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NJIT Professor Receives Excellence Award

Robert Barat, Ph.D., an associate professor in chemical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently received the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) Innovation in Engineering Education award, given annually to a professor who has demonstrated exemplary achievements in educational innovation.

Barat, of Franklin Park, received the award at the NCE awards banquet.

Upon presenting Barat with the award, William Van Buskirk, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said, “Barat feels strongly about extending his research activities into the teaching environment.”

In 1996, Van Buskirk continued, Barat worked with several faculty members from physics and electrical engineering to form the optical science and engineering curriculum at NJIT – a set of courses that continues today. His current research project continues a tradition of applied optics in research and education that forms the basis of the multidisciplinary education programs for which he is honored here.

Barat came to work at NJIT in 1990. He was also a student at NJIT, graduating in 1980 with a degree in chemical engineering. He then worked for a few years in industry in the early 1980s while completing his master’s degree at NJIT in 1983. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering in 1990 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has done research in combustion, environmental monitoring and process control. He’s now involved in a homeland defense project involving optical scanning for concealed explosives and biological agents.

Barat received his bachelor’s degree from NJIT, and his master’s and doctorate from MIT.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.