Cybersecurity and MS in Data Science. “In our cybersecurity program, among other topics, we teach intrusion detection, incident response, and hacker techniques – particularly how to be an ‘ethical hacker.’ Instead of waiting to be attacked – you attack yourself. You fnd out where you are weak and where you are vulnerable, so you can protect yourself before the outside attacks come.”

Cybersecurity students can gain valuable hands-on experience through paid positions offered as part of the DeMatteis Co-op program and study in state-of-the-art, on-campus facilities, including the Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center.

MS Data Science

The master’s in data science, the newest program at the DeMatteis School, prepares students for advanced careers in data engineering, quantitative research, machine learning, and data analytics.

The curriculum includes the knowledge and skills in the areas of data science, data mining and visualization, statistical analysis and inference, and machine learning. The program provides a strong foundation in statistical inference and optimization, and students will develop strong data analytics and computational skills. It is presented in partnership with the department of mathematics in the Hofstra School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

“Data science is about gathering and analyzing patterns and trends in data – which includes text, numbers, video, audio, and graphics – for business intelligence and decision-making,” Professor Osuno said. “We teach our students how to use both predictive and prescriptive analysis for applications in any industry. These are high in-demand skills.”


Female First-Year STEM Students Meet Industry Pioneers

Fifteen female frst-year students from the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science met with leaders from seven industry-leading companies in January 2023 as part of the school’s nationally recognized efforts to increase diversity in STEM felds.

The company visits are part of the DeMatteis School’s W-SPiCE (Women’s Summer Program in Computing/Engineering) program, which helps connect young women, who are in their frst year as computer science and engineering students, with female professionals in the related felds. Students hear directly from women who began their careers when there were even fewer females in the tech feld.

“We know that women are underrepresented in the STEM workforce,” said Professor Philip Coniglio, director of the W-SPiCE program. “We want our students to see successful women in technology and engineering, so they can more clearly see a viable path for their future.”

The DeMatteis School has previously been recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) with the organization’s bronze award for its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“The thing that inspired me the most was the amount of Latina engineers and leaders we got to meet. Growing up in a predominantly frst-generation Hispanic community, I rarely saw Latinas pursuing college careers –especially not in STEM – and oftentimes the lack of representation

felt discouraging,” said Zaira Garcia, a computer science major from Queens, New York. “However, meeting and speaking to women who looked like me, and came from similar backgrounds as me, was truly inspiring and gave me the courage to continue pursuing my career in STEM.”

After these initial January feld trips, students spend fve-weeks over the summer in an on-campus intensive program, collaborating with the corporate partners spanning various industries.

“We want our students to see successful women in technology and engineering, so they can more clearly see a viable path for their future.”

This year’s diverse group of corporate partners included: Iovino Enterprises (construction); Carter, Deluca & Farrell LLP (patent law); American Express (fnance); Cameron Engineering (mechanical, electrical, plumbingconsulting); National Grid (power utility); Walden & Associates (environmental engineering); and Dealertrack – Cox Auto Group (software).

Among the themes of the January meetings were continuous learning and trying new things until you discover your passion. The corporate leaders shared their career paths, refected on having few, if any, women among their colleagues, and offered advice on how to persevere.

“Know where your passion is and just keep going,” said Irene Shih, software engineer at Dealertrack. “You are defnitely in the right feld. Every industry needs engineering.”

“This was a great opportunity not only to learn about different companies but also practice communication skills in an environment full of smart, intellectual, and successful people,” said Gisela Luna Reyes, a civil engineering major from Oxon Hill, Maryland. “This experience allowed me to decide my discipline under civil engineering, which will be construction.”

The W-SPiCE 5-week summer program will be held on campus May 30 to June 30, 2023. Students who complete the entire program will receive a $2,500 stipend. 17

Stan Goldstein joined the Hofstra faculty in 1954 as one of fve engineering instructors. The curriculum at that time consisted of only several drafting and mechanical engineering classes.

