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DASNY News & Updates: MAY 2018
CUNY Baruch College Professor Captures Rare Images

Deepstaria Jellyfish images captured
by Dr. David Gruber, using a camera
purchased by DASNY through
state’s GRTI Program.

Using underwater camera equipment made available through DASNY, Dr. David Gruber and his team of deep sea researchers, including Dr. Brennan Phillips of the University of Rhode Island, captured underwater images of a rarely seen Deepstaria Jellyfish off the coast of Mexico. 

Dr. Gruber is a Professor of Biology at Baruch College, and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in Biology. Through the state’s Graduate Research Technology Initiative (GRTI), DASNY is able to purchase scientific and technological equipment for CUNY senior colleges and professional/graduate colleges science and technology programs.

Aldemaro Romero Jr., Ph.D., Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College, said, “Dr. Gruber is one of the most innovative researchers that we have. His research is always centered on exciting biological phenomena which attract a great deal of public attention and sparks the imagination of his colleagues and the general public alike."

Additional funding for the project was provided by CUNY’s Capital Funding plan. For more of Dr. Gruber’s amazing photos and video, visit DASNY’s Flickr page. You can also watch CBS New York’s coverage of the story.

DASNY is Expanding Energy Performance Contracting

DASNY is expanding its energy performance contracting offerings.
Under DASNY’s new Energy Performance Contracting Program, clients will be able to take advantage of a new procurement for qualified Energy Services Providers to design, build and/or fund energy savings projects. Through DASNY’s new offering, clients will have new options to access any combination of DASNY’s existing Tax-Exempt Equipment Leasing Program (TELP), procurement and construction services programs, including prequalified Energy Services Providers and options for turn-key project services.

“DASNY clients will have the opportunity to pay for today's facility upgrades with tomorrow's energy savings – without tapping into existing capital budgets,” said Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO. “The program offers a time- and cost-effective way to complete comprehensive energy upgrades. I am pleased DASNY will be able to offer such an extraordinary service.”

This new program will save energy, reduce energy costs, and decrease operations and maintenance costs at client facilities. You can read more about the program in this article from The Bond Buyer.

NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering Opens First Cleanroom

 NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering opened Brooklyn’s first “cleanroom” on April 27 (left).
Dr. Bushell with NYU President Andrew Hamilton and School of Engineering Dean
Katepalli Sreenivasan (right).

On April 27, DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell visited the NYU Tandon School of Engineering as it opened Brooklyn’s first cleanroom. Inside its walls, scientists and engineers will assemble advanced materials and devices on the micro- and nano-scale to push the boundaries of established scientific principles and future technology. 

“NYU Tandon is proud to bring this vital research and education facility to the University and our community,” Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan said. “It will open as-yet unimagined opportunities to students, faculty, our Future Labs’ entrepreneurs, and innovators throughout Brooklyn and New York. 

Funded in part by a $2.5 million grant awarded by the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program Board and administered by DASNY, the 2,300-square-foot facility will provide fabrication equipment and instruments in a nearly dust-free environment for researchers throughout New York University, as well as other local universities and industry.

Women Builders Council Awards Dinner
Sandra Daigler, DASNY’s
Director of Planning, Design
and Quality Assurance - Upstate,
Dr. Bushell, and Kimberly Ellis,
DASNY’s Assistant Director
of Investments
On May 2, DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell was one of three members of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration recognized by the Women Builders Council at its 14th Annual Champion Awards Dinner in New York City. In accepting the award, Dr. Bushell relayed how by making MWBE participation everyone’s responsibility at DASNY, the Authority is supporting New York State as it takes bold steps toward equal opportunity.

“DASNY takes pride in being part of the initiative that is helping to drive the State toward advancing an agenda that empowers women,” Dr. Bushell said.

Also honored for all the work they do to promote equity and inclusion for DASNY were Kimberly Ellis, Assistant Director of Investments and Sandra Daigler, Director of Planning, Design and Quality Assurance - Upstate. 
“Principal for a Day”
Dr. Bushell was “Principal for a Day”
at Virgil I. Grissom Middle School
in Queens on May 8.
Pictured at right, Lewis M. Warren,
PENCIL Board Member
and Managing Director of
JPMorgan Chase.

Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO, went back to school on May 8, and was immediately called into the principal’s office. He wasn’t in trouble, though. It was all part of PENCIL’s Principal For A Day® event at JHS 226 the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School in Queens.

PENCIL is a New York City based non-profit, which has been working since 1995 to connect students to success. “Too many  students do not have access to strong support networks to guide them, whether it be helping establish a bank account or completing a high school or college admission application,” said Dr. Bushell. “I am grateful to be an example of what is possible. As a product of public education, I hope to help inspire and unlock the potential of New York City youth.

“Principal For A Day” is a fully immersive experience that creates opportunities for business professionals to work with educators and students in the classroom, to learn first-hand the benefits of civic engagement and the lasting impact that they and their companies can have on students and schools. “Seven years ago, JHS 226 the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School was barely making the grade,” said Principal Rushell White. “Today, thanks to partnerships with PENCIL, DASNY, JPMorgan Chase and other members of the local business community, our children are excelling...I could not be prouder of my students than I am today.”

Employment Opportunities
Want to be part of the DASNY team? All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. DASNY is currently searching for: 
  • Internal Auditor: Internal Audit, Albany or New York City
    The Internal Auditor assists Management in performing independent and objective internal audits and analysis of DASNY operations and construction projects. 
    Learn More | Deadline to apply: June 5, 2018
  • Senior Field Representative: Downstate Construction, New York City
    The Senior Field Representative exercises independent judgment and makes high-level
    decisions while assisting the Project Manager or Senior Project Manager in all aspects
    of a construction project. 
    Learn More | Deadline to apply: June 5, 2018 
DASNY employs a wide range of employees including architects, professional engineers, accountants, attorneys, internal auditors, financial analysts, and other professional staff to carry out DASNY's mission
DASNY is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to excellence and diversity. 
DASNY is hosting two MWBE/SDVOB outreach events
Learn how to do business with DASNY and network with key decision makers,
consultants and contractors 

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Western New York
University at Buffalo – Crossroads Culinary Center
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  Thursday, July 26, 2018
New York City
John Jay College
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