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TOURO GST Dean Issac Herskowitz

Issac Herskowitz

DEAN GRADUATE SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY

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Dr. Issac Herskowitz, founding dean of the Graduate School of Technology, has been involved in the field of technology for over 25 years. Dr. Herskowitz founded the academic computing department at Touro University in the early 1990's.Dr. Herskowitz initiated many new degree programs at Touro in his role as chairman of the Computer Science Department, including Master of Science programs in Instructional Technology and Information Systems, a Master of Arts program in Web and Multimedia Design, a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science, and certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs in Information Systems and Desktop Publishing.Dr. Herskowitz earned an Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University. His B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer and Information Science were completed at CUNY/Brooklyn College.
ITP Program Chair Payam Bina

Payam Bina

Instructional Technology Program Chair

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Payam is an experienced instructional designer and currently leads the Computer Science department at Touro University as the deputy chair. Payam earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University in Computer Science and his M.S. from Touro University Graduate School of Technology in Instructional Design.
MSIS Instructor Pedro Estrada

Pedro Estrada

Expert in Data Communications

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Pedro Estrada teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate schools. He teaches courses related to Computer Technology such as Networking (LAN and WAN), Wireless Communication, and Computer Hardware and Software. Pedro holds a master’s degreein Instructional Technology from Touro University and a bachelor’s degreein Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook State University. He has also earned severalindustry certifications such as CCNA, CWNA, MCSE, and A+.
Expert in School Administration and Technology

Jacob Gutnicki

EXPERT IN EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY

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Jacob has taught at Touro University since 1998. During this time his courses in Education and Instructional Technology have covered a wide range of topics including Web Design, Web 2.0 Technologies, Microsoft Office, Assistive Technology, Classroom Management, Common Core Aligned Educational Resources, and Using Data to Understand Instruction.
In his courses, Jacob utilizes a variety of materials including Common Core aligned resources, best practices recommended by ISTE, and best practices from state and federal grants.Jacob Gutnickihas also worked in the field of Instructional Technology for the past 15 years and in the field of Education for the past 23 years.
He was recognized in the 2008 National Profile Report as an effective practitioner of Instructional Technology, and his Instructional Technology program was showcased in "The Journal" as an exemplar for improving student outcomes through a rigorous professional development program. Jacob has authored 171 award winning grants including numerous Learning Technology Grants, 23 iLearn NYC Grants, 7 Federal School Improvement Grants, several Middle School Incentive Grants, 2 Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention Grants, 3 Enhancing Education Through Technology Grants, 3 iZone Grants, 3 Beaumont Foundation Grants, two Math Partnership Grants the Borough President Grant, and 2 New Vision Grants
Expert in Designing Online Instruction

Holly Owens

Expert in Designing Online Instruction

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Holly brings over 14 years of experience in instructional design which she developed from when she was a high school teacher to today, working as aninstructional designer. Hollyserved as the Assistant Director of Instructional Design with Online Education at Touro College and University System for three years.In addition to initially teaching in high school, Holly has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. Holly holdstwo master’s degrees from the University of Maryland Global Campus in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. Currently, Holly is working on her Doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership with Touro University Nevada.
Expert in Distance Learning Applications

Patricia Baia

Expert in Distance Learning Applications

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Dr. Baia is a highly qualified instructional designer who is now in an instructional design leadership role as a director. Dr. Baia earned all her degrees from the University at Albany. She holds a B.A. in Educational Psychology; M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology; along with her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Baia has served as an instructional design consultant while leading online learning programs for several schools in the Albany, NY area. Dr. Baia has also taught at top schools such as University of California Irvine and her alma mater, UNiversity at Albany.
Currently, Dr. Baia teaches instructional design at Touro’s Graduate School of Technology while serving as the senior instructional designer at Touro’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.
Assistant Director of Instructional Design

Nicolette Valenti

Assistant Director of Instructional Design

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Nicolette Valenti is an experienced learning consultant with ten years of experience working in the education management industry. She specializes in active learning strategies to increase student engagement in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. Nicolette is a graduate from St. Joseph’s University NY with a B.A. in Education and Communications, and from Texas A&M University with a M.Ed. in Educational Technology. Currently, she is a doctoral student in Touro University Nevada's Doctor of Education program in Education Administration and Leadership.
She has worked at Touro University for three years and is presently the Assistant Director of Instructional Design with the Department of Online Education. Here she manages and engages in multiple simultaneous projects in collaboration with the Instructional Designers. She works collaboratively with faculty to develop courses and modules that challenge students to assess complex problems and deliver innovative solutions. Additionally, she provides technical support to facilitate and encourage a productive learning environment.

