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Guest Speakers

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

Ms. Marilyn Rodkin

Director of Internal Audit at New York Blood Center

Marilyn Rodkin is responsible for reporting the state of the organization’s control environment to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees and to Senior Management. Ms. Rodkin has managerial oversight for development and execution of the Annual Audit Plan. She directs and oversees complex integrated audits consisting of compliance, financial, information technology and operational components.

Ms. Rodkin will speak about Auditing an Organization's Controls, Processes and Data.

Mr. Aaron Smyth

Founder at Caster

Mr. Aaron Smyth spoke about the Web Development Process and how developers and designers work together to build web products.

Mr. Ari Fass

Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers)

Mr. Fass first is maintaining the current infrastructure environment of Network, Servers, Storage, Web Site, Security, Audio/Visual conferencing at ICSC. Additionally I serve as an escalation resource and mentor for the Desktop Support team. Mr. Fass is working to transform the technology stack to bring it to the next level by developing a strategy for the future, evaluating SaaS based services, and hardening security throughout the environment.

Mr. Fass will speak about setting up International Data and Communications Systems.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean of Graduate School of Technology, Touro College.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz spoke about Career Planning and how to have many jobs in one’s career rather than having one job for life. He emphasized network, network, network, and be most attuned and attentive to your boss to achieve your immediate goals, and in so doing, to achieving your career goals.

Mr. Robert Grosberg

Director of Career Services at Touro College

Mr. Robert Grosberg will be the guest speaker for Professor Carolyn Prager's class on May 2, 2018. Mr. Robert Grosberg is the Director of Career Services at Touro College.

Mr. Robert Grosberg will be speaking about career services and the interviewing process.

Mr. Mike Martino

Sr. System Engineer with Zerto

Mr. Mike Martino will be the guest speaker for Professor Azarya Y Shaulov's class for MSIN 648, Virtualization Technologies, on April 17, 2018. Mr. Martino is currently Sr. System Engineer for Zerto.

Mr. Martino will be speaking on the topic of “Leadership in Information Technology”

Mr. Anthony Fama

Director of Infrastructure Security at Computer Integrated Services

Mr. Anthony Fama will be the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina's class for MSIN 647, Computer Networking: Routing and Switching on April 16, 2018. Mr. Anthony Fama is a member and the director of Infrastructure Security Practice. In truth, Anthony has been breaking into highly secure networks even since his early teens, fortunately, he wears a "white hat"! As the head of CIS' Network Security and Data Communications team, and the company's CISO, Anthony helps clients ensure that their critical data is as secure and compliant as possible.

Mr. Anthony Fama will speak about pertinent examples from the past (demonstrating ‘how’ we learned certain things.) like how a hacker conducts his/her attacks and different types of hackers out there. He will be discussing encryption algorithms, protocols on WAN design and requirements for different business verticals. As well as a brief discussion on the most common hacks, cross-site scripting, SQL injection, BYOD, and compliance.

Mr. Leonard Santalucia

CTO/Business Development Manager at Viacom/IBM Academic Initiative

Mr. Leonard Santalucia will be the guest speaker for Professor William J Hershkowitz's class for MSIN 655, Advanced Enterprise Programming - Cobol II on February 22, 2018. Mr. Leonard Santalucia currently coordinates educational institutions with the IBM Academic Initiative.

Mr. Leonard Santalucia will be speaking about Careers in IVM z/OS Cobol and Mainframe Programming.

Mr. Anthony Fama

Partner, CIO,Chief Information Officer Computer Integrated Services

Mr. Anthony was a guest speaker in Professor Albert Bina’s class, MSIN 647, Computer Networking: Routing and Switching, on December 11, 2017. He has been breaking into highly secure networks since his early teens, fortunately he wears a ""white hat"". As the head of CIS' Network Security and Data Communications team, and the company's CISO, Anthony helps clients ensure that their critical data is as secure and compliant as possible.

Mr. Anthony holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Polytechnic University. He also holds an MBA in Economics and an MS in Theoretical Astrophysics. He has experience in Information Technology and Data Security dating back to 1981 and has been a featured speaker at various security related events.