During his many decades at Hofstra, Dr. Goldstein saw incredible growth of the department, including the addition of evening bachelor of science degree programs in engineering science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. In the 1960s and 1970s, many students were part-time, balancing coursework with full-time jobs at Grumman or Sperry, and he created pathways for these students to complete their degrees entirely through taking evening classes. Dr. Goldstein was known to be a meticulous and keen instructor in thermodynamics and fuid mechanics, and a mentor to students. He served twice as department chair before stepping back from full-time teaching in 1983. Dr. Goldstein also served stints in both the HCLAS Dean’s Offce and the Provost’s Offce, refective of his administrative and managerial skills. The love of teaching never left him, and he continued to teach for the physics department for years before fully retiring from Hofstra in 2001. Dr. Goldstein was living in upstate New York at his passing on December 18, 2022, just two months short of his 100th birthday.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Goldstein joined the Air Force in 1942 and served as a navigator on 30 bombing missions during World War II. After the war, he and his wife Wanda (who predeceased him in 2017 after 69 years of marriage) became active in the peace movement, and he wrote against the indiscriminate bombing of civilians as a military tactic. Dr. Goldstein attended the University of Oklahoma on the GI Bill, and ultimately received his PhD from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute.

During his years at Hofstra, Dr. Goldstein also helped organize chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. In 1980, Hofstra honored him with the Dean’s Award of Excellence, and today there is a commemorative brick in his name at the Hofstra Walk of Pride.

Ron Alvarez started teaching at Hofstra in 1962 after working four years at the Boeing Company. He had earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Manhattan College, and obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from New York University in 1967. At Hofstra, Dr. Alvarez taught statics, dynamics, strength of materials, and structural analysis and design for more than 50 years on a rigorously adhered to Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule before retiring in 2014. He served as a consultant to numerous companies and government agencies. Dr. Alvarez also directed a very successful review course through Continuing Education for individuals seeking licensure as professional engineers (P.E.). Hence, there are generations of Long Island engineers who beneftted from his rigorous instruction even though they were not Hofstra students, but who encountered him through those Saturday PE review classes.

Dr. Alvarez and his wife Elaine were prodigious world travelers, having visited almost every country on every continent over the years.

Despite being known as the “boot camp drill sergeant” of learning, Dr. Alvarez was well admired by his students. One of his students, Don Eberhard, Class of ’72, said upon Dr. Alvarez’s passing, “I know that some day when I rise to those ‘pearly gates’ in Heaven, they will be structurally sound, dynamically balanced, and well lubricated – thanks to Dr. Alvarez’s engineering talents.”

He was 87 and resided at his home in Glen Cove, New York, at the time of his death on September 27, 2022. Today, there is a Dr. Ronald J. Alvarez, P.E. Civil Engineering Endowed Scholarship in his honor.

The Hofstra family remembers two pioneers of the DeMatteis School of Engineering: Dr. Stanley P. Goldstein and Dr. Ronald J. Alvarez, both of whom passed away in late 2022.
Dr. Goldstein (far right) in this WW II photo

HofstraScienceComputerStudents Visit West Coast Tech Giants

A group of students from the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science spent a week in northern California visiting top-tier tech companies and networking with industry professionals as part of the Hofstra in Silicon Valley program.

The students spent time at Google, Oracle, CrowdStrike, Sony Interactive, VMware, and Plug and Play, an experience that can help them hone their career aspirations.

“There is no substitute for the realworld experience of visiting these companies,” said Dr. Sina Rabbany, dean of the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science, who traveled with the students. “You get a real feel for a place when you’ve been on a tour, can observe the employees, and ask direct questions. Students can decide if they picture themselves in that environment, which will help guide their career path.”

Mohtasim Billah, a junior from Queens, New York, who is studying

cybersecurity, echoed the sentiment. “This helped me decide what I wanted to be and which company I would love to work for,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to be this great!”

Professor Jianchen Shan, who coordinated and chaperoned the trip, met with professionals from various areas of each company, and provided a broader understanding of the opportunities each industry offers.

