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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.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.