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Robert Amundsen

Dr. Robert N. Amundsen is the Director of the M.S. in Energy Management program at NYIT.  He is the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers, and he is a Distributed Generation Certified Professional. He earned his undergraduate degrees in physics and engineering at the University of Rochester, and his Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Amundsen is a past recipient of the Environmental Educator of the Year award. His professional society memberships include the Cogeneration Institute, and the Environmental Engineers & Managers Institute.



Greg Banhazl is currently Director of Business Development and special projects for NYIT. He has over 25 years experience with alternate energy solutions, energy management, efficient power plant fuel strategies and contracts in the independent electric generation sector. Greg led Business Development for Cogenic Energy Systems, a packaged cogeneration company at the forefront of the on-site distributed energy industry in the early 80’s,  co-founded a natural gas marketing firm on Long Island, and as Vice President at Sithe Energies, he structured more than 40 long-term natural gas pipeline and supply contracts ($3 billion) for energy efficient power plants here in the U.S. and for several international projects in Australia, Colombia, and India. Greg is presently involved in the development of NYIT’s Graduate Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, which as part of its charter, will teach, research, and develop energy efficient alternatives that reduce C02 emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels. Greg graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Geology. He received a Masters degree in Earth Sciences and completed a Certificate program in Energy management from Adelphi University.


Michelle Bertomen

Michele Bertomen is an Associate Professor at NYIT School of Architecture and Design. She is a Registered Architect in New York State, has practiced Architecture in New York City for twenty five years and is a founding member of Brooklyn Architects Collective.  She was the principal investigator for NYIT’s Solar Decathlon 2005 where NYIT, in collaboration with the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, developed America’s first solar hydrogen home. Bertomen received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and studied at the Architectural Association in London, UK.


Paul Kutasovic

Paul R. Kutasovic received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Economics from Rutgers University and his B.S. from Seton Hall University and is a CFA charterholder.

Dr. Kutasovic is Associate Professor of Economics at the New York Institute of Technology and is the Director of the Undergraduate program at the Old Westbury campus.  He regularly teaches courses in the area of economics and finance at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  His areas of expertise include: macroeconomic and regional economic forecasting, public finance and investment and financial analysis.

Besides his academic duties, Dr. Kutasovic is active as a consultant to government and business. Currently, he is a consultant to Thomas Conoscenti & Associates, a firm specializing in regional economic analysis and municipal finance and the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles.  In other consulting jobs, Dr. Kutasovic has been a consultant to AT&T, Fitch Investor Service, Eleonomics, Merrill Lynch, Nassau County, New Japan Securities Company, New York State Association of Counties, Suffolk County and the Long Island Forum of Technology (LIFT) TECHCAP project.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Kutasovic was Vice President and Economist at First Pennsylvania Bank, and Manager of Forecasting at AT&T.  At First Pennsylvania, he developed the bank's macroeconomic forecast as well as forecasts for the regional Philadelphia economy.  At AT&T, he developed national and regional forecasting and financial models for Private Line phone demand. 

He has regularly been quoted in the press and his comments have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Long Island Business, Business Week, Industry Week, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Sarah Meyland

Sarah Meyland is the Co-Director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Economics at NYIT.  She is also an Associate Professor in the Master’s Program in Environmental Technology in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.  In 2006, Ms. Meyland was named the Director of the Center for Water Resources Management at NYIT. 

Ms. Meyland’s special area of expertise is water and groundwater issues.  In New York, she has served in a number of positions both inside and outside of government.  Ms. Meyland has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to groundwater protection, water management, environmental policy, and environmental planning.  Her efforts also include the development of several important state laws to protection Long Island’s groundwater.  She has served on numerous advisory boards at the local, state and federal level concerned with groundwater and water resources, environmental quality, public health and national security.

Ms. Meyland’s educational background includes Bachelor’s degrees in English (Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro), Geological Oceanography (Humboldt State Univ., California), Marine Biology (Humboldt State Univ., California);  an M.S. in Water Resource Management (Texas A&M), and a J.D. (St. Johns Univ. School of Law, New York). 

Ms. Meyland is a licensed attorney in New York State.


Jeffrey S. Morosoff

Jeffrey S. Morosoff is director of foundation and corporate relations for New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where he previously headed the alumni and government relations offices. He worked as a radio broadcaster while earning his bachelor's degree in communication arts from NYIT in 1983, and that same year joined Cablevision's public affairs department. For the next 15 years, Morosoff was a public relations professional, first at the Long Island Association as director of special projects, and then with the Town of Babylon as executive assistant and spokesman for Town Supervisors Arthur Pitts and Richard Schaffer. He left government in 1993 to work as a consultant, and joined NYIT in 1998.

Morosoff has served as president of the not-for-profit Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) from 1995-97 and 2006-07. He received the International Association of Business Communicators ďAchievement in Communications Award in 2000.

Earning his masterís degree at NYIT in 2001, Morosoff teaches courses in public relations, radio production and media at NYIT. He is a radio newscaster part-time and continues to serve on the boards of PRPLI and the Long Island Higher Education Communicators (LIHEC), which he co-founded.

Jeff Morosoff has four children and lives in Amityville, N.Y.


Larry Silverstein

Dr. Laurence Silverstein is an Associate Professor of Physics at the New York Institute of Technology, and an affiliate of NYIT’s  Center for Energy, Environment, and Economics. His past research interests have included microwave-frequency electro-optical modulators, laser modulation of electron beams in thin films, and optical interferometry. During the past decade he has become increasingly concerned with the accumulating and convincing evidence for fossil-fuel enhanced global warming, and resulting climate change. He has studied the intersection of these issues with emerging indications that Hubbert’s peak, as applied to production of oil and natural gas, is now (or very soon will be) upon us.   In response to these converging global emergencies, and the urgent need to conduct an informed public discourse about them, he has collaborated with NYIT Faculty colleagues in the Schools of Engineering and Computer Science, Architecture, Management, and in the College of Arts and Sciences, to initiate an annual series of “Energy Shock” Conferences. These forums are designed to address the issues and discuss remedies and alternatives concerning our current trajectory of energy resource development, consumption and management.







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