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Guest Speakers

New York City is a vital center of innovative activities in both technology and communications.

The people who generate ideas, start businesses, and spark the area’s technological growth are experts and forward thinkers in their fields. Many are invited to speak to our students as part of a robust guest speaker program that brings industry leaders into Touro GST classrooms every semester, not only connecting our students with the latest industry trends, but giving them networking opportunities that are priceless as they start their careers.

We learn from industry experts!

Master of Science in Information Systems

Mr. Robert Grosberg

Director of Career Services, Graduate School of Technology

Mr. Grosberg will be a guest speaker in Professor Carolyn Prager’s class, MSIN 607, Effective oral and written communication skills for Managers, on May 8, 2017. After having served for many years as the CIO for several Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Grosberg will share with students about the job search, and interview processes. Mr. Grosberg encourages students to critique their mock interviews in the office of career services of Touro college.

Mr. Allen Lamm

Mckinsey & Company, Senior Developer

Mr. Allen Lamm will be a guest speaker in Professor Benjamin Lamm’s class, MSIN 636, Website Engineering, on May 1,2017. Mr. Allen lamm is a Senior Developer in McKinsey's finance department. He will be sharing with the students on current trends of developing autocomplete algorithms. Mr. Allen Lamm aslo will be sharing experiences on the topic of a day in the life of a Developer. He has been working with the Finance department at McKinsey.

Mr. Mikhail Gershkovich

Deloitte Advisory

Mr. Gershkovich will be a guest speaker in Professor Agarwal’s class, MSIN 616, Advanced Database Management & MSIN 628, Special Topics on DB, on April 27, 2017. He has been with Deloitte for almost 10 years and started out as senior consultant. He is currently the Senior Manager in Deloitte Advisory’s Securitization market offering. This market offers focuses on helping clients who fund their operations in part by turning their cash flow streams into fixed income securities (hence the term securitization). His team focuses on financial technology, from developing software to helping clients streamline investor reporting that issuers of securitized debt must do.

Mr. Gershkovich will share his experiences in leadership and discuss career articles in database. He also supports sales efforts, developing relationships with his counterparts for clients during product implementation and making sure that everything stays on budget and gets delivered on time. He also focuses on researching emerging technologies and making sure that we bring in new technologies where it makes sense. Prior to joining Deloitte, he has worked in the IT field for 8 years.

Mr. Robert Kariyev

Director of Enterprise Infrastructure at Touro College

Mr. Robert Kariyev was a guest speaker in Professor Herbst’s class, MSIN 640, Data Communications, on April 4, 2017. Robert holds a Master degree form a Technological University. He is the director of Touro networking infrastructure.

Mr. Robert Kariyev’s visited Touro College. Touro students learned much about Touro Networking infrastructure and some of the interesting state of the art technological implementations that are currently in place. Also, how immigration in the US and the technological industry bridges individuals to advance a career in Technology implementation and management.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean, Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz will be a guest speaker in Professor Ben Lunzer’s class, MSIS 605, Strategic Management of Technology, on April 27, 2017. As Dean of the Graduate School of Technology, Dr. Herskowitz is a recognized leader in Instructional Technology innovation and education.

Dr. Herskowitz will share on the topic, “21st Century Skills as a key to Occupational Success.”

Mr. Anthony Fama

Partner and CIO, Computer Integrated Services

Mr. Anthony Fama will be a guest speaker in Professor Bina’s class, MSIN 647, Computer Networking: Routing and Switching, on April 24, 2017. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Polytechnic University and an MBA in Economics and an MS in Theoretical Astrophysics. He has been a featured speaker at various security related events. In addition to authoring several articles on security topics, Mr. Fama has acted as CIO and CTO for various Information Technology Solution Providers

Mr. Fama will share his experiences about managing clients in the real world. Also, how a client’s critical data is kept secure and safe.

