Celebration 2002

Special Friend of the University
Emil C. Herkert

The recipient of the award for Special Friend of the University, Emil C. Herkert, has been a devoted member of the University’s Board of Overseers for over 20 years.

Now Chair of the Board, Emil is exercising his considerable charm and intellect to enhance the Board Members’ engagement with NJIT, through reactivating Board committees, increasing participation at meetings, enlisting their expertise and, of course, encouraging all members to continue to support the University financially.

The Killam Group and Emil Herkert have been generous donors to the University for many years. Their most generous commitment was made to scholarship endowment during The Campaign for NJIT.

Emil Herkert, husband of Ann and father of 3 daughters and 2 sons, brings the same energy and excitement to his family and to his community commitments as he has to NJIT. An avid salt water fisherman, power boater and opera buff, he can also be found applauding wildly as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame take on a worthy opponent.

His family has lived in Whippany for many years where they are members of Our Lady of Mercy parish. Emil is a lector and has been the chairman of fund-raising campaigns to add to the grammar school and build the gymnasium.

At a recent event where Emil was honored for his volunteer commitments, he devoted the first three minutes of his comments to extolling NJIT, its academic achievements and the significance of the research centers...this from a proud graduate of Notre Dame University.

As President and CEO for the past 25 years of the Killam Group, Inc., located in Millburn, New Jersey, Emil has been responsible for growing the firm from a local regional office into a major national organization of over 600 employees with offices in 10 states. He has been involved in the development of alternatives and selection of appropriate technical approaches to projects. He is responsible for putting in place successful management practices for monitoring the financial systems of the company as well as developing growth opportunities for the staff within the organization. Emil’s commitment to quality service, which pervades the organization, has been instrumental in the growth of the firm by development of a loyal following of clients.

Emil is a Licensed Professional Engineer in 10 states and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He has served on various technical committees including chairing the Technical Council on Codes and Standards Executive Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers and chairing the Industrial Waste Committee of the New Jersey section of the Water Environment Federation for many years.

Emil’s most recent accomplishments have involved the sale of the Killam Group to Hatch Mott MacDonald, an international consulting engineering firm of 6,000 people, and Killam’s successful integration into this global enterprise.

Emil’s relaxed, casual manner almost succeeds in hiding his engaging intellect and rational approach to problems. This manner has served him well in his leadership roles, most recently as a member of the Search Committee for the new President of the University. He enjoyed the process and the diverse cast of individuals who participated in this important effort. His willingness to listen to contradictory ideas never impedes his ability to make decisions quickly and confidently.

NJIT is fortunate indeed to count Emil as one of our special friends.