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NJIT Professor Receives Newark College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award

Bernard Koplik, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), recently received the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) Excellence in Teaching Award, given annually to a professor whose teaching has had a positive impact on students.

Koplik, of Marlboro, received the award recently at the NCE awards banquet.

Upon presenting Koplik with the award, William Van Buskirk, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said Koplik’s career at the college has “exemplified excellence in teaching.”

“Koplik's exemplary teaching, leadership, devotion and extensive contributions to engineering education,” Van Buskirk added, “made him an outstanding choice for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award from NCE.”

Koplik has had a long and distinguished career as an engineering educator, joining NJIT as chairman and professor of mechanical engineering in 1981, said Van Buskirk. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and recently received an ASME Service and Achievement Award for his many efforts in support of the profession.

He has been active in the American Society for Engineering Education, particularly in its graduate-studies division, where he held the position of national chairman.

Throughout his career, Koplik has always focused on excellence in teaching as the mainstay of his professional activities. He has taught a wide spectrum of courses, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has served as the doctoral adviser for 11 students who were awarded doctoral degrees.

“In all of the courses he taught in these programs,” Van Buskirk said, “his teaching evaluations have been extraordinary.”

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.