“Besides the engineering and research teams, we also met people from the business side of those companies, which exposes our students to more potential career paths,” Professor Shan said. “I learned that entrepreneurship should be emphasized in our University, and students should be encouraged to create their own startups in the computing industry.”

In addition to the company meetings, the group also visited the Computer History Museum, Stanford University, and the Golden Gate Bridge, among other sites. The

relationship building seemed to be the most impactful part of the trip to many students.

“My biggest takeaway was all the different connections I made, from both the companies as well as between the different students I met on the trip,” said Gayathri Suresh, a sophomore computer science major from New Hyde Park, New York. “I enjoyed getting closer to my classmates and professors, and liked getting a head start into the

“You get a real feel for a place when you’ve been on a tour, can observe the employees, and ask direct questions. Students can decide if they picture themselves in that environment, which will help guide their career path.” 19

the TRANSFORMATIVE Power of Co-ops

The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science Co-op Program, which matches engineering and computer science students with corporate opportunities, began in 2015, and today boasts more than 200 business partners.

Angela Cano Giraldo

Major: Engineering Management (Master of Science – Spring 2024)

Hometown: Union City, NJ (originally from Columbia) Co op: Zi Engineering, P.C., NY Electrical Engineer Inspector and Business Development Associate

Role: This opportunity has taught me to be tenacious, strong, perseverant, and to never stop dreaming about where I want to be as a professional. The networking in particular has helped me develop communication skills and be more confident when approaching people for the first time. It has paid off – I have become the event person at the company.

Goals: The experience has showed me what I want to do for an ideal career – a mix of technical work in the field plus sales development in the office.

Advice: The co op program is an excellent opportunity to ‘sell’ yourself as an employee through your performance. Do your best, be honest, be open, ask questions, double check information, have the disposition to learn, be optimistic, be perseverant, and do the things with the best possible attitude.

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Gabriela Miller, Class of ‘25

Major: Bioengineering • Hometown: Branchburg, NJ

Co op: Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, NJ

Biosurgery department team – researching medical sealants and improving formulations

Role: The co op experience has sharpened the feeling that bioengineering is right for me, and now I can see where I can end up – and I m not just getting a degree to get a degree. I m taking these classes because I need to learn this information. It s shifted my mindset to be more focused on the end goal.

Goals: My future goal is to become a team lead and develop a prototype of something that can change the world. You get to meet so many new people as a team lead, and you re working on a project that you find passion in and you re getting paid to do it.

Advice: Take that leap. Take the opportunity. Go do it. It will seem like the scariest thing you have ever done, but it s so incredibly worth it. Sometimes people go in with an expectation of what they are going to get with their major or with their degree, and it s not always how it is reflected in the real world. You really don’t get an idea of that until you actually work in that field.


Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Co-op: Jaros, Baum and Bolles

Role: Various experiences – marking up pdfs of submittals or drawings on Bluebeam/Revit, editing AutoCAD drawings, and sizing duct/pipe systems for retail.

Experience: “My favorite part of the co-op experience was the work culture of the company. There were many opportunities to grow as an engineer, from classes to workshops to panels, as well as opportunities to know other engineers, and non-engineers, in the company.”

Goals: “My co-op experience helped me see what is expected of me when getting involved in the working world. I learned communication is key, and it is okay to not know everything upon leaving school. I have that in mind while I am preparing to graduate and start my job search.”

Advice: “Be open to opportunities – you may not know where you will find your co-op. I found mine at the Spring Career Fair.”

Robbie Humrich, Class of ‘23

Major: Civil engineering

Hometown: Franklin Square, NY

Co-op: The LiRo Group, NY

Role: Structural design work

Experience: “Through my time at LiRo, I not only learned about the different disciplines of civil engineering, but how these disciplines relate to each other and what each would do on a day-to-day basis.”

Goals: “To design something that is structurally stable, while being controlled by a variety of stipulations and constraints, makes the job a puzzle that I found very entertaining and captivating. I am sure that this is the pathway I want to go down as I continue my career.”

