Points of Pride

Rankings and Recognition

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.
Affordable Colleges Online ranked NJIT 3rd 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, 4-year not-for-profit institutions (Provided by the Carnegie Foundation)
US News and World Report U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges has named NJIT among the nation's top tier of national research universities offering a range of undergraduate majors and master's and doctoral degrees.  Rankings included:
  • NJIT was 3rd in the nation for most international students.
  • Guidance counselors at the nation's top high schools ranked NJIT 124.
  • The School of Management was ranked among the 261 best undergraduate business programs.
The Princeton Review The Princeton Review listed NJIT among its Best 373 Colleges for 2011.

The Princeton Review also listed NJIT among the most environmentally responsible in the Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges, based on a notable commitment to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

For the second year, NJIT has been 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 Forbes magazine ranked NJIT among its 650 best colleges, 202 among research universities, and 157 among colleges in the Northeast.
PayScale Payscale.com ranked NJIT fourth among state universities for salary potential, both at the starting level and at mid-career.

NJIT once again ranked prominently among the Top 100 Degree Producers for 2011 named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Undergraduate results included:

  • African-American degree recipients — 21st in engineering; 27th in architecture; 29th in engineering technology.
  • Asian-American graduates — 8th in engineering technology; 13th in architecture; 14th in computer and information sciences.
  • Hispanic bachelor’s recipients — 6th in engineering technology; 15th in computer and information sciences; 18th in engineering; 21st in architecture.
  • Total minority graduates — 15th in computer science; 22nd in architecture; 25rd in engineering; 29th in engineering technology.

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, an associate 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, a 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, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering, NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Yeheskel Bar-Ness, distinguished professor 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.

Timothy Chang, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received a National Science Foundation Grant Award to Develop a Gene Library-Based Resource Allocation Method.

Richard Foulds, associate professor 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.  

Christopher Funkhouser, associate professor of humanities will use his Fulbright Scholarship to study digital literature at Multimedia University in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, a cutting edge, technological university.

Nancy Jackson, 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 2004-2005 academic year.

Lou Kondic, associate professor of mathematical sciences, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to support his research on “Dynamics of Non-Newtonian Liquid Films involving Contact Lines.” He will visit several research locations in Argentina.

Zeynep Celik, PhD, professor of architecture, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

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

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

Neil Maher, PhD, assistant professor of history, the 2004-5 Verville Fellowship by the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. 

Bryan Pfister, a specialist in neural tissue engineering, has been awarded a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. Pfister, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received the award to support his research into rapid axon stretch growth, a technique for regenerating damaged or diseased nerve cells.

Ronald H. Rockland, PhD, associate professor of electrical engineering technology and associate dean of the Newark College of Engineering,  the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Frederick J. Berger Award.

Dale Gary, 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.