DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science SEAS Dean's Update

Acting Dean Sina Rabbany: Reflections at the Start of a New Year

Dr. Sina Rabbany

This is the first in a new blog by Dr. Sina Rabbany …

I want to wish you a Happy New Year from everyone here at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Hofstra University.  I hope you have been able to take some time to relax with family and friends during this break between the Fall and Spring semesters.  Our happiness has of course been tempered by the tragic passing of Joe Ferriso, a fine young man who was in his sophomore year in our Mechanical Engineering program, and whom many of you no doubt had come to know and like as a classmate and as a friend.  Our deep condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to his family.

I also want to tell you about some good news that you should be aware of.  Our new Director of the Co-op Program you have been hearing about will be setting up his office in 109A Weed Hall, opposite the Dean’s Office and just a step or two from the Engineering Department Office by the time you return to campus.  Mr. Philip Coniglio, an engineer with many years’ experience working with technology firms in New York and Long Island, has been diligently laying the groundwork for what we see as a very exciting partnership with high tech companies eager to employ Hofstra engineering students even prior to graduation.

The first co-op work experiences will be available to our current juniors and seniors beginning in the summer of 2015.  Mr. Coniglio will be getting in contact with all of you very soon to let you know the details of what companies we are working with, what you have to do to apply for the positions, and how it will fit in with your academic timetables.

We have already made great progress under our Founding Dean, Dr. Simon Ben-Avi, who is returning to the ranks of faculty to pursue his teaching and research efforts.  He has overseen the growth of our student numbers, and the modernizing of our two buildings, with their flagship laboratories.  I am pleased to be taking on the task of continuing his pioneering work in the establishing of SEAS as a top-tier undergraduate engineering institution on the East Coast, and very much look forward to seeing all of you as you return later this month.

Sina Rabbany, Ph.D.
Acting Dean SEAS

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