Advice: “The co-op program is a very intensive, demanding, and difficult process – a test of perseverance and attrition. You need to keep moving forward past the initial anxiety, and then you will grow both as a worker and as an adult.

Ryan Cook, Class of ‘19

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: North Bellmore, NY

Co-op: New York City Parks Department

Current job: Project Manager, Schimenti Construction Co.

Experience: “I learned more in that 8-month co-op period than probably my entire life outside of it. You learn things there that you don’t learn in a classroom – it’s personal relationships and how to communicate with people. You need to be able to interact with a worker in the field and the CEO in the same day.”

Goals: “I told the owner of the company I work for now, ’You’re always going after young talent, what better way than to get an 8-month co-op locked in?’ From a corporate standpoint, you need to make sure you have the right opportunity for the level of commitment. From a student standpoint, it’s good money, and it’s real experience. We have now started a co-op program and look forward to our first candidate next semester.”

Advice: “Most graduates interviewing for jobs have that feeling that they don’t know what they’re doing. After a co-op you have the advantage of real experience and you know what to expect. I started my first job at a higher level because of that experience, and having a job lined up before graduation allows you to start planning your life that much earlier.”

Jayda Lewis, Class of ‘23

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Franklin Square, NY

Co-op: United Therapeutics, NC

Role: Various experiences — wet lab including microfluidics; mechanical including soldering and assembling; and even 3D software and printing.

Experience: “In addition to the engineering, I learned a lot of soft skills in my co-op: communication, professional dress, how to be professional, how to network, and how to present in a meeting. The people you work with are there to teach you and leave room for you to make mistakes. This is the place to get your first working experience.”

Goals: “When I came into the co-op, I was hoping it would help me figure out what I want to do, because there are so many paths that I could take. This opportunity has made it much more clear.”

Advice: “I would 100% recommend doing a co-op. It is worth it, especially if you’re not exactly sure what you want to do. It looks good on your resume, you have six months of real experience, and it will make you stand out from other candidates.” 21“’ ’ ’ ” “ ’ ’ ” “ ’ ’ ”
Carey, Class of ‘23

Meet Our Full-Time Engineering Faculty

Lynn Albers (PhD, North Carolina State University)

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

M. David Burghardt (PhD, University of Connecticut) Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Mauro J. Caputi (PhD, Virginia Tech) Director, Freshman Engineering Associate Professor

Electrical Engineering

Kevin C. Craig (PhD, Columbia University) Director, Center for Innovation Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Edward Currie (PhD, University of Miami) Interim Chair

Department of Computer Science

Associate Professor

Electrical Engineering

Roche de Guzman (PhD, Wayne State University)

Associate Professor


Brian J. Galli (PhD, Old Dominion University) Director, Master of Science in Engineering Management Program

Assistant Professor

Industrial Engineering

Sleiman R. Ghorayeb (PhD, Iowa State University) Professor

Electrical Engineering

Saryn Goldberg (PhD, Stanford University)

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Margaret A. Hunter (PhD, Rice University)

Assistant Chair

Department of Engineering Associate Professor

Civil Engineering

Wing Kwong (PhD, Princeton University) Professor

Electrical Engineering

Nicolas Merna (PhD, University of California, Irvine) Assistant Professor


Manuel Miranda (PhD, Columbia University)

Associate Professor

Civil Engineering

Richard J. Puerzer (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) Chair, Department of Engineering Associate Professor

Industrial Engineering

Sina Y. Rabbany (PhD, University of Pennsylvania)

Dean, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science



Salvador Rojas-Murillo (PhD, University of Iowa)

Assistant Professor

Industrial Engineering

David M. Rooney (PhD, North Carolina State University)

Associate Dean, Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science


Mechanical Engineering

Edward Segal (PhD, Princeton University)

Assistant Professor

Civil Engineering

Minjeong Suh

(PhD, Yale University)

