The Tandon Partners Conference (TPC) is a premium forum, bringing together current and future partners of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering to discuss Learning, Innovation and Talent Management. Executives from the world's leading companies, including AT&T, IBM, MasterCard, and National Grid will share their expertise with peers facing similar challenges.
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Networking & Breakfast
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Panel 1: A Culture of Learning: Cybersecurity & Management of Technology
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: The Education Matrix: Choosing Academia, the How & Why
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Working Lunch: NYU Tandon Online Presents Active Learning
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel 3: Innovation in Education: Employee Engagement
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Wrap-up & Adjournment
TPC 2016 welcomed to the New York University Tandon School of Engineering leaders from fortune 500 companies to explore a Lifelong Culture of Learning within their institutions. The NYU Tandon School of Engineering is committed to invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our fundamental way of approaching academics and research with faculty and students is to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to turn their inspiration into applications, products and services that take flight in the marketplace. NYU Tandon Enterprise Learning exposes the world’s leading companies to innovative learning technologies for their employees, allowing them to pursue fully online Master’s degrees in areas of study that not only satisfy career objectives, but also align with company goals. A Lifelong Culture of Learning explores the driving forces behind internal curriculums, the decision-making processes companies go through and partnerships they form with academia. The objective behind such a gathering was to explore student, faculty and industry activities that truly encourage a lifelong culture of learning, and one that promotes the nurturing of talent to meet ever-changing needs.
Jay VanDerwerken is Senior Managing Director of Enterprise Learning at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He collaborates with Fortune 500 executives in the strategic engagement of academia in virtual learning and development initiatives, particularly in technical areas of cybersecurity, data science, mobile, cloud and technology management.
Prior to joining NYU, he held various posts in mergers and acquisitions and technology consulting across several industries. He has consulted executive management in both private and public sectors including Fortune 500 companies, federal, state and higher education. VanDerwerken's background spans a number of industries including information technology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, transportation & logistics, manufacturing, construction and insurance.
He is engaged in corporate business activities in the United States, India, Western Europe, China, Brazil and the Middle East. VanDerwerken is an active speaker at technology conferences in the States and Europe, has delivered an international keynote address in Berlin on technology and security and has participated as moderator for one of the largest consulting forums hosted in New York showcasing global security executives. He is involved in executive roundtable discussions with Fortune 100 companies, a published author in technology and guest lecturer at the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business.
Exploration of industry areas of focus in Cybersecurity and Management of Technology, discussing needs and how to engage NYU Tandon School of Engineering. As part of the panel, a current student who is an aspiring industry leader will share experiences as a Tandon student with real world applications.
Pavlos Mourdoukoutas is the director of the master’s degree program in Management of Technology (MOT) at NYU. Long affiliated with NYU Tandon School of Engineering as an adjunct and recently named an industry professor, Dr. Mourdoukoutas brings to the flagship programs decades of experience as an economist.
Prof. Mourdoukoutas has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from Greece’s University of Piraeus, a Master’s Degree in Management and Policy from the College of Business at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Pavlos has served as an economist for the City of New York, and since 2003 he has been the senior economist and vice president of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at the tipping point between copyright, technological innovation, and modified business models. Dr. Mourdoukoutas shaped and defended ASCAP's position in numerous royalty negotiations and rate proceedings with major media conglomerates. In addition, his thinking and counsel became the blueprint for restructuring several corporate divisions. Among his other accomplishments is the development of a simplified approach to license music use for local TV stations with minimum transaction costs that has saved millions of dollars and been adopted as the industry norm.
Pavlos’s research interests include media management and economics, innovation and industry evolution, and big data in economics and management.
Tom Yang currently serves as the Vice President of Software Development at BNY Mellon. In this capacity, he is responsible for the development and customization of BNY Mellon’s CRM software, as well as its integration with other internal financial reporting systems.
Tom has over 18 years of software development experience, during which he has held various roles in e-commerce, electronics and financial services industries. Tom has led the delivery of a wide array of software solutions including electronic signature, automated workflow management, customer service application, embedded software for printers and copiers, encryption, and database publishing/replication program.
Tom has a keen interest in agile/lean development, technology strategy, and entrepreneurship. He has been trained in agile methodologies, and he holds certification in both Scrum (CSM) and project management (PMP). Tom is also a proud member of The New York Academy of Sciences. Tom is currently completing his graduate studies to earn a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. In addition, Tom has completed graduate-level coursework at the NYU Stern School of Business and he also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Stony Brook University.
