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A tireless innovator with vast knowledge across disciplines, Stan Altman has been a seminal figure in higher education both as an administrator and teacher. A former interim President of Baruch College, where he's currently Professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, he has initiated interdisciplinary programs among branches of CUNY and the private sector. These innovative programs include the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project, the CUNY-IBM Watson competition and other experiential learning opportunities. They have connected technology, business social services and the arts with the goal of promoting student empowerment. Dr. Altman has been a strong background in technology and social systems emphasizing interdisciplinary collaborations.
He graduated from City College in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and earned an MS from Purdue University and a doctorate in systems science from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Dr. Altman's early career involved research into the design of parallel computers, computer-based information systems and transportation systems.
He was one of an early vanguard of professionals with strong applied mathematics and engineering backgrounds who applied their skills to the delivery of public services and in later years to the study of health systems. In the process, he developed a powerful cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Dr. Altman's expertise and areas of interest include strategic planning, improving the productivity of public services, nonprofit management, health policy and social entrepreneurship. He has served as a consultant to the RAND Corporation, the Institute for Defense Analysis, Citicorp and numerous New York City and non-profit agencies. Among his accomplishments was the development of Project MATCH, a building superintendent training program for New York City owned housing, and Project SCORECARD, a system for rating the cleanliness of New York City Streets. His career also demonstrates his commitment to service through his volunteer work both in New York City and in Southern India. He has created several for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Healing Hearts, a 501(c) that raises funds for a hospital and research center in India.