NJIT Regional Alumni Club of Southern California

Upcoming Events:

  • Planning underway for Summer 2014.

Want to find out more about our club?  Have an idea for an Alumni event in your area?   E-mail us at  alumni@njit.edu or call us on 973-596-3441

Past Events:

Club History:

In December, 2008 Planning activities and meetings highlighted the need to offer alumni events that would be being interesting, appreciated, enlightening and occasionally, unexpected.  To that end, it was decided to host two events each year.  The following recaps some of those events! 

Saturday, June 15. 2013 - USS Midway Tour and Lunch

It was a perfect blend of technology and networking as we did a tour of the engine room, mission control center among other areas of this historic ship.  After our docent lead tour we convened on the Sponson Fantail deck for lunch and an enlightening overview of our alma mater's current activities. Wow - have things changed and such happenings back East! Dr. Bloom couldn't have been more engaging and thought provoking.  We hope you can join us for our next tour at Big Bear Solar Observatory!

Saturday, June 12, 2011 – Tour and Lunch at Mission San Juan Capistrano

The day was perfect for the docent led tour of the beautiful Mission grounds and buildings.  This is truly the crown jewel of the California Mission sites. Dr. Joel Bloom gave a great overview of the happenings 'back east' during a delicious luncheon in one of the Mission's historic buildings.

October 3, 2009 – NJIT Big Bear Solar Observatory Event:

The excitement was palpable on Oct. 3, 2009 when NJIT formally dedicated the new solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO), CA.  During the next decade, solar physicists will learn more than they have dreamed possible about the Sun, thanks to current technologies that have advanced the capacity of land-based instruments.

Noted NJIT solar astronomer Philip R. Goode, led the remarkable five-year project to build what many consider to be the world’s largest 1.6-meter solar telescope.  This instrument will be the blueprint for future even larger telescopes to be built within the next decade in the US.  The dedication took place at 11 a.m. at the Observatory in Big Bear, CA.     

At the dedication, alumni and their guests were given tours of the new telescope, which detailed not only the stellar range today of land-based solar telescopes, but dr. Goode's vision for future advances in solar astronomy coupled with a better understanding of space weather.  Goode is distinguished professor of physics and director of the Center for Solar Terrestrial Research which manages the observatory. 

Other speakers at the dedication included  Jeffrey R. Kuhn, PhD, associate director, Institute for Astronomy, Haleakala, Maui, University of Hawaii, who helped Goode design the facility.   Ian Huss, production manager of DFM Engineering, Inc. Longmont, CO; Buddy Martin, polishing scientist, the Mirror Lab, University of Arizona and Thomas Rimmele, PhD, chair, National Solar Observatory (NSO).  NSO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, and is under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation to benefit the astronomical community. 

NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch and Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, NJIT Interim Provost, Senior Vice President, Research and Development will also speak.  Guests will include members of the NJIT Board of Trustees and NJIT Board of Overseers, friends and alumni.    

NJIT assumed leadership of Big Bear in 1997 from the California Institute of Technology which developed and built the facility. The observatory is located high in a mountain lakes in southern California and was originally developed in 1969 by California Institute of Technology.   Big Bear is one of the world’s leading observatories focused on advancing knowledge of the Sun, the largest known star in the universe. 

The magnitude of the new off-axis solar telescope--with three times the resolution of the older one—will enable Goode to probe the fundamental scale of the Sun’s dynamic magnetic fields.  These fields are of great interest to solar physicists because they can cause storms—often referred to as solar flares-- that destroy satellites and disrupt the power grid and telecommunications.

The telescope will feature the world’s largest solar aperture. It will feed a high-order adaptive optics system, which in turn will feed the next generation of technologies for measuring magnetic fields and dynamic events using visible infrared light.  A parallel computer system for real-time image enhancement will highlight the new instrument. 

Goode, of Westfield, has studied for many years the oscillating waves of the sun’s atmosphere, known as helioseismology.   Goode’s research has also focused on magnetic fields.  He is expert at combining BBSO ground-based data with satellite data to determine dynamic properties of the solar magnetic fields.  His other areas of interest include working to place a lower limit on solar irradiance and to probe the solar interior.  Such studies impact scientists’ understanding and ability to predict space weather.  

Since 1998, Goode has focused on climate studies in which the Earth’s large-scale reflectance has been measured using earthshine.  He and BBSO researchers have spent time modeling the Earth’s reflectivity using satellite cloud cover and found appreciable decadal variation of reflectance due to cloud changes.  BBSO is building a global network to measure the Earth’s global reflectance and spectrum.  

Additionally, a special, limited edition commemorative medallion was struck and all alumni who attended were presented with one.

In the summer of 2007, NJIT alumni in southern California started organizing the San Diego Metro Area Regional Club. 

On Friday, September 7, 2007, we welcomed NJIT's Division 1 men's soccer team to San Diego and attended their match versus San Diego State University.  Among the alumni in attendance were local NJIT soccer team members of the 50's, 60's and 70's, along with retired coach Mal Simon.

On Saturday evening, the Committee hosted a reception at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island for the 24 visiting students of the NJIT soccer team, soccer coach Pedro Lopes, and university president Robert Altenkirch.  The event was a great opportunity for us to get acquainted with the students and network with fellow California alums.

Also joining us at the reception was Phil Goode, Director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory (operated by NJIT) and his wife Fran.  Dr. Goode provided a brief presentation on their new Solar Telescope – the world's largest solar telescope.

On Sunday afternoon, the Club organized a tailgating reception at the University of San Diego before the soccer team's match against University of San Diego.  It was a spirited game, alas NJIT was not the victor.