CAMPUS Mentoring Program
The College of Engineering & Computing Sciences (CoECS) introduces its first-ever CAMPUS Mentoring Program: CAREER MENTORING for POST UNIVERSITY SUCCESS. This program serves to provide the benefit of mentorship within the CoECS community, promoting healthy dialogue and guidance from experienced professionals among our alumni and friends within the community.
Why have a mentor?
Mentorship is a valuable addition to personal and professional growth. A mentor can offer unique, unbiased constructive criticism, and words of encouragement towards many of your career-related concerns. They are a resource as you navigate the great unknowns of life beyond New York Tech.
Students of all majors within the CoECS of any age can benefit from a mentor.
Here are some examples of what to ask a mentor:
- I could use a vision for engineering and computer science careers. There were so few role models in the culture and none within my family. What are some of the career options I may have beyond just a job title? What would I be doing day today? What is the work environment like?
- What is the pay scale like in engineering and computer science? What might I expect upon graduation? How will my compensation grow?
- Is there security in this career? Is there a future for me personally or in the career itself?
- I could use some help with my self-confidence in school and in pursuing a job. Can a mentor help me be more confident and ready to take on the challenge?
- What do you like about working in the field? Are you happy with what you do on a normal day? Where do you get satisfaction?
- I am struggling through really hard classes. Was it always like this? How do I deal with stress? I could use some encouragement.
- I don’t know how to go about finding an internship. I would love the chance to see folks in engineering and computer science at work firsthand and could use a little extra money while in school. Can a mentor help me either directly or indirectly find an internship?
- I am getting close to graduation. When should I start looking for a job? Can I get help preparing a resume and preparing for interviews? Can a mentor help me find opportunities either directly or indirectly?
- I am starting to get offers for employment. How do I handle salary discussions? How do I compare the various offers? What should I be looking for besides direct compensation?
- I have landed my first job in engineering or computer science related fields. What can I do to help improve my chances of succeeding in my company? What does success look like? Should I look to excel technically or should I work towards morphing my career into direct management or another adjacent role?
Deadline: March 18, 2022
If you have any questions regarding the program, please email the CoECS Student Engagement Coordinator, Sarah Hessasta (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet the Mentors
We welcome three accomplished leaders in their fields to serve as our first mentors of the program.
Soyeb Barot, Research Analyst, Gartner
Soyeb Barot is a research analyst at Gartner, responsible for covering Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning, and AI topics in his current role. He earned his Master's Degree in Computer Science from New York Tech back in 2005. He has led enterprise data management and Data Science teams in the past providing deep technical expertise, and leadership, within the insurance, banking, retail, media, and information system domains. He specializes in building roadmaps for analytical and AI strategies, working with academics and technology organizations to bring ML, NLP, and AI solutions to the broader industry. Soyeb has been a speaker at various industry conferences and plays a pivotal role in building future-state architectures and digital transformation initiatives for Fortune 100 enterprises globally
Mitchell Maiman, President, Intelligent Product Solutions
Mitch, Co-Founder of IPS, has more than 40 years of experience in successful product development. As President and co-founder of IPS, Mitch along with his partner, Paul Severino, have built a large, multi-functional product development team serving many tier-one clients including Zebra Technologies, Google, Verizon, Tyco, Leviton, Anheuser Busch, L3 Communications, PepsiCo, Steinway, and Becton Dickinson as well as numerous smaller clients. Mitch's present role followed a long, successful career at Symbol Technologies where Mitch served as Vice President of Engineering running engineering for a large, highly profitable business unit as well as an Advanced Development organization.
Prior to Symbol Technologies, Mitch spent his career in commercial, industrial, consumer, and defense product manufacturing companies including NCR and United Technologies. He has a plethora of US and international patents around his innovative work over his career. Mitch holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in NY as well as an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Hofstra University.
Currently, Mitch is active in helping develop the local economy through roles with Stony Brook University, Launchpad, New York Institute of Technology, the Long Island High Tech Incubator, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
Philip Cicciariello is a passionate and dedicated engineer with experience in a wide range of applications, both technical and support-related. Driven to continue his growth in the DevOps realm and bring a security/best practice mindset. Knowledge in Azure pipelines, AWS console, Python, and my problem-solving mindset, looking to help those develop their skills sets in this area or entering the engineering field.
Jacqueline Mason, IT Leader, IT Service Management Expert
Jacqueline Mason is a seasoned technology professional with over 25 years (of) experience in the financial industry. Currently, Jacqueline is a Vice President at Morgan Stanley in Enterprise Technology Services, End User Technology division. In her role, Jacqueline is responsible for driving the strategic agendas of End User Technology and Operations, with a focus on transitioning and adopting Agile methodologies to deliver products and services on a global scale. As such Jacqueline partners with all areas of the organization to support the division initiatives, and ultimately is a key contributor in delivering the end-state operating model for EUT. In addition, Jacqueline is committed to giving back and serves as a mentor, supporting and advocating for the development and advancement of employees, as well as youths in her community and high school students in underserved communities. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she worked at Citi as Senior Vice President in various global roles in Infrastructure Technology, Salomon Smith Barney, and Salomon Brothers. Jacqueline is a graduate of NYIT, holds a degree in Computer Science. She is a member of the Standing Committee of the Long Island Diocese of the Episcopal Church; she resides on Long Island with her husband and 2 daughters.