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Information Systems Program Chair Shmuel Fink

Shmuel Fink

Information Systems Program Chair

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Professor Shmuel Fink has been a member of the Touro University faculty since 1993. In 2000, he began serving as the deputy chair of the undergraduate Department of Computer Science. In 2007, he helped establish the Touro University Graduate School of Technology and became the chair of the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Prior to working at Touro, Professor Fink worked for IBM, Xerox, and other companies. Professor Fink has a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Software Development and Management, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. Professor Fink's reputation is as an effective leader and educator. He advises the faculty and mentors his students. He ensures that the curriculum meet the ever-changing landscape of technology across all industries
EXPERT IN NETWORK ADMINISTRATION & SECURITY Albert Bina

Albert Bina

EXPERT IN NETWORK ADMINISTRATION & SECURITY

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For over 25 years, Albert Bina has brought professional IT knowledge and expertise to an academic setting in Touro University. His dedication to Touro does not go unnoticed. Professor Bina completed both his undergraduate in both Math and Computer Science and graduate studies in the MSIS program at Touro University.
While Professor Bina has been with Touro for most of his professional career, he has helped improve the IT infrastructure at Touro in a variety of roles. These experiences allowed him to refine his teaching by connecting IT concepts to his personal experience.
EXPERT IN NETWORK ADMINISTRATION & SECURITY Payam Bina

Payam Bina

EXPERT IN DATABASE CONCEPTS AND DESIGN

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Payam is an experienced instructional designer and currently leads the Computer Science department at Touro University as the deputy chair. Payam earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University in Computer Science and his M.S. from Touro University Graduate School of Technology in Instructional Design.
MSIS Instructor Joseph Herbst

Joseph Herbst

Expert in Network Architecture

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Joseph Herbst has over 30 years of experience as a consultant in management. Professor Herbst has created databases in finance, fashion, and healthcare. With this diverse experience, Professor Herbst brings a diverse knowledge of how databases work in different industries. He is also experienced with effective strategies in building databases to meet the needs of different businesses.
Professor Herbst has been teaching at Touro for over 25 years. His professional experience gives students the chance to learn from an expert in managing databases. Professor Herbst prepares students to be knowledgeable in computer architecture, hardware, methodology, assembler, office applications, data communications, and networking.
EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Martin Herskowitz

Martin Herskowitz

EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

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Martin Herskowitz has been a highly effective educator for over 30 years. Professor Herskowitz has been a guidance counselor for 27 years at Canarsie High School where he provides individual and group counseling for mandated Special Education students. It should not come to a surprise that Professor Herskowitz is an excellent communicator and brings his knowledge and expertise to the classroom at Touro University where he teaches Effective Oral and Written Communication (MSIS 607).
Aside from teaching at Touro, Professor Herskowitz is currently the President of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers (AOJT). At the AOJT, he still works with the NYCDOE to ensure that the rights of the AOJT members are protected and respected within DOE schools.
EXPERT IN DATA COMMUNICATIONS Behrooz Khorsandi

Behrooz Khorsandi

EXPERT IN DATA COMMUNICATIONS

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Behrooz Khorsandi is a professor at Touro's Graduate School of Technology, where he teaches courses including Networking Essentials, Fundamentals of Network Security, and Advanced Cyber Security. He also currently serves as Technical Solution Architect at IBM Global Technology Services (GTS), where he has worked for 37 years. Khorsandi possesses both level three certified technical specialist and senior consulting infrastructure services solution manager certifications from IBM.
MSIS Instructor Ben Lunzer

Benjamin Lunzer

Expert in Technology Project Management

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Benjamin is one of GST’s All-Star professors at Touro University. Ben earned a BS in Applied Science from City College and his MS in Bioengineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Professor Lunzer’s experience is where he shines and is the biggest asset that he brings to Touro University. Professor Lunzer worked as the VP of Corporate Technology at J.P. Morgan Chase, the Director of Custom Application Development OpenText.
Currently, Professor Lunzer is a consultant for Furniss Clarke & Co. He piloted techniques in differentiated instruction for middle school students in English and History at a mid-sized parochial school. Professor Lunzer also has experience in program management of region-specific and business-specific portal development, for aggregation of P&L by product and line of business across the firm. Professor Lunzer was also a founding member of the Securities Industry Middleware Council. He served on the Advisory Council of the IAFE, as co-chair of its Technical Committee, and represented J.P. Morgan at The Open Group.
MSIS Expert in Computer Science Arjun Mahat

