Spring 2012

Verizon CIO to be Honored

Judith Spitz, senior vice president and CIO for strategy and planning at Verizon, has been named this year's recipient of the Leadership and Service in Technology Award. The award, presented annually by the Seidenberg School to an outstanding leader in the IT community, will be conferred at a reception to be held at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Inc. headquarters in midtown on Thursday, June 21.

A highlight of the evening will be the keynote prentation made by Soledad O'Brien, anchor of the CNN morning show and special correspondent for CNN/U.S.

The Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception is the school's primary fund-raiser. Proceeds provide scholarship support for students and underwrite key academic initiatives. This year's event is being co-chaired by Steve Caporale (BS '86), Howard Medow, and Larry Perlstein (BBA '80, MBA '93), all advisory board members.

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Dean's Message

Hard to believe that the semester is over, and we're looking at graduation this week!

We are very excited to be honoring Judy Spitz at our 17th annual Leadership and Service in Technology award reception. Soledad O'Brien is scheduled to be our keynote speaker-this is truly a "don't miss" event. And if you haven't seen O'Brien's CNN special, Education in America: Don't Fail Me which focuses on the role of FIRST in energizing students around STEM issues, I encourage you to visit the introduction link. [full message]

Pace Freshmen Place Fourth in Mobile Challenge

Much to their surprise and satisfaction, Peter Franceschini (BS/CS) and John Robb (BA/Comm/Art) placed fourth in the University Mobile Challenge for their mobile app CANDOO. The event was held in Barcelona, Spain in early March. This achievement allows them to advance to the GSMA Mobile Health University Challenge scheduled for late May in Cape Town, South Africa. [more] [candoo]

Pace University Named as a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

A recent review of Professor Jean Coppola's Gerontechnology Program by an International Data Group (IDG) panel has resulted in Pace being named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate. This honor recognizes organizations and individuals that have developed innovative applications of information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. [more]


Seidenberg Hosts RIM's First Campus Hackathon

Research In Motion’s (RIM) first campus hackathon attracted more than 30 students to the two-day competition held on the New York City campus in late March. The event, dubbed “Future Developers Day,” is a pilot program established by RIM, makers of the BlackBerry smartphone, to spark interest on the part of young people to become the next generation of mobile BlackBerry App World developers. [more]


Professor Richard Kline Receives Jefferson Award

Professor Richard "Rick" Kline is this year's recipient of the Pace University Bronze Medal Jefferson Award for outstanding community service. Through his teaching of Problem Solving using LEGO Robotics, his extensive involvement with the robotics programs sponsored by the FIRST organization, and his mentoring of participants in the Seidenberg Summer Experience, among many other robotics-related activities, he has excelled in fostering a strong sense of fun and excitement among young people in the exploration of science and technology. [more]


Seidenberg Team Fends Off Cyber Attackers at Regional Competition

While many students were packing to leave for spring break, nine committed Seidenberg students were heading out to the Boston area to participate in the 2012 Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. For nearly 20 hours over a three day period, Team Seidenberg simulated a group of new employees brought in to secure, manage and maintain the business network of World Wide Financial, a fictitious company. [more]


Student-Faculty Research Pairs Shine

Seidenberg student-faculty research pairs placed first on both campuses in the first-ever Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Showcases. On the Pleasantville campus, Marc Kowtko (BS/IT '15) and Professor Jean Coppola won for their work in open source assistive technology for older adults and people with disabilities. In New York, Meghan Kenny (BA/Psychology '14) and Professor Christelle Scharff took first place for their collaboration on how mobile technology can be used to raise awareness around the world in regard to destructive environmental practices and to promoting sustainability. [more]


Top Students Inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society

Thirty-two outstanding Seidenberg students were inducted into the New York Delta Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society at a ceremony held at the Graduate Center in White Plains on February 29. Professor Bel Raggad of the IT department gave a brief talk on “Artificial Intelligence in Information Assurance.” [more]


In The News

Seidenberg faculty continue to make news on the air, on the Web and in print –


An article featuring the Suffern High School robotics club, the club that sent two teams to the Pace-hosted FIRST Tech Challenge in January, recently appeared in The Journal News. One of the teams, the Suffern Syborgs 2, as a result of their ranking, received an invitation to compete in the World Championship tournament to be held in Saint Louis, Missouri in late April.


Professor Jean Coppola’s gerontechnology program made front page news in the Los Angeles Times on March 20, the same day she was honored by Cerebral Palsy of Westchester for the work she does in teaching technology to disabled young adults. A companion article, “Seniors and their iPads, iPhones: Keeping up in the computer age” appeared the following day in the Tech Now section of the newspaper.


A video of an interview of Professor Darren Hayes, Seidenberg CyberSecurity Institute associate, discussing China and cybercrime with David Gerwitz, a well-known Washington, DC blogger, recently appeared on ZDNet Government, the CBS Interactive Web site where technology meets politics and policy. In addition, his article “Proposed EU Privacy Legislation Likely to Seriously Impact U.S. Companies” was published in Corporate Compliance Insights.


Reference to the Pace Keynote Biometric System developed by Professor Charles Tappert's graduate research teams was recently made in “Bypassing the Password” in The New York Times as well as in Investor’s Business Daily.

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