Our History: Roots of Greatness

NYU Tandon's long history of world-changing engineering

山东体彩11选5开奖结果We were founded in 1854 as Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, best known as Brooklyn Poly. In 2014 an official merger was completed with NYU — a momentous event that brought the discipline of engineering back to the university for the first time since the closing of NYU's iconic University Heights campus, home to the School of Engineering and Science, four decades earlier. The following year we became the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. But no matter what name we’ve gone by, one thing has always remained the same: our promise to harness the power of science and technology for the sake of a better society. 

Book Cover for Polytechnic University Changing the World

Polytechnic University
Changing the World: The First 150 Years

by Jeffery L. Rodengen

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The 19th Century


The Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute is founded.


Robert G. Brown (1868) revolutionized communication by combining the receiver and mouthpiece of the phone.

Robert Brown


James J. Wood (1879) was responsible for the machinery that produced the distinctive cables of the Brooklyn Bridge. Arthur V. Abbott (1875) invented the coupling system for the bridge’s cables and a testing machine for the materials used in the construction.

Brooklyn Bridge


Renamed the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

Polytechnic Brooklyn 1889


山东体彩11选5开奖结果The U.S. Navy began using searchlights developed by Edward R. Knowles (1870)

The 20th Century


山东体彩11选5开奖结果The first woman, Anna Erdmann, received a Bachelor's degree from Polytechnic

Charles Ranlett Flint


山东体彩11选5开奖结果Charles R. Flint (1868) formed the Computing-Tabulating- Recording Company, which was later renamed IBM

Locks at Panama Canal


Henry C. Goldmark (1874) coengineered the Panama Canal locks. He was later awarded a medal of honor by President Howard Taft for his crucial contribution to the project.


山东体彩11选5开奖结果Herman F. Mark, generally known as the Father of Polymer Science, joined the faculty and established the Polymer Research Institute

Herman Mark


Pfizer began using a process developed by Jasper H. Kane (’28) that allowed for the mass production of penicillin.


Professor and President Ernst Weber (‘58-’69) founded the Microwave Research Institute which developed electromagnetic and microwave defense and communication systems

President Ernst Weber


William B. Kouwenhoven (’06, ’07) developed the first closed-chest cardiac defibrillator. He is also credited with discovering the efficacy of cardiac massage, the technique that would become a key to CPR.


Eugene Kleiner (’48) helped found Fairchild Semiconductor, a pioneer in transistor and integrated-circuit manufacturing. Kleiner later co-founded a venture capital firm that provided funding for such now-iconic companies as Amazon, Google and AOL.

Eugene Kleiner


The school officially becomes coed (although many women had attended and graduated during World War II)

Apollo Mission


Thomas Joseph Kelly (’58) led the team that designed and tested NASA’s first Lunar Module used for the Apollo 11 mission


Francis Crick (Postdoctoral fellow with the Protein Structure Project during the ’53-’54 academic year) won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his co-discovery of DNA structure.



Joseph L. Owades (’44, ’50) hit upon the formula for making the world’s first light beer.

Joseph Owades
Jay Greene


After Apollo 11 carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, to the Moon, Jay Greene (‘64) manned the Flight Dynamics Console during the descent phase.


Handheld laser barcode scanner invented by Jerome Swartz ‘63, ‘68 and Shelley Harrison ‘66, ‘71


山东体彩11选5开奖结果Renamed Polytechnic Institute of New York  (acquired the faculty, programs and students of New York University College of Engineering)

Intel chip


Intel’s 8086 chip was introduced; its chief architect was Stephen Morse (’63).


Eleanor Baum (’64) became the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States, at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and 1995 first woman president for  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Eleanor Baum


Renamed Polytechnic University


Former professor Rudolph Marcus won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the theory of electron transfer reactions in chemical systems.


Martin L. Perl (’48) won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering experimental contributions to lepton physics.

Charles Camarda


Charles Camarda (‘74) was chosen as an astronaut candidate by NASA and ultimately logged over 333 hours in space.

The 21st Century


山东体彩11选5开奖结果The American Chemical Society designated the Polymer Research Institute as a National Historic Chemical Landmark


Paolo Angelo Nespoli (’88, ‘89) traveled aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a mission specialist.

Paolo Angelo Nespoli


山东体彩11选5开奖结果An affiliation is forged between Polytechnic and New York University, creating the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and paving the way for an official merger. 


Ursula Burns (’80) was appointed CEO of Xerox, becoming the first African-American woman ever to head a Fortune 500 company.

Ursula Burns


Judea Pearl ('65) garnered the A. M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery for his fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence.

Judea Pearl


Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Ted Rappaport publishes his seminal paper “Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work,” paving the way for next-generation mobile communication.

Ted Rappaport
Katepalli Sreenivasan


Noted physicist Katepalli Sreenivasan becomes the dean of the school.


Merger with New York University becomes official - name changes to the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon


Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon generously donate $100 million山东体彩11选5开奖结果 and the school is renamed NYU Tandon School of Engineering

NYU Tandon campus aerial view


CSAW, the world’s biggest student-run cybersecurity event, becomes international with competitions in India, the Middle East and North Africa.

CSAW participants at laptops


NYU Tandon's Future Labs (a network of startup business hubs) reports an estimated economic impact on New York City’s economy of $4.06 billion since launching in 2009.


Jelena Kovačević became the Dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She is the first woman to head the school since its founding.

Dean Jelena Kovačević