New Faculty 2020-2021

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering, previously the Polytechnic Institute, was founded in 1854 in Brooklyn, New York, as the second oldest private school of engineering and technology in the United States. Effective January 1, 2014, it is now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and provides excellence in education and research in engineering, science and technology, and related fields for the New York region and the world. Among its faculty and graduates are Nobel laureates, notable inventors, world class scientists, and successful entrepreneurs.

Assistant Professors

Luis Ceferino

Luis Ceferino

Luis Ceferino is Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering with an appointment in the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). He completed his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima, Peru and holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics from Stanford University.

Ceferino's work concerns the resilience of urban systems in natural disasters. He combines rigorous uncertainty quantification methods, machine learning, structural modeling, and optimization techniques to elucidate the impact of extreme events such as earthquakes and hurricanes on urban systems and strategize solutions for urban resilience focusing on vulnerable communities. Ceferino seeks to extend the limits of what is feasible with catastrophe modeling and leverage new technologies to increase post-disaster power accessibility, provide more effective disaster emergency response, and reduce risk trajectories in our cities.

Prior to joining NYU, Ceferino was a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, and he is the founder of the Peru-based startup Yanapay, developers of a comprehensive platform for earthquake and tsunami risk visualization. He also has industry experience in structural engineering and seismic risk analysis in Latin America, the United States, and Central Asia. Among his honors have been the John A. Blume and Shah Family Fellowships at Stanford University.

Danny Huang

Danny Huang

Danny Yuxing Huang is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering with an appointment in the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). He earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Williams College in and a doctoral degree in the same field from the University of California, San Diego.

Huang studies how emerging technologies, such of Internet-of-Things, are increasingly relevant to our physical, emotional, and digital well-being. In his latest project, he has developed an open-source software tool that helps consumers evaluate the security and privacy risks of their connected smart homes.

Prior to joining NYU, Huang was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. He has also conducted research at Google. His honors include a Frank S. Back Fellowship from UCSD’s Jacob School of Engineering.

Brandon Reagen

Brandon Reagen

Brandon Reagen is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Harvard and received his undergraduate degrees in Computer Systems Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He is a computer architect with a research focus on designing specialized hardware accelerators for applications including deep learning and privacy preserving computation. He has made several contributions to lowering the barrier of using accelerators as general architectural constructs including benchmarking, simulation infrastructure, and System on a Chip (SoC) design. He has led the way in highly efficient and accurate deep learning accelerator design with his studies of principled unsafe optimizations, and his work has been published in conferences ranging from computer architecture, machine learning, computer aided design, and circuits.

Prior to joining NYU, Reagen was a research scientist on Facebook’s AI Infrastructure Research team, working on privacy preserving machine learning and improving the efficiency of ranking DNNs. During his Ph.D. studies he was a Siebel Scholar and was selected as a Rising Star in Computer Architecture at a Georgia Tech workshop.

Qi Sun

Qi Sun

Qi Sun is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering with an appointment in the Center for the Urban Science and Progress. He earned a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Taishan Honors College at Shandong University and a doctoral degree in Computer Science from Stony Brook University.

Sun's research bridges computer graphics, VR/AR, human-computer interaction, and visual optics. Beyond academic publications in major computer graphics, computer vision, and physics venues, his work has also been demonstrated to hundreds of users, attracted major media reports, won an IEEE Virtual Reality Best Dissertation Award, and transferred to commercial systems reaching 40,000+ customers.

Prior to joining NYU, Sun worked as a research scientist at Adobe Research. He holds multiple patents.

