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College of Computing Sciences at New Jersey Institute of Technology Toasts Seven

The College of Computing Sciences (CCS) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently honored seven students, faculty and staff at the college’s first annual awards ceremony. The dinner and ceremony feted the work of these individuals for demonstrating outstanding scholarship, teaching and more.

The college is the first of its kind to open in New Jersey with more than 2220 enrolled students-- approximately 25 percent of NJIT’s student body. The college numbers among the nation’s largest for computing sciences. Stephen B. Seidman, Ph.D., a noted expert in software engineering and a member of the board of governors of the computer society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the dean.

Jim Geller, Ph.D., of West Orange, professor of computer science, received a teaching award. “Jim explains things lucidly and is as sharp as a bell,” said James McHugh, Ph.D., professor and acting chair of the department of computer science. “Jim is also a jewel to work with. He is productive, energetic and surrounded often by enthusiastic doctoral students.”

Ricki Goldman, Ph.D., of Jersey City, professor of information systems, received a teaching award. “Ricki has the most vibrant personality which she brings to her classes,” said Marilyn Tremaine, Ph.D., professor and acting chair of the department of information systems. “She has not forgotten how to be energetic, sincere and bring out the best in her students.”

Osama Eljabiri, of Budd Lake, who is a doctoral candidate, also received an award for his excellence in teaching as a special lecturer.

The Murray Center for Women in Technology honored Jennifer Dorn, of Newark, for leadership. Dorn, currently a double major in computer science and mathematical sciences, is the first CCS recipient of this NJIT honor exclusively for females. Her activities include volunteer swim clinic instructor, participating on the women’s varsity soccer and women’s swim teams, while excelling in the NJIT Educational Opportunity Program.

Receiving awards for academic excellence were graduating students Farai Muronda, of Merchantville, and Geoffrey Cox, of Montclair. Both Cox and Muronda graduated last month with the highest grade point average (GPA). Muronda was a transfer student to NJIT who was a double major in computer science and actuarial science. Cox started his undergraduate career at NJIT. He, too, was a double major in computer science and mathematical sciences.

Barbara Harris, of Bound Brook, administrative assistant, received special recognition for service upon the occasion of her retirement.

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.