Arjun Mahat

Expert in
Computer Science

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Arjun Mahat has over 25 years of IT expertise ranging from managing & designing networks, tech support, web design using HTML/ CSS, and other applications, and superb communication skills. Professor Mahat also has a strong understanding of complex technical knowledge ranging from advanced knowledge of diverse operating systems in addition to Windows, internet protocols, and knowledge of HTML and C. Professor Mahat is knowledgeable in the hardware needed to run both a wide area and local area networks.
Professor Mahat refined his skills with his experience by serving as the Computer Support Tech Borough Supervisor at Touro University for the past 10 years where he provides tech support to the faculty and students, maintains AV equipment, and helps maintain and run the networks of Touro University so that the College’s network runs smoothly. Aside from his IT experience, Professor Mahat also has over 35 years of teaching experience. He also taught mathematics in Nepal prior to coming to the USA. Professor Mahat ’s passion for teaching and IT gives students the opportunity to learn from a qualified professional with effective teaching skills and strategies.
MSIS Project Management INSTRUCTOR William Muskopf

William Muskopf

Expert in Project Management

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William Muskopf is a project manager with over 25 years working as a fully certified product manager.William holds certifications as a ITIL 4 Managing Professional,Agile Certified Practitioner,Certified Risk Practitioner,and is a Certified Project Management Professional.
Along with William’s industry standard certifications, Bill holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University.
EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS Ania Necakov

Ania Necakov

EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS

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At the Touro Graduate School of Technology, more than 50% of the students originate from outside of the United States. Therefore, for these students English is a 2nd language. Therefore, having a specialty professor who has experience in teaching English as a second language is important in supporting the learning needs of these GST students.
Ania Necakov is the Director of Studies as well as an ESL Teacher for the New York Language center, where she has built both her teaching and leaderships in conjunction with one another. She also serves as the instructor of English at GST to its international students.
Jeremy Rambarran

Jeremy Rambarran

EXPERT IN
CLOUD SOLUTIONS

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Jeremy is a highly qualified IT professional with professional licenses from Texas A&M as well as Cisco. Jeremy brings 10 years of experience in implementations, installations, configurations, monitoring and support of various hardware, software, and cloud-based systems.Jeremy has worked various roles within IT. His wholistic experience brings a wide knowledge base in his classes. Within education, Jeremy worked as an IT Assistant for CUNY College of Technology. At the New York College of Medicine, Jeremy worked his way up the ladder from a Desktop Support Technician to IT Manager for Cloud Solutions.

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Information Systems Program Chair Shmuel Fink

Shmuel Fink

Information Systems Program Chair

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Professor Shmuel Fink has been a member of the Touro University faculty since 1993. In 2000, he began serving as the deputy chair of the undergraduate Department of Computer Science. In 2007, he helped establish the Touro University Graduate School of Technology and became the chair of the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Prior to working at Touro, Professor Fink worked for IBM, Xerox, and other companies. Professor Fink has a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Software Development and Management, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. Professor Fink's reputation is as an effective leader and educator. He advises the faculty and mentors his students. He ensures that the curriculum meet the ever-changing landscape of technology across all industries
EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Martin Herskowitz

Martin Herskowitz

EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

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Martin Herskowitz has been a highly effective educator for over 30 years. Professor Herskowitz has been a guidance counselor for 27 years at Canarsie High School where he provides individual and group counseling for mandated Special Education students. It should not come to a surprise that Professor Herskowitz is an excellent communicator and brings his knowledge and expertise to the classroom at Touro University where he teaches Effective Oral and Written Communication (MSIS 607).
Aside from teaching at Touro, Professor Herskowitz is currently the President of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers (AOJT). At the AOJT, he still works with the NYCDOE to ensure that the rights of the AOJT members are protected and respected within DOE schools.
MSIS Instructor Ben Lunzer

Benjamin Lunzer

Expert in Technology Project Management

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Benjamin is one of GST’s All-Star professors at Touro University. Ben earned a BS in Applied Science from City College and his MS in Bioengineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Professor Lunzer’s experience is where he shines and is the biggest asset that he brings to Touro University. Professor Lunzer worked as the VP of Corporate Technology at J.P. Morgan Chase, the Director of Custom Application Development OpenText.
Currently, Professor Lunzer is a consultant for Furniss Clarke & Co. He piloted techniques in differentiated instruction for middle school students in English and History at a mid-sized parochial school. Professor Lunzer also has experience in program management of region-specific and business-specific portal development, for aggregation of P&L by product and line of business across the firm. Professor Lunzer was also a founding member of the Securities Industry Middleware Council. He served on the Advisory Council of the IAFE, as co-chair of its Technical Committee, and represented J.P. Morgan at The Open Group.
MSIS Project Management INSTRUCTOR William Muskopf