Professors

Andreas Hielscher

Andreas Heilscher

Andreas Hielscher is Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physics from the University of Hannover, Germany. After moving to the U.S., he earned his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, in Houston, Texas, and subsequently spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

His field of specialization is medical imaging with a focus on biomedical optics. He is well known for the development of new technologies that use near-infrared light instead of more widely known X-rays or ultrasound to diagnose and monitor various diseases, including breast cancer, vascular diseases in diabetics, and arthritis. The imaging devices currently tested and optimized in several clinical studies and their translation into clinical practice has been supported by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research, as well as the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. He is the author of well over 200 journal and conference papers and close to 20 patents

Prior to joining NYU, Hielscher was a member of the faculty at Columbia University for 19 years, and between 2011 and 2020 he was a full professor in the school’s Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Radiology. (His career also included a stint, from 1999 to 2001, as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn’s Polytechnic University, which later became NYU Tandon.) Over the last 20 years, his work has been funded by various institutes at the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. In 2013 he was elected to. the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty

Ratan Dey

Ratan Kumer Dey

Ratan Kumer Dey is Industry Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, a Master’s and doctoral degree from NYU Tandon (formerly Polytechnic).

His areas of research interest include online privacy and security, fake news in OSN, Chinese stock market message board analysis, Big Data, NoSQL databases, machine learning, social earch and mining, programming, and internet measurement. His research has been published in such outlets as IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems and Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Online Social Networks.

Prior to his appointment at NYU Tandon, he was an Assistant Professor of Practice at NYU Shanghai.

Regine Gilbert

Regine Gilbert

Regine Gilbert is Industry Assistant Professor of Technology, Culture, and Society in the Integrated Digital Media (IDM) program. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Additionally, she has studied at NYU, the Parsons School of Design, and General Assembly.

Gilbert is a user experience designer, educator, and international public speaker with over 10 years of experience working in the technology arena. She has a strong belief in making the world a more accessible place—one that starts and ends with the user. She has been a collaborator for Adobe's Inclusive Design education program, and her book, Inclusive Design for a Digital World: Designing with Accessibility in Mind, was published in 2019.

Prior to joining NYU, Gilbert worked at such well-known companies as Disney, JP Morgan, Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, Ralph Lauren, and Vitamin Shoppe. She has spoken at such events as the International User Experience Professional Association conference and the Design and Diversity conference.

Danya Glabau

Danya Glabau

Danya Glabau is Industry Assistant Professor and director of the Science and Technology Studies program in the Department of Technology, Culture, and Society. She earned a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and a Master’s and PhD in Science and Technology Studies, all from Cornell University.

Her current research examines multiple aspects of the relationship between medicine and society, including the politics of patient activism, the pharmaceutical industry, and the growth of the digital health economy. Her book in progress, Reproducing Safety: Food Allergy Advocacy and the Politics of Care, examines how patient advocacy around food allergy is shaped by race, class, gender, and the nuclear family ideal in the contemporary United States. She is also at work on a second book, co-authored with Laura Forlano, called Cyborg, a popular introduction to cyborg theory. Her scholarly work has appeared in Biosocieties; the Journal of Cultural Economy; Science as Culture; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; and Medicine Anthropology Theory. Her public scholarship has been featured in Fast Company, Public Books, and Real Life Magazine.

Prior to joining NYU, Glabau was on the faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and consulted with biotechnology start-ups. She has also conducted research on VR and online harassment with non-profit organizations.

Darryl Reeves

Darryl Reeves

Darryl Reeves is Industry Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering. He earned a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Medicine at Cornell University.

At Yale, his graduate research focused on computational methods for better understanding communities of organisms. His current research interests include STEM education (especially for groups underrepresented in those areas), computational models of language acquisition, computational biology, and sports analytics.

Prior to joining NYU, he served as an Assistant Professor at Long Island University. He has wide-ranging industry experience in technology roles in the online advertising and finance industries. As a graduate student, he received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to support his graduate research.

Alice Reznickova

Alice Reznickova

Alice Reznickova is Industry Assistant Professor of Technology, Culture and Society. She earned a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Smith College, as well as a Master’s in Chemistry and Ph.D. in Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Her interests include food systems, psychology of sustainability, and sustainability education, and her work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, the Journal of Food Distribution Research, and Agriculture and Human Values.

Prior to joining NYU, Reznickova served as the Director of Sustainability and faculty in Environmental Studies at Ripon College. From 2016 to 2018 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Emory University.