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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

Mr. Dennis Britt

Vice President of Marketing and Delivery Management at City Bank, North America

Mr. Dennis Britt was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral Communication and Written Skills, on May 6th, 2020.

Mr. Dennis Britt is currently the Vice President of Marketing and Delivery Management at City Bank, North America. The discussion was about careers in management and business communication.

Mr. Ari Fass

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

Mr. Ari Fass was the guest speaker for Professor Joseph Herbst's class, MSIS 640 Data Communication, on May 5th, 2020.

Mr. Ari Fass is currently a Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers). The discussion was about his career and education.

Mr. Anthony Fama

Mr. Anthony Fama will be the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina's class, MSIN 647 Computer Networking Routing and Switching, on May 4th, 2020.

My Anthony Fama currently works at Executive Technology Group. The discussion will be about current issues in real world security. The summary of the discussion will be about anatomy of attacks, types of hackers and how they conducts their attacks - Brief discussion on encryption algorithms - Protocols on WAN design and requirements for different business verticals - Routing protocols security weaknesses - Brief discussion on quantum computing and qubits - Brief discussion on AI.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Director of Information Technology at Mekanism in NYC

Mr. Anthony Kelly was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607, Effective Oral Communication and Written Skills, on April 29th, 2020.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is currently the Director of Information Technology at Mekanism in NYC. The topic that was discussed was careers in Information Technology and business communication.

Ms. Samantha Samaroo

Ms. Samantha Samaroo will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication, on April 1st, 2020.

Ms. Samantha Samaroo is currently a Product Manager at Work-Stride. The topic that will be discussed is career journey and business communication.

Mr. Tom Kaprowicz

IT project Manager

Mr. Tom Kaprowicz will be the guest speaker for Professor Neil Masih's class, MSIN 611 Project Management Tools, on March 31st.

Mr. Tom Kaprowicz is currently an IT project Manager. He will share his inspirational story on his project management journey and how he ignites his team to produce successful project results.

Ms. Sherisse Brown

Administrative Assistant for Education Tech for Weil Cornell Medicine

Ms. Sherisse Brown will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective and Oral Communication, on March 25th, 2020.

Ms. Sherisse Brown is currently an Administrative Assistant for Education Tech for Weil Cornell Medicine. She will discuss computer training support and education technology.

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Ms. Johanan Eunice Livioco Bermudez

UX/UI Designer at Erdos Technologies

Ms. Johanan Eunice Livioco Bermudez will be the guest speaker for Professor Samuel Abrahamson's class, WMMN 636 Mobile Application Development II, on April 23rd, 2020.

Ms. Jonanan Eunice Livioco Bermudez is currently a UX/UI Designer at Erdos Technologies and a Touro GST alumnus. She will introducing herself, speaking about her background and current job, and then discuss the pressures she faced as a designer.

Kamana Kamkwalala

Kamana Kamkwalala will be the guest speaker for Professor Michele Teodori’s class, WMMN 670 Video and Audio Production, on March 23rd, 2020.

Kamana Kamkwalala is currently a Video on Demand Producer at Abrams Media. The discussion will be about video career and opportunities. This will include a general overlook by a young professional of the career opportunities in the video industry.

Ms. Emily Sarkis

Ms. Emily Sarkis will be the guest speaker for Professor Joseph LoCicero’s class, Interactive Design II WMMN 614, on March 11th, 2020.

Ms. Emily Sarkis is currently the Head of User Experience, Enterprise Portal and Collaboration at Wells Fargo. Emily will talk about her experiences as a UX/UI designer. She will take questions and show samples of her work redesigning the user experience at Wells Fargo.

Ms. Polina Bulman

Ms. Polina Bulman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jolie Ruelle’s class, WMMN 660 Digital Photography for Designers, on February 27th, 2020.

Ms. Polina Bulman is an award winning documentary photographer specializing in family, photography, weddings and events. She will present her work and discuss working in the field of photography today.

Ms. Mary Nittolo

CCo “the STUDIO”

Ms. Mary Nittolo will be the guest speaker for Professor Jolie Ruelle’s class, WMMN 650, Type in Motion, on December 5th, 2019.

Ms. Mary Nittolo is currently the CCo of “the STUDIO,” a full service and animation graphics company. She will be discussing and showcasing the work they do there as well as giving insight into their process.

Mr. Phil D’Apolito

Senior Editor at PSP

Mr. Phil D’Apolito will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on December 3rd, 2019.

Mr Phil D’Apolito is currently a Senior Editor at PSP. He will discuss content management communication.

Ms. Emily Pearsall

Senior Presentation Designer at AnswerLab

Ms. Emily Pearsall will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on December 3rd, 2019.

Ms. Emily Pearsall is currently the Senior Presentation Designer at AnswerLab. She will discuss design and client facing and different aspects of working on a team in the art world.