Dr. Franklin Steen

Vice President of Technology at Touro College

Dr. Steen will be a guest speaker in Professor Rashid Zolqarnain’s class MSIN 652, Unix, Linux operating systems, on March 20,2017. Franklin Steen serves as Vice President of Technology for the Touro College and University System. Dr. Steen was previously Chief Information Officer at Hunter College and Director of Computer Services for the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Before Harvard, Franklin was Director of Instructional Computing Services at Yale University and Director of Computer Education and Technology at Choate Rosemary Hall. Franklin holds a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from UCLA and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Dr. Steen will be talking about the latest Unix, Linux operating Systems opportunities. Also, the current trends in technology.

Mr. Robert Kariyev

Data Communications Manager, Touro College

Mr. Robert Kariyev will be a guest speaker in Professor Joseph Herbst’s class, MSIS 640 Data Communications. As Manager of Data Communications, reporting to the Touro CIO, Mr. Kariyev is responsible for the entire college computer network, including wiring, communications, routers, and network security.

Mr. Kariyev will speak to the students about the “Real World of Data Communications.”He will discuss the state of the art in Data Communications technology today, a complex and fast changing field, using Touro’s worldwide network as an example of how a large and diversified network needs to cope with the struggles of the real world.

Mr. Leonard J. Santalucia

IBM

Mr. Santalucia will be a guest speaker in Professor Reznikov’s class on December 13,2016. Mr. Santalucia has been in the IT industry since 1973. He is presently the Chief Technology Officer and the Business Development Manager for Vicom Infinity, Inc, the Chairperson for the Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project, a member of the IBM z Systems Academic Initiative advocate leadership team, an Advisory Board member at Marist College and NCAT University, and the consulting specialist for the Binghamton University ES2 Research Center. He is also a 30 year IBM veteran. He was a Senior Consulting Certified Sales Specialist for IBM Americas Linux Impact Team and a Certified IBM Systems and IT Specialist. He has vast experience with Linux, z/OS, z/VSE, z/VM, and their associated subsystems as well as with today’s emerging Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Security, and Social Media technologies.

Mr. Santalucia will be talking about IBM Mainframe from a business, technical, and financial perspective and share his experiences in the IT industry.

Mr. Jake Hofman

Senior research scientist at Microsoft research

Mr. Hofman will be a guest speaker in Professor Jain’s class, MSIN 637, Principles of Financial Data Analysis on December 13,2016. Mr. Hofman is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City, where his work in computational social science involves applications of statistics and machine learning to large-scale social data. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a member of the Microeconomics and Social Systems group at Yahoo! Research. Jake is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University, where he has designed and taught classes on a number of topics ranging from biological physics to applied machine learning. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Columbia University.

He is Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, will be coming to Touro on to introduce our students to the field of Data Science. He will talk about the state-of-the-art in Data Science research.

Mr. Mikhail Gershkovich

Deloitte Advisory

Mr. Gershkovich will be a guest speaker in Professor Agarwal’s class, MSIN 620, Database Administration, on December 8, 2016. He has been with Deloitte for almost 10 years and started out as senior consultant. He is currently the Senior Manager in Deloitte Advisory’s Securitization market offering. This market offers focuses on helping clients who fund their operations in part by turning their cash flow streams into fixed income securities (hence the term securitization). His team focuses on financial technology, from developing software to helping clients streamline investor reporting that issuers of securitized debt have to do.

Mr. Gershkovich will share his experiences in leadership and discuss career articles in database. He also supports sales efforts, developing relationships with his counterparts for clients during product implementation and making sure that everything stays on budget and gets delivered on time. He also focus on researching emerging technologies and making sure that we bring in new technologies where it makes sense. Prior to joining Deloitte, he has worked in the IT field for 8 years.

Mr. Robert Grosberg

Director of Career Services, Touro Graduate School of Technolog

Mr. Robert Grosberg was a guest speaker in Professor Carolyn Prager’s class, MSIN 607, Effective Communication on December 7, 2015. Mr. Grosberg is the Director of Career Services for the Touro Graduate School of Technology, after having served for many years as the CIO for several Fortune 500 companies.

Mr.Grosberg spoke about the job interview and the interview follow-up letter. He also lent his considerable expertise to critiquing student mock interviews.

Dr. Joseph Nadan

NYU Faculty

Mr. Nadan was a guest speaker in Professor Fortino’s class, MSIN 613, Managing and Implementing Technological Innovations in Today’s Business Environment, on December 6, 2016.