Damon McCoy is an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BS in Computer Science, Damon went on to later attain his Ph. D. in computer science and has gone on to author and collaborate in many critical areas of security. Professor McCoy has been involved in educating the likes of Goldman Sachs leading discussions at their Tech Risk Forum held at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. His research interests include security and privacy, measurement, and networking.
Michael Maffattone is an Information Technology (IT) leader with over 30 years of experience in systems development, integration and operations in the trading, investment, banking and asset management businesses. During his career, he has worked at the U.S. central bank, a top macro hedge fund, the largest endowment and a leading mortgage Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). His leadership approach over the years has been to work closely with business stakeholders to identify technology options, as well as process and personnel enhancements, and then use disciplined project, data and vendor management practices to implement solutions that meet company goals.
In 2016, Michael formed MultiMix IT, a company that provides technology advisory services and solutions to financial firms.
Previously, Michael was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Annaly Capital Management, Inc., the largest publicly-traded mortgage REIT. He instituted a Buy and Build strategy there with the business leaders and his team, and within approximately three years, implemented a dozen new applications, upgraded many systems, enhanced processes and built up the technology and security infrastructure to establish a stable and flexible platform. This platform along with its people has allowed Annaly to improve its business operations, diversify asset classes, and make large strategic corporate transactions.
Prior to that, Michael was the CTO at Harvard Management Company (HMC), which manages Harvard University’s Endowment. He was at HMC almost five years, and he had overall responsibility for implementing and maintaining systems and providing technical services. With the business line managers and IT group, he implemented a People, Process and Technology strategy along with vigorous data and project management actions to handle HMC’s diverse asset classes, increase alpha, liquidity and attain efficiencies.
Before HMC, Michael was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Caxton Associates, L.L.C., one of the oldest, largest and most successful global macro hedge funds, where he had overall responsibility for IT and Facilities. Over his nine-year tenure at the firm, he and his team built up the infrastructure, and implemented many new trading, risk, operational and accounting processes and systems to help generate very good returns, better manage risks and reduce costs.
Prior to Caxton, Michael worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for over 16 years, where he held various IT management positions and directed many major projects related to securities and currency trading, cash, check and accounting. His last role at the Federal Reserve was Divisional CIO and Vice President in the Markets Group, where he was the senior IT leader responsible for implementing and maintaining vital applications for the group’s trading, monetary & fiscal policy and foreign central banking businesses.
Dale Davis Jones is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Director of Global Technical Community Development, Corporate Technical Recognition and Quality Software Engineering. In her current role in IBM Corporate Headquarters, she leads leadership training roadmaps and programs for technical IBMers and managers.
Dale has over 22 years experience in business transformation, hardware and services product design, development and solution architecture and has held several key roles in IBM including Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the IBM Global Technology Services Solution Design Center of Excellence (SDCoE) where she managed a worldwide technical sales team of over 800 architects, specialists and technical managers in the adoption of IBM's standard technical solution design method to consistently design the right technical solutions for clients. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM's Server Services product line she led the full lifecycle development of service products sold by IBM including server virtualization and managed server service offerings.
Roy Altman is Manager of HRIS Analytics and Architecture at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Previously, Roy was founder/CEO of Peopleserv, a software/services company. Over a multifaceted career, Roy has a history of delivering ROI to well-known companies in several industry sectors. Altman is the architect of multiple commercial software products. He has published extensively and has co-authored five books on Business Process Management (BPM), and published articles for IHRIM Workforce Solutions Review and The Saturday Evening Post. Altman has presented at several regional and global industry and academic conferences relating to HR and BPM. He is an adjunct instructor at NYU, and has also taught at Columbia University and Baruch College. He serves on IHRIM Workforce Solutions Review editorial committee, and is on the board of Professional Exchange of HR Solutions, where he is Director of Programs.
Jessa Kilgore is the past Chair and Founding Board Director of the Professional Exchange of HR Solutions (PEHRS). She is an industry leader with 20+ years of HR Technology contributions, currently consulting as the HRIS Practice Lead for NicemTech. Her professional articles have been published globally and she has presented at prominent HR and Technology conferences. Previously she was the Director of HR Technology for G&W Laboratories, and served in the same role for Advantage Care Physicians.
Ryan is a Senior Director at the Center for Internet (CIS), a nonprofit organization focused on improving cyber security for public and private sector entities. Ryan is responsible for identifying new opportunities to improve global cyber security and new partnerships for sharing CIS best practices and resources.
