April/May 2016

Spotlight — Byrne, Cuffee, Kim, Pakay


William Byrne

William Byrne
Lecturer of Computer Science
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
Two years.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
Mark Zuckerberg, to get insight into starting a company from home.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
“The Godfather.” Oldie but goodie. Many lessons of life in this movie.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… to speak Spanish.

My first job was …
… as a clerk at a Hallmark greeting-card store.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… Coke (never Pepsi).

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… play in an ice-hockey league.

My biggest challenge is …
… making good use of my spare time.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
I would love to start a technology company. I would have no interest in any profession involving wearing a suit.


Susan Cuffee

Susan Cuffee
Assistant Director, International Student Services
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
Three years, almost four (May 21).

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
I would like to meet Queen Elizabeth II. Monarchs are considered a somewhat dated societal role. It would be interesting to hear from her about how she has handled the changes in the world and the position for the last 60+ years.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
The last film I saw in a theater was “The Martian.” I thought the film had just enough action, drama and science to be plausible. I would recommend it to sci-fi fans.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… a foreign language from Eastern Europe or Russian.

My first job was …
… at Dairy Queen. I still remember how to make almost every Blizzard.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… ice.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… am the only person in my family who is not in law enforcement or the military.

My biggest challenge is …
… talking slowly. I’ve been told I can be very difficult to understand at times. Advising international students has taught me a great deal about being an effective communicator, but it is still a challenge at times.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
When I was younger I wanted to work in the judicial sector of public service, so I think being a judge would suit my personality. I would be a terrible mathematician. I greatly admire those who have a mind for it — but I do not.


Dongmi Kim

Dongmi Kim
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Florham Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
Since July 2011.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
Although he is no longer alive, I’d like to meet [novelist] C.S. Lewis. I enjoy reading The Chronicles of Narnia with my family.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, by Nabeel Qureshi. It is thoroughly engaging and thought provoking.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… more languages.

My first job was …
… a pharmacy clerk at then Eckerd Pharmacy during my college years.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… kimchi. I am a Korean American who loves and enjoys Korean food and culture.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I
… specialize in psychiatric and neurological medicine and have a heart to help patients who struggle with mental-health disorders.

My biggest challenge is …
… also a source of great satisfaction, that is, serving a class of 85 or so students at a single point in time. To assist individual students through their learning and discovering of their future career paths is both rewarding and challenging.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
I would most like to attempt and least like to attempt becoming a medical doctor. What sets the pharmacy profession apart from other health care professions is that communication is critical to action. We make recommendations to physicians who then carry our recommendations into action: adjusting medication therapy, ordering laboratory works, etc. We encourage and persuade our patients who then carry out our recommendations into action: lifestyle modifications, medication adherence, etc. Though this may be seen as an unattractive aspect of being a pharmacist, this is really what is fascinating about pharmacists. We are at the cross-section of many members of the health care circle, and we are key communicators for its members. We learn to build and cherish interpersonal and interprofessional relationships. We fine-tune our one-on-one, public, written and electronic-communication skills and become experts in assessing the health care outcomes of different interventions. I am grateful to be called to be a pharmacist, and would not want training as a physician.


Timur Pakay

Timur Pakay
Assistant Director, Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Florham Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
Since July 2015.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
[Mustafa Kamal] Ataturk [army officer, revolutionary and first president of Turkey]. If he were still living, I would want to meet him because of his long list of accomplishments ranging from being a war hero to modernizing Turkey. Thanks to him, Turkey was one of the first countries to give women the right to vote.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
I would recommend “The Theory of Everything,” by James Marsh, because it looks at the life of a brilliant and accomplished young physicist [Stephen Hawking] shattered by a worsening disability and a failed marriage and the struggles he takes to turn his life around.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… Mandarin Chinese.

My first job was …
… as a tour consultant for EF Educational Tours in Cambridge, Mass.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… Greek yogurt.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… played drums in a rock band for three years.

My biggest challenge is …
… traffic on I-287.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
Because of my interest and passion for politics, I would most likely attempt to be a political science professor and teach mainly political theory and international relations. As for a profession I would not want anything to do with, it would probably be a surgeon or [a job in] the medical field.