Partners Conference

Hosted by Enterprise Learning

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Partners Conference 2016

Overview: Tandon Partners Conference 2016

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

Tandon Partners Conference Summary - October 6, 2016

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.




Event Speakers (Click to display)


Jay VanDerwerken

Senior Managing Director, Enterprise Learning

NYU Tandon School of Engineering


Panel 1: A Culture of Learning: Cybersecurity & Management of Technology

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.

Prof. Pavlos Mourdoukoutas

Management of Technology Academic Director

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Tom Yang

Vice President, Wealth Management

BNY Mellon

Prof. Damon McCoy

Assistant Professor Computer Science & Engineering

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Mike Maffattone


Annaly Capital Management


Panel 2: The Education Matrix: Choosing Academia, the How & Why

As companies look for academic collaboration, NYU Tandon explores ideas on how to enroll talent and engage employees in learning.

Dale Davis Jones

Distinguished Engineer: Director North America Architects- GTS


Roy Altman

Manager of HRIS Analytics and Architecture

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jessa Kilgore

Board of Directors

Professional Exchange Human Resource Solutions (PEHRS)

Ryan Spelman

Senior Director Business Development Center for Internet Security



Panel 3: Innovation in Education: Employee Engagement

Discussion of best practices in innovation.

Jawanda Staber

Senior Director, Global Talent Development & Organizational Effectiveness


Ken Fenoglio


AT&T University, AT&T Inc.

Bharat Rao

Management of Technology Chair

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Christopher Cavanagh, PE

Principal Program Manager – New Energy Solutions

National Grid

Highlights: Partners Conference 2016

Panel 1: A Culture of Learning: Cybersecurity & Management of Technology

Jay VanDerwerken (Moderator, NYU), Prof. Pavlos Mourdoukoutas (NYU), Tom Yang (BNY Mellon), Prof. Damon McCoy (NYU), Mike Maffattone (Annaly Capital Management)


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.

Panel 2: The Education Matrix: Choosing Academia, the How & Why

Jay VanDerwerken (Moderator, NYU), Dale Davis Jones (IBM), Roy Altman (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Jessa Kilgore (Professional Exchange Human Resource Solutions (PEHRS), Ryan Spelman (Center for Internet Security (CIS) and GSLC)


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.

Panel 3: Innovation in Education: Employee Engagement

Jay VanDerwerken (Moderator, NYU), Jawanda Staber (MasterCard), Ken Fenoglio (AT&T University, AT&T Inc.), Bharat Rao (NYU), Christopher Cavanagh (National Grid)


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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NYU Tandon Online

NYU Tandon School of Engineering is one of the nation’s most respected schools of engineering, applied sciences, management and technology. Now, NYU Tandon Online (formerly NYU-ePoly) offers the opportunity to earn an advanced graduate degree or certificate fully online. Accessing the Internet has never been easier, faster, or more economical, making it possible to take graduate classes with NYU Tandon School of Engineering wherever and whenever you like — at work, at home, from 35,000 feet as you fly to meet a client or return from a hard-earned vacation.

NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly known as NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering) dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn. For more information, visit

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