William Muskopf

Expert in Project Management

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William Muskopf is a project manager with over 25 years working as a fully certified product manager.William holds certifications as a ITIL 4 Managing Professional,Agile Certified Practitioner,Certified Risk Practitioner,and is a Certified Project Management Professional.
Along with William’s industry standard certifications, Bill holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University.
EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS Ania Necakov

Ania Necakov

EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS

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At the Touro Graduate School of Technology, more than 50% of the students originate from outside of the United States. Therefore, for these students English is a 2nd language. Therefore, having a specialty professor who has experience in teaching English as a second language is important in supporting the learning needs of these GST students.
Ania Necakov is the Director of Studies as well as an ESL Teacher for the New York Language center, where she has built both her teaching and leaderships in conjunction with one another. She also serves as the instructor of English at GST to its international students.
Alfred Rezk

Alfred Rezk

EXPERT IN
WEBSITE ENGINEERING

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Alfred is an experienced engineer working both in the public and privatesectors. Within the public sector, Alfred worked for the New York City Dept. of Transportation and Dept. of Environmental Protection as an electrical engineer. In the private sector, Alfred worked as a Production Test Engineer for Kepco Power Supplies. Currently, Alfred works for EV Box as an Electrical Engineer. Alfred holds both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The City College of New York in Electrical Engineering.
Kevin Roach

Kevin Roach

EXPERT IN WEB AND APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

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Kevin has over 20 years of experience as a developer in Java, C# and MS-SQL. Kevin has worked at a couple of major financial institutions such as Wells Fargo and Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.Currently, Kevin works at ACA Compliance Group as a Technical Support Manager. Kevin createdthe curriculum for Graduate Program: MSIN 625 -Advanced Web and Application Development. Kevin brings to Touro an ample knowledge set in application development and prepares students in teaching them the right steps to become successful programmers.

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Information Systems Program Chair Shmuel Fink

Shmuel Fink

Information Systems Program Chair

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Professor Shmuel Fink has been a member of the Touro University faculty since 1993. In 2000, he began serving as the deputy chair of the undergraduate Department of Computer Science. In 2007, he helped establish the Touro University Graduate School of Technology and became the chair of the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Prior to working at Touro, Professor Fink worked for IBM, Xerox, and other companies. Professor Fink has a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Software Development and Management, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. Professor Fink's reputation is as an effective leader and educator. He advises the faculty and mentors his students. He ensures that the curriculum meet the ever-changing landscape of technology across all industries
EXPERT IN DATA INTELLIGENCE Braj Agarwal

Aron Morgulis

Expert in IT Service Management

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Aron Morgulis is currently a Data Security Officer at Tri-County Care CCO. He received his MSIS degree with a concentration in leadership from Touro GST. Aron holds a PMP certification which he received in 2013. Aron uses Cybersecurity to assure Compliance in the Healthcare Arena.
EXPERT IN DATA INTELLIGENCE Braj Agarwal

Elliott Friedman

Expert in Agile Project Management

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Elliott Friedman is a Touro GST alumnus. He graduated in 2013 with an MSIS degree with a technology leadership concentration. Besides working as a professor at GST, Elliott is currently a Data Architect at Apex Solutions.
EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Martin Herskowitz

Martin Herskowitz

EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

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Martin Herskowitz has been a highly effective educator for over 30 years. Professor Herskowitz has been a guidance counselor for 27 years at Canarsie High School where he provides individual and group counseling for mandated Special Education students. It should not come to a surprise that Professor Herskowitz is an excellent communicator and brings his knowledge and expertise to the classroom at Touro University where he teaches Effective Oral and Written Communication (MSIS 607).
Aside from teaching at Touro, Professor Herskowitz is currently the President of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers (AOJT). At the AOJT, he still works with the NYCDOE to ensure that the rights of the AOJT members are protected and respected within DOE schools.
MSIS Instructor Ben Lunzer