Ryan holds a Masters of Public Administration, specializing in Public Safety, a GIAC Critical Controls Certification, and a GIAC Security Leadership Certification.
While he has presented in over 20 states and travelled to nearly all 50, he particularly enjoys staying home with his family in beautiful upstate New York.
Jawanda Staber is responsible for Mastercard’s global new hire onboarding and professional development programs. Leveraging compelling narratives, creative content, employee-centered experiences, and extraordinary relationship facilitation she focuses on engaging employees at the right time, with the right content and in the right way to allow the organization and individuals to mutually benefit from fresh perspectives and experiences to help drive Mastercard’s innovation and growth.
Jawanda has over 20 years experience in human resources with focus in learning and development, employee relations, organizational management, talent management, talent acquisition and change management.
As the dean of the No. 1 corporate university in the U.S., Ken has helped steer AT&T’s people and culture through a non-stop series of major acquisitions, new business models and significant restructurings.
Selected to lead the startup university in 2007, Ken has positioned T-University as the Chairman’s platform for building leaders, driving innovation and getting results.
Named No. 1, No. 2 and No. 1 corporate university in the U.S. in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively by Chief Learning Officer Magazine, AT&T University also garnered best in class recognition for driving business performance all three years – and in 2014, was the first university inducted into CLO’s three-year Winner’s Circle.
Ken brings a breadth of knowledge and expertise to the university –having served in various leadership roles in Operations and HR throughout his career. He’s led staffing and recruiting, training and development, executive compensation, diversity, HR generalists, sales compensation, succession planning, labor relations and EEO policy teams.
Ken joined AT&T as a management trainee, where he served in several operations and staff roles. Along the way, he oversaw the consolidation of HR functions through three mega-mergers.
An Aggie marketing graduate of Texas A&M University, Ken went on to obtain his Master of Science degree in Business Management from Abilene Christian University. He is also a veteran –having served as a U.S. Army officer for two years.
Ken gives back to his community generously –as an advocate for leadership in education at the Bush Foundation, and through active support of Junior Achievement, the United Way, Young Life and several other charitable and church organizations.
Ken and his wife Kerry live in Dallas, and are blessed with four children and eight grandchildren.
Bharat Rao is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Technology Management and Innovation at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. He is currently a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the National Defense University at Fort McNair, in Washington D.C.; a Research Affiliate at the European Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Paris; and formerly an Academic Advisor at the Institute for Innovation and Information Productivity in San Francisco. He earned a Ph.D. in Marketing and Strategic Management from The University of Georgia, and received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India. Prior to joining NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly NYU Poly), he was a postdoctoral Research Associate at Harvard Business School in Boston. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Center for Advanced Learning Technologies, INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France, and an Othmer Faculty Fellow from 2002 to 2004 at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly Polytechnic University). In 1995, he was an American Marketing Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He was an External Advisor for formulating a telecommunications and economic development strategy for New York City, for the Office of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. He has also served on the panel of judges of the George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Association for Management Consulting awards.
Dr. Rao’s research has examined the impact of information and communications technologies on multiple industries including retailing, logistics and distribution, supply chain management, wireless and broadband innovation, financial services, entertainment and media. His current research focuses on the diffusion of emerging technologies, business model evolution, the role of technology in development, and global innovation strategy. His research has been published in the Communications of the ACM, European Management Journal, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Journal of Computer Mediated Communications, EM-Electronic Markets, Management Online Review, Journal of Media Management, Technology in Society, International Business Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, and in numerous conference proceedings and book chapters. He is also the author of multiple business case studies which have been published by Harvard Business School Publishing, the Institute for Technology and Enterprise, and the European Case Clearing House. His recent research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NYSTAR (New York State Science Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research), the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, and the Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Rao serves on the editorial boards of various academic journals including EM-Electronic Markets, International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, and Management Online Review. From 1998 to 2001, he was an academic advisory board member of the Harvard-Wharton Merchandising Effectiveness Project. At NYU Tandon School of Engineering, he has been part of several faculty groups including the NYU Abu Dhabi Coordinating Group for Engineering, and the Online Learning Faculty Oversight Board at NYU Tandon Online.
