New Faculty 2020-2021

New York University's Courant Institute comprises the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science. The Institute is a leading center for research and education which has contributed to U.S. and international science and engineering for 75 years. Its faculty receive numerous national and international awards in recognition of their extraordinary research accomplishments.

Assistant Professors

Ralph Chikhany

Ralph Chikhany is Clinical Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics with Emphasis on Education from Washington State University, an M.A. in Mathematics from Appalachian State University, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Holy Spirit University in Lebanon.

Chikhany's research interests include teaching and learning of business calculus and calculus for non-STEM majors; teaching and learning of calculus, specifically Riemann sums and integrals; and social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in mathematics and statistics education. He also teaches introductory courses on data analytics.

This is Chikhany's first academic appointment. In the past, he has taught at Washington State University, Notre Dame University-Lebanon, Brummana High School, and Appalachian State University.

Lerrel Pinto

Lerrel Pinto

Lerrel Pinto is Assistant Professor of Computer Science. He received his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati and his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Pinto’s research interests are in robotics, robotic manipulation, reinforcement learning, computer vision, Big Data, and machine learning. His work has been published for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Proceedings of the 34th International Conference on Machine Learning, the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, and the European Conference on Computer Vision.

Prior to joining NYU, Pinto was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.