Dr. Joseph Nadan, a well-known innovation expert, Emmy award winner and NYU faculty to will present on “Outcome Driven Innovation” in which he is a leading expert. It was preceded by a one-hour webinar he recently did for the International Association of Innovation Professionals (IAOIP) hosted by me as an interview, the webcast “Using the Science of Innovation to Increase the Success of Projects” is available at: https://vimeo.com/album/4150745/video/171979257

Mr. Anthony Fama

Partner and CIO, Computer Integrated Services

Mr. Anthony Fama will be a guest speaker in Professor Bina’s class, MSIN 647, Computer Networking: Routing and Switching, on November 28, 2016. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Polytechnic University and an MBA in Economics and an MS in Theoretical Astrophysics. He has been a featured speaker at various security related events. In addition to authoring several articles on security topics, Mr. Fama has acted as CIO and CTO for various Information Technology Solution Providers

Mr. Fama will share his experiences about managing clients in the real world to ensure that their critical data is as secure and compliant as possible.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean, Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz was a guest speaker in Professor Ben Lunzer’s class, MSIS 605, Strategic Management of Technology, on November 17, 2016. As Dean of the Graduate School of Technology, Dr. Herskowitz is a recognized leader in Instructional Technology innovation and education.

Dr. Herskowitz spoke on the topic, “21st Century Skills as a key to Occupational Success.”

Mr. Alan Lamm

Web Application Developer, MIO Partners inc.

Mr. Alan Lamm will be a guest speaker in Professor Ben Lamm’s class, MSIN 625, Advanced Web and Application Development, on November 16, 2016.

Mr. Alan Lamm will be sharing experiences on the topic of a day in the life of a Web Developer. He has been working with the Risk and Investment teams to develop applications for the Investment Office’s Allocation Process and Data Feeds. Python, SQL, and JavaScript development.

Mr. Justin Kosslyn

Program Manager, Jigsaw by Google

Mr. Kosslyn was a guest speaker in Professor Lehrman’s class, MSIN 645, Network Security, on November 14, 2016. Mr. Kosslyn is a Program Manager at Jigsaw by Google, working on the world of malware, phishing, and attacks on the wire, and some of the work being done to try to mitigate it.

Mr. Kosslyn shared his experiences with both physical and virtual things. He has variously worked on Google News, Google+, and Google AdSense for TV. Currently he is working on Jigsaw (an expansion of Google Ideas).

Ms. Lynn Witt

Senior Director, City of NY Department of Finance

Ms. Witt was a guest speaker in Professor Paskus’s class, MSIN 622, Legal, Social, Ethical Issues in technology, on November 14, 2016. Ms. Witt is a Senior Director at City of NY Department of Finance. She is responsible for working with numerous vendors and agencies to implement electronic filing for business tax forms for the city of NY. She manages all the business, legal, design and implementation issues related to the collection of over $ Billion in income for the city.

Ms. Witt shared her experiences in Moral and Ethical challenges dealing with 3rd party vendors and system integrators. Lynn described numerous issues facing the City of NY in converting paper based tax form processing to electronic submission for over 750,000 returns in order to realize efficiencies, enhanced reliability and significant cost savings for the City. In the course of less than 5 years, Lynn managed to increase the adoption rate from 2% to over 85%. She will be discussing some of the ethical challenges faced during this process dealing with vendors, service providers and system integrators.

Mr. Michael Kowal

Computer Networking at CISCO

Mr. Kowal was a guest speaker in Professor Agarwal’s class, MSIN 643, Advanced Topics in LAN Computer Networking at Cisco. Mr. Kowal was a guest speaker on November 6, 2016. For the past 11 years, Michael Kowal has been involved with carrier routing and optical designs and architectures at Cisco. He currently works with national research institutions, regional service providers, large-scale government & higher education customers to help educate, design, and architect evolved programmable networks. Michael's technology focus within the Public Sector includes: BGP, LISP, Segment Routing, IPv6 and DWDM.

