Department of Engineering and Environmental Science Earns Reaccreditation with ABET

The College of Staten Island’s Engineering and Environmental Science (EES) Department received great news this fall, earning reaccreditation with ABET. The organization’s Engineering Accreditation Commission evaluated CSI’s Bachelor of Science programs in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Science, based on the College’s self-study and visit, and awarded reaccreditation until September 30, 2027.

Comprised of more than 2,200 members from industry, academia, and government, ABET is a non-profit, governmental organization that is a global leader of college and university accreditation that meets the standards in which professional engineers in the United States were held for licensure. ABET standards have become the baseline for quality STEM disciplines throughout the world.

“ABET accreditation is the highest technical accreditation in the field of engineering and technology and is awarded to the top programs in the nation and worldwide,” said Neo (Neophytos) Antoniades, Chairperson of the Engineering and Environmental Science (EES) Department.  “We are extremely happy that re-accreditation went smoothly and validated our programs’ excellence.  It reinforces our ability to train our students into the 21st century and to compete with the best engineering programs in the nation.”

Reaccreditation through ABET customarily involves a thorough review of each program, which under normal circumstances happens during a three-day campus visit. The COVID-19 pandemic made the process unique this time around, according to Prof. Antoniades. “The normal site visits were performed online and over a longer period of time, which made the process a bit more challenging than what all parties were used to.” 

Still, CSI’s commitments to academic excellence were on display when ABET’s Engineering Accreditation Commission performed the online visits this past December. The Commission explored the Department’s aptitude in eight different criteria: student performance and progress, educational objectives, student outcomes, continuous improvement, curriculum, faculty, facilities, and institutional support.

The ABET reaccreditation comes on the heels of two professors within the program earning high praise as well. Both Vinay A. Vaishampayan and Mark D. Feuer were named to Stanford University’s list of the Top 2% of the world’s researchers and scientists. The list, compiled every year, is based on standardized citation metrics developed by a group of scientists led by John P.A. Ioannidis, a statistician at Stanford University. It weighs a field of more than six million world-renowned scientists and researchers.

With reaccreditation intact, CSI joins more than 800 colleges and universities in 41 countries that bear the ABET accreditation mark. More than 175,000 students graduate from ABET-accredited programs each year.

To learn more about CSI’s Engineering and Environmental Science programs, visit their Website.

By David Pizzuto

Updated Food Pantry Information

The Office of Student Life would like to remind you that the CSI Food Pantry will continue to be an available resource on campus.

If you or a CUNY student you know is having difficulty finding food to eat during this challenging time, CSI has a non-perishable Food Pantry that was created to help provide assistance for our students. The food pantry will remain available to our campus community by appointment only. The pantry will now be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30am to 1:00pm.  ​ ​

In order to make an appointment, please fill out the online form and someone from the Office of Student Life will contact you. Appointments must be made by 4:30pm on the Tuesday or Thursday before your appointment. Please note, if the dates and times listed above do not work for your schedule or if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at studentlife@csi.cuny.edu.

Before going to your Food Pantry appointment, please see this important information regarding procedures for approval to enter the CSI campus.

By Carol Brower

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of Sept. 13

The Technology Training Center will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications to assist you with your telecommuting efforts.  Please use our Registration page to sign up for any of the sessions. 

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us, and we will do our best to assist you. We can also customize and provide group training to meet your departmental needs. 

Please note that this schedule is fluid, and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to serve the College community better.

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): Faculty Center Assistance Schedule for Sept. 13 – 17

All of our Drop-in sessions can be accessed by using the Virtual Drop-in Center buttons located on the main page of the Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI) Bb Organization available to all teaching faculty at CSI. There is no need to register.

Additional Assistance – You can also contact us instantly any time between 9:00am and 8:00pm via our FCPD Slack Channel (join us online).

There are also still seats available in our Fall 2021 Cohorts of our Asynchronous Training Modules: 

  • The Basics of Using Blackboard
    • Module 1: LMS Basics – Getting Started
    • Module 2: LMS Basics – Creating Course Content
    • Module 3: LMS Basics – Assessment
  • Understanding and Implementing Hybrid, Hyflex, and Online Models of Teaching 
    • Teaching and Learning Module 1: Hybrid Models of Teaching
    • Teaching and Learning Module 2: Creating Courses – Pedagogical Skills and Best Practices
  • Designing and Building Pedagogically Sound, Student-Centered Courses
    • Teaching and Learning Module 3: Building Hybridized Courses

For additional drop-in, in-person/ one-on-one sessions, or course enrollment information, please contact Faculty Center Training Coordinator, Kristen Lindtvedt at kristen.lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu.

Have a great week.

By Kristen Lindtvedt

Associate Professor Angelo Bongiorno Receives $301K NSF Award

Associate Professor of Chemistry Angelo Bongiorno has received a $301K grant from the National Science Foundation for his research titled “Novel first-principles methods for studying thermoelastic properties of materials.” The award started on September 1, 2021.

Commenting on receiving the award, Bongiorno noted that “I see this grant as a reward, not only for the hard work I have put into this research, but also for believing that it was a meaningful research direction to pursue. In the end, this NSF grant is telling me that ‘I have done a good job’ and that the scientific community at large thinks that “I should continue to work in this particular research area.”

This award supports computational research aimed at developing novel methods to calculate thermoelastic parameters of materials, such as the coefficient of thermal expansion, and linear and non-linear elastic constants at different temperatures and pressures.

According to Bongiorno, applications for this research will include the design of reliable technological devices operating at variable temperatures, and predicting the values of elastic constants of minerals over extended intervals of temperature and pressure, which is essential for the interpretation of seismic data.

Associate Prof. Bongiorno explained that “This project will impact several areas of materials science, physics, chemistry, and technology by creating new capabilities for computational prediction of materials properties. To enhance the broader impacts, the Principal Investigator (PI) will develop a simulation-based physical-chemistry course for undergraduate students.” He added that innovative strategies will be created to encourage underrepresented students to enroll in the course and conduct undergraduate research in the PI’s lab. The PI will also offer two-week-long summer programs for high school students aimed at showcasing computer simulations as a means to learn, explore, and do science.

Prof. Bongiorno received a BS degree in Physics from the University of Milan (Italy) and a PhD in Physics from the Ecolé Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He was at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) from 2003 until 2015, first as a postdoctoral fellow, then as an Assistant Professor, and then as Associate Professor with tenure. In 2015, he came to CSI as a tenured Associate Professor. Since then, he has been enjoying being part of the Chemistry Department, teaching General Chemistry, serving on various committees, and pursuing his research interests.

By Terry Mares

Update – Partial Campus Reopening

Over the past week, CSI staff, CUNY, and DASNY worked together to repair damages caused by Hurricane Ida. The campus is safe to re-open; however, there is still some ongoing work that will continue in a few specific buildings/areas.

Although the campus will be open tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 9 for in-person work, classes, and activities, the following buildings/spaces will be CLOSED for ongoing work:

1N – Entire building

2N – Entire building

2R – Child Care Center

Springer Concert Hall in Building 1P

Staff working in 1N, 2N, or 2R should continue to work remotely. All other staff are expected to resume their in-person schedules.

Classes/labs scheduled to be held in the closed buildings listed above or Concert Hall will continue to meet remotely. All other in-person/hybrid classes and labs will resume meeting on campus as scheduled.​

By Hope Berte