Irina Igel received a B.S degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from NYU-Poly, Brooklyn, NY, in 2009. Upon graduating, she received an Adjunct Instructor position at the Department of Mathematics at NYU-Poly, teaching undergraduate math courses to incoming freshmen. She is currently serving as a teaching Fellow at the Bedford Academy HS under NYU-Poly’s GK-12 program funded by NSF and CBSI consortium of donors. She is perusing a M.S. degree in mechanical engineering with emphasis on control and dynamical systems. Her research interests include cooperative control of multi-agent systems, flocking, and shoaling behavior in live animals, and distributed consensus algorithms analysis and computation.
Ronald Poveda received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from NYU-Poly in 2009. Upon graduation, he started research for a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in the Composite Materials and Mechanics Lab. He is currently serving as a teaching Fellow at the Mott Hall Bridges Academy under NYU-Poly’s GK-12 program funded by NSF and CBSI consortium of donors. In the summer of 2008, he held a mechanical engineering internship position with Motorola, Inc., performing mechanical testing and evaluation of scanners and other mobile devices in Holtsville, N.Y. His largely experimental research is focused on parametric studies of novel lightweight composites and simulations of functionally graded materials under load.
Vikram Kapila is a professor of mechanical engineering at NYU-Poly, where he directs an NSF funded Web-Enabled Mechatronics and Process Control Remote Laboratory, an NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers Site in Mechatronics, and an NSF-funded GK-12 Fellows project. He has held visiting positions with the Air Force Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio. His research interests are in cooperative control; distributed spacecraft formation control; linear/nonlinear control; and mechatronics. Under Research Experience for Teachers Site and GK-12 Fellows programs, funded by the National Science Foundation, and the Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative (CBSI), he has conducted significant K-12 outreach to integrate engineering concepts in science classrooms and labs of several New York City public schools. He received Polytechnic’s 2002, 2008, and 2011 Jacobs Excellence in Education Award and 2003 Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2004, he was selected for a three-year term as a Senior Faculty Fellow of NYU-Poly’s Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. His scholarly activities have included three edited books, six chapters in edited books, one book review, 47 journal articles, and 97 conference papers. Moreover, he has mentored 82 high school students, more than 300 K-12 teachers, 22 undergraduate summer interns, and 11 undergraduate capstone-design teams, and graduated eight M.S. and four Ph.D. students.
Magued Iskander is a Professor and Graduate Adviser of the Civil Engineering Department at NYU-Poly. Dr. Iskander is a recipient of NSF CAREER award, Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) Metropolitan District James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award, Polytechnic's Distinguished Teacher Award, and NYU-Poly's Jacobs Excellence in Education Award (twice). Dr. Iskander‚s research interests include Geotechnical modeling with transparent soils, foundation engineering, and urban geotechnology. He makes extensive use of sensors and measurement systems in his research studies. Dr. Iskander has published 10 books, 100 papers, and graduated 6 doctoral students, 27 masters students, 12 undergraduate research assistants, and supervised the research activities of 3 school teachers and 9 high school students.