A few months ago, I caught a 60 Minutes report on the impending threat of cyber attackers on national security. I found myself doing a double-take when Steve Kroft’s opening lines mirrored the first paragraph of the earlier NYIT Magazine’s Fall 2009 cover story about our alumni in that very field. Both reports shared the same startling facts and ended with the same conclusion—that a vigilant counterattack on cyber crime by highly trained professionals is needed to prevent calamity. A coincidence? Perhaps. But for me, and I hope for you, it is a positive affirmation of the good work our alumni are doing in this field, as well as many others, as we face the challenges of the 21st century.
On the heels of this story, NYIT will host an important conference on cyber security at the Manhattan campus this fall. This provides an opportunity to showcase our new state-of-the-art theater, the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, as we welcome some of the preeminent experts in the field.
Rest assured, your alma mater continues to fulfill its goal of preparing its students for the careers of tomorrow, including those we cannot even imagine today. And with that, the value of your degree increases. You and your fellow alumni demonstrate the power of an NYIT education by pioneering and conquering new challenges every day in a variety of forward-thinking, vital capacities.
Look no further than the pages of this magazine to see how NYIT alumni are altering the cityscapes of the world with breathtaking architectural designs (including the recently opened Burj-Dubai, now the tallest building in the world); how our alumni, faculty, and students are playing a role on the front lines of medical care and the potential health care reform; or how NYIT graduates have made compelling contributions to the world of video games, one of the highest grossing segments of the entertainment industry.
These are but a few of the areas in which NYIT and its community are using technology to define our 21st-century global world. Another example is our Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, which continues its mission by exploring alternative energy sources. Recent developments include solar carports at our Long Island sites and continued work in biodiesel research. No doubt, we will see widespread use of both in the coming years.
We also look forward to co-hosting the Think Green Forum with Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT) this April in Nanjing, China, home to the newest NYIT undergraduate campus. The corporate, government, and academic leaders who will gather there promise to forge new ideas and solutions in the field of sustainable energy.
As we enter this bright but challenging second decade of the 21st century, may you continue to join us on our forward-thinking path and help us create solutions for ourselves and our communities.
Wishing you continued success,
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.