New Faculty 2021-2022

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

David Truong

David Truong

David Truong is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He earned a Bachelor’s in Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego, remaining there until 2007 to complete postbaccalaureate research in Molecular Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and engaged in postdoctoral research at NYU Langone.
He is a synthetic and systems biologist with research interests spanning cell immunotherapy, genome engineering, epigenetics, and regenerative medicine. His early work focused on organ development and was followed by work on programmable gene editing tools. He later engineered a yeast that used human chromatin instead of its own, published in Cell. More recently, he is engaged in building "immune-matched" iPSCs that are genetically engineered to HLA-match any patient and developing programmable off-the-shelf dendritic cells from human iPSCs as a cancer immunotherapy platform. Among his many honors are an NIAID DP2 New Innovator Award and a Delil Nasser Award for Professional Development from the Genetics Society of America.
Prior to joining NYU, Truong led the mammalian genome engineering program at Neochromosome, a New York-based synthetic genomics company.

Full-Time Continuing Contract Faculty

Gabe Perez-Giz

Gabe Perez-Giz is Lecturer of Applied Physics. He has a B.S. in Applied Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics, both from Columbia University, and he did his postdoctoral research at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at NYU.

Perez-Giz's training is in general relativity, and he has published papers on black hole orbital dynamics, gravitational wave physics, and exotic compact objects. His honors include an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship, and an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.

Prior to joining NYU, he was the training specialist at the Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering, where he developed and oversaw training in advanced computing for Princeton researchers. He has taught courses in Princeton University’s Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics and in the Physics and Applied Physics departments at Columbia, and he spent two years at the National Science Foundation as a policy fellow. Outside of academia and government, he was the writer and host of two YouTube channels for PBS Digital Studios — "Space Time" and "Infinite Series" — where his videos about mathematics, computing, physics, space science, and space policy garnered over 30 million views.

Richard Stein

Richard Stein

Richard A. Stein is Industry Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He earned an M.D. in General Medicine from Romania’s Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

His books include Super-Spreading in Infectious Diseases and the third edition of Foodborne Diseases, and he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is frequently interviewed by such outlets as CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo Finance, and he served on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Infection Control and the European Journal of Internal Medicine, among others. He is a Senior Editor at the International Journal of Clinical Practice and a regular freelance writer for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

Prior to his current appointment, Stein served as an Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tandon. Additionally, he has lectured and taught at such schools as CUNY, Monmouth University, and Princeton, and from 2012 to 2019 he was a Research Scientist at NYU School of Medicine.