John Paul Cleveland, Director, came to NYU-Poly in September 2012. Prior to coming to Poly, John Paul was the Director of the Tutoring Center at Pace University at the lower Manhattan campus. He obtained a bachelors degree in Religion from Florida Southern College, a masters degree in Theology from Duke University, and a second masters degree in Philosophy from the University of South Florida. In addition to directing the activities of the PTC, John Paul spends a lot of time thinking about best practices in tutorial delivery, and in the classroom, he teaches philosophy and ethics courses. In his free time, John Paul is an avid runner and has run the NYC Marathon seven years now and counting.
Dina Cruz-Cadiz, Program Coordinator for Undergraduate Academics, serves four different departments: General Engineering, General Studies, PTC, and Undergraduate Academics in providing assistance with payroll, HR, business office, and other administrative functions. She came from the beautiful islands of the Philippines. She loves interacting with people and enjoys learning about their different cultures. During her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, Broadway shows, and has a passion for cooking and baking. She graduated in 2013 in the Master’s of Science Program in Organizational Behavior.
Aman Ali, Computer Science Tutor, is a BS/MS student studying Computer Engineering as undergraduate and Computer Science as a graduate student. He's always willing to help explain and feels he does this best at the PTC. He enjoys drawing and watching television in his free time.
Farihah Begum, Computer Science Tutor, is an undergraduate studying Mechanical Engineering at NYU Poly. She loves dance,food and robots. She also loves to teach others especially at the PTC when she helps people understand how to use MATLAB.
Daniel Berkowitz, Physics Tutor and Co-Team Leader, is a junior Physics major and hopes to one day get his Ph.D. in physics. Besides physics, Daniel, likes to play videos games like Rome Total War, and he is an avid snowboarder. One of his favorite places to go to snowboarding is Hunter Mountain.
Elvin Feng, Computer Science Tutor, is a senior currently doing a BS/MS major in Chemical Engineering. During his free time, he likes to watch television or go to the gym. Other than that, he is pretty laid back and relaxed, trying to keep a stress-free life.
Vincent Fong, Computer Science Tutor, is an undergraduate studying Computer Science. He has an addiction to watching television shows, and he's not afraid to admit it. If you name a television show on TV right now, it’s more than likely that he has seen it. Not only is Vincent addicted to television shows but also food. He is a big eater, always venturing out to the city and finding new food places. Vincent dreams of one day traveling the world and eating all sorts of foods from different cultures.
James Forbes, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering and planning on minoring in both Computer Science and Aerospace. His hobbies include (but are not limited to) video games, snowboarding, and archery. He's always willing to help out (even if it isn't about MATLAB) and loves working as a tutor. His goals for the future include starting his own business and eventually world domination.
Abe Gellis, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior studying Computer Science, planning to specialize in Game Design and Development. He prefers working through examples for both tutoring and his own studies. Outside of the PTC, he can usually be found online gaming.
Eitan Goldberger, Computer Science Tutor, is a BS student studying Computer Engineering. He enjoys computer programming and likes explaining the logic involved in creating programs. In his spare time, he enjoys piano, singing, playing tennis, and watching sports. You can talk to him about TV shows at any time.
Sasha Haran, Chemistry Tutor and Co-Team Leader, is a junior studying biomolecular sciences. She loves to help out wherever and whoever she can, especially if it's for chemistry. When she graduates, she hopes to go to medical school and eventually become a pediatrician.
Fahd Iqbal, Physics Tutor,is a senior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Originally from Pakistan, he was born and raised in Abu Dhabi. Some of Fahd's many interests are running, skiing, chess, and physics. He also runs for the NYU-Poly cross country team.
Niloufar Khavari, Physics Tutor, is a physics major in her senior year. She transferred from Iran in the spring 2012. Niloufar loves physics and art. Her hobby is photography, especially astrophotography.
Stephen Luk, Computer Science Tutor, is currently a junior, majoring in Computer Science. Helping others is one of his passions; if anyone asks for his help, he will try his best to provide assistance. When he's not studying or completing an assignment for a class, Stephen enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.
Jesse Manor, Physics Tutor and Co-Team Leader, is a junior majoring in physics and mathematics as well as minoring in finance. Jesse grew up on Long Island with his two bothers, Jeremy and Jordan, and his two dogs, Jolie and Nutella.
Valmiki Ramroop, Chemistry Tutor, is an approachable sophomore pursuing chemical engineering. A self-imposed question he plans to answer is to why image of the universe looks like the image of a brain cell. He enjoys kayaking, travelling, archery, and sky-gazing (day and night). He hopes to work in the energy industry after graduation. When he’s not soaking up the Caribbean sunshine at the beach, he’s playing piano, tennis or badminton.
Alex Scott, Computer Science Tutor and Team Leader, is an Honors BS/MS student studying Computer Science. He is always eager to explain concepts to students new to programming, and takes pride in helping them get through difficult problems. Originally from England, he likes to spend his limited free time exploring New York City and the East Coast. Alex is an avid soccer fan, and enjoys cracking jokes.
Lev Shpits, Chemisrty Tutor and Co-Team Leader, is a junior studying Biomolecular Sciences. Lev enjoys playing chess and swimming in his free time. After completing undergraduate studies he hopes to further his education and eventually work in the medical field.
