New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) has received a $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Service, which will be used to support the university’s College of Computing Sciences.
The UPS Foundation has previously donated $225,000 to enhance the computing sciences at NJIT.
The grant will allow the College of Computing Sciences to sponsor a UPS distinguished lecture series; establish career grants for junior faculty; create supplementary fellowships for doctoral students and offer an enrichment program for high school students interested in science and technology. Girls and minority high school students will be encouraged to attend the enrichment program.
“We are very excited about the UPS grant, said Stephen Seidman, PhD, dean of the College of Computing Sciences. “It will allow us to do things we've intended to do for years, but for which we've simply lacked the funds. We'll be able to establish a lecture series that will bring the best minds in computing to Newark; help our young faculty jump-start their research; and reward and encourage our best doctoral students. The Saturday program for high-school students will increase enrollments in mathematics, science, computing and engineering while also making more prospective students aware of what NJIT offers.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified literacy, hunger, and volunteerism as its focus areas.
In 2003, The UPS Foundation distributed nearly $40 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the College of Computing Sciences at NJIT.
"UPS and its employees have a longstanding commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Evern Cooper, president of The UPS Foundation and vice president of UPS corporate relations. “Philanthropy and employee volunteerism are a part of a company’s culture Together with our nonprofit partners, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need. UPS’s support of the College of Computing Sciences at NJIT signifies our shared focus and commitment to improve our communities”.
John Nallin, vice president of information services for UPS’s Mahwah office, presented the grant to NJIT. Nallin, of Morris Township, is a member of the UPS Information Technology Governance Committee, which oversees the direction of UPS technology and aligns it with the company's business vision and strategy.
Nallin is a member of the Board of Overseers at NJIT, where he plays a key role in developing strategic planning for the university. He is also an NJIT School of Management Advisory Board member.