I humbly and gratefully acknowledge all those who formed the foundation of knowledge and wisdom upon which my education has been built, especially:
My thesis advisor Dr. Constantine N. Manikopoulos and the thesis committee members for sharing their expertise in practical applications of cryptography and wireless applications.
Dr. Quentin Jones’ Pervasive Computing course was the first college class I had taken in nearly 20 years. It was so challenging, stimulating and full of human interest that I enthusiastically matriculated for the NJIT master’s program.
Gene Buterbaugh and Robert Lopes for sharing their knowledge of embedded systems and sensors.
Carmen Street and the staff of the N.J. Unemployment Office for the tuition waiver program that enabled me to return to college
The people of the Cooper Union School of Engineering whose confidence, faith and support led to the completion of my bachelor’s degree.
Professor Richard G. Costello for enthusiasm, humor, practical engineering and belief in my abilities.
Robert P. Hopkins and Dean Hollander for their limitless kindness and support.
Professors Paul Hess and Don Kunz for absolute dedication to their crafts.
The dedicated teachers and staff of Francis Lewis High School, particularly
Theodore Liebersfeld, Howard Sardis, Howard Levine, Gerald Elgarten and Melvin Serisky for sharing their love of mathematics and computing machinery balanced with humility and a sense of community via the Math-Science Institute and International Baccalaureate program. The foundations of computer programming and analysis they established have been reaffirmed time and time again in my career and studies.
William S. Dobkin, The Chairman of Social Studies, for recognizing and fostering my talents outside of math and science and making me a more balanced person. I am still trying to live up to his yearbook inscription “I’m a firm believer than when some great breakthrough in a momentous human endeavor will be made, you will be part of it”.
Dr. Harris Nierman for being so strict about conducting a research paper “use original sources in the original language when possible!” My appreciation and support of the NY research libraries started with his humanities research topics.
Lillian Koeppel, my 2nd grade teacher, for caring and sharing above and beyond the call of duty and channeling my curiosity into more creative endeavors.