Michael currently holds a CCDE and a CCIE in the Routing & Switching, Service Provider, and Voice tracks. Michael also holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean, Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz will be a guest speaker in Professor Jesse Epstein’s class, WMM 600, Media and Culture, on May 4, 2017. As Dean of the Graduate School of Technology, Dr. Herskowitz is a recognized leader in Instructional Technology innovation and education.

Dr. Herskowitz will share on the topic, “21st Century Skills as a key to Occupational Success.”

Ms. Marry Nittolo

CCO / President of “the Studio”

Ms. Nittolo will be a guest speaker in professor Jolie Ruelle’s class WMMN 640, Principles of 2D animation on march 28,2017. Ms. Nittolo is the CCO/ President of "the Studio", an Animation and integrated production studio. In 1988, Mary founded the STUDIO after working at a boutique design company and as Director at The Publications/Marketing Department of The Brooklyn Museum. The STUDIO originally produced storyboards and presentation pieces for advertising agencies but over the years began producing digital production and animation as well.

Mary also sits on the Board of Directors for Vision Ed Inc.- a NY non-profit that brings technology education to undeserved public schools. Srina Tea- a socially responsible company whose profits help small-scale farmers in Sri Lanka achieve sustainable development. Mary will be talking about how 2D Animation is applied in the real world.

Mr. Matt Raoul

Designer, TimeHop

Mr. Raoul will be a guest speaker in Professor Rocha’s class, WMMN 611, Foundations of Web Design, on December 22,2016. Mr. Raoul is one of those Product design & UX type folks. He’s currently working on awesome articles at Timehop. He is a TechStars alum, was one of the co-founders of Nestio, formerly Yipiteer, and early Barbarian. If we have to describe him in one word, it would be a creative maker, internet geek, bionic chef, clean eater, & brooklynite.

Also, Mr. Raoul will share his overall experience in the industry of Web Design.

Mr. Andrew Finne

Typographer

Mr. Finnel was a guest speaker in Professor Jesse Epstein’s class, WMM 612, The Foundation and History of Design, on November 21, 2016. He has an extensive career as a graphic artist and typographer in print production, TV production, and advertising with a career that spans the pre- and post- digital and Web generations. He has worked in type shops, major ad agencies, and designed and created a wide variety of freelance pieces, including CD albums, t-shirts, posters, stage and set design, and Websites.

Ms. Finnel spoke about his long career, shared examples of his work and answered student questions about the industry.

Mr. Mikhail Akopyan

Senior Game Designer, SYBO Games

Mr. Akopyan was a guest speaker in Professor Deck’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on November 16, 2016.

Mr. Akopyan has worked on both physical and virtual things. His passions are narrative and space, storytelling, and of course games. Games are great, He is a senior game Designer and has worked on Interaction, Games, Interface, Research, Prototypes, Stories at SYBO games.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean, Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz was a guest speaker in Professor Jesse Epstein’s class, WMM 600, Media and Culture, on November 10, 2016. As Dean of the Graduate School of Technology, Dr. Herskowitz is a recognized leader in Instructional Technology innovation and education.

Dr. Herskowitz spoke on the topic, “21st Century Skills as a key to Occupational Success.”

Mr. Vitalijs Zaharovs

Tech Lead/Senior Developer, Web Communications Department, Touro College

Mr. Vitalijs Zaharovs was a guest speaker in Professor Irina Berman’s class, WMMN 603 Designing for E Commerce, on November 7, 2016. As the Tech Lead/Senior Developer for Touro College’s Web Communications Department, Mr. Zaharovs is responsible for web programming for the college web site.

Mr. Zaharovs shared on the topic: “New trends in Web Development,” an excellent review of current back-end tools and technologies.

Mr. Mikhail Akopyan

Senior Game Designer, SYBO Games

Mr. Akopyan was a guest speaker in Professor Deck’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on November 16, 2016.

