Thomas R. Blake, a noted mechanical engineer, has been named dean of the Newark College of Engineering (NCE), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
As dean, Blake will have overall responsible for NCE, which has seven engineering programs, two interdisciplinary programs, more than 3,500 students and 160 professors. Founded in 1919, NCE is one of the region’s premier engineering schools. About one in four professional engineers in New Jersey is an NCE graduate, and some 25,000 of the college’s alumni work in every region of the world, often as chief executive officers or presidents of large engineering firms.
"We are fortunate to have attracted someone of Tom Blake’s caliber,” said NJIT Provost William Van Buskirk. “He combines the talents of a committed teacher, a gifted scholar and a strong administrator."
Each of those talents, Van Buskirk added, is clear from Blake’s academic background. Since 1980, Blake held positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Appointed there as a professor of mechanical engineering in 1980, he became the head of the mechanical engineering department in 1984 - a position he held until 1992. From 1991 until 1997, Blake was the founder and director of the university’s Center for Manufacturing Productivity. And since 1996, he held the post of associate dean of the college of engineering.
“I’m delighted to join NCE as dean,” Blake said. “It’s a college with a tradition of of excellence and innovation in both education and research.”
His primary research is on the mixing of particles and gas in chemical and mechanical processes, ranging from the combustion of solid fuel particles to the collection of pharmaceutical powders. Blake has received funding for his research from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and various industry sponsors.
Blake received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y, a master’s in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, N.Y., and both a master’s of science and a doctorate from Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Prior to joining the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he held positions at United Aircraft Corporation in East Hartford, Conn., as well as at S-Cubed Inc. in La Jolla, Calif.