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New Jersey Institute of Technology Announces Promotions of Faculty

 New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has promoted one faculty member to the rank of distinguished professor, five to the rank of professor, and another five to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Three faculty members have also received tenure without a change in their titles.

(Editor’s Note: Here is a brief biography, along with hometowns, of the faculty members who received promotions.)


Haimin Wang, of Livingston, joined NJIT in September of 1995 as an assistant professor of physics. He is one of the most prolific researchers at NJIT, having published more than 100 papers in refereed journals, more than 70 since joining NJIT.  He has also played a key role in NJIT’s Center for Solar Terrestrial Research.  He was the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 1997 and the Chinese NSF Distinguished Scholar Award in 2003.  He is leading two important international projects: Global Halpha Network and Information Technology Research for Space Weather Prediction. He received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from California Institute of Technology in 1988.


Robert Barat, of Franklin Park, joined NJIT in January 1990 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He has built a solid body of research in the fields of combustion and applied optics. His current research, in the area of homeland defense, is known and respected among his peers. He has an excellent record of teaching, having developed several courses in the department of chemical engineering. He was awarded the NJIT Newark College of Engineering award for excellence in interdisciplinary teaching in 2003.  He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. 

Edward Dreizin, of Yardley, Penn., joined NJIT as a research professor in 1999 and became associate professor in mechanical engineering in 2001. Prior to joining NJIT, he was a research scientist at AeroChem Research Labs, in Princeton.  His research is in the area of energetic materials and metal combustion.  He has developed a mechanical alloying technology for the synthesis of nano-structured and nano-composite energetic materials and established laboratory facilities for their characterization and testing. He received his doctoral degree in applied physics from Odessa University, Ukraine, in 1992.

Dana Knox, Edison, joined NJIT in 1983 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering.  Knox has been designated a master teacher in recognition of his excellence in teaching at NJIT, and has received numerous other awards for teaching and service. His primary research is in the area of thermodynamics of fluids and fluid mixtures, and he was the main plenary speaker at the International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena, held in Portugal in July 2004. He was also recently named interim associate provost at NJIT. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1982.

David Rothenberg, Cold Spring, N.Y., joined NJIT in 1992 as an assistant professor. His research is in the field of environmental philosophy and philosophy of technology and music.  He is the founding editor of the Terra Nova book series from MIT Press, which has brought recognition NJIT.  He is the author of numerous books, including Hand's End: Technology and the Limits of Nature, Sudden Music, Always the Mountains, and the upcoming Why Birds Sing, to be published in spring 2005 by Basic Books. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University in 1991. 

Raj S. Sodhi, of Warren, joined NJIT in 1986 as an associate professor of mechanical engineering. His research interests are in the area of mechanical design with applications to mechanisms, manufacturing systems, medical devices and multi-life cycle design. From 1990 to 1994, he   served as director of manufacturing programs at NJIT. He received the Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME) University Lead Award in 1994, in recognition of his leadership and excellence in the application and development of computer integrated manufacturing.  He is past chairman of the SME University Lead Awards Committee. He received the NJIT Excellence in Teaching Award for graduate instruction in 2001.  He also received the N. Watrous Procter & Gamble Award from the Society of Applied Mechanisms and Robotics for making significant contributions to the science of mechanisms and robotics in 1995, and the Ralph R. Teetor New Engineering Educator Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1986.  His earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston in 1980.


Janice Daniel, Nutley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, joined NJIT as an assistant professor in 1999. She has established a solid research identity in the areas of traffic adaptation control and transportation safety, and has received $1.6 million in external funding, including two NSF grants.   Her research has proved critical to solving both regional and national transportation problems.  She has also been active in service to her profession, serving on several national committees. She received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1995.

Alexandros Gerbessiotis, of Springfield, joined NJIT as an assistant professor of computer science in 1998, after having spent several years as a post-doctoral scholar at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory, England. His research deals with the design, analysis and implementation of latency-tolerant algorithms for parallel computers.  His work has advanced the Bulk-Synchronous Parallel (BSP) model of computation - first proposed by his thesis adviser, L. G. Valiant, a member of the National Academy of Sciences - to such a degree that Gerbessiotis is widely recognized as a central researcher in the area of latency-tolerant parallel computing. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Harvard University in 1993.

Thomas Juliano, of Bridgewater, joined NJIT as an assistant professor of engineering technology in January 1999, after working many years as an adjunct professor.  He does research in both education and scientific areas, and brings his 25 years of industrial experience into the classroom. He has been principal investigator, or co-principal investigator, on several infrastructure research projects that are sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Industrial Ecology Center and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He received a doctor of engineering science degree from NJIT in 1979. 

Symeon Papavassiliou, Fort Lee, joined NJIT in 1999 as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.  His research interests are in the areas of resource allocation for wireless and high-speed networks, mobile radio communication system design, mobile ad hoc networks and sensors, as well as network management and the security and performance evaluation of communication protocols.  From 1996 to 1999, he was a senior technical staff member at AT&T Laboratories in Middletown. Papavassiliou was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award in 2003. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in 1996.

David Washington, Irvington, department of engineering technology, joined NJIT in 1997 as an assistant professor.  He has worked on computational solutions in the area of civil engineering—from the micro-mechanical behavior of geological materials to freight modal systems.  He has an excellent record of teaching and service to the professional and university communities.  His received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from NJIT in 1996. 


Ljubinko Kondic, of West Orange, joined NJIT as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1999 and was promoted to associate professor in 1992. He has held postdoctoral and faculty appointments in applied mathematics.  His research spans three main areas: thin film flows, granular materials and son luminescence. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the City University of New York in 1995.

Rajiv Mehta, of Perth Amboy, joined NJIT’s School of Management as associate professor for marketing in 1999.  His research interests are in the areas of sales management, marketing channels, and global marketing.  His research has appeared in the European Journal of Marketing, Business Horizons, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Journal of Business to Business Marketing, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, Journal of Global Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, and Journal of Services Marketing.  He has worked diligently to develop and measure learning outcomes for the School of Management. He has been nominated three times for the NJIT Award for Teaching Excellence for upper level undergraduate instruction.  He received his Ph.D. is in marketing from Drexel University in 1994.

Leonid Tsybeskov, of Rockaway, joined the department of electrical and computer engineering in 2001 as associate professor.  He has a sustained record of excellence in scholarly research in the field of nanostructures. His research is focused on novel materials and structures that promise breakthroughs in the technology of electronic and optical devices based on quantum effects.  He was recently elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  He received a Ph.D. in applied physics from Odessa State University in 1986.

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