The Alumni Association is governed by an International Board of Directors consisting of 12 directors, plus the President of the Alumni Association who serves as chair of the board. Members of the International Board of Directors are recommended by the Nominating Committee, and are intended to represent the global and other demographic characteristics of the alumni.
Executive Board Members (Officers)
Executive Board Members (Officers)
Effective through June 30, 2014
Mr. Gerald Dawes assumed the position of Director, Government Liaison, for the Construction Management department at Con Edison. In this position, Mr. Dawes is responsible for managing all aspects of Con Edison’s relationship with the New York City and New York State Department of Transportation – NYCDOT and NYSDOT.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Dawes held the position of Con Edison Executive on-loan to the American Gas Association (AGA), where he worked with the Operations and Engineering staff of the AGA on a wide range of federal and regional natural gas related initiatives. Previously, Mr. Dawes was the General Manager of the Queens Gas Operations department for Con Edison. In this capacity, he was responsible for directing the operation and maintenance of the company’s gas distribution system in the borough of Queens. He also previously held various positions of increasing responsibility in several departments within Con Edison including: Corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S); Distribution Engineering; Customer Service; Energy Management; Electric Operations, and Electric Planning. He has also served as an Assistant to the Chairman of Con Edison.
Throughout his professional career, Mr. Dawes has been recognized by various organizations for his outstanding company and community work. For example, he has been the recipient of Con Edison’s highest honor – the “Living Our Values” (LOV) award; and he has also received the Con Edison/YMCA “Black Achiever of the Year” award. He is an active member of the New York chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE – NYMAC) where he previously served as President and currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Board. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for AABE (where he chairs the National Scholarship Committee) and is a Trustee with Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly). Mr. Dawes holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York. He has attended advanced professional programs offered by organizations such as the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), General Electric (GE), Power Technologies Incorporated (PTI), and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also participates as a volunteer with the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) and, he performs community service work with an organization called New York City FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) – an organization that encourages high school students to pursue math, engineering and science careers.
Leonard P. Singh joined Consolidated Edison Company of NY Inc. in 1991 as a management intern. Leonard is currently general manager, Manhattan Gas Operations. Mr. Singh’s previous positions include general manager Bronx Gas Operations, section manager Manhattan Electric Construction, section manager, Astoria Operations in Central Field Services; section manager, Queens Gas Construction; and operating supervisor, engineer, chief construction inspector in Steam Operations.
Mr. Singh holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University, and completed the Siemens Power Technologies International Distribution Engineering course in 2007 and the Registered Gas Distribution Professional Certification Program in 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors for The Salvadori Center and the McBurney YMCA. He sits on the Building and Property Committee of the YMCA of Greater NY.
Christopher Clinton graduated from NYU-Poly in 2009 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While attending Poly he served on the Student Council as VP of Student Organizations and later as President. Since graduating he has been an active member of the Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association, serving on committees, as Secretary, and most recently as Treasurer. He currently works as a Communications Specialist for the MTA for a major Subway project. Previously, he worked as a Commissioning Engineer for Siemens. Mr. Clinton is dedicated and passionate about seeing his Alma Mater prosper.
Neil Weiser is a former software engineer and project manager who now focuses on investments. In his thirty-plus year technology career, Neil has worked at Silicon Valley tech companies (Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, ROLM Telecommunications, Excite@Home), and in the papermaking/packaging industry (Continental Can, Weyerhaeuser).
Starting out in the early days of minicomputer-based distributed processing, Neil developed and supported custom business software that automated previously manual processes at paper mills and converting plants making industrial packaging products throughout the US. In the 1980’s, Neil managed a development team designing early-generation “addressable” systems and software to remotely control set-top cable-TV boxes. Every major cable and satellite provider uses current generations of that same technology.
Neil also managed the buildout of the @Home broadband network (now part of Comcast) in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest states, which at the time was the pioneer in developing always-on, high-speed Internet connectivity to cable TV subscribers. Tens of millions of Internet users today can trace their broadband service back to that “dot-com era” infrastructure buildout that Neil and his colleagues spearheaded.
