Points of Pride

Rankings and Recognition


New Jersey Institute of Technology has been named one of the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Women in STEM by the SR Education Group, an education research.  To develop this list, they researched all accredited colleges offering at least 10 fully online STEM degrees, and evaluated them on factors indicative of support for women students in STEM, like proportion of female STEM graduates, and available online resources for women in STEM. Over 280 schools were considered, and only 64 made the cut.
BuzzFeed NJIT earned the top spot among all U.S. colleges and universities because the average starting salary of its graduates nearly doubles the annual tuition fee charged to out-of-state students. Using NJIT’s tuition rate for New Jersey residents increases the university’s value proposition, making alumni average starting salaries nearly four times greater than NJIT’s annual tuition cost.
Brookings Institution ranked NJIT among the top 10 colleges and universities in the nation for high value-added in terms of occupational earning power. As a result, CBS Moneywatch called NJIT a "hidden gem" in this 2015 "new ranking of college superstars."


PayScale Payscale.com ranked NJIT in the top one percent of all public colleges for return on investment and fourth in alumni mid-career earning potential among public research universities nationwide. 

Affordable Colleges Online ranked NJIT third in “AC Online’s Highest Return on Investment Colleges in New Jersey” ranking. AC Online analyzed 162 colleges in New Jersey and ranked the top 24 colleges that provided students the biggest return on investment. Colleges were ranked based on several criteria including:

  • Net tuition prices (Provided by IPEDS/NCES)
  • Graduate's average starting salaries and ROI calculation (Provided by Payscale)
  • Fully accredited, four-year not-for-profit institutions (Provided by the Carnegie Foundation)
BestColleges.com NJIT is one of the top 25 public colleges in the nation, the only N.J. institution and one of the top 50 overall to have a low student loan default rate, according to BestColleges.com. The rankings methodology included obtaining information from institutional websites, collegiate rankings, and the Institute of Education Sciences.

To finalize the rankings, BestColleges.com factored in not only student loan default rates, but also graduation, retention, and acceptance rates.

US News and World Report


U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2015 Edition ranked NJIT 149th among national universities overall for its range of undergraduate majors and master’s and doctoral degree programs and commitment to groundbreaking research, and 14th among national universities on the Campus Ethnic Diversity list. 

The Princeton Review listed NJIT among its Best 379 Colleges for 2015.

NJIT’s School of Management was named among the Best 296 Business Schools for 2015.


For the fifth year, NJIT was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, one of the highest federal recognitions a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted over 600 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.
Bloomberg Businessweek The Bloomberg Businessweek survey of U.S. colleges ranked NJIT in the top 10 percent nationally for return on investment and classified the university as one of four higher education “best buys” in New Jersey.

Forbes magazine ranked NJIT an “America’s Top College”
NJIT once again ranked prominently among the Top 100 Degree Producers for 2015 named by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. The university ranked 18th in the nation for bachelor’s degrees and 11th for master’s degrees in engineering technologies awarded to Hispanic students. 




Graduate rankings included:

  • African-American master's recipients — 4th in engineering; 6th in engineering technologies.
  • Asian-American masters graduates —5th in engineering technologies; 19th in engineering; 25th in architecture; 27th in mathematics and statistics.
  • Hispanic master's recipients — 3rd in engineering technologies; 17th in engineering.
  • Total minority master's degree recipients — 5th in engineering technology; 17th in engineering; 21st in mathematics and statistics; 48th in architecture.

Award-Winning Faculty

Ali Abdi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the 2008 New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Innovators Award. He discovered new communication channels in underwater environments and invented a technique to communicate data through these channels.  His research will eventually allow underwater vehicles to communicate information and data faster in complex underwater environments. The National Science Foundation also supports his research.

Tara Alvarez, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering whose neuroscience research will help stroke victims and also lead to the diagnosis of visual diseases, received a National Science Foundation Career Award. The award supports her neuroscience and vision research.

Nirwan Ansari, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, was named a Fellow by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to broadband networks and communications.

Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering, received the NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame presented her with its 2013 Innovators Award from in recognition of her research and inventions utilizing biomaterials and regenerative medicines for orthopedic and neural disorders.

Yeheskel Bar-Ness, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering, was selected for the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in the University Technology Transfer category by the R&D Council of New Jersey’s Awards Committee.

Richard Foulds,Ph.D., associate professor and associate chair for research in the biomedical engineering department, received a $4.75 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The grant supports NJIT’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center, which invents technology to help patients recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries and conditions. 

Zeynep Celik, Ph.D., professor of architecture, received the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

Christopher Funkhouser, Ph.D., professor of humanities, won a Fulbright Scholarship to study digital literature at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, a cutting-edge, technological university.

Dale Gary, Ph.D., professor of physics, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue his research to develop a global network of 100 radio telescopes; such telescopes are used to study radio waves from the sun. The NSF awarded Gary $400,000 for this project in 2002.

Costas G. Gogos, Ph.D., research distinguished professor of chemical engineering, received the Annual International Award from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The honor, the highest accorded by SPE, recognizes a lifetime of accomplishment in polymer processing.

Nancy Jackson, Ph.D, professor of geography, was awarded the Turin Chair as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program. She conducted research on coastal and ecosystem management and lectured on International Environmental Policy at the Polytechnic Institute of Turin, Italy, during the 2000 academic year.

Lou Kondic, Ph.D., professor of mathematical sciences, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to support his research on “Dynamics of Non-Newtonian Liquid Films involving Contact Lines.”   

Louis Lanzerotti, Ph.D., distinguished research professor at NJIT’s Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research, received the William Nordberg Medal in Space Science from the Committee on Space Research.

Neil Maher, Ph.D., associate professor of history, received the 2004-2005 Verville Fellowship from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Somenath Mitra, Ph.D., distinguished professor of chemistry and environmental science, received the 2009 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the New Jersey Council on Research and Development. 

Bryan Pfister, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, was awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The award supports his research into rapid axon stretch growth, a technique for regenerating damaged or diseased nerve cells.

Ronald H. Rockland, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the department of engineering technology, was named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2011. He received the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Frederick J. Berger Award.

Yun Q. Shi, Ph.D., professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, was honored at the 2010 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award Ceremony for her invention of a method of robust reversible data hiding (steganography), which allows an original digital cover image to be recovered without any distortion once the hidden data has been extracted from the cover medium.

Laurent Simon, Ph.D., associate professor of chemical engineering, received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society for Engineering Education in 2014.

Daphne Soares, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, was the recipient of the Earth Award from WINGS WorldQuest, an organization that celebrates and supports extraordinary women explorers. The awards recognize the groundbreaking work of women scientists and explorers whose discoveries advance scientific inquiry and lead to better understanding of our world. She received a $10,000 grant to support her work and was inducted as a WINGS Fellow.

Gordon Thomas, Ph.D., professor in the department of physics, received the 2013 Innovators Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.