In addition to authoring several articles on security topics. Mr. Anthony has acted as CIO and CTO for various Information Technology Solution Providers and privately held financial institutions. He is a member of Mensa and currently acts as the Director of Infrastructure Security for CIS. He has designed and implemented hundreds of data networks on multiple continents and has industry certifications from Cisco, Sun, Novell, Oracle, and has been recognized as a CISSP."

Mr. Ari Fass

Global Systems/Network Administrator, Ashford.com

Mr. Ari Fass is a Global Systems/Network Administrator for Ashford.com, a major reseller of high-end watches and jewelry. He graduated from Touro College in 2004 with a BS Degree in MIS - Data Communications. Ari worked in desktop support before returning to Touro in 2009 to pursue a Master’s. He was part of the first graduating class of the MSIS program. For the past nine and a half years, he’s worked at Ashford.com. His first position was in desktop support, however after 18 months Ari was promoted to a Systems Administrator.

As the Global Systems/Network Administrator, Ari is responsible for all back-end systems and devices, which include servers, SAN, virtual environments, and network devices. Ashford.com supports more than two hundred users, spread across multiple continents, all interconnected by the latest state-of-the-art data communications methodologies. Mr. Fass is proud of his achievements, receiving great satisfaction from successfully implementing new projects, exploring new technologies, going live, and helping Ashford.com grow.

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 November 16, 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. Rebecca Frankel

Founder and chief executive, Mathematician and founder, SquareTeam

Ms. Frankel was a guest speaker in Professor Benjamin Lunzer’s class, MSIN 605, Strategic Management of Technology, on November 9, 2017. She shared her exhilarating journey of an internet startup.

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Mr. Eli Means

Means Studios

Mr. Eli Means shared his 3D animations with current Touro Students in the Animation 2 class.

Mr. Aaron Smyth

Founder at Caster

Mr. Aaron Smyth spoke about the Web Development Process and how developers and designers work together to build web products.

Mr. Aaron Smyth

Founder at Caster

Mr. Aaron Smyth spoke about his career and education in web development and his time in the tech startup world.

Mr. Sam

HBO Director

Mr. Sam spoke about “What it really takes to be successful?”

Mr. Sam is the Director and Architect for the Home Box Office, with over 30 years of experience in the information technology field. He has expertise in all aspects of software engineering and construction lifecycle including requirement gathering, project costing, analysis, design, coding & development, and client training support. He led many successful small, medium and large system development projects, as well as full ERP implementation, including RFP process, vendor negotiation/selection, planning, budgeting and contracts.

Mr. Alfred Doyle

Deputy Chair of Computer Science at Touro College

Mr. Alfred Doyle will be the guest speaker for Professor Issac Herskowitz's class for EDIN 617, Foundations of Instructional Technology on April 10, 2018. Mr. Alfred Doyle is currently the Deputy Chair of Computer Science at Touro College.

Mr. Alfred Doyle will be speaking about Gaming in Education and how new material can be taught through gaming.

Mr. Josh Rosman

Head of Business Development and Operations, Jaime Cody Photography

Mr. Josh Rosman was the guest speaker for Professor Jaime Rosman's class for WMMN 660, Digital Photography for Designers, on March 11, 2018. Mr. Josh Rosman is currently the Head of Business Development and Operations for Jaime Cody Photography.

Mr. Josh Rosman spoke on the topic of “Business of Photography.”

Ms. Mary Nittolo

Chief Creative Officer, The STUDIO

Ms. Nittolo was a guest speaker in Professor Nicholas Kent’s class, WMMN 650, Type in Motion, on December 5, 2017. She is CEO in The STUDIO, a visual communications company that supplies art and editorial services for animation, web design, character development, storyboards, presentation pieces, book publishing, finished ads, murals and exhibit design. The company supplies the images that brands and marketers need to reach their audiences. The Studio is a WBENC certified, 100% woman owned business.

Mr. Vitalijs Zahorovs

Tech Lead/Senior Developer, Web Services Dept.Touro College and University System

Mr. Vitalijs was a guest speaker in Professor Tatyana Borowski’s class, WMMN 603 Web and Applications Technology 2, on November 27, 2017. He is a full stack software engineer at Touro College who deals with all of our infrastructure requirements, including, design and implementation of system architecture for most school sites. He plans, implements and manages the requirements for different systems work from the ground up. This entails figuring out what each server should be primarily built for.

Mr. Vitalijs Born and raised in Latvia, he became involved in gaming at a young age. His curiosity lead him to modify and create gaming worlds, where he succeed financially at the age of 13. Moving to another country prevented him from following his passion. In the US, he studied Computer Information Systems at Baruch College. His experience at various companies thereafter taught him that to become job-ready you must dedicate personal time outside of classroom and teach yourself, as curiosity is what drives man to learn and succeed. Becoming Job-Ready Does Not Start or Stop in the Classroom.

Mr. Jeremy Gibson Bond

Professor of Practice, Game Design and Development, Michigan State University Founder ExNinja Interactive, LLC

Mr. Jeremy Gibson Bond was a guest speaker for Professor Doyle’s class, WMM 604 Education and Entertainment Design November 2, 2017. Mr. Bond holds a Master in Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a successful author and expert game developer.

Mr. Bond spoke to the students via Skype about the tools that he for game development and that his current book focuses on. He closed the Skype session by answering questions from the students about Doodlematic.

Ms. Sandra Honigman

Junior Game Designer, Dots & Co

Ms. Sandra Honigman was a guest speaker for Professor Doyle’s class, WMM 604 Education and Entertainment Design September 28, 2017. Ms. Honing holds a BA in Game Design from New York University.

Ms. Honigman works as a game designer at Dots & Co in the nearby Meatpacking District; their Dots games have over 4 million users. Ms. Honigman’s presentation was focused on the cycles for updating a game that is hugely successful. How to keep the game mechanics fresh and engaging while working within the constraints of the existing gameplay was the covered extensively.

Ms. Yumi Nakinishi

Technology Integrator, Avenues School

Ms. Yumi Nakinishi was a guest speaker for Professor Doyle’s class, WMM 604 Education and Entertainment Design September 28, 2017. Ms. Yumi Nakinishi has been teaching with technology for over twenty years. She is currently beta-testing an educational game design platform called Doodlematic.

Ms. Nakanishi shared her experiences with via Skype using the advance features of Doodlematic to help teachers at her school create compelling educational worksheets.

Mr. Martin Horstman

Senior Software Engineer at FAST, President at Algo Crunch Inc.

Mr. Martin Horstman was a guest speaker for Professor Doyle’s class, WMM 604 Education and Entertainment Design September 14, 2017. Mr. Horstman holds a BS in Applied Math and Statistics, Computer Science from Stony Brook University.

He spoke to the students via Skype about his current project called Doodlematic which is currently in closed-beta testing in which the class is taking part of. Students are creating prototypes of interactive games and worksheets using the Doodlematic platform for iOS as a large part of their course work. He closed the Skype session by answering questions from the students about Doodlematic.

Mr. Aaron Smyth

Full stack Programmer, Instructor at General Assembly

Mr. Aaron Smyth was a guest speaker for Professor Doyle’s class, WMM 604 Education and Entertainment Design course September 7, 2017. Mr. Smyth is a graduate of the New York University Stern School of Business with a BS in Information Systems.

Mr. Smyth gave a brief overview of his career path from novice to expert over a decade of positions with increasing responsibility. Aaron Smyth spoke to the students about the importance of “networking with purpose” and answered questions by the students.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Professor Alfred Doyle

Chair Web and Multimedia Design, Deputy Chair Digital Media Design at Touro College

Professor Doyle was a guest speaker for Doctor Herskowitz’s class, EDIN 617 Foundations of Instructional Technology December 12, 2017. Professor Doyle pioneered the introduction of game design in schools as a founding faculty at Quest to Learn, a “school for digital kids”.

Professor Doyle spoke of his experience beta-testing real world products in the classroom which introduced game design to students at different ages and skill levels.

Ms. Vlada Lotkin

CEO - Founder Class Tag

Ms. Lotkin was a guest speaker in Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIN 653, Developing teacher resources Integrating Technology, on October 29, 2017. She is an Educational Technology Entrepreneur/Resource Designer and successfully involved in the EdTech industry - She is a known figure.

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.

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