Benjamin Lunzer

Expert in Technology Project Management

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Benjamin is one of GST’s All-Star professors at Touro University. Ben earned a BS in Applied Science from City College and his MS in Bioengineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Professor Lunzer’s experience is where he shines and is the biggest asset that he brings to Touro University. Professor Lunzer worked as the VP of Corporate Technology at J.P. Morgan Chase, the Director of Custom Application Development OpenText.
Currently, Professor Lunzer is a consultant for Furniss Clarke & Co. He piloted techniques in differentiated instruction for middle school students in English and History at a mid-sized parochial school. Professor Lunzer also has experience in program management of region-specific and business-specific portal development, for aggregation of P&L by product and line of business across the firm. Professor Lunzer was also a founding member of the Securities Industry Middleware Council. He served on the Advisory Council of the IAFE, as co-chair of its Technical Committee, and represented J.P. Morgan at The Open Group.
MSIS Project Management INSTRUCTOR William Muskopf

William Muskopf

Expert in Project Management

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William Muskopf is a project manager with over 25 years working as a fully certified product manager.William holds certifications as a ITIL 4 Managing Professional,Agile Certified Practitioner,Certified Risk Practitioner,and is a Certified Project Management Professional.
Along with William’s industry standard certifications, Bill holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University.
EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS Ania Necakov

Ania Necakov

EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS

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At the Touro Graduate School of Technology, more than 50% of the students originate from outside of the United States. Therefore, for these students English is a 2nd language. Therefore, having a specialty professor who has experience in teaching English as a second language is important in supporting the learning needs of these GST students.
Ania Necakov is the Director of Studies as well as an ESL Teacher for the New York Language center, where she has built both her teaching and leaderships in conjunction with one another. She also serves as the instructor of English at GST to its international students.

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Information Systems Program Chair Shmuel Fink

Shmuel Fink

Information Systems Program Chair

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Professor Shmuel Fink has been a member of the Touro University faculty since 1993. In 2000, he began serving as the deputy chair of the undergraduate Department of Computer Science. In 2007, he helped establish the Touro University Graduate School of Technology and became the chair of the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Prior to working at Touro, Professor Fink worked for IBM, Xerox, and other companies. Professor Fink has a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Software Development and Management, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. Professor Fink's reputation is as an effective leader and educator. He advises the faculty and mentors his students. He ensures that the curriculum meet the ever-changing landscape of technology across all industries
EXPERT IN DATA ANALYTICS Samuel Abrahamson

Samuel Abrahamson

EXPERT IN
DATA ANALYTICS

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Professor Samuel Abrahamson received with highest honors both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Touro University. He has also obtained his CompTIA A+ certification. He has the unique experience of being both a student and an instructor at Touro.
In addition to teaching at GST and other Touro University divisions, Professor Abrahamson maintains a small IT and programming firm, including using Excel/VBA for an Education-sector Data Analysis company, and publishing original Android apps to Google’s Play Store.
EXPERT IN DATA INTELLIGENCE Braj Agarwal

Braj Agarwal

EXPERT IN
DATA INTELLIGENCE

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Braj Agarwal has over 30 years of teaching experience in Windows Networking with Active Directory, SQL Server Administration, SSAS, SSRS, Power Pivot and Power Bi at NYU SPS. Professor Agarwal’s experience as a professional allowed him to master teaching key concepts in IT infrastructure. His main industry position was working at PepsiCo as a technical consultant.
Professor Agarwal brings a plethora of experience to the classroom along with effective teaching methods developed over the past few decades in preparing his students to become IT professionals.
EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION Martin Herskowitz

Martin Herskowitz

EXPERT IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

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Martin Herskowitz has been a highly effective educator for over 30 years. Professor Herskowitz has been a guidance counselor for 27 years at Canarsie High School where he provides individual and group counseling for mandated Special Education students. It should not come to a surprise that Professor Herskowitz is an excellent communicator and brings his knowledge and expertise to the classroom at Touro University where he teaches Effective Oral and Written Communication (MSIS 607).
Aside from teaching at Touro, Professor Herskowitz is currently the President of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers (AOJT). At the AOJT, he still works with the NYCDOE to ensure that the rights of the AOJT members are protected and respected within DOE schools.
MSIS Instructor Ben Lunzer

Benjamin Lunzer

Expert in Technology Project Management

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Benjamin is one of GST’s All-Star professors at Touro University. Ben earned a BS in Applied Science from City College and his MS in Bioengineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Professor Lunzer’s experience is where he shines and is the biggest asset that he brings to Touro University. Professor Lunzer worked as the VP of Corporate Technology at J.P. Morgan Chase, the Director of Custom Application Development OpenText.
Currently, Professor Lunzer is a consultant for Furniss Clarke & Co. He piloted techniques in differentiated instruction for middle school students in English and History at a mid-sized parochial school. Professor Lunzer also has experience in program management of region-specific and business-specific portal development, for aggregation of P&L by product and line of business across the firm. Professor Lunzer was also a founding member of the Securities Industry Middleware Council. He served on the Advisory Council of the IAFE, as co-chair of its Technical Committee, and represented J.P. Morgan at The Open Group.
MSIS Project Management INSTRUCTOR William Muskopf