Since joining the PIAA International Board of Directors in 2007, Neil has chaired the Audit Committee, and now chairs the Bylaws Committee. He has also participated in the team that evaluated affinity credit card providers and negotiated to bring the UMB Visa card program to alumni. He also is the sole PIAA director residing on the West Coast (near San Francisco and Silicon Valley), where he has been involved in the Northern California alumni chapter for over 20 years, and brings an alternate geographical perspective to the issues that come before the PIAA leadership. He also brings a slightly warped sense of humor to the otherwise-serious deliberations of the PIAA.
Eric Levenstein is a Computer Engineer for the Department of Defense and performs both technical and business activities. He actively uses the knowledge and skills he learned at Poly as both a student and member of multiple clubs and committees. He continues to be involved in Poly events and, as an Alumnus, tries to be a great representative for the school in his work and personal life.
International Board of Directors
Jose Garcia was one of the masses of peopled who believed the myth that graduating from college would lead to a life of abundant opportunity. In the middle of the pursuit, he discovered the story is not that simple. Jose vows to find a way to restore the lost promise. On the journey, Jose is collecting friends, founded a profession called Human Resource Engineering (HR Engineer), investigated professional associations like Toastmasters and discovered many role models. Jose seeks to push beyond his limits to achieve his professional goal of becoming a Super Executive, a corporate decision maker who holds positions in 2 or more distinct divisions or companies with love overlap; and achieve the impact of a Mega-Leader, a decision maker who decisions affect industries. Jose hopes are to combine these powers to disrupt the world of higher education so that future college students do no have to suffer the effects of not learning the fine print of college education. Will Jose achieve the resourcefulness and dexterity of Sir Richard Branson and the innovative spirit and impact of Jack Welsh, but in Higher Education? Jose’s response is “Only God knows, but if my fellow friends join me in my quest, I am much more likely to succeed!” It’s amazing what a group of people united by a cause can accomplish.
Charles J. Hinkaty has retired as President and CEO of Del Laboratories Inc. (DLI), a manufacturer of a variety of cosmetics, beauty products and pharmaceuticals. DLI Holding Corp. (an affiliate of Kelso & Company) acquired the firm in January 2005. Mr. Hinkaty presently serves as a board director for Sterling InfoSystems, Inc., W.F. Young, Inc., Lornamead, Ltd., Prestige Brands Holdings and Physicians Formula Holdings, Inc. Prior to Del Labs, Mr. Hinkaty was Vice President at Citibank and Director of Marketing for Bristol Myers. He began his career at Procter and Gamble. He has also served as Polytechnic Alumni Association President, as well as Chairman of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the trade association representing the OTC pharmaceutical industry. He received both his B.S. and M.S. in math from Polytechnic University in 1970 and 1972 respectively.
As a young immigrant to the US and part of the strong diversity tradition of NYU-Poly I am grateful for the solid education I was able to get at NYU-Poly’s evening school. I have been active in Alumni Affairs since graduation and have been passionately involved in many of the significant changes Poly went through in the past 45 years. My career combined engineering and finance. I did economic research at the United Nations, worked at a major engineering design/construction firm, was an investment banker on Wall Street, ran an investment casting foundry manufacturing aircraft parts, owned a cabinet manufacturing company, and currently own Fontana International Corp. which represents technology companies in the tri-state area.
I am very excited by the positive atmosphere that has surrounded the merger with NYU and would like to contribute to the celebration of its unique diversity and promote its technological recognition in these challenging times. Frank currently serves as a member of the PIAA's Executive Council.
Edward Sawchuk received two degrees at Polytechnic – his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering ’76 and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering ’78. He became a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York in 1983, and went on to earn a law degree from Brooklyn Law School (JD ’85).
David graduated from Poly's Unified Honors Program with both a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and an MS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science. He was active in student government, photo editor of the school newspaper, and president of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. During his 4 years at Poly, he wrote simulation software to help teach high school students various topics in science and engineering, a project funded by the National Science Foundation.
After graduation, he began a 24 year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories (now Lucent Technologies). During this time, David led the team which created the first DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) product in the early 1980s and deployed it worldwide.
He left AT&T/Lucent in 1996 to start his own DSL company, which was subsequently acquired by Cabletron, then a component of the S&P 500.
After Cabletron, David joined BAMnet Corporation as CEO. Initially a dial-up Internet Service Provider, BAMnet now provides large-scale outdoor wireless broadband Internet service (WiFi) to campuses, hotel chains, and small towns.