Richard Danzig of the Rand Corp. Delivers the Fifth Sloan Foundation Lecture


Attendees at the Fifth Sloan Foundation Cyber Security Lecture at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering on December 10 were greeted by an eerie but compelling image: Projected on the screen was a robotic arm, vaguely reminiscent of the killer cyborg in the Terminator movies. Clutched in its skeletal metallic fingers was a tempting apple. That image was from the cover of the report “Surviving on a Diet of Poisoned Fruit: Reducing the National Security Risks of America’s Cyber Dependencies” by Richard Danzig, vice chair of the Rand Corporation. (See below to watch recording of lecture.)  Continue Reading

Enterprise Learning Staff to Deliver Talks at Online Learning Consortium Conference

Premier Virtual Education Society Celebrates 20th Anniversary


At its annual international Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) Conference this October (, Enterprise Learning staff Robert Ubell, John Vivolo, and Jessie Guy-Ryan will deliver talks to more than 1,000 attendees, representing virtual education experts across the nation and abroad. Vice dean; Ubell, and online learning director; Vivolo, will jointly give a presentation on “Fighting the Tide: Understanding and Combating Resistance to Online Learning,” exploring strategies for addressing institutional and faculty resistance to online education. Instructional designer; Guy-Ryan, will offer insights into Active Learning Modules in “But How Do We Know They’re Paying Attention?” She will review student engagement in the school’s online Professional Learning joint venture with Scientific American ( The Online Learning Consortium is the premier professional society in virtual education, launched at the dawn of online learning, 20 years ago.

NYU Targets Fortune 500 Company Employees in New Emerging Technology Course


Beginning in January, New York University will offer a year-long graduate-level program targeting the employees of major technology-driven companies who need to stay up to speed on the emerging issues that affect them.

The online courses will focus on upgrading employee skills in the areas of cybersecurity, mobility and big data analysis.

Taught in three trimesters over a year, upon completion the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering will grant graduates a certificate and nine credits that can be applied to a qualified master’s degree program.

Robert Ubell, vice dean of the school’s online learning unit, said the impetus for the online courses came from  discussions with executives at Fortune 500 companies who told the school about the skills its employees were lacking.

“We uncovered these three hot spots where companies are being pressed to find first-class solutions,” Ubell said. “This addition to our virtual curriculum responds to the evolving needs of global companies.”

The “Mobile Security” course will home in on solutions to threats to mobile devices, networks and services, acknowledging the facts that mobile devices now outnumber computers worldwide and that smartphones and tablets can be enticing targets for criminal activity.

“Big Data Analysis” will offer some insights into the storage, organization and processing of data on the scale now available to companies that go beyond the capabilities of what once were conventional information technologies. The course will review state-of-the-art analytics and applications that can help companies both gather information on big data platforms and analyze it.

Finally, “Cloud Computing: Concepts and Practice” will help students understand how to use the cloud, write cloud applications and build their own private clouds. It will give them insight into both infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technologies.

Since this past January, the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering has offered master’s degree programs in, among other things, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, bioinformatics and organizational behavior. That is when the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute merged and began offering courses on its downtown Brooklyn campus as well as online.

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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Facebook Security DEFCON Scholarship

The Facebook Security team is offering scholarships to 5 students to attend the annual DEFCON Security Conference in Las Vegas (Thursday, August 7th – Sunday, August 10th). This should be a good opportunity to network, collaborate, and explore the latest technologies and strategies with the industry leaders. Please find more information about how to apply in the invitation letter below. Note that the application deadline is Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Good luck to those who are going to apply!

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Stream of Fortune 500 Companies Join NYU Engineering to Offer Master’s to High-Tech Personnel

IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton, ManTech and BNY Mellon follow a string of other Fortune 500 companies this year who have partnered with NYU School of Engineering in efforts to heighten the skills of their technical and management employees. NYU-ePoly, the school’s online learning unit, now serves more than 1,500 graduate students in advanced studies in Cybersecurity, Management of Technology and other in-demand fields.

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Corporate students must leap the same academic bar as others to qualify for admittance into the school’s rigorous master’s program. To ensure remote students receive the same curriculum as those on campus, the school created a virtual cyber laboratory, known as VITAL, where students perform virtual hands-on experiments to reinforce concepts delivered in online lectures. Online students participate in real-time and e-discussions, stimulated by chat, texting, forums and other methods.

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Scientific American Online Professional Learning Partnership Launched

In an innovative joint venture, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering’s partnership with Scientific American launched its first weeklong, non-credit, online professional course in March, “Cognition and the Aging Brain”. Students participated from the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. The second course, “Bioinformatics: How to Analyze the Human Genome,” was delivered from April 7th to the 11th, 2014.


Upcoming in the 2014 schedule are the following courses:

  • “Mysteries of the Universe,” taught by Don Lincoln , Ph.D., experimental particle physics researcher and scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, June 16-20
  • “Disaster Management”, taught by Yuko Nakanshi, Ph.D., principal of Nakanishi Research and Consulting and chair and longstanding member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection, July 21-25
  • “Cosmic Frontiers I”, taught by Pankaj Joshi, Ph.D., Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, August 18-22
  • “Cosmic Frontiers II”, taught by Pankaj Joshi, Ph.D., Senior Professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, September 22-26

These courses use active-learning techniques, and they incorporate multimedia, drag-and-drop quizzes, video, voiceover, peer-to-peer learning, and interactive tools—features now being introduced in the school’s online master’s courses.

For more information, as well as how to register for these upcoming courses, please visit 

5 New Top Professional Societies Partner with Enterprise Learning

New professional associations partnering with Enterprise Learning recently include Wall Street Technology Association (WSTA), MyWorkster, American National Standards Institute (ANSI), New York Information Security, and Center for Internet Security (CIS), who will now provide their members with the opportunity to take Poly’s online Master’s degrees at member rates.

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New Corporate Partner, Booz Allen

Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets is now an Enterprise Learning Corporate Partner. The company works with NYU-ePoly to provide online learning options and exclusive corporate benefits to qualified personnel worldwide. Booz Allen joins benefits to qualified personnel worldwide. Booz Allen joins AT&T, ConEdison, Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman, and other Fortune 500 companies as a corporate partner.

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