William Muskopf

Expert in Project Management

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William Muskopf is a project manager with over 25 years working as a fully certified product manager.William holds certifications as a ITIL 4 Managing Professional,Agile Certified Practitioner,Certified Risk Practitioner,and is a Certified Project Management Professional.
Along with William’s industry standard certifications, Bill holds a Master of Science in Project Management from Boston University.
EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS Ania Necakov

Ania Necakov

EXPERT IN BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY COMMUNICATIONS

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At the Touro Graduate School of Technology, more than 50% of the students originate from outside of the United States. Therefore, for these students English is a 2nd language. Therefore, having a specialty professor who has experience in teaching English as a second language is important in supporting the learning needs of these GST students.
Ania Necakov is the Director of Studies as well as an ESL Teacher for the New York Language center, where she has built both her teaching and leaderships in conjunction with one another. She also serves as the instructor of English at GST to its international students.
Miriam Plonczak

Miriam Plonczak

Expert in Data Analytics and Database Systems

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From working at the Federal Reserve in New York to becoming a college professor, Miriam Plonczak brings a plethora of experiences to Touro. While at the Fed, Miriam held a couple high level roles. During her tenure at the Fed, Professor Plonczak worked first as a Senior Systems Analyst/ Programmer. One of the highlights that she accomplished was that she wrote programs monitoring user access to mainframe databases. Her second role at the Fed was as the Project Director/Technical Specialist. In this role, Professor Plonczak, with more leadership responsibilities, perfected her skills in analysis, design, and programming skills. She is highly proficient in several programming languages including C, C++, Java, SQL. She also has working knowledge of several other programming languages including VB, AS3.0, Python.
Professor Plonczak has over 30 years of teaching experience and is an expert in course design, delivery methods, and development of assessment tools.

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Expert in New Media and Visual Art

Markus Haala

Expert in New Media and Visual Art

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With a passion for creating dynamic academic programs focused on New Media and collaborative excellence, Markus Haala has been involved in higher education for over 12 years, providing his students with mentoring, professional critique, and access to innovative technology. Professor Haala serves as Chair of Touro University's Graduate School of Technology Web and Multimedia Design program.
In addition to his academic work, Haala is an interdisciplinary artist whose research-based studio practice explores ecosystems and surveys the complex relationship between nature and culture through the use of distinct materials, imagery, and sculptural objects. He often uses modern manufacturing techniques as a means of expression to create artworks that challenge our perception of materiality.
Haala’s work has been exhibited and published internationally. He lives and works in New York City.
Expert in UX Design and Development

Joshua Baron

Expert in UX Design and Development

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By day, Josh Baron is a Senior Principal Product Designerfor Dell.Josh brings to the classroom over fifteen years of experience in leading interactive design, graphic design, and development teams. Josh has workedatMasterCard, Abercrombie & Kent, and Kaufman Rossin & Co. What makes Josh’s classes special is that he brings current UX heuristics to the concepts he teaches along with teaching through examples from his work. This gives students a rare opportunity to see inside the world of a UX designer. As an industry expert,Josh is well suited to mentor his students through the UX process and train them in ways to improve their skills. Along with a strong UX background, Josh is also well versed in HTML, SASS, and JavaScript.SASS is a preprocessor for CSS and this skill helps his students stand out as UX designers once they graduate.
Ryan Seslow

Ryan Seslow

Expert in
Web & Visual Design

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Along with over 18 years of experience as a professor, Ryan works as a full-time artist, a graphic designer, and a front-end web designer. Ryan not only brings over 20 years of experience in Adobe Illustrator, but he brings broad knowledge, advice, and mentorship in navigating the freelancing world and best practices both in design and in building a personal brand.`Ryan offers current professional insight and pushes his students to their best to reach their highest potential. You can see Ryan’s work in several murals in Brooklyn where he left a positive impact in the community.
Lina Oriana Zuur

Lina Oriana Zuur

Expert in
UI/UX Design

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Meet Lina Oriana Zuur, a creative and quick-witted UI/UX designer with a passion for visual literacy and user psychology. Originally from Mexico, Lina holds a B.F.A. in visual arts and a Masters in UX design from MICA.
Lina's career began in graphic design, but she soon transitioned to HMI and became immersed in UI patterns and agile methodologies. Her background in visual arts and literacy fuels her curiosity about user experience, and she is always looking for ways to create original designs that truly resonate with users.
WMM Instructor ENRIQUE PAZ