Assistant Professor

Engineering Science

John C. Vaccaro

(PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

D. Elliott Williams (PhD, Cal Tech)

Assistant Professor

Electrical Engineering

Meet Our Full-Time Computer Science Faculty

Simona Doboli

(PhD, University of Cincinnati) Professor

Computer Engineering

Xiang Fu (PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara) Professor

Computer Science

Scott M. Jeffreys (MS, Adelphi University) Graduate Program Director

Special Associate Professor

Computer Science

Gerda L. Kamberova (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) Professor

Computer Science

Chuck C. Liang (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) Professor

Computer Science

Gretchen Ostheimer (PhD, Rutgers University) Professor

Computer Science

Krishnan Pillaipakkamnatt (PhD, Vanderbilt University)


Computer Science

Oren Segal (PhD, University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Assistant Professor

Computer Engineering

Jianchen Shan (PhD, New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Assistant Professor

Computer Science



Dean’s Advisory Board

(degrees earned at Hofstra indicated by year)

John D. Cameron Jr., P.E.

Ralph Lambert, BBA, ’84

John Sartor, P.E. Founder and Managing Partner President and CEO President and CEO

Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP Axis Construction Corporation

Michael P. Delaney, BE, ’85

William J. Lane, MD, PhD, A(ACHI)


Paul R. Saueracker, MBA, ’78

Chief Aerospace Safety Offcer Director of Tissue Typing/HLA Lab at Brigham Retired Chairman and CEO

Senior VP and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor Minerals Technologies

The Boeing Company at Harvard Medical School

James K. Donaghy, BBA, ’89

Shila Shah-Gavnoudias, P.E.

James J. Nolan, MBA, ’06 VP

Executive Chairman Retired Executive, VP of Research and Innovation AECOM

Structure Tone Organization Head of Wireless and Networking Lab InterDigital Inc.

Anne Shybunko-Moore

Joseph M. Heaney III, P.E. CEO and Owner

Owner and Principal Michael Petosa GSE Dynamics Inc.

Walden Environmental Engineering, PLLC VP of Information Technology

American National Standards Institute

Stephanie Siteman

Senior Third Party Security Leader President of CrowdStrike Services

Shawn M. Henry, BBA, ’87

Ronald T. Piervincenzi, BE, ’93; PhD Chan Zuckerberg Initiative CrowdStrike CEO

United States Pharmacopeia

Chris Wacker, BA, ’76

Robert Ioanna, P.E. CEO

Senior Principal

Danyel Racenet ‘97 Laserfche

Syska Hennessy Group Senior Director, Research and Development ENT/Neuroscience Portfolio

Christos Karanicolas Medtronic

Senior VP of Engineering

Clever Devices

Shahriar Rafmayeri, BS, ’88 Chief Information Offcer Mimecast

Hofstra at a Glance

Founded in 1935, Hofstra University is a nationally and internationally recognized institution that has been cited on the Best Colleges lists of U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Fiske, Washington Monthly, Forbes, LinkedIn, and Hofstra is also the only university to host three consecutive U.S. presidential debates (2008, 2012, and 2016).

Hofstra is in the top 7% of private colleges and universities nationwide for midcareer salary for alumni with only a bachelor’s degree, according to the 2021 22 PayScale College Salary Report.

• Located in Hempstead, Long Island, 25 miles east of NYC

• Private, nonsectarian, coeducational

• Hofstra University has more than 144,000 alumni

• Undergraduate students come from 50 U.S. states and territories, and 77 countries; 36% of fall 2022 frst year

• Hofstra is one of only three schools in the New York students were from outside of New York State. metropolitan area with colleges of law, medicine, and engineering.

• 116 buildings on 244 acres

• 32 academic and 35 total accreditations

• 35 residence halls housing about 3,500 students

• 18 eateries, six theaters, and 220 student clubs

• The Hofstra libraries contain over 600,000 print volumes and provide 24/7 online access to more than 100,000 full text

• Member of Phi Beta Kappa journals and 800,000 electronic books.

• 100% program accessibility for persons with disabilities

• 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams

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Visit Hofstra

We encourage you to visit our campus and discover all that Hofstra has to offer. Go to for a list of in-person and virtual visit opportunities that are customized to your needs.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 516-463-6700

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