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Architect Who Built Zankel Hall Headlines NJIT Dinner for Young Women

Nancy Czesak, a prominent NYC architect who oversaw the construction of Carnegie Hall’s new underground theater, returns to her alma mater, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), March 29, 2004.  Czesak, a Jersey City resident who grew up in Clifton, will headline the university’s annual dinner encouraging young high school women to pursue careers in technology and science. 

The evening starts at 5 p.m. with a poster session showing off the current research of 42 NJIT faculty members and students.  “We hope the poster session will get these young women excited about careers in science and technology,” said Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, PhD, professor of English, and director of The Murray Center for Women in Technology.

Following the research presentation, Czesak, class of 1989, will discuss her work.  Czezak, a vice president/project executive of the Tishman Construction Corporation, NYC,  spent several years overseeing the construction of the recently completed $50 million Zankel Theater.  The 41,000-square foot, 688-seat theater was built while performances were taking place in  NYC’s famed Carnegie Hall above  it.   “The project is so difficult, that it has been compared to building a ship in a bottle,” said Steffen-Fluhr.

Czesak’s work typically involves supervising architects, engineers, contractors, and vendors, while also dealing with clients. She said that the specialized training she received at NJIT has been crucial to her success in this difficult field. Czesak received her bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1979 and returned to NJIT in 1989 to earn a masters degree in construction management.  Czeslak is also an advisory board member of the Murray Center.

Despite her busy schedule, Czesak also finds time to participate in the Murray Center’s alumnae-student mentoring program. In the fall of 2001, the dynamic architect and  business woman spoke about her career experiences to NJIT undergraduates in a special NJIT forum on women leaders in business, co-sponsored by the Murray Center and the Dorman Honors College.

Following Czesak’s talk, the architect and executive will present awards to 26 sophomore and junior female students from New Jersey.  One student is from Staten Island.  Parents and science teachers will be present.   Teachers and guidance counselors nominated the students for these awards.   

(Attention editors:  The list of participating high schools follows.  If you would like to   interview a student from your area and/or attend the dinner, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436 for details.  If you can’t make the event, keep in mind that you can write the story and still have an illustration. NJIT will be taking professional photos of each student from your local high school(s) and sending you these photos.)

· Abraham Clark High School, Roselle

· Bergen County Academies, Hackensack 

· Dickinson High School, Jersey City,

· Fair Lawn High School, Fair Lawn,

· High Technology High School, Lincroft 

· Indian Hills High School, Oakland 

· Long Branch High School, Long Branch 

· Manasquan Public Schools, Manasquan

· Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, Edison 

· Midland Park High School, Midland Park

· North Arlington High School, North Arlington

· Perth Amboy High School, Perth Amboy

· Ramapo High School, Franklin Lakes

· Randolph High School, Randolph 

· Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City

· Madrasatu Daa Ril Muslimaat, Newark 

· Science High School, Newark 

· Staten Island Technical High School, Staten Island 

· Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains 

· Union Hill High School, Union City  

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.