Enrique Paz

EXPERT IN FRONT-END DEVELOPMENT

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Enrique is an experienced front-end developer/designer with proficient development capabilities and a sensible approach to converting original visual design concepts flawlessly into front-end HTML code. He has an extensive knowledge of web technologies spanning from HTML5, CSS3, Sass and JavaScript. Enrique is fully conversant on browser compatibility, web development issues/strategies and able to handle multiple front-end development frameworks.
When Enrique is not immersed in a web development project he shares his wealth of knowledge in various academic institutions. For the past 22 years Enrique has been an active member of the academic community at various institutions engaging students through courses related to web and print technologies.
Expert in Web Development for UX and UI Designers

Nicole Alleyne

Expert in Web Development for UX and UI Designers

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Nicole’s specialization is in front-end development and she is currently the Design Director at HollywoodLife, which is part of the Penske Media Corp. Nicole is highly skilled in a few different programming and scripting languages such as HTML/ CSS, JavaScript, Typescript, Angular, React, AWS, Xcode, NativeScript, and JQuery. Nicole is also skilled in SEO and her extensive knowledge allows her to provide effective instruction backed by professional experience.
In the creative world, Nicole is skilled in print and digital media along with both photography and videography. Nicole is able to bridge the world from web development and web design in her classes along with teaching students the importance of being well-versed in HTML/ CSS in order for future UX designers to be proficient in communicating with developers as well as understanding how their designs have to be built in order to create a lean and agile UX workflow.
WMM Instructor Anthony O Hara

Antony O'Hara

Expert in
Fine Arts

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Antony O’Hara received his MFA from State University of New York at Purchase in 1991 and worked for 5 years as a master-printer producing limited editions fine art prints for various artists. After the birth of his son in 1996, he decided to transition into the digital realm and took courses at New York University in various multimedia applications like the Adobe Suite and Macromedia.In 1999, he began working for a small data conversion firm as their in-house graphic designer and head of promotions. He produced a range of print ads and developed their web site design, which he then maintained.During that time, he also completed several freelance design jobs. In 2001, he became a full-time instructor at Touro University in the Digital Multimedia Design Program.
WMM Expert in Expert in 2D Animation Jolie Ruelle

Jolie Ruelle

Expert in
2D Animation

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Jolie brings over 20 years of professional experience working in digital design with an emphasis on motion graphics and animation.Jolie has worked in the industry asan animator in Vermont, New York, and California. Jolie combines both an expansive professional and teaching background which shows in her classes where she clearly explains the various tools within Adobe Creative Cloud.
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Joseph LoCicero

Expert in
Corporate Design

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Joseph LoCicero holds a MA in Graphic Design since 1997. He is a professional in design solutions for corporate identity, direct mail, packaging, brochures, catalogs, and web inspire profitable customer response. Joseph teaches approach inspires students to achieve personal and academic success. Both emphasize exploring ideas and getting results with design, layout, typography, and the latest technology. In addition to his MA, he also has a BFA in Film and Television.
Expert in Cloud Computing

Dominika Juraszek

EXPERT IN
3D ANIMATION

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Dominika received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has taught at universities such as RISD, Cal Arts/Inner-City Arts, Bramson ORT College, New York University, Touro University’s Graduate Scholl of Technology, and at institutions such as BCNY, WeDesign, and General Assembly.Dominikahas been teaching 3D modeling, animation, film production, and design for over 15 years. She worked as the lead designer and LMS developer at iArt Institute.Ms. Juraszek also worked at Interface Arts at Liberty Studios, designed Times Square Couture Fashion Week banners for Routa Fashion, and produced innovative marketing material for several companies, which included campaign ads within the MTA New York City Transit System. Her work has been exhibited at the REDCAT Art Center in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center, Bayside Historical Society, ASIFA East, and A.I.R Gallery in New York City, among others. She is the recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grant and the Kosciuszko Foundation Grant.
WMM Instructor Jesse Epstein

Jesse Epstein

Expert in
Media and Culture

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Jesse carries over 30 years of experience as a multi-dimensional documentary video and film producer working with corporate, non-profit, and government clients. Jesse also has significant knowledge and experience as a videographer, Jesse’s extensive experience serves him well in teaching videography, multimedia,and design, which he has done for many years.Jesse served as the chair of the Web and Multimedia Design M.A. program after hedesigned and founded the Web and MultimediaDesignM.A. program at Touro Graduate School of Technology in 2011.
WMM Instructor Jesse Epstein

Samuel Abrahamson

EXPERT IN MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

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Professor Samuel Abrahamson received with highest honors both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Touro University. He has also obtained his CompTIA A+ certification. He has the unique experience of being both a student and an instructor at Touro.
In addition to teaching at GST and other Touro University divisions, Professor Abrahamson maintains a small IT and programming firm, including using Excel/VBA for an Education-sector Data Analysis company, and publishing original Android apps to Google’s Play Store.