Mr. Akopyan has worked on both physical and virtual things. His passions are narrative and space, storytelling, and of course games. Games are great, He is a senior game Designer and has worked on Interaction, Games, Interface, Research, Prototypes, Stories at SYBO games.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Mr. Ron Sussman

President of Sales at Sussman Education

Mr. Sussman will be a guest speaker in Professor Jacab Gutnicki’s class, EDIN 670, Educational Technology Specialist as School Leader on April 24,2017. He is the President of Sales, Sussman Education. He has been a leader in K-12 digital and print distribution in New York City schools for over 20 years. In 2011 he helped launch Lightswitch Learning, the national K-12 publishing organization that has recently published several best-sellers in the parent engagement arena.

Mr. Sussman is Board Chair of Books For Kids, an organization that promotes literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Mr. Sussman graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and currently lives in New York.

Ms. Shirin Charaniya

Instructional Designer, Kaltura Media Group

Ms. Charaniya was a guest speaker in Professor Berman’s class, EDIN 623, Foundations of Instructional Design, on November 16, 2016.

She shared her experiences about the job responsibilities and key functions at Kaltura Media Group and other works she has performed as an instructional designer.

Mr. Jay Lefkowitz

Regional Technology Manager, Retired

Professor Jay Lefkowitz was a guest speaker in Professor Issac Herskowitz's class EDIT 617 Foundations of Instructional Technology on November 7, 2016. Mr. Lefkowitz has worked for NYC Department of Education for 36 years as the Technology Leader for the Boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. In addition, he taught in various CUNY Colleges for over 25 years.

Professor Lefkowitz spoke on integrating technology across all curriculum areas, instructional delivery systems and implementation, assessment, evaluation and research, and specialized technology skills for corporate trainers, to improve company employee performance through training.

Ms. MacDevette Denise

Northeast Regional Manager/Trainer, Teah4learning

Ms. MacDevette was a guest speaker in Professor Gutterman’s class, EDIT 651, Internet Technology in the Classroom on November 14, 2016. Ms. MacDevette creates award-winning educational software and delivers effective professional learning programs that provide students with essential 21st century skills. She talked about on the topic of Resources students can use to integrate technology. She is responsible for Technology Integration as a specialist, Software Licensing, Professional Consultant K-12.

Ms. MacDevette showed some free products that are available for use by educators. She also answered questions for students who were interested technology coach positions and staff development positions in the corporate sector.

Dr. Rose Reissman

Consultant

Dr. Rose Reissman was a guest speaker in Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIT 670, The Educational Technology Specialist as School Leader, on April 16, 2016. For 40 years, Dr. Reissman has created original curriculum for the K-12 classroom, as well as instructional standards alignments, and teacher professional development training.

Dr. Reissman spoke on the topic, “Promoting Technology Integration in K-12 Literacy Instruction,” providing insights into approaches to foster the successful use of technology within the context of K-12 literacy instruction.

Ms. Khalil Nevean

Senior Instructional Designer

Ms. Khalil Nevean was a guest speaker in Professor Irina Berman’s class, Edit 623 Foundations of Instructional Design, on April 13, 2016. As a Senior Instructional Designer, Ms. Nevean designs and develops online content and learning activities for on line courses.

Ms. Nevean spoke on the topic: “Challenges of Online Course Development.”

Professor Jay Lefkowitz

Regional Technology Manager, Retired

Professor Jay Lefkowitz was a guest speaker in Professor Issac Herskowitz's class EDIT 617 Foundations of Instructional Technology on March 31, 2016. Mr. Lefkowitz has worked for NYC Department of Education for 36 years as the Technology Leader for the Boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. In addition, he taught in various CUNY Colleges for over 25 years.

Professor Lefkowitz spoke on integrating technology across all curriculum areas, instructional delivery systems and implementation, assessment, evaluation and research, and specialized technology skills for corporate trainers, to improve company employee performance through training.

Ms. Denise MacDevette

NYC Manager, Tech4 Learning

Ms. Denise MacDevette was a guest speaker in Professor Jacob Gutnicki class, EDIT 652, Assistive and Special Needs Technology, on March 22, 2016. Ms MacDevette creates award-winning educational software and delivers effective professional learning programs that provide students with essential 21st century skills.

Ms. MacDevette spoke on the topic, “Using Specialized Software to Support Students with Disabilities,” a survey of software that can support the needs of students with disabilities.