Devon Simmons, Computer Science Tutor, is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and managing his own website. At home, he assists his mother in raising two toddlers and preteens -- babysitting, aiding them with homework, and even changing diapers.
Nima Simon, Chemistry Tutor, is an undergraduate studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She plans on minoring in Nuclear Science and hopes to work in the nuclear energy field after graduating. Besides tutoring students in chemistry, she enjoys choreographing and performing Indian dances, travelling, and learning new languages.
Kshitij Sood, Physics Tutor, is an undergraduate Physics major, and plans to pursue a career in theoretical physics. In his free time, he enjoys playing a variety of sports such as basketball, soccer, and badminton. Kshitij is an avid fan of European soccer. He also hopes to earn a Personal Trainer (Health and Fitness) accreditation in the near future
Eugene Stolberg, Computer Science Tutor and Team Leader, is a MatLab tutor and a senior in Civil Engineering. He's willing to help those who are willing to learn and enjoys three dimensional projects and concepts.
Elizabeth Syso, Computer Science Tutor, is an Honors undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. Originally from Westchester, Elizabeth now lives in Brooklyn, and loves exploring the city. In her free time, she enjoys drawing and reading. In the future, Elizabeth hopes to become involved in the actuarial sciences.
Ripon Talukder, Physics Tutor, is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. Ripon likes to read books and newspapers.
Benson Tsai, Computer Science Tutor, is an honors sophomore majoring in computer science. Born in New Jersey, Benson spent most of his life growing up in Taiwan and China, but spent every summer in New York City prior to attending Poly. Benson is a huge aviation and subway enthusiast, and you will not be able to get him to stop talking about his lifetime hobby.
Anthony Walls, Computer Science Tutor, is a junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Poly. He loves being busy: He is taking an extra class, playing volleyball, and tutoring MATLAB on top of his normal class schedule. Anthony loves music, sports, but most of all, designing and building stuff. Working in prototyping and product design is truly his calling.
Subject Team Leaders
Chemistry - Sasha Haran and Lev Shpits
Computer Science - Alex Scott and Eugene Stolberg
Physics - Daniel Berkowitz and Jesse Manor
Mara Goodman has a background in speech and language pathology, and literacy as well as theater. For the past 5 years she has been teaching ESOL here in New York. She enjoys learning new languages. Mara is also a singer of classical and folk music and songs of peace and justice, both on her own and with her a cappella group, Harmonic Insurgence. Her choice to join us at NYU-Poly reflects her desire to work closely with students to help them express their own opinions and feelings.
Aimee Herman is deeply in love with semi-colons and poetics. She teaches English composition and Literature at two colleges in the Bronx and thoroughly enjoys reading, writing and playing her ukelele.
Christopher Iverson earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Hunter College and his Master’s studying German History and Judaic Studies at NYU. He studies the teaching of Writing and Rhetoric at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and tutors in their Writing Center as well. Christopher lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son, and he is grateful that they let him do so.
Elliot Markson was born in the Bronx and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, where he majored in biology and loved physics. Elliot got his B.A. from the City College of New York. He then wrote advertising copy for Prentice-Hall Publishers, Paterson & Lawrence, and other agencies, winning awards for his print ads and TV commercials. Elliot went on to earn his M.S. at Brooklyn College and taught science in New York City public schools for 14 years. At the Writing Center, Elliot specializes in EG Lab Reports as well as Humanities assignments. He rides his bicycle daily to and from NYU-Poly and does the 5-Boro Bike Tour, the NY Century, the Tour de Bronx, and Tour de Brooklyn.
Fischer Sherin is from a very rural area in Maine, and attended a college in Arizona where he studied history and queer theory. He now lives in Brooklyn where he works both at a cafe in Clinton Hill, and at the Writing Center of the PTC. He very much appreciates the opportunity to be working with people in any kind of educational environment. In Fischer's spare time he tries his hardest to be a part of all the art and political work that happens in this incredible city.
Timothy Sullivan has worked at the Writing Center intermittently over the course the past 6 years. He is a big fan of compound sentences, and enjoys using them whenever possible. When he is not using compound sentences, he can be found out on the town with his best friend, Semicolon; they enjoy watching squirrels in Prospect Park, feeding rats by the Gowanus Canal, and throwing gerunds off the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to his duties at the Writing Center and his exploits with Semicolon, Tim spends a great deal of time driving a large white van from here to there; occasionally, he will stop at a night-club to play some songs.
Sree Ram Mattey, Graduate Assistant, is a masters student in Electrical Engineering. He is ambitious to see himself as a network engineer as soon as he graduates. Sree Ram is a big fan of watching cricket. He has a cool mind, and being happy is his attitude. Sree Ram likes helping people and loves to hang out with friends.
Keil Thomas is a sophomore in Biomolecular Science. When he's not busy with school work, Keil enjoys going out and exploring the city. After he finishes his undergraduate degree he hopes to go to medical school and be a doctor.
Cierra Washington is a sophomore Physics student with aspirations towards working in energy research and development, and obtaining a PhD. As a lover of music, she also enjoys playing guitar, piano, percussion, singing, and writing songs in her free time.