Mr. Jonathan Hayes

Behavioral scientist at Google

Mr. Jonathan Hayes will be the guest speaker for Professor Renata Pereira Rocha Moreira’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on October 17th, 2019.

Mr. Jonathan Hayes is currently a behavioral scientist at Google. He will discuss User Experience (UX) Research. This discussion will include how to identify the types of UX research; cover the step-by-step process of planning, preparing, and conducting UX research interviews; and providing hands-on activities.

Mr. Patrick Aievoli

Associate professor and graphic designer at LIU – Post Campus

Patrick started his career in 1978 as a designer for local editorial and advertising companies. In 1984, he became a promotional designer at McGraw-Hill. Professor Aievoli has been a full-time academic since 1989 when he left his position as senior designer, print promotion, at the McGraw-Hill Book Company. During his time at McGraw-Hill Patrick helped in the creation of McGraw-Hill’s first interactive CD-ROM “Encyclopedia of Science and Technology” in 1987.

In 1990 to 1996 Prof. Aievoli completed his thesis on “The Use of New Media in Higher Education” culminating in an interactive art history CD-ROM featuring core and dynamic content along with a simplified suite of online learning tools. In 1998 he became a full-time faculty member at LIU Post in Brookville, NY. He became the director of the campus’ Interactive Multimedia Arts graduate program in 1999 and has built the program from the start until its elimination in 2018.

Professor Aievoli is still involved in the new media arena consulting for some of the metro areas largest new media companies and is a 6 Time Long Island Advertising Club – Advisor for Student Best On Long Island winner 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Ms. Batsheva Schiffer

Touro GST alumni and Instructional Designer

Ms. Batsheva Schiffer will be the guest speaker for Professor Irina Berman's class, EDIN 623 Foundations of Instructional Technology Design, on April 29th, 2020.

Ms. Batsheva Schiffer is currently a Touro GST alumni and Instructional Designer. She will speak about being an instructional designer and an overview of the new model of online learning and online instructional design.

Ms. Susan Sussman

CEO for Sussman Education

Ms. Susan Sussman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki's class, EDIN 670, The Educational Technology Specialist, on March 30th, 2020.

Ms. Susan Sussman is the CEO for Sussman Education. She will discuss web based resources for the classroom.

Prof. Irina Berman

LMS Manager for the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services

Professor Irina Berman was the guest speaker for Dean Dr. Issac Herskowitz’s class, EDIT 617 Foundations of Instructional Technology, on February 11th, 2020.

Professor Berman is currently an LMS Manager for the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. The topic that she discussed was programming in the classroom and corporate world. This included present opportunities in K-12 and Corporate world for students with programming skills.

Ms. Brandi

Instructional Designer at Touro College and University System (Department of Online Education)

Ms. Brandi So will be the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens’ class, EDIN 673 Designing Online Instruction, on December 5th, 2019.

Ms. Brandi So is currently an Instructional Designer at Touro College and University System (Department of Online Education). The topic that will be discussed is instructional design in the world of higher education.

Ms. Nancy Shaw

Information Technology Alumni of Touro College Graduate School of Technology

Ms. Nancy Shaw will be the guest speaker for Professor Irina Berman's class, EDIN 623 Foundations of Instructional Design, on December 4th, 2019.

Ms. Nancy Shaw is currently an Information Technology Alumni of Touro College Graduate School of Technology. She will discuss schoology and JupiterEd.

Mr. Mark Smith

Publications representative at Robo Wunderkind

Mr. Mark Smith will be the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura's class, EDIN 653 Technology Integration for School Leaders, on November 13th, 2019.

Mr. Mark Smith is currently a publications representative from Robo Wunderkind, developers of Student Robotics instructional resources. The discussion will be about Student Robotics.

Ms. Sarina Lim

Data Lead at Instruction Partners

Ms. Sarina Lim was the guest speaker for Dr. Issac Herskowitz’s class, EDIN 617, Foundation of Instructional Technology, on September 24th, 2019

Ms. Sarina Lim is currently a data lead at Instruction Partners. The topic that was discussed was programming in the classroom and technology job market.

Mr. Victor Rivero

Publisher and Editor in Chief for EdTech Digest

Mr. Victor Rivero will be the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIN 653, Technology Integration for School Leaders, on March 28th, 2019.

Mr. Victor Rivero is currently the editor and chief for EdTech Digest. The topic he will discuss is the state of the field of educational technology.

Professor Alfred Doyle

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

Professor Alfred Doyle was the guest speaker for Dean Issac Herskowitz’s class for EDIT 617, Foundations of Instructional Technology, on February 12th, 2019.

Professor Alfred Doyle is currently the chair of Web and Multimedia Design at Touro GST. The topic he spoke about was programming in the class. This included discussions of the current trends of using programming in the classroom.