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According to the university’s website, NYIT currently offers more than 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study. In the near future, NYIT will be adding an additional three undergraduate majors in Bioengineering and Health Analytics, Information Technology and Cyber Security, and Energy and Clean Technologies.

 

What exactly are these majors, you ask? Good question. Bioengineering and Health Analytics involves engineering principles and methods to understand, define, and solve problems in medicine, physiology, and biology. IT and Cyber Security includes manufacturers of computers and electronic equipment and components, wholesale trade (including business-to-business electronic market), retail trade, and Internet and software publishing. It also includes the process of learning ways to electronically protect and secure the Internet and software from any hackers. Energy and Clean Technologies involve courses and programs to prepare students to lead businesses that address market, policy, and technological challenges in the energy industry. The School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT will benefit and expand because of these new majors.

 

Why three new majors- and why now? The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council announced last summer that NYIT would create a new Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center (ETIC) to encourage economic growth and energize students and faculty. According to an article on NYIT.edu, thanks to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, NYIT has had the privilege of being awarded $400,000 in order to help fund and create this center. With the entrepreneurial standards, technological advances, and innovative techniques, this center will help thousands of students gain more experience and provide better employment opportunities.

 

In an interview with Dr. Nada Marie Anid, Dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, she explained the center’s purpose, “The ETIC will enable faculty and students to work hand in hand with industry experts on innovative projects and real world problems provided by our industrial partners thus infusing innovation into our teaching. Faculty and student research will be funded and enabled by the Center. Entrepreneurship will be also taught and students and faculty teams will be encouraged to bring their ideas to market.” Not only will this 5,300 square foot facility help our students, but ETIC also has the potential to create and retain 800 jobs while paying over $4 million in payroll over the next five years. The total project cost is nearly $1.7 million.

 

Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University and Regional Council co-chair, said, “The Regional Council has made a smart investment to foster public-private partnerships that will help strengthen our regional economy. The high-tech focus of the ETIC is just what we need to grow today’s ideas into the businesses and workforce of tomorrow. I look forward continuing the Council’s efforts to make our economy more competitive and create the jobs we need in our communities.”

 

This center is a huge stepping-stone for our school and community, and has enabled our region to help our economy, create growth, and high-paying jobs. Although we can’t save the whole world all at once, we can start by helping one city at a time.

 

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