Richard Flanagan Interviewed on MTV

Richard Flanagan, PhD, College of Staten Island (CSI) Political Science and Global Affairs professor, weighed in on the local political climate in an article on MTV  In the piece, “Resisting Trump In The Reddest Part Of New York City” by Jamie Fuller, Dr. Flanagan “told MTV News that many of these voters are once-blue Reagan Democrats who have been voting conservative for decades and are unlikely to turn back,” according to Fuller.

Read the whole story on the MTV News Web site.


CSI Offers Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering: New Program Begins in Fall 2017

Drs. Vaishampayan and Feuer in the Photonics and Communications Lab.

Animator Hayao Miyazaki once said, “…Engineers turn dreams into reality.”

The College of Staten Island (CSI) is proud to be a part of that reality by introducing a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering (MEEE) Program at the College. The Program is currently accepting applicants for its debut in Fall 2017. CSI joins only one other City University of New York (CUNY) school, City College of New York (CCNY), which offers the degree.

“This Program will provide a foundation across all areas of electrical engineering,” noted Program Director Mark D. Feuer, PhD, who co-wrote the MEEE Program proposal with Vinay Vaishampayan, PhD.  “But we also want it to broaden existing CUNY offerings, so we included lab courses and curriculum supporting data infrastructure and analysis.”

The 30-credit program has two optional specializations: Photonic Systems and Networks or Information Processing and Transmission.

“We chose these two specializations to complement what is already available at CCNY and also to contribute to our data-driven economy,” said Dr. Feuer, who is also the Preceptor for Photonic Systems and Networks. “Our graduates are working in industries where the end product is not necessarily electrical engineering.”

“The traditional view of electrical engineering is that it is only about electrical machines and electric power. While those traditional applications are extremely important, a lesser-known side of electrical engineers is that they work with computers and algorithms and that many of the techniques that are popular in machine learning and `big-data’ analytics, have been known and used in the electrical engineering sub-field of signal processing for years,” added Dr. Vaishampayan, who is Preceptor for Information Processing and Transmission. “A rigorous training in electrical engineering is extremely relevant and valuable for work in data analytics, and graduates from the MEEE Program can work in a range of data-driven fields, including finance and advertising.”

The MEEE Program at CSI is currently accepting applications.

Feuer and Vaishampayan both previously worked at AT&T and taught at Columbia University. They began at CSI in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

“The industry experience informs us on what’s valuable outside. Hopefully, this Program will capture the best of both worlds: the academic side and the industry side,” said Dr. Vaishampayan.

Inspired by preliminary work by Syed Rizvi, PhD; Neophytos (Neo) Antoniades, PhD; and Alfred Levine, PhD, the official proposal was vetted by CSI faculty, reviewed by CUNY and external experts, and finally approved by the New York State Education Department.

“This was an amazingly smooth process, and we received tremendous support from President [William J.] Fritz and Provost [Gary] Reichard. They really helped to put a lot of energy into this,” noted Dr. Vaishampayan.

The MEEE can be a terminal degree, and also prepares students for the PhD in Electrical Engineering at CCNY. The Program will be accessible to full- and part-time students.

“The MEEE will offer tremendous opportunities for employment to our students in many high-tech industry sectors in the metro region as well as nationwide, and is a great supplement to our high-caliber, ABET-accredited undergraduate Engineering programs at the Department,” commented Dr. Antoniades, PhD, noting that there are currently about 600 students enrolled in programs at the Department of Engineering Science and Physics.

Dr. Feuer is confident that CSI students will be up for the challenges of the new graduate degree.

“Our Engineering students at CSI are committed, and we work them very hard. They have to master the mathematics and the technology, and they really throw themselves into the subject,” said Dr. Feuer, adding that the Engineering students are “truly ambitious” in their pursuit of hands-on, practical work after graduating.

To apply to the MEEE Program, visit the CSI Graduate Admissions Web site or contact Sasha Spence at



Dick Veit Featured in Freshkills Park Article

Dick Veit, PhD, veteran ornithologist at the College of Staten Island (CSI), was quoted in an article about the new Freshkills Park. In the article, “The Wild Comeback Of New York’s Legendary Landfill” by Laura Bliss, Veit discusses some of the wildlife making their home in the Park.

Graduate Assistant Seth Wollney from the CSI Department of Biology also weighs in on the viability of the Park as a long term wildlife habitat.

View the full article on The Atlantic City Lab Web site.



Hillel at CSI Taking Part in Pilot Inclusion Program

The College of Staten Island (CSI) is among seven undergraduate colleges that will be serving as the first cohort of Hillel International’s Ruderman Inclusion Ambassadors. The recent article, “Hillel Internship Promotes Inclusion, Engagement with Students with Disabilities,” on the Hillel International Web site reports that,”Based out of their campus Hillels, each ambassador is creating and implementing programs committed to building campus awareness and developing initiatives to encourage inclusion of students with disabilities in campus Jewish life.”

Read the full story on the Hillel International Web site.



Sarah Schulman Interview on Lenny Online

College of Staten Island Distinguished Professor Sarah Schulman was featured in an interview on Lenny online. The piece, “Is Shunning Ever Useful? An interview with the writer, theorist, and activist Sarah Schulman,” by Kaitlyn Greenidge provides an overview of some of Schulmans’ books, followed by her comments on such things as recent political issues and the problem with “shunning.”

Read the whole interview on the Lenny Web site.