Dr. Rao has been an invited speaker at industry and academic events in the US, Europe, India, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates, and has taught in graduate and executive management programs at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Harvard Business School, INSEAD, State University of New York (SUNY), Tufts University, and the SP Jain Center of Management. He is also a Founding Member of GlobDev, a special interest group on ICT and global development at the Association for Information Systems.
Christopher Cavanagh is a Principal Program Manager in the New Energy Solutions team at National Grid and is responsible for developing programs to modernize Nationals Grid’s US natural gas distribution services. He was recently responsible for implementing a process for the development of new electric and gas technologies for customers to support National Grid’s goals. Mr. Cavanagh has twenty nine years experience in product development at National Grid and its predecessor companies. Mr. Cavanagh previously managed research programs in the areas of alternative fuel vehicles, advanced heating & cooling and distributed generation, including fuel cells. Mr. Cavanagh was a senior engineer with the New York architect-engineering firm, Gibbs & Hill. Mr. Cavanagh is a licensed professional engineer and a Member of the American Society of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineers and has been a mentor and judge in the CleanTech Open and Powerbridge NY programs. Mr. Cavanagh is a graduate of Brooklyn Tech HS and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Cooper Union, an MS from Polytechnic University and an MBA from Dowling College. Mr. Cavanagh resides in Hazlet, NJ where he recently served as Chairman of Open Space Advisory Council and the Planning Board and an environmental commissioner. Mr. Cavanagh has also helped develop a STEM program for NYC Middle School students considering Brooklyn Tech HS and is the head state judge and Assistant Problem Captain in NJ for the structure problem in the annual international Odyssey of the Mind competitions for school age children and a regular judge at the NYC FIRST Robotics Competition.
In Panel 1, a theme on the culture of learning in the areas of Cybersecurity and Management of Technology was discussed. Professor Damon McCoy at NYU Tandon School of Engineering voiced his students’ experiences going on job interviews sharing how risk analysis is something the industry is missing and that academia must continue to work with industry to remain current with market place needs.
Tom Yang, Vice President in Wealth Management at BNY Mellon, emphasized a need for having the ability to work well on a cross-functional team and Mike Maffattone, CTO at Annaly Capital Management, shared how he’s seeing the popularity of machine learning first hand at his company that actively looks for candidates with firewall knowledge.
Professor Pavlos Mourdoukoutas at NYU Tandon School of Engineering informed the audience that critical thinking, leadership and communication are key areas the Management of Technology Master’s Degree program focuses on to prepare students for industry.
The theme of Panel 2 introduced the education matrix, where companies consider the how’s and why’s while looking towards academia to provide their internal learning needs. Roy Altman, Manager of HRIS Analytics and Architecture at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, expressed how industry would love to have the research that academia brings to the table and that to do research you need education in big data.
Ryan Spelman, the Senior Director of Business Development for the Center for Internet Security, shared his thoughts on the consideration a master’s degree is given and recommended to those looking for a promotion that having a master’s degree will garner preferential treatment. Dale Davis Jones, Distinguished Engineer at IBM, enlightened the audience with the challenge for academia to build change agents in its degree programs. She further articulated IBM’s position to understand how targeting learning is tied to how people learn and that programs such as predictive analytics and cognitive accessibility are areas of internal focus.
Jessa Kilgore, Board of Directors at the Professional Exchange for Human Resource Solutions (PEHRS) suggested that a background in analytics will be greatly beneficial to students.
In Panel 3, the theme provided an educational spin on innovation discussing employee engagement. Fostering an analytical look at innovation in the workplace and engagement among employees, Moderator Jay VanDerwerken kicked off the conversation with Ken Fenoglio, President at AT&T University, who shared how engagement is important and that employees need to have the ability to understand what’s available to senior-level management and how he deemed the vocabulary of business putting things in terms of a story. Fenoglio also expressed that the invasion of technology into human resources is something that needs to happen.
Christopher Cavanagh, Principal Program Manager for New Energy Solutions at National Grid, recommended looking at both the training and the professional side of the operation further stating that the management function is quite broad and employees must be empowered to make decisions.
Jawanda Staber, Senior Director of Global Talent Development & Organizational Effectiveness at MasterCard, elaborated on the entrepreneurial culture at MasterCard and how from a learning perspective, employees should be challenged to go out and explore for themselves, leveraging external content for internal needs. She added that employees at MasterCard are given the opportunity to participate in idea sessions.
Professor Bharat Rao, Chair of the Technology Management Department at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, articulated on how student profiles are so diverse and stressed the importance of investing resources in improving communication skills.
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