MSDA FACULTY

EXPERT IN NETWORK ADMINISTRATION & SECURITY Payam Bina

Payam Bina

EXPERT IN DATABASE CONCEPTS AND DESIGN

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Payam is an experienced instructional designer and currently leads the Computer Science department at Touro University as the deputy chair. Payam earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University in Computer Science and his M.S. from Touro University Graduate School of Technology in Instructional Design.
EXPERT IN DATA ANALYTICS Samuel Abrahamson

Samuel Abrahamson

EXPERT IN
DATA ANALYTICS

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Professor Samuel Abrahamson received with highest honors both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Touro University. He has also obtained his CompTIA A+ certification. He has the unique experience of being both a student and an instructor at Touro.
In addition to teaching at GST and other Touro University divisions, Professor Abrahamson maintains a small IT and programming firm, including using Excel/VBA for an Education-sector Data Analysis company, and publishing original Android apps to Google’s Play Store.
Miriam Plonczak

Miriam Plonczak

Expert in Data Analytics and Database Systems

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From working at the Federal Reserve in New York to becoming a college professor, Miriam Plonczak brings a plethora of experiences to Touro. While at the Fed, Miriam held a couple high level roles. During her tenure at the Fed, Professor Plonczak worked first as a Senior Systems Analyst/ Programmer. One of the highlights that she accomplished was that she wrote programs monitoring user access to mainframe databases. Her second role at the Fed was as the Project Director/Technical Specialist. In this role, Professor Plonczak, with more leadership responsibilities, perfected her skills in analysis, design, and programming skills. She is highly proficient in several programming languages including C, C++, Java, SQL. She also has working knowledge of several other programming languages including VB, AS3.0, Python.
Professor Plonczak has over 30 years of teaching experience and is an expert in course design, delivery methods, and development of assessment tools.
EXPERT IN DATA INTELLIGENCE Braj Agarwal

Braj Agarwal

EXPERT IN
DATA INTELLIGENCE

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Braj Agarwal has over 30 years of teaching experience in Windows Networking with Active Directory, SQL Server Administration, SSAS, SSRS, Power Pivot and Power Bi at NYU SPS. Professor Agarwal’s experience as a professional allowed him to master teaching key concepts in IT infrastructure. His main industry position was working at PepsiCo as a technical consultant.
Professor Agarwal brings a plethora of experience to the classroom along with effective teaching methods developed over the past few decades in preparing his students to become IT professionals.
Expert in Quantitative Analytics

Barry Liebling

Expert in
Quantitative Analytics

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Expert in technology, product management, and analytics

Sarah Chandler

Expert in
technology, product management, and analytics

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Sarah Chandler MBA, MS has worked in technology, product management, and analytics for over 35 years. Sarah began her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in NJ, designing software in computer science research at an economic modeling laboratory and as a systems programmer for UNIX commercial releases. After attending business school, she was a Global Software Product manager at Reuters, Ltd. Sarah founded the marketing analytics department at the startup in mutual funds ratings, Morningstar, and was a Senior Manager of Analytics at Verizon and Prudential. She holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master of Science in computer science from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Wellesley College.

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Director of Career Services Robert Grosberg

Robert Grosberg

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

ITP Instructor Jay Lefkowitz

Jay Lefkowitz

Expert in Instructional Technology

Director of Marketing and Recruitment

James Shafer

Director of International Student Recruitment and Enrollment

ITP Instructor Linda Gutterman

Linda Gutterman

Expert in Engaging Pedagogy

ITP Program Director Marekh Chikadze

Marekh Chikadze

Instructional Technology Program Director

WMM Program Director Nataliya Klymenko

Nataliya Klymenko

Web and Multimedia Design Program Director

MSIS Program Director Jack Romano

Jack Romano

Information Systems
Program Director

MSDA Program Director Elizabeth Dowd

Elizabeth Dowd

Data Analytics
Program Director

EXPERT IN MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

Younjae Ki

EXPERT IN MULTIMEDIA DESIGN

Lora Gornaya

Lora Gornaya

GST ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT