New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has received a $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Service. The grant will be used to support the university’s College of Computing Sciences.
The UPS Foundation had previously donated $175,000 to enhance the computing sciences at NJIT. The grant will allow the College of Computing Sciences to sponsor a yearly convocation as well as a visiting lecture series. The convocation and the lectures will feature prominent researchers working in breakthrough fields; local universities and industries, as well as high schools and county colleges, will be invited to attend. The grant will also support the research of young professors at the college who show outstanding research potential.
“The UPS grant is a great boon to our faculty,” said Stephen Seidman, Ph.D., of South Orange, dean of the College of Computing Sciences. “It will give us the flexibility to target funds to specific initiatives that are important to the college, the university, and the New Jersey economy.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. Evern Cooper, president of the UPS Foundation and vice president of UPS corporate relations, said, “We apply both financial and human resources in our support of groups that address the educational and human-welfare needs around the world. UPS’s support of NJIT signifies our shared focus and commitment to improve our communities.”
John Nallin, vice president of information services for UPS’s Mahwah office, presented the grant to NJIT. Nallin, of Morris Township, is a member of the UPS Information Technology Governance Committee, which oversees the direction of UPS technology and aligns it with the company's business vision and strategy.
Nallin is a member of the Board of Overseers at NJIT, where he plays a key role in developing strategic planning for the university. He is also an NJIT School of Management Advisory Board member.