MARCH 30, 2023
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM


This event is part of the Industry Leaders Lecture Series, sponsored by the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

Students and future entrepreneurs: learn from two technologists and executives who moved from high-level corporate positions to founding and running a successful, mission-driven startup.

Hear an exciting first-hand overview on how to start a venture-backed startup, turning a napkin idea into a consumer product, and the various challenges and issues that come along this journey. This talk will provide a deep insight on some of the frameworks and playbooks an entrepreneur can adopt to minimize risk and mistakes.


About the Industry Leaders Lecture Series

Dean Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., New York Tech College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, hosts the Industry Leader Lecture Series, offering students and practitioners a chance to hear from and interact with distinguished professionals in the tech industry.

Working professionals and undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend and learn from these leaders’ insights. The series offers participants a unique opportunity to ask questions about career choices and hear advice and stories directly from experts in the field. All talks will be live-streamed and web-based, and some speakers will present in-person at either the New York Tech New York City or Long Island campus.

Certifications will be awarded to New York Tech students, by request, for those who attend two of the three sessions.


Yogesh Shetty

Yogesh Shetty, Founder & CEO of Avibra

Yogesh Shetty is the founder and CEO of Avibra, a venture-backed company building a mission-driven benefits platform that makes low- and no-cost benefits accessible to hourly and part-time workers, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Shetty has a deep understanding of finance and insurance business and rose through senior executive ranks in the U.S. to lead business and technology transformation. He was a managing director at New York Life and oversaw end-to-end insurance and capital market technology transformation. Shetty has authored books on financial technology and was also named by the insurance industry as one of the Top 20 innovators in the insurance industry, and one of the Top 25 financial technology leaders in New Jersey.

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Yogesh Khachane

Yogesh Khachane, Founder & CTO of Avibra

Yogesh Khachane is the co-founder and CTO of Avibra. Khachane is also a 2006 New York Tech alumni. He has deep knowledge of technology and business in finance, insurance, and government domains. He has worked in various financial and insurance companies, including New York Life, TIAA, Thomson Reuters, and Merrill Lynch. At TIAA, he was part of a group who were granted a patent for Identifying a browser for rendering an electronic document. This unique innovation reduced TIAA’s call center handling time by 2x.


Babak Beheshti

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, New York Tech College of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Babak’s experience in higher education spans over 35 years, where he has served as a full-time faculty member, president of the Academic Senate, associate dean, and dean. As dean, Babak led the engineering college to the introduction of its first two Ph.D. programs, in computer science and engineering, two new bachelor’s degree programs, and one new master’s degree program, in addition to leading the college through its fastest climb in national rankings: #33 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (National – no doctorate)—a climb of 13 places since 2020, and #191 Best Computer Science Undergraduate Programs (National – no doctorate), a new ranking in 2021—a climb of 40 places since 2020.

In line with the career-oriented mission of New York Tech, Babak has led the College of Engineering and Computing Sciences in building a strong partnership with industry and government organizations, including NASA, Zscaler, IBM Red Hat, Xilinx, Soter Technologies, and Zebra Technologies.