Daniella Piper

Daniella Piper, NYPA’s Regional Manager for Western New York on her career and being the first women to lead the Niagara Power Project

Ms. Daniella Piper (CCNY ‘07) has been named Regional Manager for the New York Power Authority’s Western Region, anchored by the Authority’s largest hydroelectric facility – the Niagara Power Project, becoming the first woman in the project's 60 year history. Her career is a story of inspiration for both women of color in Science and future engineers. Ms. Piper got her interest in electrical work from her father who was also an electrician. She worked as an electrical technician before coming to the US. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Piper came to the US in 2003 to pursue an
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Michael Vera, Class of 2021 and GEM Fellow

Grove School graduating senior Michael Vera wins National GEM Fellowship

Already accepted to several top graduate schools including Stanford and Columbia, Michael Vera of The City College of New York’s Class of 2021 is the winner of a highly competitive GEM Fellowship that offers funding for a master's program in structural engineering at New York University. GEM fellowships fund master's and PhDs in engineering for underrepresented students of exceptional quality who intend to work in industry. Each year, GEM identifies and recruits more than 1,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals for admission to advanced degree programs at the
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Beth Wittig

CCNY Grove School of Engineering dept. wins 2021 ASCE Walter LeFavre Award

The civil engineering department in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering is the recipient of The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2021 Walter LeFevre Award (Large Group). The national award is bestowed for “outstanding program promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.” Department Chair and Associate Professor Beth (Ann E.) Wittig will accept the trophy virtually on the department’s behalf at the upcoming National Civil Engineering Department Heads Conference. “Licensure, ethics and professionalism are all critical for our graduates because of the civic
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Marom Bikson NeuroCOVID reserch

Marom Bikson’s CCNY team explores new treatment for NeuroCOVID

While COVID’s often deadly outcome has resulted in the worst pandemic in a century, studies are unveiling a post-COVID phase for survivors during which neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety and depression, can occur. How to treat this debilitating phase, called NeuroCOVID, is the challenge City College of New York biomedical engineer Marom Bikson and his team are tackling. The first stage of COVID is characterized by fever, heart or lung problems. NeuroCOVID is second stage, characterized by one or a combination of symptoms like vertigo, loss of smell, headaches, fatigue and
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Tarek Saadawi

NSF awards $3M to CCNY and partners for next generation Internet research

As work on advancing the Internet progresses on different fronts globally, a $3 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to four partners, including Grove School of Engineering professor Tarek N. Saadawi, is ensuring City College of New York participation in the effort. CCNY is collaborating with lead institution Columbia University, Rutgers and Arizona in a three-year project to establish a global Internet testbed for the next generation of Internet. According to the NSF abstract, the project enables the use of unique programmable wireless, optical, and edge-cloud network testbed
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Jing Fan NSF CAREER Award winner

Engineer Jing Fan earns CCNY its 6th NSF CAREER Award in three years

Jing Fan, assistant professor in the Grove School of Engineering, is the sixth City College of New York faculty to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award since 2018. A mechanical engineer, her $546,626 award over five years is for her research project entitled: “Microfluidic development of dual-gel culture matrices for studying effects of interstitial flow on cellular behaviors.” Fan’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of soft materials and complex fluids. Her CAREER project will develop new tissue-mimetic, “dual gel” materials as cell culture matrices that allow
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2021 Eisenhower Fellows Karissa Collins and Huan Ying Zhang

Undergrads Karissa Collins, Huan Ying Zhang earn Eisenhower fellowships

Karissa Collins and Huan Ying Zhang, undergraduates in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, are recipients of 2021 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The awards total $18,500. The program’s mission is to attract qualified students to the field of transportation and research, and advance transportation workforce development. Fellows also participate in the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, to be held virtually in January 2021. Collins and Zhang are both seniors majoring in civil engineering. A
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Luis Abreu, civil engineering senior, and 2021 TRB Fellow

Grove School engineering major Luis Abreu earns TRB national fellowship

Luis Abreu, a senior at The City College of New York majoring in civil engineering, is one of 25 Americans selected as Minority Student Fellows by the Washington, D.C.-based Transportation Research Board (TRB), a program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Dominican-born Queens resident is the only Fellow from the East Coast north of Maryland State. He’s one of 16 undergraduate and nine graduate students in TRB’s Class of 2021. As a TRB Fellow, Abreu and his peers will research and explore ideas and solutions to some of the nation’s transportation
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Wearable robot to be designed by the Hao Su team in th Grove School

Grove School’s Hao Su leads $3m NSF ‘perceptive and adaptive soft’ wearable robot project

Hao Su, a robotics specialist in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, heads an interdisciplinary team of experts from three universities in a $2.78 million National Science Foundation (NSF) project to develop a perceptive and adaptive soft (PECASO) wearable robot. Dubbed “The Future of Work Program,” it could lead to improved employment opportunities for workers with upper body disabilities. Su’s eight-member team, that will also study labor economics and policy implications of assistive robots, comprises faculty from New York University, Rutgers University and CUNY
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Xi Chen Evaporation Research

CCNY engineer Xi Chen & partners create new shape-changing crystals

Imagine harnessing evaporation as a source of energy or developing next generation actuators and artificial muscles for a broad array of applications. These are the new possibilities with the creation by an international team of researchers, led by The City College of New York’s Xi Chen and his co-authors at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, of shape-changing crystals that enable energy transfer from evaporation to mechanical motion. Entitled: “Mechanistic insights of evaporation-induced actuation in supramolecular crystals,” the study appears in the journal “Nature Materials.”
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