About us


Samar ElHitti is an Associate Professor of mathematics at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. She received a Maîtrise ès Sciences in Statistics and Probability from the Lebanese University in Lebanon, and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Missouri. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and has lived in Canada and the United States since 2002. She is passionate about integrating global sustainable development efforts into education and enjoys working with students beyond curriculum content. In 2012, she co-founded the non-profit organization Race2Rebuild to help in long term recovery and rebuilding of communities affected by natural disasters. Her dream is to help build a compassionate community where the intrinsic usefulness of every individual is valued and nourished. She is an avid runner, triathletes, backpacker and reader.


Marianna Bonanome is currently an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. She is also a co-coordinator of City Tech’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program and co-director of the Opening Gateways Title V collaborative grant with BMCC. She received a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in physics from NYU Polytechnic (formerly Polytechnic University) and both her master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY in mathematics.  Dr. Bonanome has experience teaching mathematics and mentoring students at all levels, remedial through graduate. She has been teaching and tutoring since 2003 and has experience working with students with disabilities. She has a passion for mathematics and physics and so actively researches and publishes in the areas of combinatorial group theory and quantum computation.


Farjana Shati is a senior at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) majoring in Mathematics Education. She grew up in Bangladesh under her parent’s belief that “the purpose of life is to learn.” She was supported and encouraged by them from an early age to pursue an education in STEM; a non-traditional choice for women in their times. She spent her childhood between the US and Bangladesh, and moved to New York in 2012 to pursue higher education. She is an Honors Scholars, Emerging Scholars, and mathematics peer leader at City Tech, and has participated in several research programs at CUNY. Additionally, she participated at the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – CREST. She has co-authored a research paper in Geoscience and Remote Sensing (to appear in 2018) and has presented her work at several nation and international conference with award-winning posters. Farjana wants to be an educator with a vision “to help students build their confidence and positive attitude towards mathematics and STEM education.” She also aspires to work towards women empowerment by reducing world poverty and gender inequalities.