Capstone Expo Highlights 79 Consulting and Research Projects in Public Service

Capstone Expo Highlights 79 Consulting and Research Projects in Public Service

The 2016 Capstone Expo brought hundreds of students, professors, and organizational leaders to the Rosenthal Pavilion in NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, where soon-to-graduate NYU Wagner students displayed a total of 79 poster-board summaries of their year-end Capstone consulting and research projects, and toasted their achievements at an honorary reception.

The Capstone Program is a valuable service that NYU Wagner proudly offers to the city, the region, and the world. It is the centerpiece of students’ graduate education, where they translate their classroom learning into practice. Capstone teams have spent the academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

The Expo displayed the high-level public service work in research, management and implementation that the 79 teams conducted for a diverse range of clients, such as


Johnson & Johnson, the New York City Department of Education, the United Nations Capital Development Fund, and Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York.

For Enterprise Community Partners, for example, a Capstone team worked on issues of housing insecurity for the aged. For the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, another team analyzed the potential for agency participation in a carbon-avoidance market. And for the World Bank's Urban Division, Bangladesh, still another Capstone group worked on a capital investment plan and loan program for cities in developing countries.   

The NYU Wagner Capstone Program was supported this year by FJC: A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds.


City & State Names NYU Wagner Student and Three Graduates as "Rising Stars" in NYC

City & State Names NYU Wagner Student and Three Graduates as "Rising Stars" in NYC

Pictured: Eftihia Thomopoulus

Three NYU Wagner alumni and one current student have been named to City & State's "NYC 40 under 40 Rising Stars" honor roll for 2016.

They are: Andrew Brent, Vice President, Head of Communications, Brookfield Property Partners (MPA 2004); Christian González-Rivera, Senior Researcher, Center for an Urban Future (MUP 2012); Christopher Lee, Senior External Relations Manager, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (MPA 2016), and Eftihia Thomopoulos, Program Director, Association for a Better New York (MUP, 2018).

Our students and graduates invariably make a lasting impact on the public good–and continually make NYU Wagner proud. Congratulations to emerging leaders Andrew, Christian, Christopher, and Eftihia for their rising careers and well-deserved recognition!

College young alumni award named for NYU Wagner grad Wemimo Abbey

College young alumni award named for NYU Wagner grad Wemimo Abbey

A young alumni award at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, has been officially named the "Abbey" in honor of outstandng Crookston -- and NYU Wagner -- graduate Wemimo Abbey.

After receiving a BS from Crookston, Abbey earned his Master in Public Administration at NYU Wagner in 2015. While at Wagner, he developed Clean Water for Everyone. The organization provides access to affordable water supply in developing countries, and has done so for over 25,000 people living in Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.

Abbey has also given presentations on the global water and sanitation crisis at the UN and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a recipient of the 2014 Face2Face Africa Young African Committed to Excellence award, the NYU Presidential Service award, and the NYU Wagner Dean's Scholarship.

Abbey has just received the very first young alumni award ever given by the Crookston Office of Development and Alumni Relations, which recognizes the achievement of alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years. It is in honor of its first recipient's achievements in public service that the award has been formally named the "Abbey."




Congratulations, NYU Wagner Class of '11! [Slide Show]

Congratulations, NYU Wagner Class of '11! [Slide Show]

A highly spirited, good-humored and at times poignant NYU Wagner convocation ceremony filled the beautiful Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 17, including a keynote address delivered by visiting scholar, best-selling author, and astute social critic Irshad Manji.

Her subject was "moral courage," a matter she teaches at Wagner with great passion and insight. As part of her presentation, several students stood in the auditorium; their faces were beamed onto a jumbo screen and their voices were amplified as they explained to hundreds of asssembled classmates, friends and family members what the phrase "moral courage" means to each of them.

It was just one of many emotional and powerful moments as the more than 350 graduates cheered -- all of them poised to embark on the next step of their amazing careers in public service within and across sectors and disciplines.

In another twist on the standard graduation ceremony, three MPA graduates -- Nilbia Y. Coyote, Chesray L. Dolpha, and Kuo Jeng Yang -- greeted the audience with "Welcome" in dozens of languages that reflect the United Nations-like variety of native tongues embodied by Wagner's student body and its diverse global ties.

Ellen Schall, Wagner's dean, led the ceremonies, while New York University Provost David W. McClauglin offered words of welcome and praise, and Associate Dean and Professor Rogan Kersh recited the Athenian Oath. Faculty and student awards aplenty were yet another highlight of the day.

Congratulations to the Class of '11. Forward!



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